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There’s more work to be done

Recently I was blessed to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the beautiful ground of our National Mall. McKissack and McKissack's Lisa Anders, the senior project manager for the Memorial construction, gave a background on elements of the memorial. Ms. Anders had overall responsibility for management of the contraction. She said the $121 million memorial used varied treatment and textures of water and stone in creating a sense of the diversity of the civil rights movements. It was a singular distinction for an African-American woman.

January 25, 2012 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Same hymnal, different song

The proposed Camden Sports Complex has become a matter of considerable debate within the Camden community. Sides have been taken, strategies employed, and divisive positions adopted that have resulted in a contentious atmosphere in our community. The Camden Referendum Recreation Coalition (CRRC) and the Camden For the Y organization are agreeing to disagree on some issues. However, we agree on many more, as we recognize we share a common cause.

January 23, 2012 | Paddy Bell and Austin Jenkins Camden Referendum Recreation Coalition and Camden For The Y | Letters


YMCA would attract families, spark growth

Two and a half years ago my husband and I decided that it was time to plant roots closer to family. I grew up in a military family bouncing from place to place about every four years so picking the right time to move with minimal emotional repercussions for our daughter was important to us. Growing up, I tried to understand that my parents were making major sacrifices for our country and respected that. With that said, as a kid it always came down to the fact that it took a lot of effort to pick up and make new ...

January 23, 2012 | Jessica Kemp Camden | Letters


Referendum remains focus

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the issue of the wording of the current petition on the proposed Camden Sports Complex. It has been suggested that the language seems to be in conflict with the cause of the Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition (CRRC) to let the voice of the people be heard. The driving force behind the CRRC was, is, and always will be the referendum, and the right for citizens to participate in government. However, in order to get to the point of a referendum, the State Code (and City Council) mandates that the format of the petition ...

January 20, 2012 | Paddy Bell Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition | Letters


Citizens paying for services they don’t receive

I have lived in Kershaw County all of my life. I pay taxes just like all the citizens in this county. Taxes are necessary in order to meet the county's obligations, like school bonds and other things that the county is responsible for. The problem I have is with the things we pay for that are not our responsibility.

January 20, 2012 | Floyd Hinson Lugoff | Letters


New petition misleading

We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.

January 20, 2012 | Austin Jenkins and Karin Jenkins, MD Camden for the Y | Letters


‘...leave us to our old tried and true ways’

I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...

January 20, 2012 | Henrietta McWillie Camden | Letters


YMCA/sports complex will benefit all

For several months I watched the pro and con actions concerning the Camden Sports Complex. As the information seemed to be so different, I decided to research the topic myself. As I researched the argument against the Camden Sports Complex, it evolved from one reason to another and then another. First, it would compete with local business, then it was too large an expenditure. I've witnessed multiple petitions, speaking at public forums in city council, and public displays of booing and heckling at the speakers for the Sports Complex. I stood, listened and watched as some have falsely claimed ...

January 18, 2012 | Bruce A. Brown, Ph.D. Camden | Letters


YMCA important step for city

Our children began swimming competitively at a young age. We lived in Columbia at the time and were members of a community swim club in our subdivision. When we moved to Camden in 1979, the YMCA pool provided them with the opportunity to continue this important social and physical activity. Our son and his wife live in Greenville and utilize their "Y" for work-outs several times a week. He is still a swimmer. Our daughter's family participates in the "Y" in Sumter; both grandchildren play basketball there. Our grand-daughter's school holds their swim team practices and meets at ...

January 16, 2012 | Pat and Nancy Wylie Camden | Letters


Help comes from many corners

We volunteer in the Christian Community Ministries food pantry. In these hard economic times, the need for food for those in need is greater than ever. We have more and more families who need food. Yet, the people of Kershaw County have been unbelievably generous in donating food and money to our pantry.

January 16, 2012 | Patty and Allen Roberts Camden | Letters


Christmas in Hawaii

Your Opinion column on Jan. 6, 2012, criticized President Obama for traveling to Hawaii for Christmas. As most of us do, he went home for Christmas. His home just happens to be Hawaii.

January 13, 2012 | Patricia Harris Camden | Letters


Partin's letter insightful

Kudos to Councilman Pat Partin for his very thorough and well-written letter in this newspaper. He gave excellent accounting and insight into the reasoning of City Council regarding the proposed construction(s) to take Camden to a new level. The only thing about his letter that I do not understand is why he waited so long to present it. It would have been an even greater help to our understanding had he provided it several months ago. Alas, better late than never.

January 13, 2012 | John Schaffer Camden | Letters


Time to compromise

The Y or no Y debate has become combative. The City has stood fast, probably believing it has public support. The opponents, including me, are just as steadfastly convinced we will win either in a referendum or a lawsuit, or both.

January 13, 2012 | Herbert Farber (individually, not part of a group) Camden | Letters


Give YMCA, our children a chance

Our family moved to Camden in 2004 from the Dallas area. My wife Amy grew up here, so we were excited to have the opportunity to move to Camden to raise our children in a small town. I am a CPA and Partner with Grant Thornton LLP in Columbia. The YMCA has had a wonderful influence on my life and career. I am hopeful that City Council will move forward with the plan to bring a Y to our town.

January 11, 2012 | Andrew Pope Camden | Letters


Debt and voting: we should all vote

You have heard every American citizen shares in our national debt. Today -- each of us, newborns, included! Approximately $48,000! How much would you owe when you add a home mortgage, automobile debt, credit card debt, insurance bills, food bill, and energy bill each month? Be this the case, would you or I ever get out of debt? This is not counting the possible raising the national debt that Obama is wanting by another $1.5 trillion in early this year. This president wants to break our country. Do you the taxpayer like this? I do not! This is a ...

January 11, 2012 | Robert Bullock Lugoff | Letters


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Reader: SCHSL decision sends wrong message

Regarding the S.C. High School League decision concerning the so called "brawl" after the Camden-Dreher football game, the league has the legal authority to assess such penalties since the schools are, by their own action, voluntary members. And I understand the league's objective of trying to emphasize that such conduct is not acceptable and should be dealt with appropriately.

October 29, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


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