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Opinion: Is peace finally at hand in the Middle East?

Having presided over the recognition of Israel by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, President Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize amid talk of peace breaking out across the region. Assuredly, this is a major diplomatic … more

Opinion: Deer hunters, volunteers working to help hungry South Carolinians

I'm proud to serve as a member of the board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The agency supports many worthwhile projects that benefit the people of South Carolina, and one of the ways SCDNR works to achieve its goals is by … more

Letter: Support Dr. James Blassingame for Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat in november

It is my honor and pleasure to endorse Dr. James Blassingame for Sumter City Council Ward 2. Dr. Blassingame has already proven a love and commitment to the residents of Sumter through many years of service as a pastor, community board … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Sept. 16 Speeding during pandemic has made highways deadlier With fewer people on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems nearly all states are … more

OPINION: Greenhouse campus will be a game changer for farming in S.C.

During the next two years, several hundred acres of land near Early Branch, South Carolina, will be transformed into greenhouses for farming. Using recycled rainwater and high-tech climate controls, farming companies will grow tomatoes, leafy … more

Opinion: What would we do without lights, essential to our lives?

It is strange to think what we would do without lights, now that we have had them for so long. Whether you believe in the Holy Bible or not, there is a general consensus that light originated from somewhere. At the very beginning of the Bible, in … more

Opinion: On Constitution Day, looking forward to the election

Four years ago, I wrote a Constitution Day column in the midst of a contentious presidential election. In that column, I quoted the great political scientist Hans Morgenthau on the exceptional nature of American presidential elections: "The … more

Opinion: We are asleep until God awakens us with conviction

Within the Christian faith, we understand that an individual will not desire to come to God on their own. The depravity of mankind and the lost condition of our spirit prevents everyone from having a yearning to love and serve or even have an … more

Opinion: The Devil and Karl Marx

Paul Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has just published "The Devil and Karl Marx," a careful look at the diabolical side of Karl Marx. The book has come out during an important time in … more

Opinion: Are the forever wars really ending?

"There is no... sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests." So said William Ruger about Afghanistan, our longest … more

Opinion: Looking back - the day Columbia flooded in 2015

The Thousand Year Flood hit five years ago. Hard to believe. The first time the Red Cross man came by, I told him we were fine. We were staying put. We would go upstairs if things got bad. The second time, he said we had 10 minutes. He told us to … more

OPINION: Turn the page

Fall season officially begins Sept. 22 this year. For every season, there is a change. Most of us like the seasons, especially if we can have four of them. I like the fall, as the weather seems more stable in our part of the country. For our … more

OPINION: The presidential campaign is at knife's edge

The presidential campaign is at knife's edge. Both parties' campaigns assume that patterns of support will closely resemble those in 2016. And both are making surprisingly little effort, considering how close that contest turned out to be, with the … more

LETTER: Calvin Hastie would do an outstanding job as mayor

I am happy to see that my friend Calvin Hastie has filed to run for mayor of Sumter. Calvin is a quality individual with deep roots in the Sumter community. He graduated from Lincoln High School, went to S.C. State on an athletic scholarship and … more
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