Pickens Sentinel- RSS opinion Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/opinion http://pickenssentinel.com/section/opinion Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:15:25 EST 1800 Hang up the phone, America — and drive http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50808615/Hang-up-the-phone-America--and-drive Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:33:02 EST Should the drinking age be 18? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50724031/Should-the-drinking-age-be-18 The age of 18 carries a lot of responsibility. You can help determine our nation's leaders by voting, you can make a vow for a life-long commitment and get married, you are mature enough to join the military and fight and or kill and or die for... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:28:11 EST No one is coming for your guns … yet http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50726056/No-one-is-coming-for-your-guns--yet I'm sure I lost a lot of readers right off the bat with my headline, but for those of you who are willing to hear me out (and if you are still reading I am going to assume that you are), let me explain my position to you. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:28:12 EST Sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50644885/Sometimes-all-it-takes-is-a-change-in-perspective 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... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:36:06 EST Reduce budget, not savings http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/50588672/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. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:35:12 EST When it comes to pit bulls, is it nature or nurture? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50645101/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,... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:35:10 EST What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50563147/Whats-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 16:10:05 EST Shop locally, and improve your community http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/50557703/Shop-locally-and-improve-your-community The benefits of shopping locally can't be overstated. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:07 EST Washington Redskins should get to keep their name http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50563180/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 10:27:08 EST No excuse for not vaccinating children http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50437396/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... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:26:07 EST You don’t have to be a jerk to support your team http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50478017/You-dont-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 11:43:04 EST The passage of time — when perception meets reality http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50407009/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. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:34:16 EST Is a brokered peace possible? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/50406780/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. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:34:04 EST Apollo 11 an achievement worth remembering http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50092726/Apollo-11-an-achievement-worth-remembering July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America's great triumphs. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:23:03 EST The case for low taxes http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50241583/The-case-for-low-taxes They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.”They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they've secured public funding. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:10:02 EST What’s in a game of football? Plenty, if you ask my husband http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50324757/Whats-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 10:49:14 EST Could the loss of one save another? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50276777/Could-the-loss-of-one-save-another I was just a kid and a huge fan of the show Happy Days, never missing the show so my friends and I could all talk about it the next day at school. All these years later I remember the night I met Robin Williams when he appeared for the first time as... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:06:04 EST High school football — danger or rite of passage? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50199536/High-school-football--danger-or-rite-of-passage The state of California recently instituted a new set of regulations concerning high school football and the staggering statistics now becoming available from the long-term effects of concussions and concussion related injuries. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:25:14 EST EMS there when you need them http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/50229550/EMS-there-when-you-need-them Sometimes you don't realize just what you have until you need it. Who would think you'd require the services of the Pickens EMS at 3AM on a Sunday morning, but sure enough, there I was, gasping for air like a fish out of water and a wife... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:24:08 EST Dance — and don’t care who’s watching http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50199680/Dance--and-dont-care-whos-watching I remember as a boy, I couldn't have been more than nine or 10 years old at the time, my mother took it upon herself to teach me to dance. At 10 I had no idea what she was passing along to me until years later, that it was more than just dancing... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:24:02 EST