I have taken no position regarding the YMCA controversy because I don't live in the city limits. I do pay taxes to the city by virtue of shopping and frequenting restaurants in the city, and while I believe purchasing property and constructing a YMCA facility is a far cry from the highest and best use of the citizens' dollars and is as unwise as the Town Green, still I felt objection should come from residents of the city.
So the city of Camden is proposing to partner with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) to try and stem the trend of Camden youth being involved with drugs and gangs and you'd think the suggestion is to establish an association with the Communist Party! The mission of the YMCA is community centered, nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We need organizations like the YMCA.
Many of us would like to see a new recreation center in Camden if it met community needs and was affordable. However, it is obvious that the proposed YMCA concept does not have broad support and, in fact, faces significant opposition from most citizens for apparent good reasons. To gain public confidence and support the city must step back and develop a clear vision of what can be done to better meet community recreation needs within reasonable financial limits if they want a new recreation center.
These days more than ever it is so refreshing to receive quality customer service, and we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge some excellent service providers here in Camden.
Start at the top instead of the bottom. President Obama used Air Force One a total of 172 times at an estimated cost of $200 million per flight in 2010. The total will probably be exceeded in 2011. The ex-speaker of the House used a large corporate jet from the same Special Air Mission Flight for weekly jaunts to California. The suggestion would be to cut the federal travel budget in half by only allowing essential travel and no paid travel for campaign contributions.
I recently posted an article on the Kershaw County Patriots page on Facebook that seems to have stirred up a bit of a controversy. The article was entitled "When is It OK to Shoot a Cop." I asked that anyone who wished to comment on the article read it first. With the exception of myself, no one commented on the article. The page is an open page and all comments are welcome as a way to open a healthy debate. It seems, however, rather than commenting on the article, someone from law enforcement contacted this paper and complained. Why did ...
Some people deserve recognition for going "above and beyond" and Al Priester, who runs AAA Towing in Lugoff, is one of them. My family and I were traveling from North Carolina to Georgia on Memorial Day when the transmission burned up in our car. We were on I-20 in Lugoff and Al was there a few minutes after calling roadside assistance. We weren't able to get a rental car so he took us to a hotel and said to call him if we needed anything. That meant a lot to us, being in a new place without a car.
We understand that we "live in the United States of America," Mr. Crutcher. We also know we are a great nation, not just because we have freedom of speech, but the freedom to make choices. Our public schools have helped to make us a great nation because we endeavor to make our youth contributing, productive citizens of the community. This does not include promoting foul language, which is a sign of not enough vocabulary to express one's self except through expletives. You said you were quoting, for emphasis, what the students hear and say. You also said you had ...
As a rising freshman to Lugoff-Elgin High School, I would like to thank Chris Crutcher for writing an article entitled, "To the High School Students of the KCSD…" It made me aware of my own school district's hypocrisy. What I am referring to is the fact that while the book "Angry Management" by Chris Crutcher was removed from my school reading list, it is still required of me to read and annotate John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." The reason "Angry Management" was removed was that a concerned parent named Douglas Berry felt that us kids were too ...
For Robert Ariail to conflate the end of the Shuttle program with the end of U.S. leadership in space and to place the blame on President Obama gets the facts wrong: it was President Bush who announced the end of the Shuttle program on April 1, 2005. President Obama proposed the cancellation of the successor to the Shuttle program, the Constellation program. But in convoluted Washington fashion, that program's full cancellation is, by statute, actually up to Congress.
Another "done deal"? Is this where we are headed again? I certainly hope not. This YMCA "deal" is another prime example of the "Government of the Done Deal" – GODD! Our city leaders are playing GODD once again. What has happened to a government of the people, by the people, for the people?
Camden can be proud of many assets, but the one with which I am most impressed is the caliber of care available at KershawHealth Center. The experience that I had during my 21 days total in two visits has been most appreciated. It was a wonderful discovery to learn of the expertise of the entire staff. But even with the extremely qualified doctors and nurses, the compassion from everyone including the hourly paid employees went above and beyond the usual job description required.
I have not read the entire article nor heard all of the accusations being hurled between former Sheriff McCaskill and Sheriff Matthews. I don't need nor want to. This has all the makings of a good cat fight between two high school girls who are pulling hair and trying to claw each other's eyes out. You would hope we've all grown since then.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of "disheartening" is as follows: transient verb: "to cause to lose spirit or morale." In a recent city council session, Mayor (Jeffrey) Graham claimed that Councilman Polk's continuous demand for answers regarding the YMCA project were "disheartening." I beg to differ with Mayor Graham's statement, as I do not feel that this exchange quite fits into the above-stated definition, particularly since we are talking about millions of taxpayers' dollars on what many feel to be an unnecessary project -- particularly in this poor economy. I feel that it is the peoples' right ...
Concerning the choice to possibly build a new YMCA in Camden, would it not be a wise decision for the Camden Mayor and City Council members to allow a referendum/special election concerning the use of what would likely be several million dollars of public funds to build a city owned facility which would be managed by a "for profit" YMCA. Those of us who do not reside in the city but are dependent on Camden for water and/or power would like to have a voice in this matter.
Most folks running for political office claim their previous political "experience" is just the thing that proves they deserve your vote this November. Sometimes that is absolutely true. Sometimes, however, as in the current city council race, that previous experience is the very thing that voters should remember as creating one of the most contentious, unpleasant four years in Camden's recent memory.
It was a delight to see the conceptual drawing for the refurbishment of Rhame Arena. What a classic design and what a great design for a "gateway to the city."
On Nov. 4th, we will fill two seats on Camden City Council. We have an outstanding candidate in Bob Williams. He is dedicated to helping Camden grow and move forward in a positive way. Bob was born and raised in Camden, and attended and graduated from our public schools. He owns and operates a local business and understands the needs of the small business and property owners. He would never exploit the office for personal gain.
The Kershaw County School Board response in Monday's Chronicle-Independent to Scott Jordan's statement on Zemp Stadium is nothing if not informative. If you haven't been paying attention, the school district has proposed a facilities referendum for the November election which would, among other things, abandon Zemp Stadium while spending millions of additional taxpayer dollars on a new stadium on Ehrenclou Drive.
The election for two new members of the Camden City Council is on the ballot for Nov. 4. Voters should be reminded to vote for two of the three candidates. Two of the three candidates will be elected. Candidates for the office include Bob Williams, life-long resident of Camden and owner of Bob Williams Auto Body Repair; Deborah Davis, manager of the Habitat for Humanity Store; and Jeffrey Graham of Graham Realty and former mayor. The new council members will replace Walter Long and Willard Polk who have provided excellent service to the citizens for many years.
With this coming November's mid-term election, the timing is at hand for our voting citizens to give our governor, Nikki Haley, an extended vacation. There are too many woes in her leadership causing affliction in our state.
It is not my intention to belabor a subject I have already addressed in a previous letter. That being, that I personally am opposed to the two November referendums that would allow the Kershaw County school board to borrow $130 million via bonds, and for the imposition of an additional "penny" sales and or use tax to finance it. Rather, I just want to present the subject from a different perspective, that may simplify or clarify it, or at least bring it a little closer to home and see how it might affect individuals.
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