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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.Minutes into our roundtable discussion, it was apparent each board member had come to the same choice – Dr. Danny Merck. This was not surprising.In 2011, the board and administration did a good job of looking ahead on this issue, and that foresight is still paying dividends today. Then Superintendent Dr. Henry Hunt was nearing retirement and the board truly want...

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Saving downtown requires a buy-in from everyone

Pickens County is not Greenville. Period.So when it comes to how economic issues such as downtown revitalization are addressed, whether it is Pickens, Easley or Liberty, the Greenville model and plan is not, nor will it ever be, a fit. The tax base of property, sales and industry within the county does not allow for the same flexibility and spending Greenville is capable of bringing to bear.S.C. 123, leading from Easley and Pickens County to Greenville, is both a blessin...

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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 children.I was wrong.For those of you getting to the game a little late, here’s a synopsis: I am single, love it, and have a 4-month old Belgian Malinois puppy named Lola and Mariah Catty, the codependent kitty, both femal...

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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 our labor, beholden to the IRS, will now be spread throughout society to build our collective vision of a more perfect union – one tax dollar at a time.OK, OK — nothing could be further from the truth.The sad fac...

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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.Question #1: How much did federal elected officials spend on their 2014 campaigns last year?Answer: At least $3.45 trillion — a little over $6.4 billion for each US Senator and US Representative and for the two elected executive branch officials, the president and vice-president.Yes,...

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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 ripping each part to shreds. Although the neocon positions in this debate range from misguided to repugnant, the technique itself is a good one. And President Obama’s recent remarks on the Crimean crisis, in his March 26 address to European you...

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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 through at life, how do you make the most of it?Dreams, that’s how, and no, not the kind of dreams you only get while you sleep. Those are just entertainment for your mind while your body regroups. The kind of dreams I am referr...

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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.”There are too many fiefdoms in existence already. What’s good for Easley is good for Liberty, what goes on at Clemson makes us all look smarter. What a company locating in Pickens does is good for Six Mile.I recommend Googling “Ten at the Top” and visiting t...

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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, of paying little or no taxes to support our schools and our young people than the children’s well being.I was at the County Council meeting when a representative of the Pickens County Taxpayers Association besieged them to not b...

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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.Young people still love America and understand the importance of serving a cause greater than themselves. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that love of country and patriotic values aren’t instilled in young people today the way they were years ago.In my old-fashioned view of things, one reason for this is because the abu...

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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 circumstances.Leading up to this particular day at the polls there had been a great deal of political activism within the community, despite the small number of offices being contested, and in the face of historical performance, the county’s vot...

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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 to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

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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 to be one of those columns where you actually get a glimpse into my personal life.I am 46 years old, a confirmed bachelor, and at times find I am my own worst enemy. Having been married twice, which would entail two divorces, you woul...

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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 is subject to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections, you may believe that those who run the Islamic Republic have cleverly found ways to construct a nuclear-weapons industry almost undetected. Therefore, you may conclude, Democra...

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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?The embattled board has staved off criticisms, petitions, and citizens unsure of its direction, striving to put the fears of a lack of re-accreditation for the district at ease. The community has been strongly involved, expressing its own concerns about the state of affairs. Now it’s gu...

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