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Opinion: For what cause will we go to war with China?

In his final state of the nation speech July 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his refusal to confront China over Beijing's seizure and fortification of his country's islets in the South China Sea. "It will be a massacre if I go … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

(Columbia) The State Aug. 3 S.C. native Raven Saunders' Olympic protest is a case of no harm, no foul What would you do when the world is watching? Shot-putter and Charleston native Raven Saunders decided to make a statement. Standing … more

Opinion: Do we have to watch their wretched movie all over again?

Why do I feel that I have seen this movie before? I would like to think that learning is cumulative. But I'm beginning to think that every generation or two, people need to learn all over again the lessons that have unaccountably been forgotten … more

Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Don't give up along your race with Jesus

I thank you and appreciate so much the opportunity to minister to your heart today through "Gleanings" from the Open Bible Baptist Church! The thought I have on my heart for today is titled "Don't Quit!" In Hebrews 12:12-13, we see these inspired … more

Opinion: Life learning, hard work and commitment

We are always learning. Life is filled with education. We learn all the time. Every day we receive new information about health, the planet, communication, medicines, the universe and more. Life is a process of learning and … more

Infrastructure investments key to economic strength

Investments in our national infrastructure - from fixing our roads and bridges to expanding public transit to modernizing our entire energy system and electric grid - will build a stronger economy with more jobs and increased opportunities in South … more

Opinion: Supporting local journalism supports this community

The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate - and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, July 31, 2021

(Columbia) The State July 26 Want your vote to count? Keep an eye on S.C. legislature Redistricting and gerrymandering aren't sexy. No summer blockbusters or viral videos will highlight the drawing of legislative districts. But if … more

Letter to the editor: Campaign calls for increasing federal contracting goals for small businesses

Below is a statement of Elayne Brunson, COO and co-founder of the Sumter Black Chamber of Commerce, regarding the announcement of Sen. Lindsey Graham of his request of $230 million in federal money for military base construction in South … more

Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: When is it going to drop?

In the retail and entertainment industry, we often hear this phrase, "When is it going to drop?" The scenario may be played out when a professional athlete is about to present a new sneaker to the general public. Depending on who the athlete is, … more

Letter to the editor: Reader enjoyed recent article on Charlie Barnes

Hats off to Dennis Brunson for the story in the July 20 Item sports page. He captured in vivid fashion the debut of Charlie Barnes for the Twins. I felt the emotions and the execution of pitches. I was at Commercial Park! Prophecy: There … more

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for letting us choose whether to mask

Kudos to the South Carolina Department of Education and our Gov. Henry McMaster for giving parents the decision to mask or unmask their school children. I'm sure that the teachers, workers and employees are equally pleased with the freedom to make a … more

Opinion: Why voters vote as they do in our country

Maybe it's just a professional preoccupation, but I've always been intrigued by why voters cast their ballots as they do. I've never made a formal study of it but have talked with plenty of them over the years, and one thing sticks with me from … more

Opinion: Why the left can't let go of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol

To understand what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee investigation of the Capitol Hill events of Jan. 6 is all about, a good place to begin is with the sentencing hearing last week of Paul Hodgkins. A crane operator from Tampa, … more
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