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It's all a matter of perspective...

Posted: August 16, 2011 9:14 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.

We love Camden. After moving here in 1978, Camden has become “our hometown.” When traveling here or abroad and asked where we are from, with a note of pride, Camden, South Carolina, is our answer. My office is in the city. Our home is in the county. Having said that, when we read about the antics of the mayor and his city manager sidekick each week in the paper, we breathe a deep sigh. From one perspective, we’re not concerned. It’s not our tax money they are wasting -- we live in the county. And, when we drive by the “Town Green,” which seems to have no purpose whatsoever, again we are not concerned. It’s not our money they are wasting -- we live in the county. So, from a purely economical perspective, the Town Green, the proposed Y, the abolishing of commissions are all just frivolous activities wasting the city taxpayers’ money. After all, we live in the county. However, from a deeper, emotional perspective, we are horrified by the way these actions not only tarnish Camden’s reputation but have the potential to damage those organizations we consider among our most valuable resources -- the character and heritage from which we all profit -- like Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site and the Fine Arts Center. And now there are rumors that the mayor and his sidekick may be planning to “partner up” with county organizations to help pay for all of this foolishness. (And don’t you just love that phrase “partner up” -- it means “give me a check!”). Perhaps they have their eyes on KershawHealth, the school district and county council. If that’s the case, we are really concerned. Now it is no longer just the city taxpayers’ money … it is our money, too!

We have no idea what the mayor and his sidekick’s long-range plans are. Perhaps they have aspirations of running for a “national” office someday. After all, they seem to have adopted the same “spend, spend, spend” philosophy and the “we know what you need, you don’t” attitude of Washington. But that’s another story. Based on the volumes of letters in the paper not to mention the conversations on Facebook, we are a bit surprised that they and some of the city council members haven’t been run out of town on a rail.

However, for the moment, we are not concerned. It’s not our money the city is wasting -- we live in the county. But it could change and, if so … so would our perspective because, after all, Camden is our hometown.

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