The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:52:17 EST 1800 No excuse for not vaccinating children In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published one of the most damaging articles in modern history — a study supposedly linking the MMR vaccine with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. By 2010, the medical journal retracted the paper in its... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:26:04 EST Finding the write combo not as easy as it sounds Recently I met someone locally who found out I am a published novelist and they expounded on how that has been their life's ambition, and all I can say is …So you want to be a writer? Are you sure about that? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:53:06 EST The passage of time — when perception meets reality My little brother is getting married this weekend, and I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that he's all grown up. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:58:03 EST Protecting South Carolina’s veterans The brave men and women who have worn our nation's uniform deserve our honor and our kept promises. South Carolina's approximately 400,000 veterans rely on the services provided by the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia,... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:36:12 EST Is a brokered peace possible? For well over 2,000 years, there has been a continuing struggle in the Middle East and to presume the United States can broker any lasting peace in this situation is to expect the impossible. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:13:17 EST Knitting yields more than just sweaters School letting out for the summer meant one thing to me growing up — spending two weeks at my grandmother's house in Pennsylvania. It was easily the highlight of my year. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:13:15 EST Sam Wyche has a vision we all need to share I met Sam Wyche at the most recent Rotary meeting in Easley and it was a true pleasure as a football fan and former player. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:13:12 EST What’s in a game of football? Plenty, if you ask my husband With football season just around the corner, things are beginning to get a little crazy around my house. I'm not much of a college fan myself, but my husband, John, is a die-hard Carolina Gamecocks fan. And I do mean die-hard. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:48:02 EST Time to create some magic for your kids I think I became a cynic about people when I reached an age when life just didn't have the magic it once held and I discovered that people are just out for themselves and nothing more. Yes, I do know there are some genuine people out there. It... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:46:02 EST Could the loss of one save another? I was just a kid and a huge fan of the show Happy Days, never missing the show so my friends and I could all talk about it the next day at school. All these years later I remember the night I met Robin Williams when he appeared for the first time as... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:29:02 EST It’s just sweet tea — how hard could it be? Living in South Carolina for the past six years has taught me many things. I have learned that there is no such thing as a “quick” phone call, macaroni and cheese should never ever come from a box, and the phrase “bless your... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:32:02 EST Getting real about rape Hallelujah. Lawmakers are finally doing something productive about rape on college campuses. A group of eight senators has just proposed the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which would ensure harsher penalties for colleges that aren't... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:40:09 EST The case for low taxes They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.”They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they've secured public funding. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:07:13 EST EMS there when you need them Sometimes you don't realize just what you have until you need it. Who would think you'd require the services of the Pickens EMS at 3AM on a Sunday morning, but sure enough, there I was, gasping for air like a fish out of water and a wife... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:07:12 EST Having a bad week? It can ALWAYS be worse I don't know if this is true but if it is this has to be one of the worst weeks ever suffered by one man in the history of the world … and I have to be honest, I didn't do the research because in this case I think I like the legend... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:07:08 EST Keep the Spirit of ’45 alive On Sunday, August 10, at 3 p.m. several hundred people will gather in the Upstate to celebrate the end of World War II. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 19:45:04 EST High school football — danger or rite of passage? The state of California recently instituted a new set of regulations concerning high school football and the staggering statistics now becoming available from the long-term effects of concussions and concussion related injuries. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:20:04 EST Dance — and don’t care who’s watching I remember as a boy, I couldn't have been more than nine or 10 years old at the time, my mother took it upon herself to teach me to dance. At 10 I had no idea what she was passing along to me until years later, that it was more than just dancing... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:33:02 EST Sometimes, all it takes is a book It's just about time for those three words almost every kid hates to hear … back to school. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:53:02 EST Pour me some tea, y’all — and let’s play some football What a break in the weather the middle of the week was or am I the only one who enjoyed it? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:57:05 EST