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An opinion and some facts on Social Security

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 ...

February 24, 2012 | W.E. Alderman Elgin | Letters


All aspects of Y sports project are wrong

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.

February 22, 2012 | Stephen Sarafin Jr. Camden | Letters


County fortunate to have Matthews

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.

February 22, 2012 | Steve Smith Columbia | Letters


More to investigate

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."

February 20, 2012 | Robert Horton Camden | Letters


How about a tax/fee that benefits everyone?

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 ...

February 17, 2012 | Howard W. Buckholz Cassatt | Letters


Control of frivolous lawsuits needed

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 ...

February 17, 2012 | Howell C. Clark Lugoff | Letters


Movie-goers treated to unexpected kindness

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."

February 17, 2012 | Paul and Ruth Andrade Rembert | Letters


Let’s build on assets already in place

I like the idea of bike paths throughout downtown Camden. I like the idea of a carriage tour of historic residences. I like the idea of renovating the train depot and reactivating a track to and from Camden to Columbia. I like the idea of upgrading the Woodward Air Field to make Camden a true commuter-friendly town for folks who want to work in the city and yet be surrounded by the equestrian world and country living.

February 15, 2012 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Lessons learned, solutions offered through C/KCRD recreation

(This letter is a follow-up to the letter, "Review of organized recreation in Camden, Kershaw County," in the Aug. 10 Chronicle-Independent. It is offered to help close the divisions that have been created, emphasize some lessons learned and review some potential solutions as paths forward to regaining unity, unselfish civic pride, participation and a willingness to "put the needs of the total community first." At all levels of human relationships, especially those involving children, the true measure of leadership is to have someone say that "you care more about your students/athletes/teammates/ constituents than you do about yourself.")

February 10, 2012 | Bob Mays Camden | Letters


Priorities

I would like to address several concerns that I have as a taxpayer and a concerned citizen. We moved here a few years ago due to the charm, laidback living, and the way everyone took pride in their community. I have been very concerned over all the vacant buildings, one in particular: the old Camden Middle School. It is not only an eyesore, but could be a hot spot for crime and vandalism. This is not the type of first impression of our town that we want to give.

February 08, 2012 | Lynne Mastantuno Camden | Letters


Pedaling forward

So where do we go from here? How much are we willing to spend without the help of a third party to improve our city and county? Can we afford to maintain what we build? What kind of recreational/tourism improvements will make a lasting impact on all of the citizens not just one group?

February 08, 2012 | Denise Schnese Camden | Letters


Treasure the moments

This is a new year! A new beginning! A time to reflect, but also a time to look ahead to the future.

February 06, 2012 | Margaret Truesdale Camden | Letters


Hospitality tax enacted for ‘tourism’

York County has Brattonsville, the home of Colonel Bratton, of Revolutionary War fame. York County funds this attraction as it is a valuable tourist asset.

February 06, 2012 | Walter Barron Camden | Letters


Silence in the garden

On Jan. 29, 2012, James R. Cothran, of Atlanta, died after a short illness. For many people, the garden is the perfection of man's beauty on earth. Nowhere is this more evident than in the South, where creating beautiful spaces is a time-honored tradition. James "Jim" Robert Cothran shared and exemplified this passion. This renowned landscape architect, horticulturalist, urban planner, garden historian, historic preservationist, author, educator, civic leader, businessman and mentor contributed significantly to preserving the beauty of the Southern landscape. A graduate of Clemson, with Master's degrees from the UGA and Georgia Tech, Jim served 42 years ...

February 06, 2012 | Judith Dill Camden | Letters


Look out for those in need around us

I am very appalled; I thought that with our economy in the condition it is in now, how can the people of Camden and surrounding areas be so set on having a Y, to bring in visitors, friends and whatever else they can think of. In my opinion, this is pure greed. I have no intentions of leaving anyone out; this includes all proprietors, lawyers and Indian chiefs and let's don't forget the mayor and his committee and all the rich. It's too bad the economy hasn't hit you all yet but don't worry, it ...

February 03, 2012 | Edna Payne Camden | Letters


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Reader responds to Morgan’s response

It would ill-behoove me to verbally joust with the Kershaw Count school superintendent over matters of academia. I merely want to reflect on his response to my recent letter; then I am done.

November 28, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Letter: Treat them like one of ‘us’

It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.

November 26, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Reader: focus on dog owners, not breeds

Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...

November 24, 2014 | Margaret Ellis Camden | Letters


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke’ may not serve us well

I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.

November 24, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan Kershaw County School District | Letters


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