In your paper's "Noted and passed" feature, December 23, 2013, I discovered that "the planet is heating up at an alarming rate." This surprised me for global temperatures have remained remarkably unchanged on a trend basis for the past 16 years. This phenomenon has received a bit of notice because it shows how complex the climate is and how difficult it is to make predictions. It also shows that there are natural factors e.g., the "Pacific Decadal Oscillation" (PDO) which negatively swamp the effects of greenhouse gasses for perhaps decades. These negative factors get precious little attention because ...
Many, many years ago, Tom and Cyndi Fussell started a tradition of serving the hungry and homeless on Thanksgiving Day out of their restaurant in Camden. Kelly and I were fortunate to join them some years later, and -- several years ago -- formed a group called Kershaw County Cares to continue the tradition started by Tom and Cyndi. This year, more than 100 volunteers gave up part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas days to come and prepare, serve and deliver more than 1,450 meals to Kershaw County's less fortunate!
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the churches, civic groups, businesses, and others that partnered with our schools to provide winter coats, gifts, and food for children in need during this season of giving. There is much to value about this community, but one of the things I value most is how this community always comes together when there is a need to be met. Please know how personally appreciative I am of everyone's generosity.
I want to thank you and congratulate Kathleen Parker on her level-headed column about Pope Francis. She successfully flattened the hysteria that has blown up about some of Pope Francis' admonitions. Christians are not called to defend the free market. Common sense and everyone else calls them do to so. But Christians are called to leave nothing to chance when it comes to human suffering.
We wish to express our gratitude to the community, schools, law enforcement, emergency and fire departments, the church community and friends of Rob Evans. Words cannot describe how much we appreciate your kindness and sympathy during our recent loss. All of you reached out to us in many different ways and demonstrated kindness that will not be forgotten. Especially meaningful were the stories you shared with us about Rob and how he touched your lives in some way.
Recently, the world has lost and suffered greatly with the loss of an irreplaceable human being, former South African president, former African National Congress president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.
This is a copy of my letter to the Camden Planning Commission and to Camden City Council. I have had many phone calls from people concerned about this proposed ordinance, as well as calls from my neighbors supporting my having roosters. I have been advised that I am grandfathered, but more restrictive covenants, and zoning ordinances are not the answer for Camden. Any noise nuisance noise cases should be handled on an individual basis, whether they are due to barking dogs, loud music, or roosters.
I was disgusted by the sheer sentimentality attending the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy.
Recently, our Republican governor, Nikki Haley, stated she will reach out to Boeing to have its 777X jet built in South Carolina. The governor is just blowing smoke, and she now realizes her time is about running out. She cares nothing about the working class and labor unions.
I went to Scott Park for a walk last week and was pleasantly surprised to find the road into the park and the parking near the tennis courts had been repaired. As I walked around the park, I noticed evidence that other maintenance and repairs are in progress. With great hope I went over to Legion Field and found the road into the park and the parking lot there had been repaired. There also was evidence of other maintenance in progress. It should be noted that these areas are city property with county oversight for operation.
The Camden Lions Club would like to thank the citizens of Kershaw County for their support of our recent Candy Days fundraiser. This is our annual event to raise funds for sight conservation and other club projects. Because of the generous contributions of our community, we are able to help 100 to 150 people each year who need help with eye exams, purchasing glasses and other health services provided by the Lions Club.
The S.C. Foster Parent Association (SCFPA) would like to thank everyone who donated vehicles to its On the Road Again program. This program provides transportation for foster youth who are 18, but not yet 21, actively employed and pursuing a GED or post-high school educational program. Without a vehicle, young people must rely on public transportation to get them to and from work or school. Unfortunately, public transportation is not available in many rural areas of South Carolina.
It is good to see letters of appreciation in our local newspaper. This is one that, in my opinion, should have already been written.
I found it interesting to learn from Dr. Frank Morgan's column of 10/21/13 that he sees it as ranting, sensationalistic and over the top to question the Common Core standards. After reading the article, I feel as though Dr. Morgan sees you as ridiculous and misguided if you don't believe these standards to be good for your local school district.
It seems someone or someones at the Chronicle has a long-standing irritating hair across their bottom(s) when it comes to the lawsuit against the "Y" and it has made them malicious.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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:
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 ...
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of Kershaw County will have the chance to cast their vote for chairman of Kershaw County Council. I am honored to announce that I am endorsing Julian Burns for this position. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Burns over the past few months, and one thing that I have come to admire about him is his desire to serve his community.
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