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Time to put voting test in action

"We the People." These important words are celebrated as the opening salvo in a historic experiment in constitutional democracy, an experiment that we in this state live every day. We are partners in this strong process.

May 25, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


City leaders ignore real vision plan

At the Town Green event a couple of weekends ago, I had a lengthy conversation with Councilman Pat Partin about council's vision to grow Camden. He suggested that I get a copy of the Camden vision plan, so I would be informed. At his suggestion, I got a copy and I studied the plan recommendations which, as Mayor Jeffrey Graham stated in the Chronicle-Independent, "It encapsulates hours of citizens input along with the opinion of professional city planners. It is a combination of where our citizens said they want our city to go and what steps we should take ...

May 25, 2011 | Mary Beth Schultz Camden | Letters


Qualifications are basis for governor's appointments

I was very disappointed in your recent Noted and passed comments criticizing Gov. Haley for being insensitive in not making appointments to minorities in the proportions that you felt appropriate. I would have thought that you, as I, would have wanted her to choose the best available for the job regardless of the category into which they fell. Whether she did or not, only time will tell.

May 13, 2011 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Kershaw County Ministers Association serving community

The Kershaw County Ministers Association is proud to sponsor the annual community Lenten services each year. This has been a tradition of long standing.

May 13, 2011 | Scott Roberts Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene | Letters


Sheriff should have councilman's support

As a concerned citizen of Kershaw County who wants and expects strong law enforcement, I am extremely disappointed in Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker's actions toward our newly elected Sheriff Jim Matthews. Not only has Councilman Tucker voted against everything our new Sheriff has requested, he has recently taken his animosity towards Sheriff Matthews to a new level by blaming him and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office as the culprit behind the necessity for the countywide pay scale. If I recall correctly, Sheriff Matthews instituted his own pay scale prior to the development of the pay scale now ...

May 04, 2011 | Charles D. Phillips III Elgin | Letters


Open forum part of good government

I would like to commend Kershaw County Councilmen Jimmy Jones and Bobby Gary for opening up the idea of reviewing the public comment period of County Council meetings. This "public" period, I think we can all agree, is not open enough. At present, citizens can only make a statement and there is no interaction between Council and the public. The tenants of our Constitutional Republic are violated when government attempts to eliminate dialogue and open debate. Instead, government is intended to be questioned with public debate in open forums. Public discourse is critical to Representative government and to holding politicians ...

April 27, 2011 | Jeff Mattox Kershaw County GOP co-chairman | Letters


Quality of construction work should be unacceptable

As a taxpaying citizen I am upset with the standards the city of Camden accepts. The new concrete work at the corner of Greene and Broad is so sad. The catch basin on the southwest corner is above grade and does not catch one drop of runoff. Yesterday we had a heavy downpour in the afternoon, and not a drop was going in the drain. All the water went downhill towards town.

April 27, 2011 | Bill Foust Camden | Letters


Enough is enough

Enough is enough. How much more can we take from this city council? They all need to go. We need to find a common-sense way to keep our rates at a reasonable rate. People in the city of Camden have paid the price too long.

April 27, 2011 | William M. Hornor Camden | Letters


Broad Street two-lane plan needs additional review

I have just returned from the downtown post office. I spent all of three minutes going from the Tickle Hill and Black River roads intersection to Fair Street downtown. The next 15 minutes were spent from Rutledge Street to the post office parking lot. This was at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The point of this letter is not to complain about the time spent, but if I were a downtown merchant as I was until 2008, I would never want Broad Street changed to a two-lane street. The backed-up traffic will be horrible, and unless you meet ...

April 25, 2011 | Dave Baker, former owner of Image Printing Camden | Letters


The debate over school vouchers; public vs. private sectors nothing new

The debate over school vouchers; public vs. private sectors nothing new

April 22, 2011 | Scott Strobel Camden | Letters


Proctor a man who will be missed

Recently the Camden/Lugoff areas suffered greatly with the loss of an irreplaceable human being, Leonard Allen Proctor. After a long time serving the God he loved so well, Mr. Proctor joined the saints in glory. Mr. Proctor and I were members of New Life Christian Outreach Church in Lugoff, whose pastor is Rev. Richard Cameron. Mr. Proctor served as the building committee chairman. He was a former member of Bethel Worship Center, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and building committee chairman.

April 22, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Shelter needs help for next step

Hooray for the animals and workers at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Thank you, Ms. Thiel, Sharon and Meredith and other sponsors of the shelter, for providing such a generous gift. Now that a concrete facility is a fact, I see a real path to making this a dream come true for our furry friends.

April 20, 2011 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Are we 'mildly committed' or wildly committed'?

South Carolina education, business and government came together in 2005 to pass the Education and Economic Development Act, now known as Personal Pathways to success. The act's purpose is to help build a "life-long learning" workforce that is both educated and capable of competing in the global knowledge economy.

April 20, 2011 | Sid Isler, Russell and Jeffcoat, and Steve Singleton, Canfor Southern Pine Santee Lynches Regional Education Center Advisory Board | Letters


Column sarcastic, offensive

I have enjoyed the Chronicle-Independent for years, especially the editorial pages. Our local paper has some very talented writers and I look forward to reading these columns each issue. I was appalled with Trevor Baratko's column in the April 13 paper. He is a very talented young man; however, my opinion of him as a person is completely changed now. Does he really think that the rules don't apply to everyone and that it is OK to lie as long as you "lie convincingly"? And the sarcasm of the article referring to the Masters did not go unnoticed ...

April 20, 2011 | Karen C. Wilson Camden | Letters


The direction of our city

Actions of our Camden cty government raise questions about the long-term direction of city plans. This is not to imply any personal attacks since I respect the individuals involved. However, major changes in policy and plans have long-term impact and therefore require much more understanding and justification.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Lackey Camden | Letters


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Lugoff residents invoke Roosevelt on immigration

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907:

October 22, 2014 | Bill and Nancy Heil Lugoff | Letters


Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters


Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters


Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Former superintendent supports Phase 2 referenda

One of the best things about being an educator is the opportunity to share in the success of students' educational careers. Watching students learn to read, speak a foreign language or pass an AP exam are highlights that I've shared with numerous young people over the years, but none of them comes close to what I consider one the best highpoints I ever experienced: the excitement that I saw on the faces of the students from North Central High School years ago when I informed them about the improvements being made to their school as part of Phase 1 ...

October 17, 2014 | Herbert M. Berg, Ed.D., KCSD Superintendent, 2003-2007 Alexandria, Va. | Letters


B&B owner supports Graham

The city of Camden needs experienced professionals, invested citizens working for everyone; the city of Camden needs Jeffrey Graham elected on Nov. 4. Join me in voting for a man with a proven record:

October 17, 2014 | Col. (ret.) Katherine Lemay Brown, USAF Owner, Bloomsbury | Letters


Reader supports Branham

The probate court handles estates, conservatorships and guardianships among other things, all of which are important because they affect the lives of people. When choosing the right candidate for the position of probate judge, we first should take into consideration the candidate's experience and knowledge of the job they are seeking. Debbie Branham is a paralegal with 20 years of experience, handling more than 1,000 probate and estate matters. She has been in the courtroom assisting an attorney in trial. She understands the law, the procedures of the court and the probate process. She has the experience and ...

October 17, 2014 | Richard Lackey Camden | Letters


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