A very special day is fast approaching, a day we should put on the top of our list and certainly always remember. We should celebrate it to no end. This day is not a holiday, but it should be. This day is indeed only one day long, only 24 hours short, but this day should and can last forever. We can make this day last forever in our hearts, for this is where it belongs. This day is the best day. It will not end, so live it forever.
On April 14, I was getting ready for work when I received a phone call stating that I did not need to come to work because we were closing for good. I thought my friend was joking. After realizing he wasn't, I got in my car and drove to the restaurant. What I witnessed was truly shocking and devastating. All of the daytime employess were sitting on the patio, banned from going inside. One employee was sitting in her car, just crying. The police were at every entrance and the IRS swarmed inside. I can't even tell you ...
The saying goes, "You only have one chance to make a first impression." Unfortunately, my first impression of the choice for the relocation of our (Kershaw County) Farmers Market at the southern edge of Historic Camden was a very, very bad one.
April 29, 2015|
It is part of a long-standing pattern whereby the North Charleston criminal justice system surveiles, harasses, profiles, threatens, tickets, endangers and incarcerates Black American members of society. The Holocaust remembered comes to mind. All human life deserves protection.
I write this based on a fear for the well-being and future of America. If I am wrong, somebody set me straight, please. The historian philosopher Arnold Toynbee said, "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder, and start to decay when they lose their moral fiber and the cultural elite turns parasitic, exploiting the masses." In other words, they die from within. The history of the rise and fall of great civilizations lends support to this.
Please permit me to share my thoughts with your readers about Johnny "Mr. Camden" Deal. He was a most deserving recipient of the Jake Watson Award. That award holds a special meaning to me. Jake Watson's grandmother and my paternal great-grandfather were siblings from Greenwood. Jake was a true Camden icon, as is Johnny. Equal only to my own is Johnny's love for our community. Never is he seen without that big, friendly grin. We need more people like him. Johnny is the "Real Deal."
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard over the past year to make Special Olympics such a wonderful and memorable event. Many, many thanks to the Special Olympics Committee, to the countless teachers and volunteers who worked at the event, and to everyone at Camden Military Academy and Headmaster Dr. Eric Boland for hosting the day.
April 15, 2015|
Dr. Frank E. Morgan, superintendent
Kershaw County School District
I enjoy expressing my opinion via letters to the editor and I appreciate this newspaper's willingness to consider them for publication. Recently, there have been several rebuttals or contrasting viewpoints expressed in the same medium. Some have asked if that bothers me. My response has been, if by "bother," you mean does it elicit emotion in me, yes it does. It delights me. I think it's great.
I enjoy letters to the editor by my friend, Charlie Humphries, but I must take issue with the position he took in his letter to the Chronicle-Independent on March 4, 2015. In addressing the issue of a possible second referendum for Kershaw County School District building projects. He states, "This is not an issue the chamber of commerce needs to chime in on."
A big thank you to the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce for conducting a survey of its wide membership to help the Kershaw County School District decide how to proceed in light of the fact that a referendum put forward last November was not supported by the voters.
March 11, 2015|
Patricia Richardson, president
Camden Business Alliance
Please accept my sincere apology for the perceived tone of the recent column on crape murder. My passion for trees can and did, I suppose, get the better of me. I have spent my career trying to educate the public on the actual harm and long-time detrimental effect topping has on trees and it's frustrating to see the practice continue. The column was not intended to belittle or scold, nor was it directed at any one person or scenario. I'm sorry it was interpreted in that way.
March 11, 2015|
Camden Urban Forester
Throughout my lifetime, I have been interested in all decorative plants, although my specialty is the Camellia. I was shocked while reading the editorial by one of my favorite editors lambasting one of my favorite columnists about wording in a column on crape myrtles. For some unknown reason (probably some health problem), I had failed to read the column in question. My wife left me in this world to fend for myself while she enjoys heaven and this gives me the luxury of being able to pile newspapers by my chair in sort of a too high, messy pile to ...