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Student commended for taking a stand

I applaud Christina Stokes, Camden High School columnist, for her article stating that purity is a beautiful quality. Hopefully her speaking out will be the catalyst for many others to make the choice to remain pure in their lives.

March 16, 2011 | Pat Sims Camden | Letters


A story of praise and thanks

Our news media is so full of negatives, hopelessness and tragedy. This is a story praising the goodness of God through others. On Jan. 12 about 7:30 p.m., my husband came in the den and announced that he wasn't feeling real good. In questioning him all he could tell me was a bad case of indigestion -- no nausea, no pain or no sweating. We live at Lake Wateree next door to Vince (a Methodist minister) and Nancy (a nurse) Halter. I called Nancy, and Charles described his symptoms. Calmly she told him that it could just be ...

March 11, 2011 | Fran Cottingham Ridgeway | Letters


Concerned in Camden

As a former employee of the Wateree Community Actions I am compelled to write this letter in the disregards that the new Wateree Community Actions staff have for our small Camden community.

March 09, 2011 | Carolyn Y. Abercrumbie Camden | Letters


Quick response to fire saves property, lives

On Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, we experienced what could have turned into a catastrophic event if it had not been for a quick response from our local Blaney Fire Department, Doby's Mill, Lugoff, Columbia, and Pine Grove fire departments and the S.C. Forestry Commission. The wind was a major factor that day in trying to contain the fire and keep it from spreading.

March 09, 2011 | Sam King and Doris Kling Elgin | Letters


Enough is enough

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18-year-olds) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 … before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

March 09, 2011 | John Q. Fogle Camden | Letters


Area schools seem to provide positive learning experience

All Kershaw County residents and parents should be very proud of their schools. For two weeks in February, I was a member of a team who administered an assessment called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or the Nation's Report Card, to 4th and 8th graders at four Kershaw County schools. The students were cooperative and polite and stayed on task the entire assessment period. They asked questions about the test and appeared committed to doing their best.

March 02, 2011 | Judy Matthews Camden | Letters


Community's caring appreciated

There are no words to express our feelings of sorrow in the loss of our family member, Jerry Geiger. We find comfort in knowing that so many of you were there for us when we needed you.

March 02, 2011 | | Letters


Citizens have responsibility to 'see' inside government

It is an almost impossible task in some cases to look into something from the outside. How do you come up with an explanation for some things? You see, as citizens looking in, we may not know enough about an incident or simply care enough to look into it. Most folks already feel their little "2 cents' worth" won't make a "hill of beans" of a difference.

February 25, 2011 | Howard Buckholz Cassatt | Letters


Thank you, KershawHealth

Most of us know that Kershaw County is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and grow old together with family and friends. Our tight-knit community is full of loving and caring people who always seem to go the extra mile when called upon. So, for some of you who may not know one of Kershaw County's best kept secrets, I will now attempt to let the cat out of the bag!

February 23, 2011 | Stephen S. Kelly III Camden | Letters


Is implementation of new KCSO traffic unit moving too swiftly?

Jurisdictions and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies have been pretty well defined in our area and, of course, we seek perfection in protection of citizens. It bothers me somewhat, however, that we have not reached perfection in Kershaw County in the areas of present responsibility of our elected county sheriff. I have had responsible positions throughout my long life, and while I wanted and desired extra responsibilities, I had to realize that I couldn't be all things to all people. On the sheriff's desire to move into trooper's responsibilities he has his ideas and thinks he can ...

February 18, 2011 | Richard C. Mims Lugoff | Letters


Camden a victim of too much governing

I knew that Camden had become a "Nanny" town when it declared itself a smoke-free city. How nice. Why? As I move about the Nanny town, I have seen posters proudly announcing that Camden is now a smoke-free area (Nanny town). Mainly, I suppose, because the residents don't know what is best for them, they need a Nanny town government. When I go to a place that is "stunk up" with cigarette smoke I either light up a cigar (if I have one) or leave. If the music is too loud and they don't want to mute the ...

February 18, 2011 | W. Ashby Rhame Rembert | Letters


Be part of the solution

While letters to the editor are a forum for folks to comment, question, and present opinions and ideas, I have always considered that one of the ground rules about public discussion should be one of mutual respect, not personal attack. After all, in public discourse the goal should be to right a wrong and move toward a resolution, not to drive wedges or build walls that divide. The goal of this letter is to consider how we might come together to foster an environment where the public debate is about the issues at hand and how we can best address ...

February 16, 2011 | Donny Supplee President, United Way of Kershaw County | Letters


How long will we stumble over race relations?

The picture of Kershaw County sheriff's deputies in the Chronicle-Independent Jan. 7 indicated a lack of diversity and was not representative of our county's diverse population.

February 16, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Now is time to address proposed school legislation

In reading the various media reports coming out about the General Assembly, it can be extremely difficult to understand the full effect of what is being debated and ultimately decided. Unfortunately, legislation is often written in such a way that its real impact is lost on someone who doesn't deal with legislation all the time. In this particular year, when decisions made to cut the state budget will have profound impact, it is more important than ever for citizens to understand what lawmakers and others are proposing.

February 11, 2011 | Dr. Frank Morgan Kershaw County School District Superintendent | Letters


Superintendent, school board turn deaf ear to citizens

In the Jan. 31 Chronicle-Independent top story about the school district office move, the Kershaw County School District superintendent seems to make a mockery of frugality. When asked if new furniture will be purchased, Dr. Frank Morgan says he will even keep his "$69.95 state surplus conference table." The superintendent doesn't seem to understand that the people of this county, who purchased his conference table, stretch their dollars in every way they can. Most of us are average people of moderate means.

February 09, 2011 | Sheri Few Lugoff | Letters


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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


Former superintendent supports Phase 2 referenda

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 ...

October 17, 2014 | Herbert M. Berg, Ed.D., KCSD Superintendent, 2003-2007 Alexandria, Va. | Letters


B&B owner supports Graham

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:

October 17, 2014 | Col. (ret.) Katherine Lemay Brown, USAF Owner, Bloomsbury | Letters


Reader supports Branham

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 ...

October 17, 2014 | Richard Lackey Camden | Letters


Elgin town council member supports Burns

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.

October 15, 2014 | Melissa Emmons Elgin | Letters


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