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No justification for sales tax increase

The proposed 1 cent sales tax increase for Kershaw County, to be voted on November 2, is both inappropriate and ill-timed. With unemployment at 11.1 percent and economic conditions adversely affecting all citizens, especially the poor and middle class, it is unconscionable that County Council would allow this process to even get off the ground, The Capital Projects Commission did what they were asked to do; but they should never have been asked in the first place. If either of the projects proposed to be funded by this tax increase had been deemed "essential", then it should have been ...

October 22, 2010 | Ralph E. Sims Camden | Letters


Vote yes for progress

There is no question we all pay our share of taxes. Since taxes are necessary and one of two things that are certain (death being the other), it is refreshing to finally have local leaders working together in an effort to better our communities. What I am referring to is the Capital Sales Tax Project or "Penny For Progress Kershaw County."

October 22, 2010 | Johnny Deal Camden | Letters


Paper waste comes from all directions

"Think Green," "Reusable bags," "Recycle Paper" and many other phrases urge us to conserve paper. Obviously, two large groups have not understood the message. On each mail delivery day we receive between five and 13 pieces of waste mail. All are dropped, unopened, into the trash.

October 22, 2010 | Dr. Melissa Osborne Rembert | Letters


Wise on the mark

I am writing regarding Rev. Dr. P. W. Wise's letter, "Diversity, tolerance as American as apple pie," featured in the Chronicle-Independent Oct. 18. He is the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, located in downtown Camden.

October 22, 2010 | Carolyn Johnson Cassatt | Letters


Commission members voice their support for capital sales tax

In October of 2009, we were appointed by the Kershaw County Council to the Capital Sales Tax Commission. Over the months that followed, we worked diligently to understand exactly how the tax would work, to review 27 qualifying projects totaling over $77 million, and finally to narrow the list to eight projects as our final recommendation.

October 22, 2010 | Kershaw County Capital Sales Tax Commission Ted Davis, Melissa Emmons, Yulee Harrelson, Chuck Nash and Rickie Tiller | Letters


A penny here, a penny there

The polls are going to open Tuesday, November 2, at 7 a.m. and we again will be asked to choose the people we think are going to be the best to lead our county and state for the next few years. We will also be asked to decide if we want another penny added to the sales tax to fund projects across the county. This question is one of the most important of the entire election for Kershaw County residents for this will affect all of us for years to come. The penny for progress.com lobby has been ...

October 22, 2010 | Jeff Mattox Elgin | Letters


Few gives straight answers

Please tell me that I have just awoken from some bad dream. I have been researching the candidates running for S.C. House District 79, and I cannot believe what I am seeing.

October 22, 2010 | Shelby Price Lugoff | Letters


Of the people, by the people, for the people

The election in November is going to determine what kind of government and government philosophy we are going to have in 2011 and 2012, and probably beyond that.

October 22, 2010 | Benji L. Jackson Lugoff | Letters


Haley's focus on education questionable

As a public school educator for almost 50 years I am very concerned about the future of public education. We need someone in the governor's office who is really concerned about education in this state.

October 22, 2010 | J. Coke Goodwin Camden | Letters


There's too much uncertainty to add additional sales tax

On Nov. 2 our county leadership is asking you to vote "yes" for a penny sales tax referendum to fund projects throughout the county. Now, a lot of these projects are in fact worthwhile, but are they necessities? With our unemployment rate at 11.1 percent at the end of August 2010, and incomes way down for most of our citizens, is this the right time to increase sales tax for Kershaw County? Currently, South Carolina has a sales tax rate of 6 percent across the state but Kershaw County has a 7 percent sales tax rate and is asking ...

October 20, 2010 | Larry B. Risvold Elgin | Letters


New Elgin library a need well worth supporting

In considering any new tax during this economic climate, strong consideration should be given to what will be gained. The burden of the tax must be considered and weighed against the benefits.

October 20, 2010 | Allen Roberts Chairman, Kershaw County Library Board of Trustees | Letters


Diversity, tolerance as American as apple pie

The American public air waves have been dominated recently surrounding the controversy involving the proposed building of a Moslem mosque near Ground Zero. The controversy has been vigorously debated on both sides of the religious, racial and political spectrum. It appears that everyone has an opinion about whether the mosque should be built.

October 18, 2010 | Rev. Dr. P.W. Wise Pastor, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Camden | Letters


Teachers must make voices heard in election

In the spring of 2009, teachers in Camden and across South Carolina were faced with the prospect of losing their jobs when Governor Sanford rejected $511 million in stimulus funds intended for public education.

October 18, 2010 | Ann Marie Taylor 2008 S.C. Teacher of the Year | Letters


Sheheen needs to address critical questions

Mr. Sheheen has not answered questions regarding his positions on two critical issues: 1) How would you treat the attorney general's lawsuit to challenge the Obama health care issue? Would you de-fund the lawsuit moving forward or support it? and 2) Are you planning to reapply for the TARP funds that Gov Sanford refused? There are strings attached to the TARP funds: the states must spend it according to federal government prescription causing South Carolina to be "owned" by the federal government, thereby giving up states' rights?

October 18, 2010 | Ms. Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


State has problem with food stamp system

I am so amazed that people who apparently don't need food stamps for food can swap them for money, alcohol and apparently whatever they want, and even more amazed at the proprietors would exchange them illegally.

October 18, 2010 | Edna Payne Camden | 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


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