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Playing GODD again?

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?

July 18, 2011 | Stephen Sarafin Jr. Camden | Letters


KershawHealth shines

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.

July 15, 2011 | Jim Watts Camden | Letters


Dont' burden taxpayers with sheriffs' dispute

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.

July 15, 2011 | Doug Vinson Camden | Letters


The definition of 'disheartening'

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 ...

July 15, 2011 | Jennifer Piasecki Camden | Letters


Let people have a voice

Concerning the choice to possibly build a new YMCA in Camden, would it not be a wise decision for the Camden Mayor and City Council members to allow a referendum/special election concerning the use of what would likely be several million dollars of public funds to build a city owned facility which would be managed by a "for profit" YMCA. Those of us who do not reside in the city but are dependent on Camden for water and/or power would like to have a voice in this matter.

July 11, 2011 | John Jaynes Camden | Letters


Family ties

I am sorry I omitted the fact that Councilman Willard Polk has been my brother-in-law for over 45 years. I appreciated your adding that footnote. However, I do not think that fact has any bearing on my comments. He still deserves the respect and applause of the silent majority for his representation of his fellow citizens on city council.

July 11, 2011 | Jane Clarke Mountain Rest | Letters


Many questions remain regarding YMCA proposal

I have been closely following the debate about creating a YMCA facility here in Camden. As much as I would like to be able to enjoy a year-round indoor pool, I cannot agree with our city leaders that this is the best use of my hospitality tax money. First of all, the Recreation Department already operates a successful pool and owns enough adjoining land that the pool could be enclosed, a gym could be built, and new offices that the department desperately needs could be housed in the same facility on Battleship Road. Second, do we need an outside entity ...

July 08, 2011 | Dan Outlaw Camden | Letters


Working class still backbone of America

I truly thank the brave workers of South Carolina who are fighting for economic justice and who voice their concern about this state's consistent disregard for the interest of the working class.

July 08, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Take time for others

What kind of memories are you leaving behind? Have you ever thought about that?

July 06, 2011 | Margaret Truesdale Camden | Letters


Listen, city leaders, to your citizens

I don't use Facebook, I probably wouldn't use a YMCA in Camden, and I may be speaking for a small segment of our city and county. But many of us agree that timing is everything on big financial decisions in a community with the economic recession that we have here in Camden and Kershaw County, our state and our nation.

July 06, 2011 | Allen Brown Camden | Letters


National Park designations

We at Let Freedom Ring believe in peace through strength. In this same belief we want to honor those soldiers who fought at the Battle of Camden. Those soldiers who fought at this battle believed that the peace they so desperately wanted could only come through strength and standing up to the British army stationed here at Camden. Even though the Americans lost this battle, it went a long way in winning the war and giving the Americans the peace they wanted.

July 06, 2011 | Richard Holmes Camden | Letters


Polk only councilman to 'truly represent' citizens

I am somewhat puzzled over Martin Cahn's newspaper's accounting of city council meetings. I am particularly confused by the detailing of Mr. Polk's emotions and body language during the meetings. Are all eyes, including the reporter's, on Mr. Polk, because he is the only one who is responding to the outrage? The recent attempt to abolish the commissions is quite revealing. Mr. Partin questioned Mr.Polk's concerns and accused him of advocating larger government. In my view, Mr. Polk was defending a democratic government! Not to allow the people on these commissions the right to ...

July 06, 2011 | Jane Clarke Mountain Rest | Letters


City's leadership failing its citizens

As a public citizen, I take offense at the manner in which the business of Camden is being conducted. Suggesting (in public) that "council members have been giving out false information" shows, in my opinion, a lack of leadership abilities. If the Mayor has a problem with Council members or members of the public, he should deal with that problem as any good businessman does -- in private. As a public citizen, my statements (a year or so ago) were also called into question by the Mayor (in the press) regarding a meeting about the railroad depot -- there could be others ...

July 04, 2011 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters


Governing by the rules

Recently in response to Governor Haley's attempt to force the South Carolina State Senate to do her bidding to reform state government, Senator Glenn McConnell in an editorial commentary made a convincing and timely statement with respect to deliberative legislative process and to the respect for constitutional law and the processes of orderly government. While one may not always be in agreement with Senator McConnell, what he had to say in this matter should be a tenet for guiding not only us who serve in government but should be a guiding principle for all of us in going about ...

June 29, 2011 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


NCAA should be control factor

I write in response to an article "Spurrier: Pay the 'performers' -- give players $300 a game" which appeared in the A section of The State newspaper June 2, in which Steve Spurrier, head football coach at USC in Columbia, "proposed a resolution at the SEC's spring meetings that would pay college football players in the conference $300 per game, with the money coming out of the head coaches' pockets."

June 24, 2011 | Clifton Harryton Anderson Camden | Letters


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L-EHS student concerned about animal shelter

I am writing this letter about the concerns of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Our animal shelter has its pros and cons. The benefits of an animal shelter is it provides protection for those individuals that cannot afford the proper care for their animal. Think about it: what would our city look like if we did not have an animal shelter? There would be dogs and cats running around freely. Every day I ride down Hwy. 1, I see a helpless dog on the side of the rode with its ribs sticking out from lack of nutrients.

October 24, 2014 | Brittany McManus Lugoff | Letters


Lugoff residents invoke Roosevelt on immigration

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907:

October 22, 2014 | Bill and Nancy Heil Lugoff | Letters


Camden residents support Graham for city council

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.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters


Reader supports Reuwer

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 ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters


Reader: ‘vote no twice’

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.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


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