I would like for Camden City Council to slow down in making a decision about building a sports complex in Camden on the property at the Mather Academy site. Although I haven't spoken with council members individually, I am asking them collectively to allow this decision to be made by the people of this county.
I want to begin by commending your excellent, on-going coverage of the sports complex issue. Your most recent article included several statements and issues that I would like to briefly address. Two key issues are clear:
I read with great disappointment one of our city councilmen's rude and inappropriate comments regarding our state's attorney general. I am shocked that an elected official I voted for would speak of our state's chief legal officer in such a way. Perhaps Mr. Partin should be reminded that the people of South Carolina and the people of Kershaw County elected Alan Wilson to serve us as Attorney General.
Thank you for the opportunity to tell the citizens of Camden of the petition drive that is calling for a referendum on the use of hospitality taxes. I have no question that our elected officials are good people with good intentions. However, many citizens have been outraged at the city council and city administration's process in making a decision on a sports complex. During the last few weeks many citizens have written letters to the editor in opposition to the city's handling of the controversial decision. Others have spoken at the public forums before each city council meeting ...
This edition of the Chronicle-Independent may well contain a front page story by reporter Martin Cahn detailing the events at the Camden City Council meeting of Sept. 13. As reporters are properly tasked to present facts free of emotion or judgment, the actual tone of that council meeting may not be accurately reflected in Mr. Cahn's article. I submit this letter, therefore, for those citizens not able to attend that council meeting, and who must rely on Mr. Cahn's version of fact.
I am writing in regard to the wonderful letter by Mr. Ashby Rhame – "Help our veterans, help our VA Service Office." I could not agree more as a member of American Legion Post 17 here in Camden. I can speak firsthand of the help I have received from my local Post No. 17 and the local VA office with VA Officer Mr. Billy Bell and Mr. Bell's assistant, Barbara Ray. They have been most helpful to veterans in this county.
Sept. 11th marked a day of reflection for us as Americans, perhaps also a moment to ponder the lessons learned from that day and the many days that followed.
Given the unsuccessful record of the previous YMCAs in Camden, what is the city leaders' backup plan if the Columbia Y loses money, breaks its lease,and vacates? Who will operate this sports center in that case?
Recently I visited a former co-worker of some 30-plus years in a southwest seaport city. During those years we worked together I often leaned on him for information and I believe I became a better person by knowing him.
Thank you, Mr. Scully, for your interesting letter. However, when comparing Camden to Newberry and Augusta, there are two major differences. Newberry has a major college and Augusta has several colleges, medical and liberal arts, and a thriving medical community. Both are more similar to Columbia.
In 2005 I was asked to write the history book for my American Legion Post 17 located in Camden. Among the many bits of facts I discovered and wrote into the document was the huge amount of compensation benefits our VA Service Officer and his assistant brought into my home county. At that time the annual amount was a mere $18,375,000 that year. Those benefits are tax exempt. That means every penny/dollar is turned around by the veteran who benefited from the award so they can spend the entire amount back into our local economy for goods ...
On June 15, God called one of his "special angels" home. Barbara was a special needs person. To me she was just a special person. When Barbara was born, she wasn't given much chance to live, but because of God's grace, her parents' and family's love and the care of her doctors, she lived a good and long life.
Here are some questions about your money and government of and for the people:
I always thought hospitality was freely given without even thinking about it by the one who gives. It seems odd to me that the word tax would even be combined with it. Sadly, taxes have become burdens that we pay out of a grudging obligation to governments who would have us believe they know what's best. We vote, hoping those we elect will help change things for the better and represent all fairly and judiciously.
On behalf of Food for the Soul, its executive committee and board of directors, thanks to all who participated in our "Pass the Plate" summer fundraising campaign. Churches, civic clubs, community organizations and businesses throughout Kershaw County "passed the plate" to support our soup kitchen ministry and emergency shelter for the homeless. The financial support and volunteer efforts of the people of Camden and Kershaw County have enabled us to meet growing needs as the poor economy and related joblessness continues unabated, and as we seek to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County.
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.
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