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Opinion: Young people are ignorant of history

A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as "favorable." Let's examine this … more

Opinion: Medicare for All will lead to disaster for the country, destroy health system

Can Medicare For All really work and reduce the cost for the middle class? Using Medicare as it works for seniors now, let's look at an estimated annual cost for a family say a family of four. First, it will cost $1,600 per person, paid up front … more

Opinion: Festival probably brought positive attention to Sumter academy, district's programs

I am writing in response to an article in the Saturday, Nov. 9, edition of The Sumter Item. Concern was expressed over participation by several of Sumter School District's performing organizations in the Ujima Community Festival, sponsored by Ragin … more

Opinion: We're keeping a tight grip on our nuclear toys

"Everyone wants to play with the big boys, and the only way to become one of the big boys is to have nuclear toys." Attention Planet Earth! Attention Planet Earth! It is time to grow up. The words are those of Mohamed ElBaradei, then director … more

OPINION: A special Veterans Day salute

Veterans Day has traditionally been a time for Americans to pause and thank the men and women who, through many years and too many conflicts, have helped ensure the blessings we share in this free and independent land. This one-day observance lets … more

OPINION: City employees need to concentrate on safe driving

While driving down Bultman Drive the morning of Nov. 7 at about 9:15 a.m., I passed a City of Sumter pickup truck driving in the right lane and noticed that the driver was holding a sandwich in his left hand and even took a bite of it. Are city … more

OPINION: True heroes rise up, make sacrifices and contributions

Veterans Day this year is especially memorable for me. I recently attended a Marine reunion of The 38th USMC OC/Basic Class 3/66. We began training at Quantico, Virginia, in early October 1965. In May 1966, the 520 who survived the process had been … more

OPINION: Trump has gone from America's president to an autocrat

A recent special issue of Foreign Affairs is devoted to profiling some of the world's most prominent autocrats: Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte, Viktor Orban. Strangely, Donald Trump is not included. He should be … more

Opinion: Our country makes progress when citizens tackle small stuff

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can't accomplish things alone. Whether you're trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to … more

Opinion: Should you be afraid of the fascists in your community?

I get accused of "being over the top" and using hyperbole by conservative friends and acquaintances with increasing frequency. This is caused, in large part, by me being a vocal and active contributor to the public discourse about issues of peace … more

Opinion: The big-picture impact of Medicare for All

Medicare for All is forecast to cost $52 trillion over 10 years, which is over $5 trillion per year. That is more than the entire federal budget of $4 trillion per year. How will we raise all that money? … more

Opinion: Will Boris Johnson get big parliamentary majority as suggested by the polls?

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of British voters chose, by a 52 to 48% margin, to Leave rather than Remain in the European Union. Now with a general election set for Dec. 12, it looks like Britain is finally about to escape … more

OPINION: 50 years ago: The day Nixon routed the establishment

What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this us vs. them nation? Who started the fire? Many trace the roots of our uncivil social conflict to the 1960s and the Johnson … more
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