The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Sat, 23 May 2015 06:15:22 EST 1800 ‘Madam President’ not that far-fetched an idea for US http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153399932/Madam-President-not-that-far-fetched-an-idea-for-US The “historic” presidential campaign being run by Hillary Clinton has created quite the stir. It is true that if Clinton were to secure the Democratic nomination, she would be the first woman to run for the highest office under the banner... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:45:52 EST Time for riding, riffing, relaxing http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153465830/Time-for-riding-riffing-relaxing As you read this column — and I am assuming it is Friday, so keep that in mind — I am actually on vacation. Well, a vacation for me, and I don't think I could believe many of you would consider it down time. I'll give you an... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:45:52 EST Every day is Mother’s Day for those we love http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153336944/Every-day-is-Mothers-Day-for-those-we-love As you know, Mother's Day was this past weekend and I, like millions of Americans, spent the holiday with my family. But by the end of the day, one thought kept circling around in my head: I never really appreciated Mother's Day until I... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:20:55 EST Turn off that TV and think for yourself http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153419075/Turn-off-that-TV-and-think-for-yourself What are the real reasons behind the civil and social unrest in our country? Thu, 14 May 2015 12:10:53 EST Remember to tell Mama you love her http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153337025/Remember-to-tell-Mama-you-love-her As it happens, and through no overt effort of my own, I work almost exclusively within my offices and across the state with coworkers of the female persuasion and it has been requested that I refrain from writing about my own mother for Mother's... Sun, 10 May 2015 11:45:51 EST Time for county to wake up http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153341608/Time-for-county-to-wake-up Has anyone noticed how hostile Pickens County has become? In over thirty years, I've never seen so much discord. The county seems to be fighting with everybody right now, suing cities, individuals and even the press. Their actions continue to... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:20:51 EST What a great weekend kick off to summer! http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/150577931/What-a-great-weekend-kick-off-to-summer I had to work all weekend, if you could call it that, and I didn't mind one bit. It's official: My warm weather fun has begun and thanks to Pickens County and a few wonderful friends, I am a happy boy. Fri, 8 May 2015 11:45:53 EST Hillary Clinton should be next President http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153341696/Hillary-Clinton-should-be-next-President As a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter, I am more excited than ever to support her candidacy. Already in her campaign, she is making it clear that her priorities are education and supporting those who are not in the top one percent. Thu, 7 May 2015 14:20:51 EST Riots can be called many things, but not ineffective http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153283794/Riots-can-be-called-many-things-but-not-ineffective Anyone who loots, robs and/or burns down a business is a criminal. That's a simple fact of our justice system. You cannot, with impunity, take it upon yourself to break the laws of the nation no matter how wronged by the government or a... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:35:54 EST Procrastinators unite! Tomorrow … maybe? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153202260/Procrastinators-unite-Tomorrow--maybe Recently I was flipping around Amazon in search of the perfect Mother's Day gift. I was determined to get a head start this year, because I am usually notoriously late when it comes to getting gifts and cards in the mail. Sun, 3 May 2015 11:20:53 EST Casting a vote for change http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153150602/Casting-a-vote-for-change What do you look for when voting for President of the United States? Likely answers would most likely include moral fiber, reliability, a certain cool under pressure, economic and fiscal intellect, and an ability to build a consensus when differing... Sat, 2 May 2015 10:10:52 EST The great potato famine has landed at my house http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153150548/The-great-potato-famine-has-landed-at-my-house I've always considered myself a reasonably healthy person. I don't go to the gym or anything, but I'm not the “couch potato” type either. Fri, 1 May 2015 11:20:54 EST Another successful Azalea Festival http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153150398/Another-successful-Azalea-Festival The 31th Annual Pickens Azalea Festival, took place despite some rainy weather Friday evening. Friday's events of live TV, the car cruise in, were scale back due to inclement weather. But sunny weather prevailed Saturday and the festival was in... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:52 EST GOP party needs like-minded supporters http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/153150249/GOP-party-needs-like-minded-supporters As a legitimate delegate to the Pickens County Republican Party convention, I saw firsthand what went on and who the players were at the GOP convention. The group that caused the problems are the same people who show up regularly at Pickens County... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:55:51 EST Transportation reform hits the skids http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion/153151024/Transportation-reform-hits-the-skids The drumbeat for a gas tax hike is deafening. The Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers' Alliance support it. So does the state trucking association. Editorials appear almost daily across the state in endorsement. This level of consensus... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:15:54 EST The circus is coming! The circus is coming! http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153067228/The-circus-is-coming-The-circus-is-coming Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and catch a glimpse of the greatest show on Earth. Pay no mind to the big top being erected behind me. We'll all be moving inside when the show starts. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:45:53 EST Debate continues over Free Range Parenting vs. “parenting” http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153065989/Debate-continues-over-Free-Range-Parenting-vs.-parenting A parenting style being practiced across the nation is causing much debate on social media outlets and sparking a new conversation in both law enforcement and Department of Social Service circles on what should or shouldn't be considered... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:00:52 EST It’s a dirty job being a kid these days http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/153012389/Its-a-dirty-job-being-a-kid-these-days I have heard via friends, television and well, pretty much all of society, that it can be a difficult thing to get a kid to take a bath. For my 3-year-old son, Ben, this is not the case. The problem I am having with him is quite the opposite: I... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:21:01 EST Will a rift become a chasm in Pickens County? http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/153029100/Will-a-rift-become-a-chasm-in-Pickens-County A rift within the Pickens County Republican Party has become an issue to be decided by the state's party offices. The result has become a heated debate within the community and on social media. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:53 EST Counterpoint http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152937214/Counterpoint Should the United States government limit the items purchased by beneficiaries of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds? That is the question in this point-counterpoint. I believe qualifications and limitations on purchasable items is... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:45:53 EST