I can't believe what happened in Kershaw County this past week.
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 ...
I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.
I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...
I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.
One of the best things about being an educator is the opportunity to share in the success of students' educational careers. Watching students learn to read, speak a foreign language or pass an AP exam are highlights that I've shared with numerous young people over the years, but none of them comes close to what I consider one the best highpoints I ever experienced: the excitement that I saw on the faces of the students from North Central High School years ago when I informed them about the improvements being made to their school as part of Phase 1 ...
The city of Camden needs experienced professionals, invested citizens working for everyone; the city of Camden needs Jeffrey Graham elected on Nov. 4. Join me in voting for a man with a proven record:
The probate court handles estates, conservatorships and guardianships among other things, all of which are important because they affect the lives of people. When choosing the right candidate for the position of probate judge, we first should take into consideration the candidate's experience and knowledge of the job they are seeking. Debbie Branham is a paralegal with 20 years of experience, handling more than 1,000 probate and estate matters. She has been in the courtroom assisting an attorney in trial. She understands the law, the procedures of the court and the probate process. She has the experience and ...
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of Kershaw County will have the chance to cast their vote for chairman of Kershaw County Council. I am honored to announce that I am endorsing Julian Burns for this position. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Burns over the past few months, and one thing that I have come to admire about him is his desire to serve his community.
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