Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:25:44 EST 1800 State’s roads leave little to the imagination … or shocks http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152895697/States-roads-leave-little-to-the-imagination--or-shocks I don't know if there are many of you who know this, but I spend a good deal of time on the stage participating in theater and recently I have been part of the cast for Treasure Island being performed at the Abbeville Opera House. Now, this... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:45:53 EST Fighting back against food stamp fraud http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152551860/Fighting-back-against-food-stamp-fraud Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:05:51 EST A Song of Ice and Fire and its spoiler wars http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152772196/A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire-and-its-spoiler-wars I am a huge fan of George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've been reading the books since high school and like all the other fans, am anxiously awaiting Martin's next book in the series, The... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:20:55 EST Pickens County full of history for all to enjoy http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152772037/Pickens-County-full-of-history-for-all-to-enjoy Pickens County is full of colorful history and residents are just not doing enough to take it all in. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:00:52 EST Remember history of property tax in county http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152764633/Remember-history-of-property-tax-in-county Phillip Bowers is on the school board and led the successful charge to stop the 4.7 mill tax increase for even more buildings supported by Mr. Saitta and Mr. Wilson. They led the fight to bring prayer back to school board meetings. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:45:52 EST American tradition of prayer needs to continue http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152764469/American-tradition-of-prayer-needs-to-continue I read the Progress editorial stating government and religion have no place together. To support its position, the Progress wrote with most of the historical figures associated with the birth of our nation, “religion or Christianity played... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:40:52 EST I’ve got the Easter Bunny blues http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152640947/Ive-got-the-Easter-Bunny-blues My son attends preschool at an elementary school in Pickens County. Last week, when I was picking him up, his teacher was giving me the usual rundown of how he did, how he interacted with his peers, his participation levels, etc. As I was strapping... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:20:53 EST Digesting an 800-pound elephant http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152629501/Digesting-an-800-pound-elephant I want to expand the article entitled, “SDPC Approves Capital Needs Plan.” The $4.7 million capital needs plan was crafted by the administration and facilities committee (Trustees Brian Swords, Phil Bowers and Henry... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:50:51 EST County needs to make a commitment to jail, sheriff’s office http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152640860/County-needs-to-make-a-commitment-to-jail-sheriffs-office When is the issue of the Pickens County Law Enforcement Center, including the Pickens County Sheriff's Office and the Detention Center, going to be discussed? Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:20:54 EST We will win the war against meth http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/151802348/We-will-win-the-war-against-meth South Carolina's law enforcement community is among the most talented and committed in the entire country. That's why it's not surprising that our state continues to make progress in the battle against methamphetamine (meth)... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:35:51 EST Buck stops here: replacing Jackson on the $20 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152519060/Buck-stops-here:-replacing-Jackson-on-the-$20 Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. President, is known and honored for his military prowess and for founding what would become the Democratic party. His face appears on one of the most commonly used forms of U.S. currency: the $20 bill. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:40:52 EST Genetics can’t lie, no matter the protesting http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152519224/Genetics-cant-lie-no-matter-the-protesting Sometimes I find it funny how genetics has played out in my sons even if they desperately don't want to be like me. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:35:51 EST Open records compliance remains an issue http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152376988/Open-records-compliance-remains-an-issue The controversy encircling Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:51:10 EST It’s Sunshine Week in SC and the nation http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152376868/Its-Sunshine-Week-in-SC-and-the-nation It's Sunshine Week in South Carolina and the nation.It is a time to recognize and encourage open government and letting the sun shine in on public documents and meetings. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:50:52 EST An apple a day? Aim well and throw hard http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152256449/An-apple-a-day-Aim-well-and-throw-hard As a parent, there is no more helpless, frustrating, pound-your-head-against-the-wall feeling then when your child is sick. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:20:51 EST Who needs a thermostat when you have an attic fan http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152256236/Who-needs-a-thermostat-when-you-have-an-attic-fan I guess no matter where you're from, you have your traditions, or maybe it's just an individual thing and we're all just weird. But there's always that time of year when I know the worst of the cold weather is over, when I can... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:35:51 EST A lesson in Judaism 101 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152132810/A-lesson-in-Judaism-101 As I have briefly mentioned in my columns in the past, unlike the vast majority of residents here in Pickens County, I am not a Christian. I am Jewish, as is my family. And as a Jew (although I have neglected to previously) I thought it might be... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:20:55 EST Another tragic display of SC’s domestic violence problem http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152119922/Another-tragic-display-of-SCs-domestic-violence-problem On February 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” — two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:45:53 EST (No heading) http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152131759/ I read David Moody's column in The Easley Progress entitled “Technology in the Classroom SDPC Facing Public Pressure To Not Raise Taxes.” He wrote people like me, “oppose any tax hike, no matter the size, to support updated... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:30:52 EST President for a day: The bizarre story of David Atchison http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152132648/President-for-a-day:-The-bizarre-story-of-David-Atchison Today we know Inauguration Day as Jan. 20, but it didn't used to be. In fact, up until 1933, United States presidents were sworn into office on March 4 — the date the Constitution was declared into effect by the 1st U.S. Congress in 1789. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:50:52 EST