The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION http://theeasleyprogress.com/section/OPINION Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:43:12 EST 1800 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 Debate over SNAP benefits a non issue http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152921562/Debate-over-SNAP-benefits-a-non-issue There is a debate going on nationwide about food stamps: what people are buying with their EBT cards vs. what society thinks they should be buying, the perceived prevalence of fraud and the importance of making healthy nutritional choices. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:20:52 EST State’s roads leave little to the imagination … or shocks http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152887391/States-roads-leave-little-to-the-imagination--or-shocks I don't know if there are many of you who know this, but I spend a good deal of time on the stage participating in theater and recently I have been part of the cast for Treasure Island being performed at the Abbeville Opera House. Now, this... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:45:51 EST Fighting back against food stamp fraud http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152551825/Fighting-back-against-food-stamp-fraud Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:06:11 EST We will never pass this way again http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152808416/We-will-never-pass-this-way-again As much as I have always felt I would live forever, and still do because there is far too much to see and do, more constant has been my belief my parents will be around forever. Where I had been convinced, I have as of late been contemplating my own... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:35:52 EST It’s time for Autism Speaks to listen http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/152800672/Its-time-for-Autism-Speaks-to-listen The Light it Up Blue campaign for the recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 was wildly successful this year. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:45:51 EST A Song of Ice and Fire and its spoiler wars http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152733082/A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire-and-its-spoiler-wars I am a huge fan of George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've been reading the books since high school and like all the other fans, am anxiously awaiting Martin's next book in the series, The... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:20:53 EST Pickens County full of history for all to enjoy http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/152759263/Pickens-County-full-of-history-for-all-to-enjoy Pickens County is full of colorful history and residents are just not doing enough to take it all in. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:00:53 EST Remember history of property tax in county http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/152764570/Remember-history-of-property-tax-in-county Phillip Bowers is on the school board and led the successful charge to stop the 4.7 mill tax increase for even more buildings supported by Mr. Saitta and Mr. Wilson. They led the fight to bring prayer back to school board meetings. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:45:51 EST American tradition of prayer needs to continue http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/152764421/American-tradition-of-prayer-needs-to-continue I read the Progress editorial stating government and religion have no place together. To support its position, the Progress wrote with most of the historical figures associated with the birth of our nation, “religion or Christianity played... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:40:54 EST Separation without equality is coming http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152682560/Separation-without-equality-is-coming A generation of African Americans, not to mention ill-advised and ignorant bigots, still recalls the days when separate but equal was accepted, and to this day the concept is still a black eye for the South. It looks as if those days may be attempting... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 11:35:52 EST I’ve got the Easter Bunny blues http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152628927/Ive-got-the-Easter-Bunny-blues My son attends preschool at an elementary school in Pickens County. Last week, when I was picking him up, his teacher was giving me the usual rundown of how he did, how he interacted with his peers, his participation levels, etc. As I was strapping... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:20:54 EST Digesting an 800-pound elephant http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/letters/152629426/Digesting-an-800-pound-elephant I want to expand the article entitled, “SDPC Approves Capital Needs Plan.” The $4.7 million capital needs plan was crafted by the administration and facilities committee (Trustees Brian Swords, Phil Bowers and Henry... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:50:53 EST You’re as young or old as you feel http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/opinion_columns/152536452/Youre-as-young-or-old-as-you-feel It's happened. At some point I officially became everything my teenage self swore she never would — a boring adult. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:20:52 EST Government, religion have no business being in bed together http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/152553995/Government-religion-have-no-business-being-in-bed-together A misconception exists in the United States over the “separation of Church and State” and the intent of our Founding Fathers where the establishment of this nation is concerned, with the public and politicians alike misquoting facts to... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:50:55 EST Buck stops here: replacing Jackson on the $20 http://theeasleyprogress.com/news/editorial/152379396/Buck-stops-here:-replacing-Jackson-on-the-$20 Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. President, is known and honored for his military prowess and for founding what would become the Democratic party. His face appears on one of the most commonly used forms of U.S. currency: the $20 bill. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:40:52 EST