The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:23:45 EST 1800 Most wonderful time of the year? Not for me … http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150597465/Most-wonderful-time-of-the-year-Not-for-me Normally the holidays are my time of year. Considering I have never really grown up and refuse to, it has always been natural that come Thanksgiving, I give myself over to believe in the spirit of the season and return to being the kid that still... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:43:02 EST Could bike sharing work in Pickens and Easley? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150549001/Could-bike-sharing-work-in-Pickens-and-Easley In March 2013, the city of Greenville launched a bike share program created through a partnership between the conservation society Upstate Forever and the Greenville Health System. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:59:03 EST Time for common sense, not political rhetoric http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150601237/Time-for-common-sense-not-political-rhetoric When the School District of Pickens County board of trustees meets Monday, Nov. 24 — first at 8:30 a.m. and then again at 6 p.m. — there is a need for your attendance, even if you don't have school-aged... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:56:03 EST Parenthood is trial and error — and an occasional ladybug http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150549039/Parenthood-is-trial-and-error--and-an-occasional-ladybug Before you could drive, you practiced. You had to go to the DMV and take a written exam, followed later (after more practice) with a driving test before you were issued a license that said you could legally operate a vehicle. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:04:03 EST Trustee disputes claim taxes haven’t increased http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150513433/Trustee-disputes-claim-taxes-havent-increased The notion school taxes have not been raised in Pickens County is untrue. The school district levys two taxes. School operations taxes fund day-to day costs to run the schools. School debt taxes fund school construction and repair. School operations... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:16:05 EST Don’t count on buying a trombone on a Sunday … http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150473091/Dont-count-on-buying-a-trombone-on-a-Sunday With the mid-term elections concluded, new and seasoned Legislatures alike can now settle into their role of proposing and passing and amending laws on either a local, state or federal level. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:30:04 EST Setting the record straight http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150480094/Setting-the-record-straight If you haven't picked up on it in this column I write here, or through some other writing from the past, recent or not, I have always been quite serious about people taking responsibility for their errors. In my line of work, errors are not and... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:39:05 EST Program instills sense of pride in Pickens County http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150513662/Program-instills-sense-of-pride-in-Pickens-County This past Tuesday I attended the Veteran's Day ceremony at Pickens High School. Leaving the ceremony left me with appreciation for our students, teachers and community. The JROTC cadets honored local veterans as we celebrated living in a nation... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:29:05 EST Time to bite the bullet about our schools http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150511444/Time-to-bite-the-bullet-about-our-schools As the old adage goes, you can only count on two things and those are death and taxes, and in some cases one may feel like the other, and both are completely unavoidable. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:06:06 EST Thanksgiving: Bring on the turkey, the football and family http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150419143/Thanksgiving:-Bring-on-the-turkey-the-football-and-family Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. I love the food, I love the football, and I even love the family arguments that invariably ensue before we collectively pass out on the couch in a turkey-induced coma. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:21:05 EST Itching for a good cause? Try No Shave November http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150428706/Itching-for-a-good-cause-Try-No-Shave-November It seems there is a time to celebrate and/or remember everything and for this month it's No Shave November, a way of promoting awareness of men's health issues. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:16:04 EST Christmas, already? Are you serious? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150393328/Christmas-already-Are-you-serious I am just now scheduling my 28-day stay in rehab for chocolate withdrawal because of Halloween and haven't even begun to drool over thoughts of Thanksgiving meals. Yes, meals. I intend on having more than one and heartily recommend the practice... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:04:05 EST Don’t sound the death knell just yet http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150393325/Dont-sound-the-death-knell-just-yet In days past, a newspaper was the reader's link to current events. It was delivered unfailingly to the doorstep every morning to be read over coffee and breakfast. It was a precursor to the day, and how millions of Americans knew what was going... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:03:02 EST Lions Club yard sale a great success http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150340580/Lions-Club-yard-sale-a-great-success Due to the generous donations from many area individuals, Palmetto Baptist Hospital and club members, the annual Easley Lions Club yard sale held on October 18th was a great success. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:03:05 EST Want to fix roads? Increase recycling http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150346884/Want-to-fix-roads-Increase-recycling I disagree with the reader from several weeks ago. He said the Doodle Trail should not be built and that the money that is being wasted on the trail should be used to fix county roads. I do agree with him that some county roads are in dire need of... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:11:01 EST Dipping into the Halloween memory bag http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150345904/Dipping-into-the-Halloween-memory-bag Are things as bad as we think or have we let ourselves be conned into thinking they are? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:04:05 EST Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150222315/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 http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150305976/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 http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150338388/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? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150304510/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