For almost three years, the school board and the district staff have been working on a referendum proposal for Phase 2 of the Facilities Equalization Program. The process to develop this proposal has been consistently transparent. There have been countless public meetings and the district has maintained a visible link on its website for almost a year to engage citizens and keep them informed. The district did a great job of managing the projects in Phase 1 and two of my nieces, along with all of their student peers, have already benefitted from the new Jackson School in Camden. Because ...
As a long-time downtown business owner, I am, naturally, very interested in any changes in our City government. I've been encouraged by the actions of certain city council members and dismayed by others. I have never taken a public stand for or against anyone wishing to serve the public. In fact, I have made it a point to not declare myself publicly to any particular candidate for local, county or state office. That position stops right now.
A person seeking elective office is basically applying for a job. The voters, who form the selection committee, should review the job requirements, and then support the candidate with the best credentials for the position.
Women form more than half of the U.S. voting population and hold up half the sky. We should consider carefully issues that profoundly affect not only the economic security, health and well-being of our sex, but of the country itself. Many aware, thinking, and caring men join us -- recognizing it is for their benefit, also, to promote policies that help American families. Working families are struggling. Women are the sole or primary breadwinners in four out of 10 American families.
Bush II was right and so is President Obama.
I want to go on record as endorsing Bob Williams for Camden City Council. Bob is a Camden native who I have personally known for more than 50 years and he brings excellent credentials to this position. As a business owner in Camden, Bob understands the benefits of living and working in our great city while facing the challenges of running a successful business. His intense sense of community in today's world is an amazing attribute for anyone seeking a leadership position.
The every-other-year cycle of yard signs and voter passions has again brought Historic Camden onto the playing field as an involuntary political football participant despite our best attempts to stay on the sidelines concerning the future-of-Zemp debate. Historic Camden's position on Zemp Stadium remains unchanged from the two published Historic Camden Blog articles dated November 7, 2011 (http://historiccamdenblog.tumblr.com/).
During the past few weeks, many people have asked me my thoughts about the upcoming referendum vote. I have many friends who stand on both sides of the issue. They have specifically asked my thoughts on the portions that impact the Camden attendance area. After a more than 50-year association with Camden High School (CHS), I offer these points to consider:
The military is known for producing leaders of strong character and ethics. Throughout his military career, Julian Burns proved himself to be one of those successful leaders. You don't earn the rank of major general if you're not among the best the military has to offer … and then you don't go on to be successful at an international corporation unless you have the agility and skills to deliver every single day in the tough business world of today.
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 would ill-behoove me to verbally joust with the Kershaw Count school superintendent over matters of academia. I merely want to reflect on his response to my recent letter; then I am done.
It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.
Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...
I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.
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