The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:27:22 EST 1800 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 In with the old, in with the new http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50588390/In-with-the-old-in-with-the-new A long tradition exists when it comes to Easley High School and the Easley community. Well, at least there used to be. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:18:08 EST Reduce budget, not savings http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/50588607/Reduce-budget-not-savings At the last school board meeting the board approved buying two activity buses for $252,000. (Shelton, Edwards, Cooper, Swords for, Saitta and Gillespie against.) The buses will be paid for out of savings. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:18:04 EST It’s a dog’s world — in my house anyway http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50595244/Its-a-dogs-world--in-my-house-anyway When I married my husband John, we created a blended family right from the start. John had two American Bulldogs — Thor and Raina — and I had an ancient scruffy mutt named Barney. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:17:16 EST What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/50526989/Whats-in-a-name-Depends-on-who-you-ask Native Americans are a proud people with a vibrant culture, rich history, and a past that is a colorful tapestry of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately survival. Natives may refer to themselves and each other by many different names, tribes, and titles,... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:10:03 EST Shop locally, and improve your community http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/50557697/Shop-locally-and-improve-your-community The benefits of shopping locally can't be overstated. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:03 EST Washington Redskins should get to keep their name http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50554319/Washington-Redskins-should-get-to-keep-their-name Should Daniel Snyder be forced to change the mascot of his NFL franchise Washington Redskins? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:27:05 EST Calling it like I see it: It was a nightmare bus ride http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50454126/Calling-it-like-I-see-it:-It-was-a-nightmare-bus-ride It has been 15 years since I have been on a Greyhound bus and after this past weekend, I remember why. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:42:04 EST When it comes to education, just keep it simple http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50494610/When-it-comes-to-education-just-keep-it-simple Where does the state of education stand in the state of South Carolina as the 2014-15 school year begins?The answer is, in limbo. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:55:01 EST The case for making foreign aid a two-way street http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50478685/The-case-for-making-foreign-aid-a-two-way-street What if I told you there was a lot in Africa that was going right? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:44:03 EST You don’t have to be a jerk to support your team http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50477948/You-dont-have-to-be-a-jerk-to-support-your-team I'm going to preface this column with a statement, a disclosure, if you will, so that all of you know where I stand and know where I'm coming from before you read any further: I am a Tiger fan. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:43:03 EST No excuse for not vaccinating children http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/50413938/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 http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/50438120/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