The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:20:35 EST 1800 Finger-pinching, knuckle-lacerating fun at Fort Apache http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151997152/Finger-pinching-knuckle-lacerating-fun-at-Fort-Apache I had occasion over the weekend to get into a conversation on old toys being passed down in families and I couldn't help but go back to a time when I received a hand-me-down toy and the longer I thought about it, well, the more I thought about... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:35:51 EST No, I don’t pair my socks http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151989853/No-I-dont-pair-my-socks When you work throughout the week, as most people do, the weekend is supposed to be your time off. Two glorious days in which to sleep in, immerse yourself in a Netflix binge of your favorite television show and wear yoga pants with no actual... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:20:55 EST No child should go without food http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/152044725/No-child-should-go-without-food A check was donated Feb. 24 to Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County in honor of Dakota Jacks, a local youth with a big heart who was lost to the community far too soon. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:25:59 EST The Penny: Should it stay or should it go? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/151989803/The-Penny:-Should-it-stay-or-should-it-go In 1787 the first one cent coin was struck by a private mint. Made of 100 percent copper, the coin was five times heavier and almost 50 percent larger than today's coins. The original coins are known today as “Fugio cents” by... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:40:52 EST It’s all about the money http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/152006041/Its-all-about-the-money I read the DC Moody column entitled, The State should move to legalize marijuana. He cited two bills filed in the state legislature. In support of legalization Moody started by making the medical argument, discussing his personal back pain, and how it... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:15:56 EST Voters should have say-so in tax hikes http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/152005994/Voters-should-have-say-so-in-tax-hikes Conservatives of the Upstate have collected over 1300 signatures of Pickens County citizens who do not want a property tax hike in Pickens County. We all know a huge portion of our county tax dollars go towards public schools. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:55:52 EST Lola is a one-tail wrecking crew http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151879714/Lola-is-a-one-tail-wrecking-crew My dog Lola just turned a year old about a month ago and I've been wondering what happened to her. She just isn't the same dog anymore and it's making life a little tough around the old homestead. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:35:52 EST Feb. 14 marked the appropriate end to CHD Week http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/151855518/Feb.-14-marked-the-appropriate-end-to-CHD-Week Valentine's Day is all about hearts, so it makes perfect sense that Feb. 14 marked the end of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week for 2015. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:35:51 EST Rational discussions, not misinformation, are needed http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/151928943/Rational-discussions-not-misinformation-are-needed The Internet and its free exchange of ideas and information has been a wondrous development by mankind, making what was once a vast world one community now. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:45:52 EST Look out for Mr. Stork http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151871098/Look-out-for-Mr.-Stork When I was pregnant with my son, Ben, I marveled that any child ever could possibly have siblings. After all, what woman in her right mind would ever willingly go through the gruelling process of labor and delivery twice? Surely not me. I was positive... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:20:54 EST Missing tax information you should know http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/151880230/Missing-tax-information-you-should-know Pickens County school district administration put forth a 5-year plan that proposes raising property taxes 13 mills. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:55:52 EST We will win the war against meth http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/151677965/We-will-win-the-war-against-meth South Carolina's law enforcement community is among the most talented and committed in the entire country. That's why it's not surprising that our state continues to make progress in the battle against methamphetamine (meth)... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:35:53 EST State should act on move to legalize marijuana http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151795041/State-should-act-on-move-to-legalize-marijuana Since it doesn't appear anyone else is going to say anything about it, I might as well, although it could mean opening a can of worms that will create more problems than it solves, but here goes. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:35:52 EST Abandon all hope, ye who enter here … http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151741570/Abandon-all-hope-ye-who-enter-here It started off like any other day. My favorite kind of day actually — photo assignment day. I had been tasked by my editor to shoot four or five photos of recognizable places in Easley for an upcoming publication. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:20:54 EST Time for Easley to look at its future http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/151745774/Time-for-Easley-to-look-at-its-future City of Easley Administrator Fox Simons will serve his last day in an official capacity with Easley before taking over in a similar capacity with the city of Myrtle Beach and there is no better time to consider Easley's future than... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:05:53 EST New use for old spaces http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/151658813/New-use-for-old-spaces Wal-Mart stores exist in small towns and large cities all across the country. They are vast, sprawling buildings, covering an average of 3.25 acres a pop — not including parking lots. So what happens to the property when one of these stores... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:15:51 EST Tax explanation doesn’t pass muster http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/151675855/Tax-explanation-doesnt-pass-muster In D.C. Moody's recent article entitled, “SDPC, Board Chair Respond to 'No Taxes' Petition,” Dr. Swords, SDPC board chairman attempts to respond to the outcry over increases in taxes to cover operating costs of the school... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:25:51 EST I wouldn’t mind being wrong this time http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151645504/I-wouldnt-mind-being-wrong-this-time If at any point you take offense while reading this column, understand this is in no way a stance on illegal immigration, whether there should be an amnesty or a wholesale deportation of all undocumented illegals. What I have to say is in no way... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:35:53 EST No smart phone yet? Run, run like the wind http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/151620131/No-smart-phone-yet-Run-run-like-the-wind I wake up almost every day to a beeping cell phone. Not an alarm mind you, but email alerts, text messages and calender notices. These things all remind me that I have a zillion things to do that day and only a limited amount of time in which to do... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:20:54 EST The best defense (for the welfare state) is an expensive offense http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/151632305/The-best-defense-(for-the-welfare-state)-is-an-expensive-offense In late January, the US military-industrial complex reported results for 2014's fourth quarter and expectations for 2015. Good times! Northrop Grumman knocked down nearly $6 billion in Q4 2014 and expects 2015 sales of around $23.5 billion. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:30:53 EST