It is indeed unfortunate if the City has lost the opportunity to get free money to fund the proposed sports complex. Rather than point a finger of blame at citizens who have wanted nothing more than open debate, questions answered, and dialogue for months and months concerning this sports complex, let's get to the heart of this problem. How could the City allow not just a reported loss of an ill described funding source slip away, but how has the City lost control of the leadership of Camden they were elected to represent?
My husband and I moved to Camden eight years ago after falling in love with the many charms that this town has to offer. The history, parks and many cultural activities, coupled with small town ambiance and friendly people, convinced us that Camden would be the perfect community for us to settle and start our family. We now have a 4-year old daughter that we regularly take to local parks, Historic Camden, the Kershaw County Farmers Market, and many of the incredible offerings of the Kershaw County Library and Fine Arts Center. While these are undeniably awesome resources, we yearn ...
Recently I was blessed to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the beautiful ground of our National Mall. McKissack and McKissack's Lisa Anders, the senior project manager for the Memorial construction, gave a background on elements of the memorial. Ms. Anders had overall responsibility for management of the contraction. She said the $121 million memorial used varied treatment and textures of water and stone in creating a sense of the diversity of the civil rights movements. It was a singular distinction for an African-American woman.
The proposed Camden Sports Complex has become a matter of considerable debate within the Camden community. Sides have been taken, strategies employed, and divisive positions adopted that have resulted in a contentious atmosphere in our community. The Camden Referendum Recreation Coalition (CRRC) and the Camden For the Y organization are agreeing to disagree on some issues. However, we agree on many more, as we recognize we share a common cause.
Two and a half years ago my husband and I decided that it was time to plant roots closer to family. I grew up in a military family bouncing from place to place about every four years so picking the right time to move with minimal emotional repercussions for our daughter was important to us. Growing up, I tried to understand that my parents were making major sacrifices for our country and respected that. With that said, as a kid it always came down to the fact that it took a lot of effort to pick up and make new ...
Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the issue of the wording of the current petition on the proposed Camden Sports Complex. It has been suggested that the language seems to be in conflict with the cause of the Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition (CRRC) to let the voice of the people be heard. The driving force behind the CRRC was, is, and always will be the referendum, and the right for citizens to participate in government. However, in order to get to the point of a referendum, the State Code (and City Council) mandates that the format of the petition ...
I have lived in Kershaw County all of my life. I pay taxes just like all the citizens in this county. Taxes are necessary in order to meet the county's obligations, like school bonds and other things that the county is responsible for. The problem I have is with the things we pay for that are not our responsibility.
We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.
I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...
For several months I watched the pro and con actions concerning the Camden Sports Complex. As the information seemed to be so different, I decided to research the topic myself. As I researched the argument against the Camden Sports Complex, it evolved from one reason to another and then another. First, it would compete with local business, then it was too large an expenditure. I've witnessed multiple petitions, speaking at public forums in city council, and public displays of booing and heckling at the speakers for the Sports Complex. I stood, listened and watched as some have falsely claimed ...
Our children began swimming competitively at a young age. We lived in Columbia at the time and were members of a community swim club in our subdivision. When we moved to Camden in 1979, the YMCA pool provided them with the opportunity to continue this important social and physical activity. Our son and his wife live in Greenville and utilize their "Y" for work-outs several times a week. He is still a swimmer. Our daughter's family participates in the "Y" in Sumter; both grandchildren play basketball there. Our grand-daughter's school holds their swim team practices and meets at ...
We volunteer in the Christian Community Ministries food pantry. In these hard economic times, the need for food for those in need is greater than ever. We have more and more families who need food. Yet, the people of Kershaw County have been unbelievably generous in donating food and money to our pantry.
Your Opinion column on Jan. 6, 2012, criticized President Obama for traveling to Hawaii for Christmas. As most of us do, he went home for Christmas. His home just happens to be Hawaii.
Kudos to Councilman Pat Partin for his very thorough and well-written letter in this newspaper. He gave excellent accounting and insight into the reasoning of City Council regarding the proposed construction(s) to take Camden to a new level. The only thing about his letter that I do not understand is why he waited so long to present it. It would have been an even greater help to our understanding had he provided it several months ago. Alas, better late than never.
The Y or no Y debate has become combative. The City has stood fast, probably believing it has public support. The opponents, including me, are just as steadfastly convinced we will win either in a referendum or a lawsuit, or both.
Recently, a rather important occasion went unnoticed in Camden. Bob Sheheen retired after 38 years on the board of the Carolina Cup Racing Association. In many of these years, he served as vice chairman.
I am writing to "educate" some folks with the Kershaw County school board regarding the article that came out in the Chronicle-Independent newspaper on Feb. 20, 2015.
Last November, we voted down the referendum that would empower the KCSD to tear down usable and functioning schools and construct replacement along with a new or rehabilitated Camden High football stadium. All it was going to cost was $130 million plus interest. But, fear not, they also asked us to approve a "penny" sales tax to pay for it.
In his articulate letter on diversification not being needed at Clemson University (Jan. 21, 2015), Charlie Humphries indicated he is the type of gentleman who would concede to my will to respectfully disagree with him.
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