During the holiday season, especially through these tough economic times, people who are a little or a lot more fortunate than others struggle with the dilemma of whether to give or not to give to those in need of help. We have the guy outside your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, ringing a handbell, with a basket so far from it, urging you to give to the needy. Then there's Families Helping Families, a very admirable charity that's got the phone lines and the newscast promoting their organization, and let us not forget the Toys for Tots program. What able-bodied ...
Having been involved in the equine activities of Camden since 1952, I write this letter to express my gratitude and thanks to the Camden Chronicle-Independent for its outstanding coverage and support of these activities. From the Camden Hunt to the horse shows, to polo, to the hunter trials, to flat racing, to National Steeplechasing and to the Colonial and Carolina Cups, the Chronicle-Independent has always been there to lend its support and coverage. How fortunate we are to have Tom Didato, a talented and knowledgeable writer covering the equine events.
If you were following City Council closely, you may have noticed that on October 25th, 2011, the City voted on the City of Camden Redevelopment Plan. This was done pretty quietly, so you may have missed it.
There has been much discussion about whether a sports complex is a legitimate use of the hospitality tax. That question has been answered through legal opinions and by the simple observation that this same tax has been used in other municipalities to build sports complexes. Whether we agree or not, it has been deemed legal. However, is it an ethical use of tourism dollars? Is it really tourism?
Recently Republican candidate Newt Gingrich told a culture thinking audience in Spartanburg that if he is elected president within one year he will turn back all federal labor laws to 1941. Several names came to mind, like President Franklin Roosevelt and labor leader Asa Philip Randolph
A few weeks ago, I read a letter in the Chronicle-Independent that presented a good point. Many of us have strong feelings about the proposed sports complex but we are too busy to take time to express them. The writer specifically mentioned young people with children. We are all bound together as a community and our lives are affected by decisions relating to things within the community; therefore, we all should participate in those decisions.
I have memorized Lindsey Graham's response to me. He says, "My job as your United States Senator is to represent your interests. While I cannot guarantee we will see eye-to-eye on every issue, I can guarantee you I will give your thoughts and opinions the consideration they deserve." I want to feel encouraged by that promise and to believe that we are still a nation that can entertain different perspectives and debate without rancor or preconceived notions. Since, however, Graham has not responded to my concerns with convincing or in fact any concrete details, most recently about the wetlands ...
When I was young I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Back then it was not understood, and my parents kept me from physical activities. When I started going to the "Y" I played volleyball. I gained confidence. Eventually I got into the pool. I was unsure about it but my friends pushed me to do more.
The sports complex issue raged on at the last City Council meeting. Both the public and members of City Council decried the inability for one another to "hear" what they were saying.
This writer is not in favor of any more money of any kind going to Europe to be wasted on their "more of the same." Instead, we could help Europe and ourselves at the same time by instituting a nationwide all-American program of massive oil, gas and coal energy production.
My husband and I would like to thank Dr. Tommy Joseph for his many years of selfless service to the children of Kershaw County. We both saw Dr. Joseph as children and then took our own two sons to him for the past 14 years. He was a gift to our family and the community. He calmed our many "new parent" fears and reassured us while providing the best medical treatment available. He is one of a kind and we will miss seeing him at the doctor's office. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement!
On Nov. 29th I was on my way home for lunch and saw the Lugoff Fire Department in front of my neighbor's house. After parking in the road and walking over to where my neighbor was standing I found out that, fortunately, the house was not on fire but a scene was taking place that looked like it should have been on television.
Just my opinion…
The Ladies VFW Auxiliary, Post 5928, would like to thank the businesses that allowed us to collect donations for disabled veterans at the Tucker Center Long Term Care, Veterans Hospital, Columbia.
While checking my county tax assessment, I noticed that I was charged for county fire service when I have been paying the city since 1985. When trying to contact someone as to why, the first time I was put on hold for 20 minutes and had to call back. Someone finally got the needed info on the second call and when I finally got a call back all they could tell me was that I was in the county. I know where I live as I have been there since 1985, but no one could or would give me an ...
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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