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School board needs leaders like Wood

It is a true blessing in our lifetime to stand up for a "cause" or to support people who will breathe life into that "cause" and see it through. I was fortunate to meet so many great citizens in Elgin while going door-to-door campaigning for a seat on the Kershaw County School Board. It was truly an enlightening experience. I believe I must have met over 400 people during this brief journey, all of whom shared their thoughts and opinions with me. Everyone seemed to share the same strong conviction of support for our children's education. I was moved ...

October 22, 2010 | Jeff Ramsey Elgin | Letters


Keep progress moving by voting

This upcoming midterm election has been the focus of all of the political pundits. And there is a rising concern about voter turnout among African Americans.

October 22, 2010 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Tucker is 'agent of his own undoing'

Based upon the information he has provided for public consumption, Sammie Tucker Jr. is neither qualified nor suited to be sheriff of Kershaw County. Mr. Tucker does not pay his bills. Mr. Tucker does not pay his taxes, and Mr. Tucker has not filed his required campaign material with the S.C. Ethics Commission. He appears to have allowed his automobile insurance to lapse. Yet Mr. Tucker wants to be elected sheriff.

October 22, 2010 | David Dean Lugoff | Letters


No justification for sales tax increase

The proposed 1 cent sales tax increase for Kershaw County, to be voted on November 2, is both inappropriate and ill-timed. With unemployment at 11.1 percent and economic conditions adversely affecting all citizens, especially the poor and middle class, it is unconscionable that County Council would allow this process to even get off the ground, The Capital Projects Commission did what they were asked to do; but they should never have been asked in the first place. If either of the projects proposed to be funded by this tax increase had been deemed "essential", then it should have been ...

October 22, 2010 | Ralph E. Sims Camden | Letters


Vote yes for progress

There is no question we all pay our share of taxes. Since taxes are necessary and one of two things that are certain (death being the other), it is refreshing to finally have local leaders working together in an effort to better our communities. What I am referring to is the Capital Sales Tax Project or "Penny For Progress Kershaw County."

October 22, 2010 | Johnny Deal Camden | Letters


Paper waste comes from all directions

"Think Green," "Reusable bags," "Recycle Paper" and many other phrases urge us to conserve paper. Obviously, two large groups have not understood the message. On each mail delivery day we receive between five and 13 pieces of waste mail. All are dropped, unopened, into the trash.

October 22, 2010 | Dr. Melissa Osborne Rembert | Letters


Wise on the mark

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.

October 22, 2010 | Carolyn Johnson Cassatt | Letters


Commission members voice their support for capital sales tax

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.

October 22, 2010 | Kershaw County Capital Sales Tax Commission Ted Davis, Melissa Emmons, Yulee Harrelson, Chuck Nash and Rickie Tiller | Letters


A penny here, a penny there

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 ...

October 22, 2010 | Jeff Mattox Elgin | Letters


Few gives straight answers

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.

October 22, 2010 | Shelby Price Lugoff | Letters


Of the people, by the people, for the people

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.

October 22, 2010 | Benji L. Jackson Lugoff | Letters


Haley's focus on education questionable

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.

October 22, 2010 | J. Coke Goodwin Camden | Letters


There's too much uncertainty to add additional sales tax

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 ...

October 20, 2010 | Larry B. Risvold Elgin | Letters


New Elgin library a need well worth supporting

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.

October 20, 2010 | Allen Roberts Chairman, Kershaw County Library Board of Trustees | Letters


Diversity, tolerance as American as apple pie

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.

October 18, 2010 | Rev. Dr. P.W. Wise Pastor, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Camden | Letters


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L-EHS student concerned about animal shelter

I am writing this letter about the concerns of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Our animal shelter has its pros and cons. The benefits of an animal shelter is it provides protection for those individuals that cannot afford the proper care for their animal. Think about it: what would our city look like if we did not have an animal shelter? There would be dogs and cats running around freely. Every day I ride down Hwy. 1, I see a helpless dog on the side of the rode with its ribs sticking out from lack of nutrients.

October 24, 2014 | Brittany McManus Lugoff | Letters


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


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