Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:50:36 EST 1800 When it comes to memories, what’s a $10 balloon? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151503872/When-it-comes-to-memories-whats-a-$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 11:20:51 EST It’s time for the handouts to end http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151503512/Its-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 09:40:51 EST My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151382601/My-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day I was having a bad day. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:20:57 EST Facebook post goes too far http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/151372699/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 10:25:53 EST Pickens County needs to join Alliance http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151298219/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. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:30:51 EST Those discussing school taxes need to know truth http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151372809/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 10:35:52 EST Governor’s office finally opens door for dialogue http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151382859/Governors-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 11:56:07 EST Style points aside, what’s the point of bowl games? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151183460/Style-points-aside-whats-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 17:05:51 EST Who let the dogs out? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151181057/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 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151180710/Miracle-Hill-Childrens-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 13:15:51 EST Local delegation needs voters to stay on point http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151185937/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 11:35:51 EST Can you pass the tissues? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151105573/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 11:21:05 EST Is ear cropping and tail docking still relevant? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151105474/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 10:18:13 EST It’s in the signs: time to reform funding for education http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150874400/Its-in-the-signs:-time-to-reform-funding-for-education In the noisy political post-gaming usual for an election year, focusing as always on partisan differences, the pundits have missed one quiet fact that speaks instead to the things that unite us: November was a very good month for South Carolina... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:36:02 EST The business of resolutions http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151039531/The-business-of-resolutions As a general rule, I'm not really a fan of making New Year's resolutions. My way of thinking is that if I had not resolved myself to a particular course of action before now, a simple change in the date is unlikely to inspire me to do so... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:21:01 EST Give thanks to military service members, their families http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150989298/Give-thanks-to-military-service-members-their-families As the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for South Carolina, I would like to extend my gratitude during this holiday season to all the members of the military who serve our state and nation to secure the protections of liberty for each of... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:22:04 EST Double taxation irresponsible, unfair to residents http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150917588/Double-taxation-irresponsible-unfair-to-residents In 2005 the residents of Pickens County voted down a $197 million building plan. The next year the school board did an end run around the voters and voted for a $387 million plan, and a 39 mill property tax increase. School taxes have risen three... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:53:00 EST Dear Santa … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150922502/Dear-Santa Dear Santa, Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:43:01 EST Have women’s rights become a ‘minority issue’? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150886292/Have-womens-rights-become-a-minority-issue When asked directly, most people would never say women should be afforded less rights than men. But according to an online survey, the vast majority of U.S. women either do not consider themselves feminists and/or consider the word itself... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:59:05 EST Choose words carefully when dealing with children http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150886180/Choose-words-carefully-when-dealing-with-children I was at the grocery store recently with my son, Ben. While we were waiting in the checkout line, a little girl saw the Sponge Bob balloon Ben was holding and broke out into a huge grin. Excitedly, she began tugging at her mother's coat sleeve... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:21:03 EST