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Our devotion for today is "A Needed and Wonderful Invitation from God." My text is Jeremiah 33:1-3, where we read these words, "Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, … more
"There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free or you are not free. I worry that we are not getting enough of the news that we need to make informed judgements as citizens," Walter Cronkite (1916-2009), anchorman for the CBS … more
Dear Sumter citizens, This letter is written in response to a gas-lighting letter written by Brian Alston and Lenore Jackson published here. Before I move on to the claims by Mr. Alston, let's set the record of who Mr. Alston is and the real … more
Times and Democrat Sept. 23 Good reasons to keep eyes on the tropics The peak of hurricane season is at hand. In a typical Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, August through mid-September is the busiest time for tropical storms and … more
I just came from a Sumter County Council meeting on Sept. 26, 2023. I really enjoyed attending those meeting but sometimes I leave wondering what is going on. Tonight was one of the meetings. I am going to write about a subject that is often … more
When I was young, we would hog hunt on the cool nights of the fall. Sometimes, we would turn off the trucks and listen for the dogs' barks and yelps. Strange as it may sound, there was a kind of peace in those moments. There was not much light … more
Net zero is in trouble. In utterly predictable trouble, in the king's-wearing-no-clothes trouble. The signs are all around. Governments from coastal America to Communist China and businesses from automakers to toymakers have promised that they … more
City of Sumter "slow rolls" yard debris pickup at 209 Crescent Ave. This job has been extended to make debris removal take longer than necessary. Unused empty space was left unfilled on the Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, pickup trailer. This space was … more
Come daybreak, my preferred time to get moving, I check on my neighbor's flag. I check to see that his place is OK after another night of living in America, (thank you, James Brown) and to see if the wind's about, a weather thing. Generally, all … more
Dear Finance Chair Palumbo, I am writing in response to the recent decision to postpone the allocation of the $400,000 funds earmarked for renovations to the R. E. Davis College Preparatory Academy's football field. It is important to note that this … more
If you can't afford a new car now, it's not going to get easier. Supposedly the average new-car price in America is "about" $30,000, according to ftc.gov. Be wary of the preposition "about." It gets tougher all the time to walk out of a … more
Wouldn't it be a great idea for the Sumter School District to not allow phones in the classrooms? Maybe it is time that kids are actually forced to think . ..not allowed to simply pump in math numbers into their phone to get an answer. Maybe … more
What is the ultimate goal of the new chicken ordinance? Chickens are very friendly and are pets with a purpose. But a flock of chickens needs a rooster to be their most productive. If you have the full flock, you have added value during the hard … more
Today's devotion is "God's Promise, I Will Be With Thee," and my text is Joshua 1:1-5, where we see, "Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, … more
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