The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:30:29 EST 1800 Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus You've probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina's roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance. Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the legislature... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:25:03 EST We need to keep Thanksgiving about family The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start to the holiday season. It is not only the busiest shopping day of the year for most retailers, it's the day that many stores finally sell enough merchandise to move their books from being in... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:28:06 EST Confessions of a tom-boy I was a tom-boy as a kid. My wardrobe consisted of jeans and T-shirts, my knees and elbows were usually scabbed from climbing trees or crashing my bike. I regularly brought home snakes and frogs in my pockets and my hair was almost always in a... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:21:04 EST Should the commander of the SC National Guard be elected? Question: Should the Chief of Staff of the US Army be selected by the public in a popular election? Obviously the answer is a resounding NO. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:10:04 EST Whose values are we talking about anyway? As Nov. 4 and the midterm elections draw ever closer, I have seen the roadside signs beginning to multiply overnight like some haunted Halloween nightmare come to life. Of course, the signs are intended to create some sort of epiphany for voters, but... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:01 EST Yes, it’s Autism — and that’s OK When you're a parent, you cherish your child's milestone achievements. Sitting up at 6 months, walking at 10 months, saying their first words at a year. These are things that make a parent glow with pride and then photograph extensively... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:21:03 EST Our shared battle against mental illness Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early 90s. I later served on the S.C. Mental Health Commission. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:21:06 EST When mom took a tumble, so did my heart I have been absent of late, in case anyone happened to notice, and although it was for only a short time, just a few days, it seems as if it has been forever since I sat and penned a column for you, but I did have a good reason. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:58:02 EST Be careful when voting To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:06 EST Kudos for sidewalk construction To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:06 EST 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 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? 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, … 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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