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Boogertown not to blame

I was dismayed to see an unfair and inaccurate characterization of our old historic neighborhood of Boogertown on the front page of the Friday, June 1st issue of the C-I. The caption that appeared under the "Brick by Brick: The Walls Tumbled Down" photo, which depicted the demolition of the band room at the old Camden Middle School (and old Camden High School), falsely portrayed our neighborhood's efforts to propose an alternative to the proposal to extend Jordan Street to Laurens as having been responsible for the property being "vacant for years and subject to vandalism." The implication was ...

June 06, 2012 | | Letters


'Thank you' to Mr. Jones

I would like to voice my endorsement of Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones. I've known Mr. Jones a long time on a professional level and I cannot tell you strongly enough how impressed my family and I have been with him as a servant of the county. He has always been available to me or a member of my family and if he could not pick up the phone at the very moment I called, he would promptly return the call and he always would find a solution to our dilemma.

June 04, 2012 | Marvin L. Allen Lugoff | Letters


Jimmy Jones helps solve problems

It is very seldom that we have a person holding public office of whom we are truly proud. We have such a person in Jimmy Jones, Kershaw County councilman.

June 01, 2012 | J.C. Blackmon Lugoff | Letters


In support of Jimmy Jones

Sometimes things cross your mind that you feel just need to be said to bring encouragement to those that have been a part of your life. I worked for the city of Camden and Kershaw County for many years in the Special Services Department under the direction of Jimmy Jones. Throughout those years we were constantly taught to be servants of the community and put their needs first. This principle has gone on to be a part of my life now and it has paid huge dividends. I am thankful for the input into my personal life of principles that ...

June 01, 2012 | Marvin Tennant Lugoff | Letters


Memorial Day weekend safety

The Memorial Day weekend is approaching and drivers should expect more traffic on the road. Memorial Day is the start of the "100 deadly days of summer." Our fatalities tend to rise during this time because of more vehicles traveling across our state. This year alone in Troop 1 which covers Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Lee, Sumter and Clarendon counties, our communities have experienced 63 traffic fatalities. These fatalities are the result of speed, alcohol, and occupants not wearing seatbelts, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Memorial Day weekend of 2011 there was one fatality in Troop 1.

May 25, 2012 | L/Cpl. Brent Kelly S.C. Highway Patrol | Letters


Politics and law enforcement don't mix

I, along with most other Kershaw County residents, was surprised and stunned by Kershaw County Council's recent idea to shift control of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office from the voters to themselves. I thought the idea alone was ridiculous. Then some councilmen raised the bar from ridiculous to ludicrous with explanations that their intent was to "…take the politics out of county law enforcement…" What?! Take the politics out of county law enforcement by having county politicians run it? And make no mistake, whatever is said now about control of the proposed county police department, it would be ...

May 23, 2012 | Joe Dorton Sr. Elgin | Letters


Latino politics

Historians will view this 2012 president's race as a watershed moment in the history of the Latino political community.

May 23, 2012 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


‘All the fools ain’t dead yet’

The asinine idea to replace the sheriff (Jim Matthews) with a county police chief brings memories of one of my mother's favorite sayings: "All the fools ain't dead yet."

May 18, 2012 | Marshall Watts Lugoff | Letters


City could learn from county

What a stark difference between the county and city council when it comes to listening to the people who elected them.

May 18, 2012 | Mary Beth Schultz Camden | Letters


A special Mothers' Day remembered

Mothers' Day has become very special to me. Not that this should detract from every Mothers' Day, this one was quite different. I think when one loses their mother to Father Time, that special day becomes an important event. At least that is what it has become that to me.

May 16, 2012 | William "Rusty" Major Camden | Letters


Memorial Day

Monday May 28th, 2012 is Memorial Day. A day we Americans set aside to remember those valiant Americans that laid their lives on the line to protect the wonderful freedoms we now enjoy in this great Republic.

May 16, 2012 | Graydon “Rhett” Watkins, CPO, U.S. Navy, Retired Westville | Letters


Creepy nation

Actor George Clooney is handsome and personable in the style of Hollywood male stars of the 1930s/1950s, which is a relief. But what a nation of creeps we have become. He is giving a supper at his home for the benefit of President Barack Obama's re-election, which, it is estimated, will reap $15 million from people anxious to say that they have shared a salad with the actor and gazed at the president. This spectacle is shameful to contemplate and it makes one wonder what kind of a country we have become when empty-headed vainglorious non-entities pay good ...

May 14, 2012 | Reid Buckley Camden | Letters


Can Historic Camden expect $400,000?

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Historic Camden, we are thrilled -- no giddy -- to read in the mayor's candidacy article last Wednesday of the "recent funding of over $400,000.00 in infrastructure improvements supporting Historic Camden as a huge step forward in the dream of achieving National Park Status."

May 14, 2012 | M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS, CSP Chairman, Historic Camden Foundation | Letters


Candidate clarification

After reviewing the manner in which I was quoted in the Rock Hill Road Trip article in the May 5th issue of the C-I, I need to clarify my comments. First, let me say that I oppose the notion of the City taking a go-it-alone position on the operation of a sports complex. I support City-County dialogue and recreational cooperation.

May 09, 2012 | Peggy Ogburn Camden | Letters


CRRC mobilized by love of community

The April 18 editorial, "Civility," depicts Paddy Bell as inflammatory in her comments to City Council on April 10, 2012. It suggests that she made personal allegations about city corruption, using phrases like "robbing the piggy bank" to refer to the city's intentions for the Hospitality Tax.

April 27, 2012 | Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition Board | Letters


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