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Fourteen days after his disastrous debate, President Joe Biden is still in the race for reelection. Multiple elected Democrats, New York Times editorial writers and columnists and Democratic Party megadonors - "elites," sneers the perceptive David … more
Please allow me to write with deep gratitude to the many families of your community that are making do with one less important adult in their homes for the time being. For four days, I have watched as Sumter Utilities trucks have lumbered through … more
This is in reference to the July 13-16 article about international teachers. This will be a detriment to students. The language barrier will be a huge problem. The teacher shortage is because there is a lack of discipline in the schools. Teachers … more
I am continually astonished how the county's chairman and the city's mayor sleep at night while a large number of Sumter citizens are struggling to survive and obtain basic living. The questions for elected and individuals seeking our vote should … more
Between 1998 and 2003, the budget of the National Institutes of Health was doubled. This was an extraordinary enterprise after the multi-year, post-Cold War decline in defense spending and at a time when government agency budgets tended to be … more
I hope you had a great Independence Day celebration. We cooked hotdogs, shot a few fireworks and watched our grandboy entertain us with his glorious almost 2-year-old activities! In the background was all the noise about the debate and who will or … more
Thank you for writing that article about Judy Lessard. It is refreshing to read stories about good people who are kind and make a positive contribution in our community. Please keep finding those people and writing articles about them! Judy … more
Anyone familiar with the idiom "hit the ground running" knows it accentuates how serious Dr. Leroy Staggers was about the tremendous responsibility of leading Morris College and transitioning it into an even stronger center of higher education. The … more
The debate featured "an extraordinarily aggressive, top-to-bottom attack," Politico wrote. "Over and over," one candidate's "tactic of choice was a gut-level punch." An "alpha-male display," Britain's left-wing Guardian headlined. The dominant … more
On this day, I am so thankful that I was born in the 1930's and not in this century. What a wonderful time to live. We were respected not only from within, but even by our adversaries. Sure, we had WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, but … more
Times and Democrat June 25 Runoffs not perfect but keep them Voters return to the polls [June 25] for runoffs two weeks after the June primaries. Unlike in a general election in which the candidate with the most votes wins, a primary … more
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States: The Philadelphia Inquirer June 25 Careful decisions needed by U.S. in war in Gaza As hopes for a cease-fire in the war in Gaza continue to dim, it's important to underline that the … more
Last week Sumter was saddened to hear of the passing of a passionate, caring, and dedicated citizen of Sumter, Dr. Tommy Jones. He was known by many as an excellent dentist, a baseball coach who … more
According to Albert Einstein, insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Sumter County Council is once again seeking to impose a "special sales and use tax," commonly referred to as the Penny for … more
Thank you, Speaker Smith and Mayor Merchant, for highlighting the rising violent crime and murders in Sumter and the Midlands. It's crucial for high-level state officials to openly and actively support efforts to combat these persistent and growing … more
Four weeks after former President Donald Trump's conviction in a much-criticized Manhattan prosecution and a week before the first and earliest-ever scheduled post-primary presidential debate, it's a good time to look at how these two unusually … more
Hello, my name is Wendy Allen, and I am writing to tell you about my son, Chad Allen Kron. Chad is a 32-year-old married man who owns and operates his own electrical business. Chad is a friendly, … more
After thoroughly assessing all the candidates throughout the election cycle, I am convinced that Mike Jones possesses the most extensive experience and is best suited for representing S.C. Senate District 35. His values are closely aligned with … more
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