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Thanks to all for a successful Blues Festival

Thanks to a huge effort by our community, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's 20th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival was an enormous success. I would like to express appreciation to our supporters, sponsors and patrons for making the festival so special, even in the face of the difficulties placed upon us by Hurricane Matthew. We are so fortunate to live among people who display great warmth and generosity, not only to each other, but toward visitors and guests.

October 14, 2016 | | Letters


Thanks to all for a good book sale

This past month I have realized just what an extraordinary effort is required to put on a major event. The Friends of the Kershaw County Library's annual book sale occurred this past two weeks. It would not have been the success it was without the contributions of a number of people and entities. We made thousands of dollars which will go to providing needed services for which the Kershaw County Library's budget simply does not allow. In particular, I want to thank:

October 11, 2016 | | Letters


Lions candy days kick off today

The Camden Lions Club was chartered on September 4, 1945. We have been fulfilling our motto of "We Serve" in Kershaw County for over 70 years. To give you an idea of what we do I am submitting the following information about our charitable services to the citizens of Kershaw County. Since July 1, 2009, we have spent $42,598 for eye care to Kershaw County citizens. We have made contributions of $9,350 to South Carolina Lions Charitable Services to fund major eye operations. These funds and more are spent in Kershaw County. We sponsor a youth baseball team ...

September 30, 2016 | | Letters


Writer will be voting 'yes' for penny, 'no' for the referendum

It's the same ole drum beat every election/referendum cycle: if Camden taxpayers spend more money on new schools, we will be rewarded with a surge in population, therefore expanding the tax base. No.

September 23, 2016 | | Letters


Writer agrees with mayor’s stance on school referendum

Congratulations to Mayor Tony Scully on his September 2 column titled "The Referendum." In this article he addressed the myths surrounding the November election school referendum - the bond to pay for facilities and improvements, and the penny tax to pay off the bond. He thoughtfully responded to every myth with facts and logic, free of emotion, explaining this investment in education and its far-reaching impact on the economy, business, the work force, national and international industry, and development and growth of our county. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frank Morgan, followed the mayor's column with his own, further explaining additional ...

September 23, 2016 | | Letters


Reader voting 'yes' for referendum

August 26, 2016 | Scott Jordan Camden | Letters


Reader suggests getting out of our ‘bubbles’ to fight racism

Where does racism come from? Some say it's been around forever; and, you're not going to change that. Now, that's a discussion stopper! If we say we are not racist in any way shape or form, we're only kidding ourselves. Racism is alive and well. It lives on a continuum from minimally racist to extremely racist. If you ask a class of school children, "Where does racism begin?" They'll tell you, "At home, parents, family, the neighborhood, the playground." Out of the mouths of babes! Are we hard-wired to only be concerned about our own?

July 15, 2016 | Vicki Porter Camden | Letters


Reader: Read the Constitution for 4th of July

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. It may be a very good idea for all Americans to take the time to read the U.S. Constitution so we Americans can maintain and restore American character to our hearts and souls.

July 01, 2016 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Reader muses on founding fathers and gun control

Editor Martin L. Cahn's column was thought-provoking on several levels ("Once again, the people lose," Friday, June 24). Mass shootings and the resultant cries for more gun control have both escalated to unprecedented levels in the last few years. It's saddening that the immediate political response is always to implement stricter gun controls.

June 28, 2016 | Bill Ferguson Camden | Letters


Reader: Media coverage feeds ‘sick egos’

The senseless shooting at Emanuel Church in Charleston was, by any standard, a horrible and grevious act. Any civil person has to feel sorrow and empathy for the friends and relatives of the victims of that terrible crime. Fruther, any punishment, no matter how severe, meted out to the shooter is well deserved.

June 21, 2016 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Reader muses on women and the GOP

Initially, both the Republican and Democratic parties supported the women's movement of the 1970s. In 1975, Congress mandated and funded conferences in every state, leading up to a 1977 national conference in Houston to develop a plan of action to guide Congress on women's issues.

June 10, 2016 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Child endangerment no ‘accident’

If children's lives matter, when will we stop calling child endangerment an accident?

June 07, 2016 | Vicki Porter Camden | Letters


Camden resident offers alternatives to Planned Parenthood

During the last several months, we have been hearing a lot about Planned Parenthood (PP), and its accessible and affordable services to women, in addition to those of providing abortions.

June 03, 2016 | Deane Risher Camden | Letters


Lyricist appreciates audience response

On Sunday, May 22, the Fine Arts Center (FAC) was nearly full to capacity for the special production, "An Afternoon with Dick Goodwin." The Columbia Choral Society (CCS) under the direction of Dr. Lillian Quackenbush sang a classical symphonic piece composed by Goodwin entitled, "Mark Twain Remarks." The audience was held spellbound with the intriguing arrangement and the talented voices accompanied by gifted pianist Allison Hilbish. The FAC's acoustically flawless venue allowed every note and word to be heard, resulting in a breath-takingly beautiful experience.

June 03, 2016 | Paddy Bell, lyricist Camden | Letters


Reader responds to Noble column on mass shootings

In response to Phil Noble's editorial ("Come here and talk about guns," May 27), he fails to mention churches are considered gun free zones and the majority of mass shootings are done in gun free zones. Also, he did not mention a mass shooting is considered to involve more than two persons.

June 03, 2016 | Ronald Boyce Camden | Letters


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Political rhetoric can damage our country

I pray regularly for our leaders to catch up with the 21st century, and for President-Elect Donald Trump not to follow some of the paths ...

December 02, 2016 | | Letters


Why can't they coordinate road work?

I wish the city, county or state would get together on painting and gouging our streets. They are painting white lines and gouging the streets ...

November 29, 2016 | Bob Dornblaser Camden | Letters


Writer calls out party divisiveness

In 1796, George Washington released his famous Farewell Address that admonished the citizens of the infant America of four primary things, but his arguably most ...

November 22, 2016 | Ryan Kelly Camden | Letters


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