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Qualifications are basis for governor's appointments

I was very disappointed in your recent Noted and passed comments criticizing Gov. Haley for being insensitive in not making appointments to minorities in the proportions that you felt appropriate. I would have thought that you, as I, would have wanted her to choose the best available for the job regardless of the category into which they fell. Whether she did or not, only time will tell.

May 13, 2011 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Kershaw County Ministers Association serving community

The Kershaw County Ministers Association is proud to sponsor the annual community Lenten services each year. This has been a tradition of long standing.

May 13, 2011 | Scott Roberts Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene | Letters


Sheriff should have councilman's support

As a concerned citizen of Kershaw County who wants and expects strong law enforcement, I am extremely disappointed in Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker's actions toward our newly elected Sheriff Jim Matthews. Not only has Councilman Tucker voted against everything our new Sheriff has requested, he has recently taken his animosity towards Sheriff Matthews to a new level by blaming him and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office as the culprit behind the necessity for the countywide pay scale. If I recall correctly, Sheriff Matthews instituted his own pay scale prior to the development of the pay scale now ...

May 04, 2011 | Charles D. Phillips III Elgin | Letters


Open forum part of good government

I would like to commend Kershaw County Councilmen Jimmy Jones and Bobby Gary for opening up the idea of reviewing the public comment period of County Council meetings. This "public" period, I think we can all agree, is not open enough. At present, citizens can only make a statement and there is no interaction between Council and the public. The tenants of our Constitutional Republic are violated when government attempts to eliminate dialogue and open debate. Instead, government is intended to be questioned with public debate in open forums. Public discourse is critical to Representative government and to holding politicians ...

April 27, 2011 | Jeff Mattox Kershaw County GOP co-chairman | Letters


Quality of construction work should be unacceptable

As a taxpaying citizen I am upset with the standards the city of Camden accepts. The new concrete work at the corner of Greene and Broad is so sad. The catch basin on the southwest corner is above grade and does not catch one drop of runoff. Yesterday we had a heavy downpour in the afternoon, and not a drop was going in the drain. All the water went downhill towards town.

April 27, 2011 | Bill Foust Camden | Letters


Enough is enough

Enough is enough. How much more can we take from this city council? They all need to go. We need to find a common-sense way to keep our rates at a reasonable rate. People in the city of Camden have paid the price too long.

April 27, 2011 | William M. Hornor Camden | Letters


Broad Street two-lane plan needs additional review

I have just returned from the downtown post office. I spent all of three minutes going from the Tickle Hill and Black River roads intersection to Fair Street downtown. The next 15 minutes were spent from Rutledge Street to the post office parking lot. This was at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The point of this letter is not to complain about the time spent, but if I were a downtown merchant as I was until 2008, I would never want Broad Street changed to a two-lane street. The backed-up traffic will be horrible, and unless you meet ...

April 25, 2011 | Dave Baker, former owner of Image Printing Camden | Letters


The debate over school vouchers; public vs. private sectors nothing new

The debate over school vouchers; public vs. private sectors nothing new

April 22, 2011 | Scott Strobel Camden | Letters


Proctor a man who will be missed

Recently the Camden/Lugoff areas suffered greatly with the loss of an irreplaceable human being, Leonard Allen Proctor. After a long time serving the God he loved so well, Mr. Proctor joined the saints in glory. Mr. Proctor and I were members of New Life Christian Outreach Church in Lugoff, whose pastor is Rev. Richard Cameron. Mr. Proctor served as the building committee chairman. He was a former member of Bethel Worship Center, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and building committee chairman.

April 22, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Shelter needs help for next step

Hooray for the animals and workers at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Thank you, Ms. Thiel, Sharon and Meredith and other sponsors of the shelter, for providing such a generous gift. Now that a concrete facility is a fact, I see a real path to making this a dream come true for our furry friends.

April 20, 2011 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Are we 'mildly committed' or wildly committed'?

South Carolina education, business and government came together in 2005 to pass the Education and Economic Development Act, now known as Personal Pathways to success. The act's purpose is to help build a "life-long learning" workforce that is both educated and capable of competing in the global knowledge economy.

April 20, 2011 | Sid Isler, Russell and Jeffcoat, and Steve Singleton, Canfor Southern Pine Santee Lynches Regional Education Center Advisory Board | Letters


Column sarcastic, offensive

I have enjoyed the Chronicle-Independent for years, especially the editorial pages. Our local paper has some very talented writers and I look forward to reading these columns each issue. I was appalled with Trevor Baratko's column in the April 13 paper. He is a very talented young man; however, my opinion of him as a person is completely changed now. Does he really think that the rules don't apply to everyone and that it is OK to lie as long as you "lie convincingly"? And the sarcasm of the article referring to the Masters did not go unnoticed ...

April 20, 2011 | Karen C. Wilson Camden | Letters


The direction of our city

Actions of our Camden cty government raise questions about the long-term direction of city plans. This is not to imply any personal attacks since I respect the individuals involved. However, major changes in policy and plans have long-term impact and therefore require much more understanding and justification.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Lackey Camden | Letters


Public comments

During this past Tuesday evening's Camden City Council meeting, it was both refreshing and encouraging to see so many folks at the meeting and most particularly to hear from those who spoke during the public forum segment of the meeting. I certainly applaud all who were there. It is the right of every citizen to be able to speak about those things that affect their lives and their community.

April 15, 2011 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


Snakes column a good hoax

I would like to thank your contributing editor, Glenn Tucker, for his brilliant article about the S.C. Department of Wildlife's proposal to release poisonous cotton-mouth moccasins into Lake Wateree. This was the best April Fool's joke ever! As I read the article, my blood starting boiling because I know there might possibly be someone out there fighting to preserve the snakes. Personally, I despise all snakes … so, I was really steaming! I was once told to make a lot of noise when walking down the ramp to our boat, so I even believed the part about snakes ...

April 13, 2011 | Jane Suthard Lake Wateree | 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


Reader: Haley needs ‘extended vacation’

With this coming November's mid-term election, the timing is at hand for our voting citizens to give our governor, Nikki Haley, an extended vacation. There are too many woes in her leadership causing affliction in our state.

September 24, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Reader: ballot measures ‘too grandiose’

It is not my intention to belabor a subject I have already addressed in a previous letter. That being, that I personally am opposed to the two November referendums that would allow the Kershaw County school board to borrow $130 million via bonds, and for the imposition of an additional "penny" sales and or use tax to finance it. Rather, I just want to present the subject from a different perspective, that may simplify or clarify it, or at least bring it a little closer to home and see how it might affect individuals.

September 24, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


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