The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:07:39 EST 1800 Tagging along on bike ride will bring many returns As you read this column, whether it be over a cup of coffee, a bite of lunch during your workday break, or as you sit at home celebrating the beginning of your weekend, I am on the road. I hope to make it entertaining for you. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A birthday wish — and some universe leveling — for my son I remember when I turned 19 years old and what a boy I was, not from a lack of effort on the parts of both my parents (bless their prematurely aged hearts), and today my oldest son reached that milestone himself … and there is a world of... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The DSS clock is ticking Tick tock goes the clock and the question is, when will it stop? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why do some relationships work while others fail? I got into a discussion about relationships with a friend recently, and although I've had the thought before and have limited how often I share this opinion, I do believe I know why approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce … so... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST We are mistaken about Iraq “Those Iraqis have been fighting each other for centuries,” a friend recently said to me. I have heard this mistaken view too often. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST School trustee responds to AdvancED re-accreditation By law, the South Carolina Department of Education accredits all public education units — school boards, school district operations and schools, and certifies the diplomas issued by school districts in the state. The School District of Pickens... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Brazilian order and progress Every four years, Brazilians wrap themselves in their cheerful green, yellow, and blue flag emblazoned with the Portuguese words “ordem e progresso.” The slogan, which translates as “order and progress,” stretches across a... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Let freedom ring but know why it’s ringing, too As the Fourth of July weekend approaches there should be the thought of freedom on the minds of Americans across this nation, celebrating 228 years as an independent country founded upon the principles of freedom, but it will be an unfortunate turn of... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Oh, for the humanity of it all … Out of sheer boredom — and for no other reason, I can't stress that to you enough — I happened upon a TV show on MTV and for the first time I feel like a curmudgeon of the first order. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A productive 2014 legislative session A lot of the news coverage of the end of the General Assembly's legislative session has focused on the more “popcorn worthy” moments of the Senate choosing its internal leadership. But what those news stories have left out is that... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST How did ‘Don’t Mess with the Money’ become the NSA’s motto? Imagine we had a brazen and powerful gang stealing trillions of dollars from the American people. Then imagine that our law enforcement folks knew the identities of every one of that gang's ringleaders. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Prayer at meetings? Here’s my two cents worth … I am going to address prayer at governmental meetings. And, yes, I do realize that if I am not directly in the buckle of the Bible Belt, I most certainly am in the hole next to it. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Let the summer fun begin … Well, it's official: summer is here. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Community festivals are more than a fun time Next month, I'll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert, SC. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST What’s in a name? Glad you asked … I have always been under the impression that democracy was based on majority rules. Isn't that why we are all given the right to vote, even the right not to? When did we become driven to cater to an opinion not in the majority whenever the... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Overriding veto might not be smartest move South Carolina lawmakers in the House of Representatives have seen fit to give themselves a raise, overriding a veto by the governor in the process. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST US must reduce dependence on Middle Eastern oil The fall of the northwestern Iraq and probably the entire country to radical Muslims is a game changer in the Middle East. Not only does it look like our soldiers died in vain (another Vietnam due to mismanagement by our President), but it raises... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Cut from the same cloth, yet very different If you've read my columns before, either here or on a social media platform somewhere, you know I often talk about my mother, our relationship and her role in my life. But my father is rarely discussed if ever, which is an oddity for someone... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Dear America: It’s Over (Rulers of the World Era) Reinvade, reoccupy, and redestroy Iraq. That is the solution to the inevitable civil war that happens when the US pulls out? Will we do it until either Iraq is remade in our image or until the US economy, political environment, and culture is also... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Suffering from a case of creative vertigo Although the market I work in is small comparatively speaking, I've seen too much reality in the last six months as to the ugliness mankind is capable of and need a foray into my imagination for just awhile. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST