Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:30:57 EST 1800 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 Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150222336/Finding-ways-to-fix-our-roads-five-years-after-the-stimulus You've probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina's roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance. Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the legislature... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:25:03 EST We need to keep Thanksgiving about family http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150317280/We-need-to-keep-Thanksgiving-about-family The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start to the holiday season. It is not only the busiest shopping day of the year for most retailers, it's the day that many stores finally sell enough merchandise to move their books from being in... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:28:11 EST Should the commander of the SC National Guard be elected? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150304512/Should-the-commander-of-the-SC-National-Guard-be-elected Question: Should the Chief of Staff of the US Army be selected by the public in a popular election? Obviously the answer is a resounding NO. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:10:05 EST Whose values are we talking about anyway? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150317166/Whose-values-are-we-talking-about-anyway As Nov. 4 and the midterm elections draw ever closer, I have seen the roadside signs beginning to multiply overnight like some haunted Halloween nightmare come to life. Of course, the signs are intended to create some sort of epiphany for voters, but... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:02 EST Our shared battle against mental illness http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150222309/Our-shared-battle-against-mental-illness Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early 90s. I later served on the S.C. Mental Health Commission. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:21:04 EST Be careful when voting http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150222476/Be-careful-when-voting To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:04 EST Kudos for sidewalk construction http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150222281/Kudos-for-sidewalk-construction To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:04 EST Kudzu — the vine that ate the South http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150228044/Kudzu--the-vine-that-ate-the-South In 1876, at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, a pretty, leafy vine that had originated in Japan and parts of China was introduced to Americans for the first time. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:21:03 EST It’s October — break out your ribbons, your magic books, … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150152166/Its-October--break-out-your-ribbons-your-magic-books Football players have donned pink socks, referees are signaling penalties with pick whistles, pink ribbons are wrapped around wrists and attached to lapels because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:40:05 EST