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Opinion: What Trump will leave in Biden's inbox

Dismissing President Donald Trump's claim that the 2020 election remains undecided, Joe Biden has begun to name his national security team. Right now, it looks Democratic establishment all the way. Antony Blinken, a longtime foreign policy … more

Opinion: A note of gratitude to my Sumter, Tuomey family

To the Sumter/Shaw community: I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that has been shown to me and my family over the past week. Words are inadequate to express how much your calls, texts, cards and social media posts have … more

Opinion: Will you have a blue or merry holiday season?

Now is the time to develop your plan for avoiding a blue holiday season and having a merry holiday season. I love Elvis' song Blue Christmas, but I don't want to have one. However, in the best of times, holiday blues strike most people. If you … more

OPINION: People are afraid to tell pollsters what they think

"I like a good contrarian argument as much as the next guy," tweets mild-mannered RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende, "but there's really no getting around the fact that the 2020 polling was a pile of steaming garbage." "The … more

Opinion: Election takeaways and our democracy

Every year right after an election, I'd find a small pile of requests waiting for me from journalists. They wanted some sort of comment on what it all meant. "What are the voters telling us?" they'd ask. It's human nature to want to make sense of … more

Editorial Roundup: Nov. 20, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Nov. 17 Rethinking contract negotiations at our state-funded schools There are winners and there are losers. But in the corporate and sports world, even losers are … more

Opinion: Your happiest hour on Earth should be your last

Happy hour is a marketing term for a time when a venue (such as a restaurant, bar, bowling alley, stadium, state fair or county fair) offers discounts on alcoholic drinks. Free appetizers and discounted menu items are often served during happy hour. … more

Letter: The root of my election protest was not understood

This letter is written in response to your article "Lee's Sumter school board win cleared" dated Nov. 17, 2020. It is becoming more and more apparent to me that the Sumter County Election Commission, Sumter County Voter Registration Office and the … more

Opinion: Dealing with political loss and putting mental health back on track

The intensity and deep partisanship of the 2020 election have left many of us in serious distress. Most Democrats, reading misguided polls, felt optimistic going into the election and then faced an early possibility that Donald Trump would win … more

OPINION: Correct diagnostics needed to explain school achievement gap

You present to a physician with severe abdominal pain. He examines you and concludes that your ingrown toenails are the cause of your abdominal distress. He prescribes that you soak your feet in warm water but that does not bring relief to your … more

Letter: Merchant shows commitment in every aspect of life

It is a blessing to know and support David Merchant for mayor of Sumter. David is an exceptional individual and is well qualified to lead our city. David is fully invested in Sumter. He freely gives of his time and talents to those around him, never … more

Letter: Mobile home owners should have same protection

The residents of mobile homes in the City of Sumter, South Carolina, are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) infection due to the substandard conditions that a significant percentage of these homes are currently in. … more

Letter: Merchant does everything with full gusto

I met David Merchant roughly 16 years ago when my husband, Shawn, and I and our growing family moved back to Sumter. David and Laurie and their family have been our dear friends through the action-packed and exhausting child-rearing years. I know … more
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