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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

Letter: Thank you to Bullock and staff for all their care in times of need

This writing is just a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to Harvin Bullock of Bullock Funeral Home and his staff. On Aug. 3 of this year, our precious fur-baby, Ellie, closed her eyes and went to heaven. We were distraught and not … more

Letter: Thank you to everyone keeping community safe

It is with sadness that I write about the following. It seems that there are among us those who no longer love America and are doing everything they can to destroy this country. Why? The Bible, in Isaiah, talks about "the city of chaos." Maybe it … more

Letter: Merchant is best choice to lead Sumter forward

Have you ever heard the sound the roots of a 75-foot-tall tree make when they are snapping like rubber bands as the tree plummets to the ground? From personal experience, I can assure you it is a pretty horrifying sound. Our family was confronted … more

Letter: Sumter would benefit from Merchant being elected as mayor

I feel that the Sumter community would benefit from the unifying leadership, inclusive vision, blue-collar work ethic, unwavering commitment and strong character that David Merchant provides on a daily basis as a father, business owner, public … more

Opinion: Newspapers look out for public good

National Newspaper Week is Oct. 4-10. National Cheeseburger Day was a recent event, and it prompted me to go out and get a cheeseburger. Newspapers are far more important to recognize, and they aren't as fattening. Let me prompt you to please … more

Opinion: Jesus saw their faith

In the gospel of Mark, we find these passages of Scriptures, "And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. … more

Letter: Brunson wants to improve standard of living for Ward 2

Over the past 25 years, the City of Sumter has made many improvements to enhance the quality of life of all citizens living in Sumter County. The progressive and innovative performance by members of the City Council enabled these advancements. This … more

Opinion: Worst presidential debate ever

"Chaos." "Painful." "Dispiriting." "The worst presidential debate in American history." "The lowest point in American political culture in my lifetime." You get the idea. These are responses, from Donald Trump supporters and Donald Trump … more

Letter: Vote for Blassingame if you want your voice to be heard

I am appealing to you as an advocate for James B. Blassingame as a candidate for the City of Sumter Council Ward 2. I can only tell you what I know about the man James B. Blassingame. Commitment, dedication and service. I cannot think of a better … more

Opinion: Southern Voices, Southern Stories: Sir Dad, the Dragon Slayer

Department of Natural Resources: Be on the lookout for the Tegu, a large, dragon-like lizard from South America that has been spotted in Georgia and South Carolina. If you see this invasive species, do not approach and contact DNR … more

Opinion: Debate or wrestling match? We must have better than this

Sept. 29, 2020, was just another bad day in 2020. We thought that with COVID-19, unemployment and riots in the streets of America's cities, it could not get worse. It did. Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Chris Wallace gave us a "show" we will never … more
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