The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:41:16 EST 1800 Our View: DSS needs everyone’s help to right the ship The Department of Social Services in South Carolina is a mess. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The Pentagon needs to put its money where its mouth is We only have a few decades to deal with climate change. If humanity fails to cut back dramatically on carbon emissions by 2050, according to an alarming new UN report, our planet may warm past the point of our ability to fix the problem. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Protecting, serving and comforting, when needed In this job there are times when I see more than I should, more than I want, but I do consider myself lucky in the sense I have been doing this enough to have either developed an emotional callous or the ability to detach myself. On occasion, though,... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Reflecting on the Boston Marathon bombings South Carolina is nearly a thousand miles from Boston, Massachusetts. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Trustees credited with choosing Merck as new superintendent On April 10, in a 6-0 vote, the Pickens County School Board named Dr. Danny Merck the new Superintendent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Saving downtown requires a buy-in from everyone Pickens County is not Greenville. Period. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST What cat up yonder tree does meow? Um, that would be mine … I had always lived under the impression that the stories we used to read as a kid, the ones where the fire department saved the kitty from the tree, were all made up … some sort of propagandist effort to endear one arm of public servants to... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST April 15: Funding the Empire Tax day, April 15th, is a day of celebration in the United States. On this day we citizens of the great republic take pride in the fact that we can come together in a democratic society and make decisions cooperatively with one another. The fruits of... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Campaign finance reform is small change Here we go again: The US Supreme Court has relaxed some political contribution limits. Cue the hype.Last year, 2013, was the first year of the 2014 campaign cycle. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST How not to respond to charges of hyprocrisy More than a decade ago, neoconservative bloggers coined the term “Fisking” for the polemical device (originally demonstrated against left-leaning journalist Robert Fisk) of taking apart a commentary, sentence by sentence, analytically... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST I’ve got those honky tonk blues … The fact none of us lives forever is a universal truth and may be the one commonality that actually draws us all together under what a lot of people enjoy calling “The Human Condition.” So, if you don't live forever and only have run... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Fiefdom mentality has to be changed Until we all realize that we are all one county, that our cities make up one county and that our counties are one upstate, we will continue with “one step forward and two steps backward.” Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Time to get behind the school board Some of the Board members do not have the children in Pickens County as their primary interest. Also, Weldon Clark, and the Pickens County Taxpayers Association and Junius Smith, and the Conservatives of the Upstate are more interested in a free ride,... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Instilling patriotism in today’s youth It's often noted that today's young people don't have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The election is over — time to begin with a clean slate Kudos to Pickens County voters for their turnout for the special election held April 1. With only two seats open during this special election, a low voter turnout would not have been unexpected and would have been the norm, under most... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Time to fix government In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Who says dogs aren’t thinkers? What a long weekend, even if the weather did finally clear on Sunday and the first real glimpse of what Mother Nature has in store for the warmer months did make an appearance. For me personally, it was trying, to say the least, and yes, this is going... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The Iranian threat that never was If you take politicians and the mainstream media seriously, you believe that Iran wants a nuclear weapon and has relentlessly engaged in covert efforts to build one. Even if you are aware that Iran signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST April 1 election results will reflect more than numbers Pickens County has an opportunity on April 1 for change when voters decide who will fill the empty seat on the Pickens County School Board. The question is, what will the voter turnout reflect? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Advice for the White House: Promise less, deliver more A few words of advice for the White House: “Promise less, and deliver more.” Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST