I have been neutral in the YMCA debate and I'm trying to stay that way. There are merits on both sides (we think), but when a member of Camden City Council pulls the race card, I will not be quiet. This planned or unplanned sports complex has nothing to do with race. It is insulting that a member of city council could even bring race into the debate.
Our Republican elected representative in our state and across American is not a friend of the working class. The sad truth is that our state is a place that assures workers cheap labor and the freedom not to join a union. As a condition of employment, it is a state where workers work for less and depend on the "good will" of their employer for a decent pay.
Regarding the City of Camden possibly suing the Farbers for lost revenue in relation to their lawsuit stopping the YMCA, regarding the anger of city officials toward the citizen referendum about the Y, one has to ask, what is the city's objective: to create community or to win at all costs?
It seems that the City of Camden wants to have a "Y" or a sports complex that is against the will of a good many voters. Not only does the City Council want to disregard the petition of these voters after all criteria was met and the proper fashion of following the request of the council, these petitioners are being ignored as if there was never a mention for scrapping it by anyone having a disagreement. And now there's the enlistment of the County Council to join with the City Council and build such an endeavor and ignore all ...
I applaud S.C. Sens. Joel Lourie and Vincent Sheheen for having the wherewithal to speak out about our South Carolina government. It is atrocious. Not one layer of government knows what the other layer is doing and doesn't seem to care as long as they receive their paycheck!
As an interested citizen in what is occurring in our county and city in regard to the "recreation" issue, I attended Public Forum No. 7 (Feb. 23) regarding the Kershaw County Recreation Master Plan Update. "This report was prepared as a guide to assist Kershaw County in developing parks, recreation and the county recreation department over the next decade. This plan includes an inventory and map of existing parks and facilities, a 3-year and 10-year recreation park and development plan with associated costs and a land acquisition plan through 2030. Overall department structure, staffing, programming, funding, and marketing strategies were ...
Tuesday night I attended the Kershaw County Sheriff Office's community update in the West Wateree area. I want to echo what one of your readers expressed some time ago. We are indeed blessed to have Sheriff Matthews and his committed deputies protecting us. I have lived in Elgin for 13 years. Several of my neighbors and I have been victims of home invasions or car break-ins. Over the years, I have watched little, peaceful Elgin begin an evolution into the Wild, Wild West, but there is truly a new sheriff in town!
The newly proposed city council ordinance -- "Should the City of Camden continue with plans to construct a recreation facility and partner with a third party administer the facility?" -- is an unacceptable subversion of the ordinance submitted to City Council on Jan. 24, 2012, that was signed by 1,107 registered voters in the City of Camden.
Social Security – With the 2 percent funding cut extended for another year, the system will lose billions. I don't believe most of the people desire this. Those who benefit the most are those who earn more than $40,000 a year. The few dollars that one gains each pay period isn't worth jeopardizing the system for future generations. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted a year ago found that 60 percent of adults who aren't retired expect to get nothing – zero -- from Social Security in their older age. They're mistaken. As misinformation and mistrust grow ...
I am writing this letter as a concerned resident, taxpayer and homeowner of the City of Camden. This letter in no way reflects the interests of any group(s), and is purely informational.
I recently watched the YouTube video rant by a member of Elgin Town Council and a friend of his who criticized Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his department for "doing their job." To compare modern law enforcement to Nazis during World War II is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line for Kershaw County citizens.
Regarding the story on John Rainey, I found it interesting from all of his time in government he has only found one person he has deemed corrupt enough to investigate on his own (our current governor). He states that it is "his civic duty to call out people who I don't believe represent South Carolina in a manner in which we want to be known and remembered."
I would like to thank Mr. Floyd Hinson for his well-written article "Citizens paying for services they don't receive" published in the Chronicle-Independent Jan. 20. He is "right on" about our sewer tax and other taxes/fees such as the special purpose tax. People need to know just what these taxes/fees or whatever you call them are. For those of us who really do care, we need to attend the county council meetings more often so we can see more of what is going on in our area or district. These things make a difference in how and ...
With regard to Gov. Nikki Haley's proposed legislation to stop frivolous lawsuits, I would like to tell you my story. After years of trying to get my neighbor to stop using my property for the storage of his junk car business, I finally put up a fence. Prior to my doing so, I hired a surveyor to locate the property line. My neighbor disputed the property line as surveyed and has filed suit against me for erecting a fence that, according to him, has caused him to lose money from his business operations. I in turn have had to ...
This past weekend we experienced a totally unexpected display of unconditional kindness. We decided to go to the Little Theatre in Camden to see "Joyful Noise."
Anytime we, as a county, can truly honor something or someone, a warm feeling can overcome you. This is good. This experience happened Dec. 9, the final (regular) Kershaw County Council meeting of 2014. One had to be there to witness this "proud of you" feeling obviously everyone certainly felt.
I'm sure everyone is abreast of all the hullaballoo over interrogation techniques used by the CIA to get information from the Guantanamo detainees to assist in avoiding another World Trade Center disaster. Dianne Feinstein, along with Obama and most of the congressional Democrats, insisted on "confessing," as they put it, despite the secretary of state urging against it, terming it detrimental to our interests and safety abroad. So, immediately, China and Korea termed us "bad boys," and why not -- didn't the current administration essentially say that?
I applaud the Chronicle-Independent for front page coverage of the dropping of charges against Mr. Sammie Tucker. All too often, especially in larger media markets, good news is relegated to the back pages, while sensational news makes the front page. I believe our community newspaper makes a concerted effort to report the news as it happens and, more importantly, reports good news.
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