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What can we expect from our new sheriff?

I recently came across the following statement, "The Law in the U.S. requires three elements to be present in any crime: the Act, Intent and Damage (mens rea -- willful intent, actus reus -- act or crime, corpus delicti -- body of the crime, the actual damage). It is estimated that 90 percent of the people prosecuted by the courts in the U.S. committed no crime." That is a very powerful statement. Basically what it is saying is that most people in prison today are there because we simply refused to accept their behavior. It has become the norm in America ...

January 12, 2011 | Patty M. Motley Elgin | Letters


A palace for kings and queens

The kings and queens who rule over the education of our children and spend 42 cents of every dollar they receive on them are building a new and wonderful palace. Their kingdom is vast as they are the largest employer in all of Kershaw County. They purchase property across this land, sometimes at higher than market value. The kings and queens lay off teachers first while keeping the palace staff; after all, they must have a large staff to look over their vast kingdom. Now that their subjects have denied more funds, they have decided to show their subjects that ...

January 12, 2011 | Jeff Mattox Elgin | Letters


Support for animal shelter comes from many

From all of the staff at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, we would like to thank everyone for their support. The Chronicle-Independent has graciously hosted the "Pet of the Week" and thanks to their help, hundreds of dogs and cats have found new homes!

January 12, 2011 | Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter staff Camden | Letters


A simpler time

Here is my take on the law escort fee for funerals. I agree there should be a fee, just not as much as proposed. It was stated that it takes deputies away from their patrol. If this is the case the school board has to be charged for the traffic control before and after school, because we have more schools in this county than SROs to handle this task so that takes deputies away from their patrol. There has been times when there are two or three deputies in the highway at Jackson School in the afternoon just standing around.

January 12, 2011 | Ronnie Hinson Camden | Letters


Our county at work?

As we start 2011, let's take time out to thank your county leaders and administration for a great year in 2010.

January 07, 2011 | Wm. Dugan Camden | Letters


Springdale traffic area poses numerous hazards

In addition to Steve Parrott's letter of Dec. 22th I would like to add my concerns about the dangerous intersection at U.S. 1 and Springdale Drive and the numerous accidents there. I am also a resident of the Springdale area and see logging trucks as a big problem, but so are other vehicles. The 45-mph speed limit approaching the final curve at Wal-Mart needs to be lowered to 35 mph. Drivers go zooming in at 50 to 60 mph. Not only is this a busy intersection but there is a lot of traffic entering and exiting the numerous ...

January 05, 2011 | Carol Meckstroth Camden | Letters


School funds have specific uses

If people are going to criticize the school board and school district superintendent for how money is spent, researching first is in order. In South Carolina, facilities and personnel are separate "pots" of money and cannot be mixed. Spending money to build does not affect money for teachers.

January 05, 2011 | Melissa Osborne MS, MSEd, DEd Rembert | Letters


A special thank-you

My family and I have unfortunately been through the loss of my youngest brother recently. With this being totally unexpected and the first time making arrangements for an immediate family member, we contacted Robbie Powers of Powers Funeral Home.

December 31, 2010 | Diane Robinson Camden | Letters


Community pride

As we look back on 2010, one cannot but be proud of our wonderful community with all of its heritage, history and opportunities for the future. Two very important aspects of our community which set us apart from so many others are the number of community based organizations and the generous contributors who make up these organizations. One of these organizations, which made such significant contributions to our community over the past number of years, is the Camden Tree Foundation. The foundation, a non-profit corporation founded in 1982, is an all-volunteer organization which during its history has relied upon the ...

December 31, 2010 | X. Willard Polk President, Camden Tree Foundation | Letters


County education leaders off course

If our school board and the superintendent of education spent as much time on education as they do on acquiring property, maybe we would be able to do a more credible job of education.

December 29, 2010 | Jack Stogner Camden | Letters


County government shut down for five days

It's the holidays and everyone enjoys being off of work and spending time with their family. So naturally the courthouse and Kershaw County offices were closed for five days straight. What? Yes, they were closed Dec. 23-27. Let me think … what holiday is the 27th? Oh yeah, it's the Monday after Christmas. Everyone celebrates that holiday, right? Even the banks can't close for more than three days in a row.

December 29, 2010 | Craig Harvey Lugoff | Letters


Student columnists share thoughtful messages

Dylan Sims, a student columnist from North Central High School, and Christina Stokes, a Camden High School student columnist, are to be commended for their recent articles: Dylan's "Christmas Carols offer more than just a catchy tune" in the Dec. 10 edition and Christina's "Show your Christmas spirit by sharing your blessings" in Friday's edition.

December 22, 2010 | Carolyn H. Pettyjohn Camden | Letters


Logging trucks a danger to other travelers

As a concerned citizen and parent, I would like to know if the city has any plans to deter logging trucks from turning over in one of the city's busiest intersection. I am a resident of Springdale Drive and a husband and father of three children who views this situation as a warning sign that one of these truckers are going to murder an innocent bystander. I feel strongly and thankful that God's protection has kept someone from getting killed as of yet.

December 22, 2010 | Steve Parrott Camden | Letters


Robo-greetings top Grinch list

Memo to Mia Butler Derrick or anyone else who thinks robo-greetings are a good idea: NOT!

December 22, 2010 | Judi Thompson Elgin | Letters


School district facilities need closer look

When I retired from the Kershaw County School Board in 1998, it was not a retirement from continuing to seek the best that our educational institution had to offer to our youth. I thought, surely the technological system would take over since each student in ninth grade was given a computer to aid in their educational advancement and achievement. This is/was not so for many students.

December 17, 2010 | Vivian B. Metze Camden | Letters


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Parent of L-EHS cheerleader speaks out

I am writing about the negative article that appeared in the Camden Chronicle this past Friday concerning the Lugoff Elgin cheerleaders.

August 27, 2014 | Kimberly M. Sims Lugoff | Letters


Demon nickname and cheerleader uniforms

When I was told about the "Demon Nickname" article in Friday's paper, I was upset when I read the article. I was mad. Oh, by the way my daughter is a cheerleader.

August 27, 2014 | Craig Harvey, Proud Cheer Dad Lugoff | Letters


Today’s workforce and God

Labor Day … is a special time of year for this senior citizen. In my working years, the corporations of America let their faces shine on the working class. In that era, I was blessed to be taught to see not only utility in labor, but beauty and dignity.

August 22, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


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