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Letter to the editor: It's better to be transformed by uncomfortable conflict

On the Saturday afternoon of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend this year, a 17-year-old gained access to a computerized road construction sign at the intersection of U.S. 378/76 and Main Street. The sign was placed there to warn drivers … more

Letter to the editor: 'No tax, no vote' shouldn't be requirement in a democratic country

In response to a recent letter to the editor: OK let me see who possibly will not be able to vote under a previous writer's new "No tax, No vote" policy. An 18-year-old or older who does not work but goes to school. Some homeless … more

Letter to the editor: The only ones with rights terrorize everyone with noise

My name is Jeannette Hodge; I live at 5294 Christine Drive, Sumter. I have lived here for nearly 20 years, and in that time, the noise ordinance has changed from a $275 fine no matter what time of day or night to ... "Could you please call back … more

Opinion: Lessons from a war-torn garden in a Serbian town

Walking home from dinner, we heard an explosion. It wasn't close, so we didn't worry. The next morning, we learned a demobilized Serbian soldier had committed suicide in his garage with a grenade. That happened a lot. Two weeks later, I was … more

Letter to the editor: A future without racism is one we create together

I find myself writing this letter due to the recent hate act that a 17-year-old male from Sumter displayed on a mechanical board. The heinous crime that led to widespread commentary and dialogue about racism and hate that still spews in many of … more

Letter to the editor: If you pay any tax, you should be able to vote in elections

A while ago I wrote a letter to The Item about if you don't pay taxes you shouldn't have the right to vote. Well it looks like what I wrote, a anti-Trump didn't like it. He wrote in and said, "Trump didn't pay taxes one year and bragged about … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022

Post & Courier Jan. 19 Parents, school boards need to help DHEC keep S.C. schools open We know that kids need to be in the classroom: for their education, for their emotional well-being, for their physical safety and, yes, for the … more

Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: The war against time each day of our lives

Imagine waking up each day and not having to worry about when the sun rises in the morning or vanishes for the evening. How interesting would it be to not have a clock running on your cellphone or computer? This could end up being both a pro and a … more

Opinion: How not to have money for retirement

The 2019-20 Federal Reserve SCF data shows us the average retirement savings by age in the U.S. - Ages 18-24: $4,745.25 - Ages 25-29: $9,408.51 - Ages 30-34: $21,731.92 - Ages 35-39: $48,710.27 - Ages 40-44: $101,899.22 - Ages … more

Thank you to VA's Valerie Brunson for help with securing benefits

I want to give a shout about how GREAT the Sumter Veterans Affairs (VA) office, specifically Valerie A. Brunson, is helping military veterans. Ms. Brunson came to my rescue helping me accomplish the paperwork for my VA military service-connected … more

Letter to the editor: Decision to remove post office and bill pay office from Piggly Wiggly is unthinkable

I wish to call to your attention to a serious problem. Piggly Wiggly is going to kick out the post office and pay bills office at the end of the month. They want that space to sell beer. This decision is unthinkable. They are removing two … more

Letter to the editor: Sumter: A tale of two cities, chapter two

The best way to judge a city and the people is to watch how they treat the seniors, disabled citizens and children of that city. What should Sumter look like in the 21st century? I will get a copy of Sumter's 20-year plan and see where our elected … more

Sumter Rabbi Josef Germaine: Drug companies have chokehold on United States

I still have a vivid image of the last day I saw her — lying in bed, her last repose — comatose from a debilitating and agonizing disease and the effects of morphine. What was once a … more

Letter to the editor: Everyone who crosses Manning Avenue bridge in Sumter is in danger

The Manning Avenue bridge, located in the City of Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, is in such a state of decline and deterioration that it poses substantial burdens upon the shoulders of all who travel across this structure. Part of this … more
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