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Opinion: Who's violating norms these days?

Norms, we are told, matter. Violating norms, recklessly disregarding norms - these are charges on which President Donald Trump is often arraigned in the court of public opinion. The indictment starts with his annoying habit of inventing insulting … more

OPINION: Save our local economy by doing your part

Dear Sumterites: I have recently become concerned about the fact that we Sumterites might be causing our irrational fear of COVID-19 to allow many of the things that make living worthwhile to disappear forever. My name is Don Cann, and at … more

OPINION: Supreme Court and the rules of the game

The United States Constitution's Article 2, Sec. 2, cl. 2, provides that the president of the United States "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges … more

OPINION: The 'Day of Atonement' (Yom Kippur) and coronavirus pandemic

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, … more

OPINION: Living on Purpose: Choosing to rearrange our priorities

Praying to God in faith is one of the most important deeds we can do. Why? Because prayer is the foundation of our relationship with Jesus and reveals how serious we are about obeying Him. It seems very likely that our sincerity and love are … more

OPINION: Recent column from Livingston is disappointing

The column on Sept. 23 by Mr. Livingston is extremely disappointing. He states, "Our 45th president has already made it clear that he doesn't know if he would leave the White House if he loses the election." You should check your "facts," sir. All … more

OPINION: Blassingame has qualities to serve Ward 2 residents

I'm writing this letter of endorsement on behalf of Dr. James Blassingame. Dr. Blassingame served as president of the E&M Baptist Convention. I am honored to have served as treasurer under his leadership for five years. Dr. Blassingame is a man … more

OPINION: Mitt Romney, Washington's lone ranger

WASHINGTON - Some have said that, in a fair and righteous world, the seat held by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be filled next January by the recently elected president of the United States. But we know our world to be … more

OPINION: Recent statements might make some rest easy

Those of you that have been concerned that Donald Trump might not be a fascist can rest easy. Mr. Trump's recent statements that he may not submit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the upcoming elections should help you rest at night and … more

OPINION: Would you like 'piece work' or hourly system?

In years past, migrant workers moved up and down the East Coast to help with the labor-intensive work of picking fruit (oranges, peaches, apples). The way I remember it, each worker was issued a same-sized basket to collect fruit. When his basket … more

OPINION: A litmus test for next Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON - Courts' rulings can shape national life. Judges' dissents from courts' rulings can persuade future judges, thereby shaping future rulings. Occasionally, however, even a judge's concurring opinion can clarify thinking about the role of … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Sept. 21 Flood mitigation bills would help with planning It's only been within the past five or so years that Charleston and other coastal communities have come to … more

Opinion: The basics of the election in November

It probably feels like the 2020 elections have been going on for years, and in a sense they have. Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the political world has been girding for this moment. But more Americans than you might expect … more

Opinion: Help available for those who need assistance with utility bills

In the early days of the pandemic, Duke Energy took swift action to help customers, knowing the financial burdens that would result for many due to the health crisis. We suspended electric service disconnections for unpaid bills. We also hit the … more

Opinion: Remembering the tragedy of 9/11

The Museum Came to Us Any other year, I would have taken the kids on a field trip to the museum. In 2020, the museum had to come to us. My children got a history lesson 2020 style, and it was one of the best ever. Coronavirus has forced us to … more

Opinion: Fix insurance dilemma by giving option to buy into Medicare

Give all Americans the option to buy into Medicare. I've paid into Social Security and Medicare my entire life. I'm still paying to be on plan B and supplemental coverage. I also pay for prescription insurance. I often feel like a coffee coupon from … more
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