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OPINION: Testing, testing and more testing

We can all say that this has been the year of testing. Since the intrusion of COVID-19, all we hear about is testing, more cases and more deaths unfortunately. Since the beginning of this new normal, anytime I mentioned that I wasn't feeling well, … more

Letter: Women with political experience is a must for Sumter Cty Council

We must vote for Elayne Brunson for Sumter City Council Ward 2 now! Simply put, out of all the female candidates, Elayne Brunson is the only female candidate for office with political experience. In a time when we need better representation when it … more

Letter: Bowen has the qualities we need in a mayor to move us forward

I call Sumter home for a variety of reasons, none more important than the folks in "OUR" city. I use the word OUR because a city reflects the attributes of the citizens residing, working in the same ... good and, yes, even not so! Some live and … more

Letter: Thank you to Roark, Dennis for speaking with Sumter Ministers

I want to thank Chief Russell Roark and Sheriff Anthony Dennis for speaking to the Sumter Ministers group, as noted in The Sumter Item's Oct. 15 edition. Our group was formed in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder to build bridges of … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Oct. 13 Involving police and agencies in shutting down crowded events In Murrells Inlet, an estimated 2,000 maskless patrons packed shoulder to shoulder into a biker … more

Letter: Hastie shows leadership and will lead Sumter to success

It is a rare pleasure to write a letter of support for Col. Calvin Hastie. I have known the colonel for more than 25 years and have known his two children well. Cashena and Kenny were distinguished students at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, where … more

OPINION: Enjoy your usual life, but remember to vote

Occasionally we all feel like we are living in a rut. Our days and weeks are filled with the same activities and schedules. We mow grass, rake leaves, clean the house, sweep out the garage and do the same jobs. We go to the same grocery store on a … more

OPINION: Learn how to replace fear with faith

We've all had our share of battles this year with the virus and the devastation it has caused, and now as the election is just a few weeks away, many are experiencing stress and anxiety about the future. Each day I hear from people on both sides of … more

S.C. law school dean accidentally reveals who failed bar exam

COLUMBIA (AP) - The dean of South Carolina's largest law school is apologizing for forwarding an email that contained the names of students who failed the exam to become a lawyer and the confidential bar exam grades of every student. University … more

OPINION: Russia's Vladimir Putin has got his problems, too

Before the first Trump-Biden debate, moderator Chris Wallace listed the six subjects that would be covered: The Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in our cities and the integrity of the … more

Letter: Every 13 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer. Where is the outrage?

Ninety percent of breast cancer deaths are a direct result of Metastatic Disease (MBC or Stage IV). MBC is not a specific type of breast cancer but rather the most advanced stage. Thirty percent of those diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will … more

Opinion: FAQs: It's always important to do your homework

Even before the COVID-19 era, online purchases were gaining ground. I like online purchasing because it saves time, money and wear on your vehicle. Companies have saved a lot of time by supplying buyers with a list of frequently asked questions. … more

Opinion: Is war with China becoming inevitable?

"The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border," Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ominously warned on Friday. He spelled out what he meant to commentator Larry O'Connor: "The Chinese have now begun to amass huge … more

Letter: Bowen wants to be mayor to better lives in Sumter

Hello, I am Realtor Eydie McCombs. I would like to voice my support for Debbie Bowen for mayor. Debbie is from a military family and has been a member of this community most of her life. She is a Realtor, wife and mother. She adopts the people … more
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