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Letter: Voting machine error should be reported to local, state boards

I live in Sumter County, in McCrays Mill 2 precinct (Meadowcroft), and went to vote this afternoon (Wednesday, Oct. 8) around 3:30 p.m. at the Broad Street early voting location across from Lowe's. After going through the check-in process where I … more

Letter: Sumter Board of Realtors endorses several local candidates for election

Representatives of the Sumter Board of Realtors have met with the screened candidates seeking election to Sumter mayor, city council and school board positions. The candidates listed below have been recommended for election. We suggest you … more

Letter: A voting guide for Christians

Don't vote for a person or party. Vote issues - here is a guide for Christians. 1. Pro-Life (Deuteronomy 30:19) - Those who murder the unborn should never be given the opportunity to govern the living. 2. Pro-Family (Genesis 2:24) - As defined … more

Opinion: Support local - especially your news

In September, the Union Times announced it was closing its doors after 170 years, citing the economic effects of COVID-19. It's a sad thing when newspapers like the Union Times close, but it's no longer shocking. Newspapers have been plagued by … more

Letter: Hastie has been involved in Sumter community for years

I am endorsing Calvin Hastie for mayor of our great city, Sumter, South Carolina. I have known him for about 11 years. I saw an article in the paper back then and wanted to meet him. I had the chance when I attended a VIP (Vision in Progress) … more

Letter: Hastie is involved in community, knows how business works

To begin with, he is a proven leader. With 20 years in the Army, he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. This proves he has leadership skills. Post-retirement, he attended law school and became an attorney. This he did in his 40s. After … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Oct. 7 Contributions of manufacturers and newspapers are celebrated It is fitting that National Newspaper Week and South Carolina Manufacturing Week fall … more

Letter: Brunson can make positive impact for Ward 2 residents

I recommend Elayne Brunson for Sumter City Council Ward 2 and feel that she is the best to represent the area. Elayne Brunson has genuine love, commitment and dedication to making Sumter become a better place. Elayne Brunson, a Top 20 Under 40 … more

Letters to the Editor election policy

The Sumter Item has set a Wednesday, Oct. 28, deadline for submitting all letters to the editor pertaining to the election. Letters should be 500 words or less and must contain the author's name, … more

Letter: Merchant can lead our city to a bright future

In a crowded mayoral race, there are candidates, and then there is a candidate that stands out in comparison to everyone else. David Merchant is a candidate that stands out for all the right reasons. As a businessperson, I evaluate and appraise … more

Letter: Why we need Baker to remain as coroner

As the current coroner, he has a positive record with immense responsibilities that are very serious in nature. Mr. Baker should remain as coroner for four main reasons. First, in the middle of this coronavirus pandemic, his level of professionalism … more

Letter: Vote for Brunson for Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat

I'm very proud to endorse my granddaughter Elayne Brunson for Sumter City Council Ward 2. She is 36 years old, a progressive innovator who has the energy, vision and leadership skills to help move the City of Sumter into the 21st century. She … more

Letter: Hastie's background would make him capable mayor for Sumter

It gives me great pleasure to support my good friend Pastor Calvin Hastie for the office of mayor for Sumter. Calvin and I met at a men's Bible study at the YMCA and became instant friends. Over the years as I became more acquainted with Calvin, I … more

Letter: Byrd knows how to get things done for District 3

Re-invest your vote in County Councilman Jimmy Byrd because he is investing in you! I urge you to vote for Jimmy Byrd because he has a proven track record of winning for County Council District 3. As County Council vice chairman, he secured … more

Opinion: Golden Rule is still relevant

Not too long ago, the subject matter was a universal phrase - a huge percentage of people understood and respected "The Golden Rule." Children were taught this principle early in life. It was simple; treat others the way you wanted to be treated. … more

Letter: How can Black Christians support Democratic ideas?

I have debated with myself about writing on this issue. The following comments have the potential to cost me thousands of dollars in fees, but I must write. To sit on the sidelines is the coward's way out. This letter is addressed to my fellow Black … more

Letter: Thank you for article about Lou Brissie

I commend Item for story on Lou Brissie. Many baseball fans read The Item. We want more MLB coverage. How about daily league standings, schedule and pitchers. Guarantee sell more papers! PHIL BRANDT Sumter more
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