Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:47:10 EST 1800 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 Residents need to be active in school discussions http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/150887389/Residents-need-to-be-active-in-school-discussions A great deal of discussion has taken place throughout the Pickens County School District over the last couple of months related to capital needs funding. When looking at the funding for the school district, one must understand that there's two... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:27:02 EST School board creating wrong idea about challenges http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150801879/School-board-creating-wrong-idea-about-challenges No doubt many have heard talk of closing some of the smaller schools in Pickens County. This is being fueled by statements from the district administration. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:34:05 EST One charitable organization we should be ashamed to need http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150807437/One-charitable-organization-we-should-be-ashamed-to-need Christmas and the holidays do seem to bring out the best in most people, and the charities pour out of the woodwork to take advantage of that situation, most of which are valid. But I want to ask a question about a particular one. I will say this,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:43:05 EST Time for SC to decide what we need in 2015 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150807561/Time-for-SC-to-decide-what-we-need-in-2015 As the year begins to draw to a close, now would be the perfect time to ask ourselves the question where we as a state are headed and if that direction is the one we need to be taking. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:09:06 EST Let the light wars begin http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150723058/Let-the-light-wars-begin I never thought I would become that guy, but the day has come to pass, and I am officially declaring myself as completely and utterly insane. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:43:06 EST No matter what you celebrate, it’s a wonderful time of year http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150717858/No-matter-what-you-celebrate-its-a-wonderful-time-of-year Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season has officially begun: the mad shopping, the crazy gift wrapping, the endless decorating. It's time to bake cookies, it's time to sing the traditional songs and it's time to dust... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:21:02 EST Board needs to seek other options for funding http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150680154/Board-needs-to-seek-other-options-for-funding The Pickens County School District administration presented its long-term plan to the public and the board. While annual revenue is growing at a 4% clip, the administration still wants to spend more money than is coming in, so it is proposing two... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:42:02 EST Mother deserves our compassion, not our criticism http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150652360/Mother-deserves-our-compassion-not-our-criticism Recently, I received a tip about a story. This is not unusual. Reporters receive phone calls and emails all the time alerting us to different situations deemed “news-worthy.” After doing some quick research, I placed a few phone calls, and... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:21:04 EST Spare me, sir, can you pardon a turkey? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150657859/Spare-me-sir-can-you-pardon-a-turkey Thanksgiving is a holiday of many traditions old and new. But perhaps one of the strangest is the Presidential Pardon. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:34:03 EST Could bike sharing work in Pickens and Easley? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150566930/Could-bike-sharing-work-in-Pickens-and-Easley In March 2013, the city of Greenville launched a bike share program created through a partnership between the conservation society Upstate Forever and the Greenville Health System. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:59:02 EST Trustee disputes tax claim http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150513511/Trustee-disputes-tax-claim The notion school taxes have not been raised in Pickens County is untrue. The school district levys two taxes. School operations taxes fund day-to day costs to run the schools. School debt taxes fund school construction and repair. School operations... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:16:05 EST Parenthood is trial and error — and an occasional ladybug http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150567053/Parenthood-is-trial-and-error--and-an-occasional-ladybug Before you could drive, you practiced. You had to go to the DMV and take a written exam, followed later (after more practice) with a driving test before you were issued a license that said you could legally operate a vehicle. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:04:01 EST Program instills sense of pride in Pickens County http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150517419/Program-instills-sense-of-pride-in-Pickens-County This past Tuesday I attended the Veteran's Day ceremony at Pickens High School. Leaving the ceremony left me with appreciation for our students, teachers and community. The JROTC cadets honored local veterans as we celebrated living in a nation... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:29:02 EST Setting the record straight http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150485852/Setting-the-record-straight If you haven't picked up on it in this column I write here, or through some other writing from the past, recent or not, I have always been quite serious about people taking responsibility for their errors. In my line of work, errors are not and... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:39:03 EST Don’t sweat the small stuff http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150485952/Dont-sweat-the-small-stuff My son, who I have always praised as being a “good eater” has within the last couple of months become insanely picky concerning his dietary habits. While he has always been schedule orientated for meals (oatmeal for breakfast, PB&J for... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:19:03 EST Christmas, already? Are you serious? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150400026/Christmas-already-Are-you-serious I am just now scheduling my 28-day stay in rehab for chocolate withdrawal because of Halloween and haven't even begun to drool over thoughts of Thanksgiving meals. Yes, meals. I intend on having more than one and heartily recommend the practice... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:04:04 EST Lions Club yard sale a great success http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150340626/Lions-Club-yard-sale-a-great-success Due to the generous donations from many area individuals, Palmetto Baptist Hospital and club members, the annual Easley Lions Club yard sale held on October 18th was a great success. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:03:04 EST Want to fix roads? Increase recycling http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150353683/Want-to-fix-roads-Increase-recycling I disagree with the reader from several weeks ago. He said the Doodle Trail should not be built and that the money that is being wasted on the trail should be used to fix county roads. I do agree with him that some county roads are in dire need of... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:11:03 EST Don’t sound the death knell just yet http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150397595/Dont-sound-the-death-knell-just-yet In days past, a newspaper was the reader's link to current events. It was delivered unfailingly to the doorstep every morning to be read over coffee and breakfast. It was a precursor to the day, and how millions of Americans knew what was going... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:03:02 EST