I thought the hospitality tax was to be used to bring in tourists. How will the YMCA do this? Who will be willing to travel to Camden just to work out, or to take a swim? Are the people just outside the city limits the tourists the city is counting on? Those of us who don't live in the city limits still pay the hospitality tax because we have no choice; if we want to enjoy the local businesses there, we have to just go along.
Today was the last "Lunch and Learn" at the Health Resource Center. For so many in our community, it was a sad day. The center was a valuable asset to Kershaw County and will be dearly missed. A big thank-you to the wonderful staff.
I am compelled to write this letter after reading the letter that was written by Officer Christopher Phillips in the Chronicle-Independent on Friday, May 20, 2011. He was writing from the standpoint of being a member of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office staff. I'm writing from a citizen of Kershaw County's view. This has been a hard week for a lot of people, especially our law enforcement officers. I was really grateful, happy and sad after reading his letter.
My wife and I have been volunteering for more than four years at KershawHealth. On Tuesday, May 17, 24 working people were let go. Through no fault of their own they were released of their jobs. My wife and I immediately resigned because we think we are taking jobs away from those workers. The hospital is very happy with their volunteers because it doesn't cost them anything. I loved volunteering at KershawHealth but volunteers should be suspicious that they are not being used by the hospital instead of the hospital hiring workers.
"We the People." These important words are celebrated as the opening salvo in a historic experiment in constitutional democracy, an experiment that we in this state live every day. We are partners in this strong process.
At the Town Green event a couple of weekends ago, I had a lengthy conversation with Councilman Pat Partin about council's vision to grow Camden. He suggested that I get a copy of the Camden vision plan, so I would be informed. At his suggestion, I got a copy and I studied the plan recommendations which, as Mayor Jeffrey Graham stated in the Chronicle-Independent, "It encapsulates hours of citizens input along with the opinion of professional city planners. It is a combination of where our citizens said they want our city to go and what steps we should take ...
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.
The Kershaw County Ministers Association is proud to sponsor the annual community Lenten services each year. This has been a tradition of long standing.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
The debate over school vouchers; public vs. private sectors nothing new
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.
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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