The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Wed, 27 May 2015 18:13:06 EST 1800 Proposed budget addresses many areas of concern http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153610853/Proposed-budget-addresses-many-areas-of-concern In the coming weeks leading up to July 1, the Pickens County School Board will be discussing the FY 2015-16 operating budget. If history is a good predictor then we are sure to see this debate turn toward the discussion of whether or not to raise... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:30:59 EST Grandmas and fathers and zoo trips, oh my! http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153555432/Grandmas-and-fathers-and-zoo-trips-oh-my A time comes in every parent's life when you have to just let go and just trust that your child will be OK without you, whether that be a first day of school, heading off to daycare or an overnight trip with the grandparents. I just never... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:30:56 EST Can you recognize socialism? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153610684/Can-you-recognize-socialism Two letters to the editor which were written by Pickens County leaders of the community sent up red flags to me recently. One addressed elected leaders, complaining our government is not doing enough. Sun, 24 May 2015 23:31:03 EST Bikers need to wear those helmets http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153556251/Bikers-need-to-wear-those-helmets Warmer weather signals the return of motorcycles to the nation's highways and with them, the inevitable rise in traffic fatalities. While the “Look twice, save a life” campaign has been successful in raising awareness to this... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:30:55 EST ‘Madam President’ not that far-fetched an idea for US http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153399932/Madam-President-not-that-far-fetched-an-idea-for-US The “historic” presidential campaign being run by Hillary Clinton has created quite the stir. It is true that if Clinton were to secure the Democratic nomination, she would be the first woman to run for the highest office under the banner... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:45:52 EST Time for riding, riffing, relaxing http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153465830/Time-for-riding-riffing-relaxing As you read this column — and I am assuming it is Friday, so keep that in mind — I am actually on vacation. Well, a vacation for me, and I don't think I could believe many of you would consider it down time. I'll give you an... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:45:52 EST Every day is Mother’s Day for those we love http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153336944/Every-day-is-Mothers-Day-for-those-we-love As you know, Mother's Day was this past weekend and I, like millions of Americans, spent the holiday with my family. But by the end of the day, one thought kept circling around in my head: I never really appreciated Mother's Day until I... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:20:55 EST Turn off that TV and think for yourself http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153419075/Turn-off-that-TV-and-think-for-yourself What are the real reasons behind the civil and social unrest in our country? Thu, 14 May 2015 12:10:53 EST Remember to tell Mama you love her http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153337025/Remember-to-tell-Mama-you-love-her As it happens, and through no overt effort of my own, I work almost exclusively within my offices and across the state with coworkers of the female persuasion and it has been requested that I refrain from writing about my own mother for Mother's... Sun, 10 May 2015 11:45:51 EST Time for county to wake up http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153341608/Time-for-county-to-wake-up Has anyone noticed how hostile Pickens County has become? In over thirty years, I've never seen so much discord. The county seems to be fighting with everybody right now, suing cities, individuals and even the press. Their actions continue to... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:20:51 EST What a great weekend kick off to summer! http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150577931/What-a-great-weekend-kick-off-to-summer I had to work all weekend, if you could call it that, and I didn't mind one bit. It's official: My warm weather fun has begun and thanks to Pickens County and a few wonderful friends, I am a happy boy. Fri, 8 May 2015 11:45:53 EST Hillary Clinton should be next President http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153341696/Hillary-Clinton-should-be-next-President As a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter, I am more excited than ever to support her candidacy. Already in her campaign, she is making it clear that her priorities are education and supporting those who are not in the top one percent. Thu, 7 May 2015 14:20:51 EST Riots can be called many things, but not ineffective http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153283794/Riots-can-be-called-many-things-but-not-ineffective Anyone who loots, robs and/or burns down a business is a criminal. That's a simple fact of our justice system. You cannot, with impunity, take it upon yourself to break the laws of the nation no matter how wronged by the government or a... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:35:54 EST Procrastinators unite! Tomorrow … maybe? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153202260/Procrastinators-unite-Tomorrow--maybe Recently I was flipping around Amazon in search of the perfect Mother's Day gift. I was determined to get a head start this year, because I am usually notoriously late when it comes to getting gifts and cards in the mail. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:20:53 EST Casting a vote for change http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153150602/Casting-a-vote-for-change What do you look for when voting for President of the United States? Likely answers would most likely include moral fiber, reliability, a certain cool under pressure, economic and fiscal intellect, and an ability to build a consensus when differing... Sat, 2 May 2015 10:10:52 EST The great potato famine has landed at my house http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153150548/The-great-potato-famine-has-landed-at-my-house I've always considered myself a reasonably healthy person. I don't go to the gym or anything, but I'm not the “couch potato” type either. Fri, 1 May 2015 11:20:54 EST Another successful Azalea Festival http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153150398/Another-successful-Azalea-Festival The 31th Annual Pickens Azalea Festival, took place despite some rainy weather Friday evening. Friday's events of live TV, the car cruise in, were scale back due to inclement weather. But sunny weather prevailed Saturday and the festival was in... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:52 EST GOP party needs like-minded supporters http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153150249/GOP-party-needs-like-minded-supporters As a legitimate delegate to the Pickens County Republican Party convention, I saw firsthand what went on and who the players were at the GOP convention. The group that caused the problems are the same people who show up regularly at Pickens County... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:55:51 EST Transportation reform hits the skids http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/153151024/Transportation-reform-hits-the-skids The drumbeat for a gas tax hike is deafening. The Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers' Alliance support it. So does the state trucking association. Editorials appear almost daily across the state in endorsement. This level of consensus... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:15:54 EST The circus is coming! The circus is coming! http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153067228/The-circus-is-coming-The-circus-is-coming Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and catch a glimpse of the greatest show on Earth. Pay no mind to the big top being erected behind me. We'll all be moving inside when the show starts. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:45:53 EST