I have been closely following the debate about creating a YMCA facility here in Camden. As much as I would like to be able to enjoy a year-round indoor pool, I cannot agree with our city leaders that this is the best use of my hospitality tax money. First of all, the Recreation Department already operates a successful pool and owns enough adjoining land that the pool could be enclosed, a gym could be built, and new offices that the department desperately needs could be housed in the same facility on Battleship Road. Second, do we need an outside entity ...
I truly thank the brave workers of South Carolina who are fighting for economic justice and who voice their concern about this state's consistent disregard for the interest of the working class.
What kind of memories are you leaving behind? Have you ever thought about that?
I don't use Facebook, I probably wouldn't use a YMCA in Camden, and I may be speaking for a small segment of our city and county. But many of us agree that timing is everything on big financial decisions in a community with the economic recession that we have here in Camden and Kershaw County, our state and our nation.
We at Let Freedom Ring believe in peace through strength. In this same belief we want to honor those soldiers who fought at the Battle of Camden. Those soldiers who fought at this battle believed that the peace they so desperately wanted could only come through strength and standing up to the British army stationed here at Camden. Even though the Americans lost this battle, it went a long way in winning the war and giving the Americans the peace they wanted.
I am somewhat puzzled over Martin Cahn's newspaper's accounting of city council meetings. I am particularly confused by the detailing of Mr. Polk's emotions and body language during the meetings. Are all eyes, including the reporter's, on Mr. Polk, because he is the only one who is responding to the outrage? The recent attempt to abolish the commissions is quite revealing. Mr. Partin questioned Mr.Polk's concerns and accused him of advocating larger government. In my view, Mr. Polk was defending a democratic government! Not to allow the people on these commissions the right to ...
As a public citizen, I take offense at the manner in which the business of Camden is being conducted. Suggesting (in public) that "council members have been giving out false information" shows, in my opinion, a lack of leadership abilities. If the Mayor has a problem with Council members or members of the public, he should deal with that problem as any good businessman does -- in private. As a public citizen, my statements (a year or so ago) were also called into question by the Mayor (in the press) regarding a meeting about the railroad depot -- there could be others ...
Recently in response to Governor Haley's attempt to force the South Carolina State Senate to do her bidding to reform state government, Senator Glenn McConnell in an editorial commentary made a convincing and timely statement with respect to deliberative legislative process and to the respect for constitutional law and the processes of orderly government. While one may not always be in agreement with Senator McConnell, what he had to say in this matter should be a tenet for guiding not only us who serve in government but should be a guiding principle for all of us in going about ...
I write in response to an article "Spurrier: Pay the 'performers' -- give players $300 a game" which appeared in the A section of The State newspaper June 2, in which Steve Spurrier, head football coach at USC in Columbia, "proposed a resolution at the SEC's spring meetings that would pay college football players in the conference $300 per game, with the money coming out of the head coaches' pockets."
As time goes on, the people of this once great country become more and more inundated with Star Trek-type technology, economic uncertainties and the country's seemingly dependence on drugs in one form or another.
It's a shame that we have a city and county council that spend money like the Obama Administration. This has got to stop. A 30 percent increase in salaries for county council? You have got to be kidding. This is our taxpayer money being spent. We have got to get rid of these people.
We pray that the President will remain safe! However, I did not nor ever will vote for him! He truly did not lie about change! Like it or not, there has been change. I personally cannot think of a good one. He does not love our America. All the men and women who gave their lives for this wonderful country and many who are still living surely are disappointed in the un-American administration.
Wonder why Lugoff is beginning to look like Detroit east? A grocery store, dry cleaners, dollar store, fast food restaurant and many more are gone. Take a close look down at your local government building.
Since my last letter to you, I have received five phone calls and numerous personal comments from friends regarding the City of Camden/Columbia YMCA partnership. All of these contacts have been supportive of my letter and thus my belief that something is not right within our city council.
It is my understanding from reading the text of S.C. State Code of Laws, Section 6-1-700, that the hospitality tax is to be used for tourist-related activities. The city's plan for opening a YMCA does not meet this criteria. We have empty store fronts due to restaurants/retail stores closing from lack of business. The funds from the hospitality tax would be more appropriately spent on tourism as it is intended … billboards on I-20, advertising, events that draw non-residents to the downtown area to eat, shop, buy gas and spend the night. It would seem to me a ...
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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