The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:54:31 EST 1800 Be careful when voting http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150222457/Be-careful-when-voting To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:06 EST Kudos for sidewalk construction http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150222267/Kudos-for-sidewalk-construction To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:06 EST Kudzu — the vine that ate the South http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150220993/Kudzu--the-vine-that-ate-the-South In 1876, at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, a pretty, leafy vine that had originated in Japan and parts of China was introduced to Americans for the first time. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:21:05 EST Know who you are voting for — and why http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150176824/Know-who-you-are-voting-for--and-why The voters of the Central and Six Mile areas will go to the polls and choose their representative for the School District of Pickens County board and while the qualifications of any of the four candidates are more than stellar, those qualifications... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:19:06 EST Do fences really make good neighbors? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150165567/Do-fences-really-make-good-neighbors The other day I was baking cookies, and I realized I was an egg short. It was raining out, my 2-year-old was napping, and I was dressed in flannel pajama pants and one of my husband's old Star Wars T-shirts. Driving to the grocery store for eggs... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:19:13 EST It’s October — break out your ribbons, your magic books, … http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150140868/Its-October--break-out-your-ribbons-your-magic-books Football players have donned pink socks, referees are signaling penalties with pick whistles, pink ribbons are wrapped around wrists and attached to lapels because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:40:08 EST Will the real South Carolina election issue please stand up? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150142952/Will-the-real-South-Carolina-election-issue-please-stand-up I know there may be some side of you who wish I would let the election go, and in time, when the votes are counted and I regain my composure from laughter at the same repeated mistakes at the polls and gird my loins for the next two years' worth... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:12 EST A thesaurus by any other name is still a thesaurus http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150098500/A-thesaurus-by-any-other-name-is-still-a-thesaurus Thesaurus: A word you hear rarely but when you do, it's in the form of a joke about a dinosaur … or something along those lines. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:34:06 EST Sometimes the best times aren’t planned http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150068845/Sometimes-the-best-times-arent-planned Last weekend was my husband's and my fifth year wedding anniversary and we had planned to either go to Savannah, or rent a cabin up in the woods somewhere in North Carolina. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:21:04 EST Transparency movement sees progress – and daunting setbacks http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150070896/Transparency-movement-sees-progress--and-daunting-setbacks One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:32:07 EST Audit shines light on longstanding DSS issues http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150060437/Audit-shines-light-on-longstanding-DSS-issues For quite some time South Carolina's Department of Social Services has been under fire, as has Gov. Nikki Haley, due to the many glaring issues associated with the department. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:14:06 EST A little housekeeping about the Op/Ed page http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/50793571/A-little-housekeeping-about-the-Op/Ed-page The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post presented a column written by staff writer Kasie Strickland on gun control and the resulting reaction was somewhat disturbing. As a result, this editorial is being presented to explain... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:27:08 EST Hang up the phone, America — and drive http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50798815/Hang-up-the-phone-America--and-drive Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:31:20 EST Pickens County’s wild, wild kingdom brings laughter http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50749751/Pickens-Countys-wild-wild-kingdom-brings-laughter Things have been far too serious in my columns as of late so I thought I would lighten things up a little and hopefully share a laugh with you. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:20:03 EST Should the drinking age be 18? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50716797/Should-the-drinking-age-be-18 The age of 18 carries a lot of responsibility. You can help determine our nation's leaders by voting, you can make a vow for a life-long commitment and get married, you are mature enough to join the military and fight and or kill and or die for... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:26:07 EST No one is coming for your guns … yet http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50658746/No-one-is-coming-for-your-guns--yet I'm sure I lost a lot of readers right off the bat with my headline, but for those of you who are willing to hear me out (and if you are still reading I am going to assume that you are), let me explain my position to you. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:25:12 EST Lessons from Hugo continue to teach http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50677670/Lessons-from-Hugo-continue-to-teach It's been a quarter century since South Carolina felt the wrath of Hurricane Hugo, but it remains a defining moment for our state. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:47:01 EST First the questions, then come the answers http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50669417/First-the-questions-then-come-the-answers I have had a burr under my saddle where the S.C. Department of Social Services and the welfare of the children in this state are concerned, especially the TOTAL lack of responsiveness from the Governor's office. This column is going to ask a... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:34:02 EST When it comes to pit bulls, is it nature or nurture? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50633226/When-it-comes-to-pit-bulls-is-it-nature-or-nurture Dogs are perhaps one of mankind's greatest creations. They were physically and behaviorally engineered by humans to fulfill a specific need: guarding the home, pointing out quail in brush lines, retrieving downed water fowl, herding sheep,... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:47:06 EST Take a step back and get a better view http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50635233/Take-a-step-back-and-get-a-better-view Before I sat down to write this column I had already accepted the fact I wouldn't be making any friends, at least not here in the tightest notch of the Bible belt, but I feel it needs to be said. If you have followed me at all, you know I will... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:19:05 EST