I, like many others, have listened, watched and read about this YMCA/sports complex. It all started with a real estate listing on 1/7/2011, a contract on 2/7/2011 and a closing date later in March. Wow! That was a fast real estate transaction. Discontent and suspicions started then and have continued. Shortly after the closing, there was talk of a possible YMCA partnering with Columbia. Now I am not here to oppose a Y. My children learned to swim at the Y, my husband was president of the board and was even instrumental in obtaining the ...
In the past year, my wife and I visited, toured and stayed in the towns of Aiken, Mount Pleasant and Greenville in South Carolina and Asheville, Blowing Rock and Highlands in North Carolina.
Members of the city council keep saying the majority of people in the city of Camden voted for a sports facility in the 1 percent tax referendum that failed, so why not have another referendum again to prove them right?
I am told by city hall that the Town Green cost almost $1 million. I understand that it was paid for by hospitality tax, which both city and county residents pay.
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 ...
I have been a member of IPTAY (Clemson University's athletic fundraising organization) for the last 26 years. Needless to say, I support and generally agree with the manner in which Clemson is operated. Recently, however, I am in disagreement with its president's call for more diversification. Generally, when someone makes such a call, they simply want more hyphenated Americans.
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