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Opinion: This is a testing time for all of us in America

A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and massive unemployment, "its competitors are moving to fill the vacuum, and quickly." Russia, … more

Opinion: What's often forgotten about 'freedom' of the Fourth

"What to the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham." Frederick … more

Letter: Do we want to celebrate domestic terrorism?

Military recruits take an oath to protect the U.S. from enemies both foreign and domestic. The South was attacking the U.S. during the Civil War. What country puts up statues to honor terrorist groups and raises its flag to celebrate domestic … more

Opinion: Violent crime is a confiscatory wealth tax on what we earn

"What gives urgency to debates about race in America today - and what drives the reparations movement are two basic facts," Walter Russell Mead writes in the Wall Street Journal. The first, he says, is that "The median white household has a net … more

OPINION: Your emotions aren't controlled without your permission

We often hear people say, "She made me so mad until I wanted to fight her." It is a common thing to blame others when we get angry to the point of some type of action. We will avoid being around certain people because we say they have a way of … more

OPINION: An underappreciated American scholar

Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, North … more

OPINION: Lawmakers can help end slavery in our lifetime

My name is Madison Landstrom, and I have spent my 18 years growing up here in Sumter. I wanted to reach out to you to inform you of news not included in the media as often as it should be. Over the past two years, I have researched and become aware … more

Letter: McElveen has served Sumter well, made progress for residents

I want to take this space to thank Mayor Joe McElveen for the outstanding job he has done as mayor of our city for many years. Although he and I are polar opposites in national politics, he has been … more

Opinion: July 4th — America's hope in a tough time

Americans hope they will never be bullied by a police officer. A man or woman with a badge and a gun can be an intimidating figure. If a cop pulls you over and bullies you, what can you do? Americans … more

Opinion: Biden's basement strategy: Just say nothing

Some polls now have Joe Biden running ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points and sweeping the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This vindicates the strategy Biden's advisers … more

OPINION: We all have to make this work in divided times

These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don't fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling, nationwide protests continue against … more

Opinion: What are you called to do in your life?

Day after day, month after month and year after year, so many people wake up and prepare themselves to go to work. They prepare themselves to spend eight hours or so on a job they despise. This is a reality that people refuse to express freely. Few … more
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