The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:57:26 EST 1800 Residents need to be active in school discussions http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/150887249/Residents-need-to-be-active-in-school-discussions A great deal of discussion has taken place throughout the Pickens County School District over the last couple of months related to capital needs funding. When looking at the funding for the school district, one must understand that there's two... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:27:05 EST Cursive writing: should it stay or should it go? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150796473/Cursive-writing:-should-it-stay-or-should-it-go Forty-five states have accepted the adaptation of Common Core Standards for educating their children in the United States. While the system itself has raised debates on concerns of its effectiveness and implementation, there is one aspect of these... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:08:03 EST Chocolate sprinkles have been officially banned from my house http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150794169/Chocolate-sprinkles-have-been-officially-banned-from-my-house Let me begin by saying I am an animal lover. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:21:03 EST School board creating wrong idea about challenges http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150801847/School-board-creating-wrong-idea-about-challenges No doubt many have heard talk of closing some of the smaller schools in Pickens County. This is being fueled by statements from the district administration. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:34:07 EST One charitable organization we should be ashamed to need http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150802558/One-charitable-organization-we-should-be-ashamed-to-need Christmas and the holidays do seem to bring out the best in most people, and the charities pour out of the woodwork to take advantage of that situation, most of which are valid. But I want to ask a question about a particular one. I will say this,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:43:03 EST Time for SC to decide what we need in 2015 http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150802596/Time-for-SC-to-decide-what-we-need-in-2015 As the year begins to draw to a close, now would be the perfect time to ask ourselves the question where we as a state are headed and if that direction is the one we need to be taking. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:09:04 EST Tracing the roots of the Christmas Tree http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150715902/Tracing-the-roots-of-the-Christmas-Tree The Winter Solstice falls on Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 every year and is marked by being the shortest day of the year. Ancient cultures who worshipped the sun would pay homage in the hopes of a short winter and a quick return of warmer (and farm-able)... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:46:05 EST Enough of the Ray Rice brouhaha http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150751900/Enough-of-the-Ray-Rice-brouhaha Has anyone else had enough of the Ray Rice/NFL debate? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:43:06 EST No matter what you celebrate, it’s a wonderful time of year http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150714904/No-matter-what-you-celebrate-its-a-wonderful-time-of-year Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season has officially begun: the mad shopping, the crazy gift wrapping, the endless decorating. It's time to bake cookies, it's time to sing the traditional songs and it's time to dust... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:21:04 EST Let the light wars begin http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150717418/Let-the-light-wars-begin I never thought I would become that guy, but the day has come to pass, and I am officially declaring myself as completely and utterly insane. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:32:01 EST America’s black eye http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150667324/Americas-black-eye Nothing says you want justice like the looting of beauty supplies and merchandise from a dollar store. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:35:05 EST When a story becomes more than just a story http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150674910/When-a-story-becomes-more-than-just-a-story As I stood in the courtroom, it was just a story … at least that's what I told myself. This was just a story, part of my job, something I have done countless times before.But this time it was different. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:43:03 EST Board needs to seek other options for funding http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/150680124/Board-needs-to-seek-other-options-for-funding The Pickens County School District administration presented its long-term plan to the public and the board. While annual revenue is growing at a 4% clip, the administration still wants to spend more money than is coming in, so it is proposing two... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:42:04 EST Mother deserves our compassion, not our criticism http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150639860/Mother-deserves-our-compassion-not-our-criticism Recently, I received a tip about a story. This is not unusual. Reporters receive phone calls and emails all the time alerting us to different situations deemed “news-worthy.” After doing some quick research, I placed a few phone calls, and... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:21:07 EST Spare me, sir, can you pardon a turkey? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/150639864/Spare-me-sir-can-you-pardon-a-turkey Thanksgiving is a holiday of many traditions old and new. But perhaps one of the strangest is the Presidential Pardon. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:34:04 EST 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