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Centering Black women in policy is key to future families' prosperity

From leading marches for racial justice to developing the COVID-19 vaccine to reaching the second-highest office in the United States, Black women's excellence is more evident than ever. This year, we showed up for ourselves, our families and our … more

Opinion: Financial suicide is not necessary

There is some risk to all of life. A friend and his wife had a house paid for and a substantial savings account. At the age of 65, he was retired and bored and bemoaned he had never been a business owner. He was aware of a family who had recently … more

Opinion: Are the good times over for Biden?

Are the Democrats headed for their Little Bighorn, with President Joe Biden as Col. Custer? The wish, you suggest, is father to the thought. Yet, consider. On taking office, Biden held a winning hand. Three vaccines, with excellent efficacy … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: We can bless the Lord as believers

I want to thank you for taking the time to read this devotion, and I pray that you will be encouraged by what the Lord has laid upon my heart for today. I want to look at a passage of Scripture that will challenge you and I as born-again children of … more

Opinion: Republicans and Democrats both fail to respond to signals in the American political marketplace

I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters' preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems … more

Opinion: As America recedes, China rises

As our July Fourth celebrations were beginning, the U.S. quietly closed and abandoned Bagram Air Base, the largest American military base between the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea. Afghan looters were soon seen scavenging inside the … more

Opinion: Don't give up your personal freedom

You may create instability and insecurity for your personal life if you put others in charge of your decisions. The idea of a child or acquaintance "shouldering" your life's concerns and finances might feel comforting. Having someone else pay … more

Column by Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: The essence of failure

Success is the ultimate result of anything that is attempted. The average person doesn't start his or her day with a statement like, "Well, let's see what I can't get done today." The statement however that we use is, "Well let's see what I can get … more

S.C. Editorial Roundup for July 9, 2021

(Charleston) Post and Courier July 5, 2021 South Carolina needs a Juneteenth holiday but not a 14th holiday Some calendars call today Independence Day observed. Of course, no one observes Independence Day today in the sense of shooting … more

Letter to Editor: Death sentences should be reserved for when it is right

Lately there is a lot of talk about the death sentence and its fairness. I would like to give what the Bible says about the death sentence. Genesis 9:4-5 gives us what the Most High says about someone killing another person without justification. … more

Letter to Editor: Thank you for my care at Tuomey after accident

I want to mention what good care and attention I received on June 29 when a minor accident here in town caused my injury. I was caused to fall on Guignard Drive about 9:30 a.m. and became impaled by my left arm on foliage. I wasn't able to get up. … more

Sumter Pastor Dr. Joey Durham: Are you prepared to go to Heaven, your eternal home?

I hope you're having a great day, and thank you for taking the time to read our devotion today! The thought for today is "The Importance of Preparation," and I want to look at John 14:1-3 for our text. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in … more

Sumter YMCA's Missy Corrigan: Our muscles rely on movement for health

There are about 600 muscles in the human body that enable us to be active and keep the heart beating. Muscles rely on movement in order to be maintained. When muscles aren't used, the fibers can shrink, causing the muscles to become weaker. Muscle … more

COVID-19 exposes dire need for child care, paid leave

When we were testifying last month at a congressional hearing, one of us as a paid leave and gender equity expert and the other as the owner of a small and growing child care center business, we encountered a common and pernicious myth: that … more

Column: On this year's Independence Day, a pledge to each other

A year ago, Americans were entering the summer season in lockdown. We were in the fifth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. New cases of the virus, hospitalizations and deaths were increasing. In his first primetime address to the nation this past … more

S.C. Editorial Roundup for July 2, 2021

The (Charleston) Post and Courier June 28 Summerton water contamination points to failures beyond water At first glance, the failures that led to contaminated drinking water in the tiny Clarendon County town of Summerton look like a … more
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