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YMCA plan needs further review

It is my understanding from reading the text of S.C. State Code of Laws, Section 6-1-700, that the hospitality tax is to be used for tourist-related activities. The city's plan for opening a YMCA does not meet this criteria. We have empty store fronts due to restaurants/retail stores closing from lack of business. The funds from the hospitality tax would be more appropriately spent on tourism as it is intended … billboards on I-20, advertising, events that draw non-residents to the downtown area to eat, shop, buy gas and spend the night. It would seem to me a ...

June 22, 2011 | Ann McCarthy Camden | Letters


Government fees, regulations killing businesses

Wonder why Lugoff is beginning to look like Detroit east? A grocery store, dry cleaners, dollar store, fast food restaurant and many more are gone. Take a close look down at your local government building.

June 22, 2011 | Anthony Thomas Lugoff | Letters


Is it a done deal?

Since my last letter to you, I have received five phone calls and numerous personal comments from friends regarding the City of Camden/Columbia YMCA partnership. All of these contacts have been supportive of my letter and thus my belief that something is not right within our city council.

June 22, 2011 | Helen Crolley Camden | Letters


County council salary increases

A the Kershaw County Council meeting Tuesday, June 14, Sammie Tucker – who represents the Charlotte Thompson precinct in which I reside -- made a motion to "adjust" council's salaries from $10,000 to $13,000 a year. It included "adjusting" the vice chairman's salary (his own position) from $11,000 to $15,000 a year. Do the math – that amounts to a 30 percent increase in salary, plus benefits. The motion passed by a 4-3 margin. The three opponents were Stephen Smoak, Jimmy Jones and Chairman Gene Wise. These three members considered the citizens' pocketbooks more than their own.

June 20, 2011 | Virginia Isler Camden | Letters


Is the fox in the hen house?

We all have recently received our new tax assessments from the county and if you, like me, were surprised to see that your property has increased in value significantly you probably said something like," are they crazy? Don't they know that property values are down?" The answer to that is, of course they do, but that is irrelevant to the objectives of an ever-increasing government. This is about maintaining and/or growing government.

June 17, 2011 | Jeff Mattox Elgin | Letters


A celebration of life

On April 13, Mrs. Audree A. Clark of Cassatt celebrated her 91st birthday with her family on the patio of the Karesh Wing at KershawHealth. Mrs. Clark was on the Karesh Wing recovering from a recent fall and was receiving physical therapy. Throughout the day, the family talked in anticipation of her coming home, and she said she wanted a really big celebration thrown in her honor. The family was all smiles as they sang "Happy Birthday." The cake, so delicately made by her daughter, Jimmie, sat in front of her. They gazed upon her as she cut her cake ...

June 17, 2011 | Jamesenia A. Robinson Cassatt | Letters


YMCA funding questionable

Webster's Dictionary defines "forum" as a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion.

June 17, 2011 | Helen B. Crolley Camden | Letters


Recent property reappraisal

I recently received my updated property appraisal notice and was quite surprised. I was surprised with the reassessment because the value is higher than previous years. And although we've maintained the property in good shape we have not made any expansions or improvements. This property was acquired in 2005 and, based on my limited understanding of appraisals and reappraisals and the associated state laws, my belief would be that it was based on the so-called and recently controversial "point of sale" appraisal. The increased value is even more surprising since this property was acquired at or near the peak ...

June 15, 2011 | Larry B. Kincaid Elgin | Letters


KershawHealth decisions impact employees, patients

As a volunteer at KershawHealth, I agree with Bob Dornblaser. We do take jobs away from employees. However, if we all resigned, the hospital leadership would not rehire those employees. The patients would suffer. The employees who depend on our help would suffer. Amy Kinard, the new volunteer director who had nothing to do with this mess, would suffer.

June 03, 2011 | Lucille McLaughlin Camden | Letters


Town Green an asset for Camden

Thank you, city of Camden, for creating the beautiful Village Green – a very nice addition to our city.

June 03, 2011 | Betty Smyrl Camden | Letters


Thank you, Kershaw County

As my family and I move to Aiken, I would be remiss if I did not share my gratitude to this community for all that you have done for us. My husband, KT, grew up here and has loved Camden his entire life. Being from up north, I was unsure if a Michigan girl would fit in. Will Camden accept me? The answer was "yes." Not only did Camden accept me, they allowed me to grow as a mom, a wife, and also as a teacher. I spent five years in this school district, first at Mt. Pisgah and Bethune ...

May 27, 2011 | Ann Marie Taylor 2007 Kershaw County Teacher of the Year, 2008 South Carolina Teacher of the Year | Letters


What next, Camden?

I thought the hospitality tax was to be used to bring in tourists. How will the YMCA do this? Who will be willing to travel to Camden just to work out, or to take a swim? Are the people just outside the city limits the tourists the city is counting on? Those of us who don't live in the city limits still pay the hospitality tax because we have no choice; if we want to enjoy the local businesses there, we have to just go along.

May 27, 2011 | Ronnie Hinson Camden | Letters


YMCA can be new resource for young, old

Today was the last "Lunch and Learn" at the Health Resource Center. For so many in our community, it was a sad day. The center was a valuable asset to Kershaw County and will be dearly missed. A big thank-you to the wonderful staff.

May 27, 2011 | Carolyn Johnson Cassatt | Letters


Not realizing until it hits close to home

I am compelled to write this letter after reading the letter that was written by Officer Christopher Phillips in the Chronicle-Independent on Friday, May 20, 2011. He was writing from the standpoint of being a member of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office staff. I'm writing from a citizen of Kershaw County's view. This has been a hard week for a lot of people, especially our law enforcement officers. I was really grateful, happy and sad after reading his letter.

May 27, 2011 | Carolyn Y. Abercrumbie Camden | Letters


Volunteering at KershawHealth

My wife and I have been volunteering for more than four years at KershawHealth. On Tuesday, May 17, 24 working people were let go. Through no fault of their own they were released of their jobs. My wife and I immediately resigned because we think we are taking jobs away from those workers. The hospital is very happy with their volunteers because it doesn't cost them anything. I loved volunteering at KershawHealth but volunteers should be suspicious that they are not being used by the hospital instead of the hospital hiring workers.

May 25, 2011 | Bob Dornblaser Camden | Letters


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Reader: we can’t afford ‘us vs. versus them’

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.

October 01, 2014 | J. Allen Miller Camden | Letters


Reader delighted by Rhame Arena concept

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."

October 01, 2014 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters


Reader supports Williams for city council

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.

October 01, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Reader: Zemp answer raises questions

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.

September 29, 2014 | Dwight deLoach Camden | Letters


Reader urges city residents to vote

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.

September 26, 2014 | James E. Parrish Jr. Camden | Letters


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