I am writing regarding Rev. Dr. P. W. Wise's letter, "Diversity, tolerance as American as apple pie," featured in the Chronicle-Independent Oct. 18. He is the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, located in downtown Camden.
In October of 2009, we were appointed by the Kershaw County Council to the Capital Sales Tax Commission. Over the months that followed, we worked diligently to understand exactly how the tax would work, to review 27 qualifying projects totaling over $77 million, and finally to narrow the list to eight projects as our final recommendation.
The polls are going to open Tuesday, November 2, at 7 a.m. and we again will be asked to choose the people we think are going to be the best to lead our county and state for the next few years. We will also be asked to decide if we want another penny added to the sales tax to fund projects across the county. This question is one of the most important of the entire election for Kershaw County residents for this will affect all of us for years to come. The penny for progress.com lobby has been ...
Please tell me that I have just awoken from some bad dream. I have been researching the candidates running for S.C. House District 79, and I cannot believe what I am seeing.
The election in November is going to determine what kind of government and government philosophy we are going to have in 2011 and 2012, and probably beyond that.
As a public school educator for almost 50 years I am very concerned about the future of public education. We need someone in the governor's office who is really concerned about education in this state.
On Nov. 2 our county leadership is asking you to vote "yes" for a penny sales tax referendum to fund projects throughout the county. Now, a lot of these projects are in fact worthwhile, but are they necessities? With our unemployment rate at 11.1 percent at the end of August 2010, and incomes way down for most of our citizens, is this the right time to increase sales tax for Kershaw County? Currently, South Carolina has a sales tax rate of 6 percent across the state but Kershaw County has a 7 percent sales tax rate and is asking ...
In considering any new tax during this economic climate, strong consideration should be given to what will be gained. The burden of the tax must be considered and weighed against the benefits.
The American public air waves have been dominated recently surrounding the controversy involving the proposed building of a Moslem mosque near Ground Zero. The controversy has been vigorously debated on both sides of the religious, racial and political spectrum. It appears that everyone has an opinion about whether the mosque should be built.
In the spring of 2009, teachers in Camden and across South Carolina were faced with the prospect of losing their jobs when Governor Sanford rejected $511 million in stimulus funds intended for public education.
Mr. Sheheen has not answered questions regarding his positions on two critical issues: 1) How would you treat the attorney general's lawsuit to challenge the Obama health care issue? Would you de-fund the lawsuit moving forward or support it? and 2) Are you planning to reapply for the TARP funds that Gov Sanford refused? There are strings attached to the TARP funds: the states must spend it according to federal government prescription causing South Carolina to be "owned" by the federal government, thereby giving up states' rights?
I am so amazed that people who apparently don't need food stamps for food can swap them for money, alcohol and apparently whatever they want, and even more amazed at the proprietors would exchange them illegally.
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Soon the registered voters of this county will go to the polls and cast a vote for an untimely proposition. This vote will determine whether the taxpayers and people that are in transit will have to begin paying an additional tax on everything that is bought in this country with the exception of food and related items. This is not a time in the history of this county for taxes to be raised for any reason. The uncertainty of the economy at this time is beyond predictable. With all of the backbiting that is taking place in this state and ...
Our state has suffered for too long because of a chief executive who has been unable to work with members of his own party, much less cross party lines to work for the best interests of South Carolina. According to most polls, we are on the threshold of continuing that trend.
Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.
During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.
It is always exciting to read positive press in the Chronicle-Independent concerning businesses in our area. Sam Kendall's 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award was wonderfully covered by the C-I for its hard-earned recognition. Each year, TripAdvisor assesses local businesses worldwide and awards certificates to those with very high ratings. For 2014, they awarded three Certificates of Excellence in Camden to Sam Kendall's, Salud! Mexican Kitchen, and Bloomsbury Inn. In addition, their highest recognition, Traveler's Choice Awards, honors like businesses nationwide. As the C-I well-covered earlier in the year, Bloomsbury was a Traveler's Choice Award winner for ...
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