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There is no greater responsibility for government than to ensure public safety. No other part of society can function adequately without fundamental law and order. That is why the recent violent events throughout the City of Sumter have been … more
Gov. Henry McMaster doesn't veto a lot of bills. Aside from those single-county bills that violate the state constitution he swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend, you can count each year's vetoes on a single hand.So all of his statewide … more
April 20, 2024, was perfect weather to grab your swim gear and head on down to Myrtle Beach for a day of fun in the sun with family and friends. But yet, so many wonderful families traveled near and … more
For three-and-a-half years, the Biden White House has seemed remarkably leakproof. Even amid popular backlash to administration policies - the spending splurge in 2021 that was followed by sharp inflation in 2022 and 2023, the changes in enforcement … more
Editor's note: The Swamp Fox Air and Space Forces Association received $1,452.50 for its Wounded Warriors Project. The Swamp Fox Chapter of the Air and Space Forces Association, YMCA of Sumter and the Shaw Gamecock Chapter of the Air Force … more
I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Jeff Zell as the next South Carolina state senator for District 36. In these challenging times, our community needs a leader who embodies integrity, vision and a genuine commitment to public … more
My husband and I attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Sumter Veterans Flag Park, as we have every year. Thank you to Col. Bush Hanson and the host of volunteers who helped create such a solemn ceremony. My father and his two brothers served in … more
South Carolina is historically a military-friendly state. And it's getting more that way. With May being Military Appreciation Month, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the Best & Worst States for Military Retirees in … more
This is an "open letter" to the voters and children of Sumter County Council District 7. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you for 20 years (Jan. 1, 2005, to Dec. 31, 2024). As your councilman, I greatly appreciated your … more
The central focus of the legislative debate over how to meet South Carolina's growing electricity needs was a massive bill that was rushed through the House before crashing headlong into a wall of resistance in the Senate, where more members … more
Memorial Day is a time to remember and pay tribute to our fallen. This year I had the opportunity to sponsor an inscribed brick along one of the walkways at The National Museum of The Marine Corps … more
As the current senator for Senate District 36, I am enjoying my time on the campaign trail as I work toward reelection to a position that has allowed me to help many people over the years and to … more
I am continually amazed 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 … more
In response to Saturday's letter to the editor. Most of the countries in the world don't want trump elected president in 2024 including the USA. Russia, Saudi Arabia and all the other "authoritarian" countries do, including China and North … more
Will the world be better off with fewer people? For years, that has been a hypothetical question posed to suggest an affirmative answer. Fewer people, it was claimed, would mean less depredation of natural resources, less urban overcrowding, more … more
Index-Journal May 14 Setting sail with state legislature Primary elections are just around the corner. Given how this year's legislative session ended, it might be a good time to assess how well your lawmakers did. Or didn't. What South … more
Put your hatred aside and think... Who do you think Iran, China, North Korea, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc., want to see in the White House for another four years? If you think our enemies want Trump in there, you haven't been watching the last 3 1/2 … more
The violent campus takeover by protesters - some of them students, many not - has had the unintended effect of discrediting the premise underlying the protest. That premise is that the world is divided between oppressors and the oppressed and that … more
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