The Easley Progress- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:04:34 EST 1800 When it comes to memories, what’s a $10 balloon?$10-balloon Recently, I have noticed that more often than not, my columns start off with something along the lines of “The other day I was in the grocery store …” And I realized I must spend an inordinate amount of time grocery shopping. This... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:20:52 EST It’s time for the handouts to end The state of Florida is most likely going to remove recess as part of the daily schedule for children in their public school system and the reasoning behind it seems to be a continually growing trend across the country where government and spending... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:40:53 EST Political posturing will lead to a mighty thirst The State of the Union address is in the books for 2015 and the question begging for an answer is, was anyone really surprised by the rhetoric thrust front and center on media outlets worldwide? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:20:53 EST When a bad day goes to worse I was having a bad day. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:20:58 EST Facebook post goes too far A Facebook group called Concerned Citizens of Pickens County has been very vocal about supporting more taxes for Pickens County citizens to help the children in the public schools. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:25:54 EST Those discussing school taxes need to know truth When I read the letters of those advocating higher school taxes in Pickens County, I wondered if these individuals actually looked at the data. Responding point by point: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:35:53 EST Governor’s office finally opens door for dialogue Have you ever heard the adage “If you don't write it down, it never happened”? Consider this editorial one of those situations. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:55:54 EST Reality isn’t really reality on TV I had a sort of epiphany recently, and I'm almost ashamed to actually call it an epiphany because when someone says that, it usually means there was some sort of life changing realization, leading to an improvement in someone's life. This... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:35:52 EST When satire and religion clash, who wins? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, satire is a way of “using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc.: humor that shows the weakness or bad qualities of a person, government, society,... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:35:52 EST Pickens County needs to join Alliance Recent news on economic development in the upstate has omitted the fact that Pickens County is not a member of the Upstate Alliance. The county dropped out of the alliance two years ago. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:30:51 EST Style points aside, what’s the point of bowl games? In my humble opinion, this was the worst bowl season ever and will only go to help destroy the landscape of college football as we know it. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:35:52 EST Who let the dogs out? Recently, I attended the annual Pickens County Legislative Delegation meeting in Easley. There were several very well thought out important speeches given to inform the Delegation of WE THE TAXPAYERS' wishes for the upcoming legislative... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:30:53 EST Miracle Hill Children’s Home says thanks Thank you to all of our faithful friends and wonderful supporters who have given and sacrificed to make Christmas so special for our kids. We are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity you have shown to our ministry this year and especially... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:15:52 EST Local delegation needs voters to stay on point Recently the legislative delegation of Pickens County held a meeting in West End Hall in Easley and the local citizenry was invited out to hear what their representatives had to say and express their views as well. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:30:51 EST Don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ Thank you notes are a standard in any etiquette guidebook. Expressing gratitude for a received gift or service is not only considered polite and civilized, but can be viewed as an offense if said note is tardy, or neglected entirely. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:38:35 EST Struck down by a vicious, vile bug — I will survive I think I may be Howard Hughes. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:47:08 EST Can you pass the tissues? I consider myself to be a reasonably healthy person. I don't really exercise but I do keep myself fairly active and other than a taste for cream soda and a weakness for coconut flavored M&Ms, I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I rarely... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:21:07 EST Is ear cropping and tail docking still relevant? Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has recently signed into law legislation preventing owners from tattooing or piercing their pets. The bill was presented by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal after hearing about “Gothic kittens” being sold by a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:18:14 EST Hey, D. C., I have this story … I love what I do. I'm a writer and I was made for it, and although it isn't even half as glamorous as you would believe, it's more than just a job. It's a major portion of who I am. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:43:05 EST Tips for keeping those New Year’s resolutions At the beginning January every year, millions of Americans make New Year's Resolutions. But according to a study by the University of Washington, by March, 37 percent have already given up. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:49:04 EST