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Letter to the editor: We need enforcement, long-range solutions to Sumter's deplorable litter situation

I am a longtime resident of Sumter County, and for years it has bothered me about how much trash is thrown on our streets and on our roadways. I invite you to take a look at Mooneyham, Commander, Boulevard and St. Matthew Church roads in Sumter … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Feb. 23 U.S. passes another grim COVID-19 deaths milestone 500,000-plus. That's where the United States' COVID-19 death toll stands. It's a staggering figure and one … more

Letter to the editor: Punishment for littering will help with problem

In the Feb. 19, 2021, newspaper article about littering, Mr. McCormick made a very inaccurate statement. He said, "It's safe to say that everyone hates litter." If that statement were true, then there would be no litter. When I first moved back … more

OPINION: Bill de Blasio wanted to stick it to Trump. Instead, he lost a hockey fight.

WASHINGTON - Bill de Blasio just learned the hard way: Don't pick fights with hockey players. The New York mayor got his jersey pulled over his head and a few of his proverbial teeth knocked out this weekend after the city's hockey community came … more

Column by Rep. Jim Clyburn: America needs us to get outside our comfort zone

We are observing Black History Month during historically challenging times. In addition to COVID-19, we are besieged by chronic economic insecurities, exacerbating racial inequalities and serious gender inequities. As a history buff, I usually … more

Letter to the editor: 20th Medical Group should be proud of their work to give vaccines

My wife and myself received our COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday the 23rd of February at the theater on Shaw Air Force Base. I would hope that every vaccination station anywhere has a smooth operation as the 20th Medical Group. Whoever designed … more

Opinion: Is Biden prepared to lose Afghanistan this year?

Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? For that may be what's at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from … more

Letter to the editor: School board needs to reopen meetings to public comment

Yes, it's been 11 months since the school board allowed public attendance and comment. The governor lifted those restrictions, yet Sumter continues in the dark. We all know the atrocious history of the decisions made by this committee. Yes, you can … more

Letter to the editor: Why do we need a Black Chamber of Commerce?

I read with interest the letter to the editor in the Thursday, Jan. 28, paper titled "An update on what's happening at the Sumter Black Chamber of Commerce." I have some questions for the co-founder and COO. Why did you found this separate … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: God proves Himself to us by saving us

Our devotion today is "Confirming the Authority of God's Comfort," and my text is Isaiah 41:10. "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the … more

Opinion: Making your funeral arrangements

A good friend died recently. At the age of 80, all his life insurance had expired, and his savings was spent. His family, financially, were living from week to week. His failing health along with COVID-19 put him in an Intensive Care Unit for days … more

Letter to the editor: Outlining key priorities for South Carolina's blind community in the year ahead

As South Carolina legislators and other elected officials ponder their respective agendas, we want to chime in with priorities from the blind and visually impaired community. While our community has enjoyed progress in recent years thanks to the … more

S.C. Editorial Roundup: Feb. 19, 2021

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Feb. 15 We don't need to liberalize our gun laws in S.C. Most S.C. legislators know the claims that having more armed citizens makes us all safer are at best wishful … more

Letter to the editor: Black, minority-owned businesses need to be online to thrive in new economy

It's the 21st century, and Black-owned businesses as a whole are not utilizing the benefits of an online presence. During a time where sites like Wix host free limited websites and social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn are … more

Letter to the editor: We should have day honoring all the women in Sumter

Let's create a "Woman's Appreciation Day" in Sumter. We owe our very existence to a woman, our mothers. History has not been fair to women. Jesus Christ could not exist if not for His mother, so let's get our stuff together and see women with the … more
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