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Remember Veterans Day

Today, Nov. 11, 2011, marks 93 years since the Armistice was signed that ended the hostilities of World War I, "the war to end all wars." Hostilities were ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th month 93 years ago. To commemorate the Armistice and the return to peace, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day.

November 11, 2011 | Willard Polk Camden | Letters


More spending by public, private sectors would stimulate economy

In August you ran an enlightening editorial on the U.S. government's revenue, appropriations, deficit, and debt levels for fiscal year 2011. By eliminating eight zeroes from each figure, thereby reducing trillions to tens of thousands, you brought the picture down to a scale the hypothetically typical Smith family could relate to; and you reasonably concluded that the unfortunate Smiths would "be headed for financial oblivion."

November 04, 2011 | Jim Bradley Ridgeway | Letters


Does TIF district include train station?

According to an article by Martin L. Cahn in the Chronicle-Independent dated Oct. 26, 2011, Councilman Walter Long, in reference to the TIF district, stated to Councilman Willard Polk: "This even includes a piece of property that you and your wife have asked about and that is the old railroad station." Asked about? Perhaps he should be more accurate. I -- not my husband -- worked for approximately two years to acquire "that old railroad station" for the city, and CSX agreed. However, when it came down to a final agreement, our City Council at that time (which included Long) did not ...

November 04, 2011 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters


Sour grapes and the law

After learning of the four civil lawsuits filed against our newly elected Sheriff Jim Matthews I decided to research some of the facts. I discovered that Sheriff Matthews has a very distinguished career in law enforcement serving this state and this country. He was a peace officer with the city of Columbia, Lexington County and Richland County, and was one of the first three South Carolina law officers to be selected to serve with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration. He was an instructor for many years at the FBI academy on several subjects; he taught classes on surveillance, undercover surveillance ...

November 04, 2011 | Robert Price Lugoff | Letters


Rec alternatives accomplish same goal

For several months I have followed the debate about a new YMCA in Camden. To date, however, only City Council and the director of the YMCA in Columbia have formulated a plan to build and operate a new facility here. There are possible alternatives. Therefore, I am proposing the following as a means to accomplish the same objective:

November 02, 2011 | Dan Outlaw Camden | Letters


A reminder of Camden’s charm

Camden was at its finest last weekend when the Steeplechase Museum put on a very successful antique show bringing in dealers from seven states, buyers from as far away as Ohio and Alabama and visitors who stayed at our hotels, ate at our restaurants and supported what Camden has to offer. The antique show was held at the Rhame Arena that was transformed into a beautiful exhibition building. Everyone was impressed with what was done to a building that has been utterly neglected and is now is being cast aside for something newer that can't be used for events ...

October 28, 2011 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Clarice Steele served church, families

For those who knew her, our hearts are saddened at the loss of the one of God's faithful servants. Clarice Steele came to Camden as a preacher's wife back in the 1960s and 1970s when her husband was pastor at Hermitage Baptist Church. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1974 that left her a widow taking care of her family and she decided to make Camden her home.

October 26, 2011 | Wanda Campbell Camden | Letters


Forgiveness and a promise

On Sept. 15, I had the misfortune of falling in a parking lot. I tripped over some broken pavement. I damaged both knees, knocked my front tooth out (partially, which required a root canal), busted my nose, injured my right hand which required stitches, and bruised my arm. I was bleeding profusely from my nose and hand. Two ladies came to my aid. They called an ambulance. We waited 25 minutes for its arrival. Then a man came up to us and demanded they move me out of his way. He wanted me moved immediately. "This woman may have broken ...

October 21, 2011 | Geraldine R. Stanley Camden | Letters


KCSD right to ban book

I read with interest of author Chris Crutcher's visit to the Abbeville County Library and Abbeville Rotary Club last month.

October 21, 2011 | Lamar Cain Ware Shoals | Letters


Thanks to law enforcement

I would like to thank the Camden Police Department and the Kershaw County Sherriff's Office for their support of the Tour de Camden bicycle ride. The ride was this past Saturday, Oct. 15, with approximately 150 cyclists. The City Police got us off to a safe start and through the first two busy left-hand turns. The Sheriff's Office got us across Highway 34 and on our way to more rural areas.

October 19, 2011 | Frank Sheheen Camden | Letters


Camden’s Y campaign similar to Revolution

Watching the goings-on with this suggested TIF tax revenue project, I would like to remind the Camden council and the citizens of Camden of the efforts of their forefathers in just about the same situation.

October 19, 2011 | L.D. Wicker Lugoff | Letters


Group supports complex referendum effort

Let Freedom Ring, even though our focus on national and national security issues, would like to support the Paddy Bell letter to the editor Citizens Won't Be Silenced By Actions, Words of City Leaders dated September 16, 2011 in which she spoke about the procedures that occurred during the City Council meeting on September 13, 2011. The members of the council need to remember they are elected members by the people which mean they are answerable to the people not each other as was cleverly devised by the founding fathers. Elected officials at all levels work for the people ...

October 14, 2011 | Let Freedom Ring Camden and Bakersfied, Calif. | Letters


'I tremble for my country'

Recently, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis for the killing of police officer Mark MacPhail. Seven out of nine witnesses of the Davis trial recanted or contradicted their testimony against Troy Davis. Texas inmate Michael Mortor was convicted on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to life in prison. Also recently, DNA tests proved that Mortor was wrongly convicted for murder after serving 25 years in prison. I truly believe the future belongs to the one who holds the pen and the future holds us hostage for interpretation. Like Jefferson, I trembled, but not with fear because the Bible tells us ...

October 12, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Seagul students

I had the pleasure this week of conducting three classes for sixth grade students enrolled in the school district's Gifted and Talented program (Seagul).

October 12, 2011 | Pay Wylie, Verger Grace Episcopal Church | Letters


Keep county money out of city Y project

Thank you, Kershaw County Councilmen, for your service to the citizens of our county. It's a sometimes thankless task, but one that consumes much time and energy which, fortunately, you are willing to extend.

October 10, 2011 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


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Reader ‘pleased’ with Amtrak plan

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.

July 30, 2014 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters


Rhame Arena concept

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.

July 30, 2014 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


2014 TripAdvisor awards

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 ...

July 30, 2014 | Katherin L. Brown Camden | Letters


Reader thanks Camden Public Works crew

If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.

July 25, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


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