Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:31:18 EST 1800 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 Sometimes, all it takes is a book http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50160875/Sometimes-all-it-takes-is-a-book It's just about time for those three words almost every kid hates to hear … back to school. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:28:01 EST S.C. Supreme Court stumbled on FOIA rulings http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50123943/S.C.-Supreme-Court-stumbled-on-FOIA-rulings The S.C. Supreme Court has made two rulings during the summer that will help to undermine journalism and transparency in the state moving forward and questions and concerns to boot. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:21:09 EST Irresponsible state government http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/50047446/Irresponsible-state-government The people are going to have to decide what kind of life we shall have. The South Carolina legislature runs this state. The speaker of the house is under investigation by a grand jury. No state Infrastructure Bank money gets spent on roads in Pickens... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:01 EST No agenda here http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50097477/No-agenda-here I had a disturbing conversation with someone I consider a dear and close friend this past weekend which has left me a little perturbed. It seems one of the political parties in this state has taken umbrage with some of my remarks and have determined I... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:34:02 EST If you have to borrow, you can’t afford it http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50050310/If-you-have-to-borrow-you-cant-afford-it To know what is truly important to Americans all you have to do is turn on your television set and wait. It all becomes very apparent as what was once the home of the free has become the mortgage of the indebted. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:24:02 EST Worth more: One man or an entire city? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50015912/Worth-more:-One-man-or-an-entire-city A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don't even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state's biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:08:05 EST November governor battle will be a political brawl http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50013895/November-governor-battle-will-be-a-political-brawl It's beginning to look as if this could be a very interesting campaign season as concerns the gubernatorial race in South Carolina and the issue of the state's Department of Social Services will be the battleground upon which it is... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:08:05 EST Again, the isolationist smear http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50015834/Again-the-isolationist-smear It doesn't take much to be smeared as an isolationist by leading Republicans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who appears to be running for president again, and former vice president Dick Cheney — not to mention Sen. John McCain, Gov. Chris... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:08:06 EST Literature digs deep into the soul of the writer — and the reader http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/5276026/Literature-digs-deep-into-the-soul-of-the-writer--and-the-reader In the last seven months I would have to say we've covered any number of topics including religion, politics, my life, my sons, my pets, and music. You know more about me than either of my ex-wives ever knew, and they could read exceptionally... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:31:05 EST Nothing new under the Gaza-Sderot Sun http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/5276463/Nothing-new-under-the-Gaza-Sderot-Sun The temperatures keep rising in the hot Gaza-Sderot region; after all it's July. But it's not the heat that is making our lives unbearable; it's the renewed terrifying and senseless violence that within 24 hours spun out of control,... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:31:06 EST School trustee responds to AdvancED re-accreditation http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/5211808/School-trustee-responds-to-AdvancED-re-accreditation By law, the South Carolina Department of Education accredits all public education units — school boards, school district operations and schools, and certifies the diplomas issued by school districts in the state. The School District of Pickens... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:28:09 EST