The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:23:21 EST 1800 When it comes to pit bulls, is it nature or nurture? Dogs are perhaps one of mankind's greatest creations. They were physically and behaviorally engineered by humans to fulfill a specific need: guarding the home, pointing out quail in brush lines, retrieving downed water fowl, herding sheep,... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:47:06 EST Take a step back and get a better view Before I sat down to write this column I had already accepted the fact I wouldn't be making any friends, at least not here in the tightest notch of the Bible belt, but I feel it needs to be said. If you have followed me at all, you know I will... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:19:05 EST In with the old, in with the new A long tradition exists when it comes to Easley High School and the Easley community. Well, at least there used to be. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:18:08 EST Reduce budget, not savings At the last school board meeting the board approved buying two activity buses for $252,000. (Shelton, Edwards, Cooper, Swords for, Saitta and Gillespie against.) The buses will be paid for out of savings. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:18:04 EST It’s a dog’s world — in my house anyway When I married my husband John, we created a blended family right from the start. John had two American Bulldogs — Thor and Raina — and I had an ancient scruffy mutt named Barney. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:17:16 EST What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask Native Americans are a proud people with a vibrant culture, rich history, and a past that is a colorful tapestry of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately survival. Natives may refer to themselves and each other by many different names, tribes, and titles,... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:10:03 EST Shop locally, and improve your community The benefits of shopping locally can't be overstated. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:03 EST Washington Redskins should get to keep their name Should Daniel Snyder be forced to change the mascot of his NFL franchise Washington Redskins? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:27:05 EST Calling it like I see it: It was a nightmare bus ride It has been 15 years since I have been on a Greyhound bus and after this past weekend, I remember why. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:42:04 EST When it comes to education, just keep it simple Where does the state of education stand in the state of South Carolina as the 2014-15 school year begins?The answer is, in limbo. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:55:01 EST The case for making foreign aid a two-way street What if I told you there was a lot in Africa that was going right? Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:44:03 EST You don’t have to be a jerk to support your team I'm going to preface this column with a statement, a disclosure, if you will, so that all of you know where I stand and know where I'm coming from before you read any further: I am a Tiger fan. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:43:03 EST No excuse for not vaccinating children In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published one of the most damaging articles in modern history — a study supposedly linking the MMR vaccine with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. By 2010, the medical journal retracted the paper in its... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:26:04 EST Finding the write combo not as easy as it sounds Recently I met someone locally who found out I am a published novelist and they expounded on how that has been their life's ambition, and all I can say is …So you want to be a writer? Are you sure about that? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:53:06 EST The passage of time — when perception meets reality My little brother is getting married this weekend, and I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that he's all grown up. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:58:03 EST Protecting South Carolina’s veterans The brave men and women who have worn our nation's uniform deserve our honor and our kept promises. South Carolina's approximately 400,000 veterans rely on the services provided by the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia,... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:36:12 EST Is a brokered peace possible? For well over 2,000 years, there has been a continuing struggle in the Middle East and to presume the United States can broker any lasting peace in this situation is to expect the impossible. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:13:17 EST Knitting yields more than just sweaters School letting out for the summer meant one thing to me growing up — spending two weeks at my grandmother's house in Pennsylvania. It was easily the highlight of my year. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:13:15 EST Sam Wyche has a vision we all need to share I met Sam Wyche at the most recent Rotary meeting in Easley and it was a true pleasure as a football fan and former player. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:13:12 EST What’s in a game of football? Plenty, if you ask my husband With football season just around the corner, things are beginning to get a little crazy around my house. I'm not much of a college fan myself, but my husband, John, is a die-hard Carolina Gamecocks fan. And I do mean die-hard. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:48:02 EST