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Letter: What you will really be voting for this November

I was inspired to write this after reading last week's "What will you be voting for this November" letter to the editor. It's tiring but predictable that people like the writer use false comparisons and lies when it comes to talking about Democrats … more

Opinion: Disgusting professorial teachings

The ugliness that we have recently witnessed including rioting, billions of dollars of property destruction, assaults, murders and grossly stupid claims about our nation has its origins on college campuses. Two websites, College Reform and College … more

Opinion: Black cats, bad luck and worse luck

Was it left to right, or right to left? When a black cat crossed the highway in front of Dad, he made a sweeping "X" movement of his hand across the windshield. "That," he said, "wards off bad luck." I do the same, but since I can't recall if it's … more

Opinion: The power of the minority in America

As the Senate held hearings and debated the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, attention understandably focused on the policy implications of a sixth conservative vote. What got less notice was an important political fact: … more

Opinion: Both candidates' risky campaign strategies

Are both presidential candidates trying to lose? Or at least pursuing campaign strategies which put them at grave risk of defeat? In nearly four years, Donald Trump has made little effort to win over the 50%-plus of voters who didn't support him … more

Letter: Examine the issues that confront us before voting on Nov. 3

As Nov. 3 rolls ever closer, I am perplexed and amazed that the polls, accurate or not, indicate that Joe Biden has a real chance of becoming our next president! To me, it is preposterous that an incumbent Trump, with his record of accomplishment, … more

Letter: Merchant supports growth and progress in Sumter

Sumter is fortunate to have several compelling candidates for mayor this year. This letter is focused on the two with established city council voting records, Calvin Hastie and David Merchant. I am one of the many retired military citizens … more

Letter: Blassingame has experience helping residents of Sumter

I am writing today to express my support for the Rev. James Blassingame for the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat. He has always been interested and involved in matters relating to our community's problems and needs, and his willingness to examine the … more

Letter: Hastie is admirable, dedicated civil servant for Sumter

For anyone who doesn't know Calvin Hastie, which is probably few, let me introduce you to a great American and great Sumterite. I've known Mr. Hastie for over 10 years and personally watched him do things for people that you just have to admire. He … more

Letter: Let's focus on fire prevention before fire suppression

I know that we are on one side of the country and California is on the other side. It seems that about this time every year, we see the same results from large forest fires. More lives are lost, and citizens and firefighters are facing what seems to … more

Opinion: Halloween is coming, and Americans are scared

Halloween is typically a relaxed day for America's kids to fill their coffers with candy. Children and adults often don their favorite wacky attire for a day of comic relief. America needs a day of some kind of relief, and maybe Halloween will … more

Letter: What will you be voting for this November?

What are you voting for? Here are some points to consider. They are the building blocks of your country. Consider the Democrat road map is exactly what took Venezuela from the most prosperous country in their region with a free democratic government … more

Opinion: Small business priority: Economic relief, not new Supreme Court justice

Do leaders in Washington really know the needs of small businesses? The answer is an unqualified "no," according to 81% of the respondents to a national survey conducted this summer by Small Business for America's Future. One does not need to … more

Letter: Byrd supports law enforcement for a safe community

I have watched in dismay in recent months about the treatment of law enforcement officers in this country. The great, vast majority of those men and women who wear a badge are simply trying to perform an already difficult job and make it home to … more

LETTER: Parnell wants to be active, give back to Sumter

There are good people running for mayor. This is the first time in 20 years we have had to elect a new mayor due to the fine leadership of Joe McElveen. We are all very thankful for Joe's service. The time has come to elect a new mayor, and I … more

OPINION: Prevention measures in schools are more consistent than in surrounding communities

Now that schools have been opened in a variety of ways in South Carolina and across the country, we are learning more about the risk of COVID-19 in a school setting. In South Carolina, as expected, we have found cases in students and staff. … more
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