Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:24:15 EST 1800 What cat up yonder tree does meow? Um, that would be mine … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4473538/What-cat-up-yonder-tree-does-meow-Um-that-would-be-mine I had always lived under the impression that the stories we used to read as a kid, the ones where the fire department saved the kitty from the tree, were all made up … some sort of propagandist effort to endear one arm of public servants to... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST April 15: Funding the Empire http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4475618/April-15:-Funding-the-Empire Tax day, April 15th, is a day of celebration in the United States. On this day we citizens of the great republic take pride in the fact that we can come together in a democratic society and make decisions cooperatively with one another. The fruits of... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Instilling patriotism in today’s youth http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4105270/Instilling-patriotism-in-todays-youth It's often noted that today's young people don't have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Time to get behind the school board http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/4105200/Time-to-get-behind-the-school-board Some of the Board members do not have the children in Pickens County as their primary interest. Also, Weldon Clark, and the Pickens County Taxpayers Association and Junius Smith, and the Conservatives of the Upstate are more interested in a free ride,... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Fiefdom mentality has to be changed http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/4105365/Fiefdom-mentality-has-to-be-changed Until we all realize that we are all one county, that our cities make up one county and that our counties are one upstate, we will continue with “one step forward and two steps backward.” Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST The election is over — time to begin with a clean slate http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/4075181/The-election-is-over--time-to-begin-with-a-clean-slate Kudos to Pickens County voters for their turnout for the special election held April 1. With only two seats open during this special election, a low voter turnout would not have been unexpected and would have been the norm, under most... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST I’ve got those honky tonk blues … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4113756/Ive-got-those-honky-tonk-blues The fact none of us lives forever is a universal truth and may be the one commonality that actually draws us all together under what a lot of people enjoy calling “The Human Condition.” So, if you don't live forever and only have run... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Advice for the White House: Promise less, deliver more http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/3983728/Advice-for-the-White-House:-Promise-less-deliver-more A few words of advice for the White House: “Promise less, and deliver more.” Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Brian Swords needs your vote http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/3983671/Brian-Swords-needs-your-vote I am writing to encourage your support of Dr. Brian Swords for Pickens County School Board. He is running for the District 4 (Liberty) seat that was recently vacated. The election is set for April 1, 2014. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST Who says dogs aren’t thinkers? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4051647/Who-says-dogs-arent-thinkers What a long weekend, even if the weather did finally clear on Sunday and the first real glimpse of what Mother Nature has in store for the warmer months did make an appearance. For me personally, it was trying, to say the least, and yes, this is going... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:00 EST We will cause our own undoing http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/3950881/We-will-cause-our-own-undoing We have become a nation of special interests and in the end it will be our undoing. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Op-Ed from Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/3983686/Op-Ed-from-Greater-Easley-Chamber-of-Commerce In January, the School District of Pickens County released the AdvancED report outlining re-accreditation concerns and recommendations. Of particular concern were required actions directed at the school board's duty to serve “in accordance... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST How far is too far? How much is too much? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/3991049/How-far-is-too-far-How-much-is-too-much On April 1 the city of Greenville will put into place a ban on the use of mobile devices inside city limits, including GPS systems, texting, and cell phones while driving. It is the next step on the slippery slope of personal invasion by governmental... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Grassroots group concerned about education in whole county http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/3989817/Grassroots-group-concerned-about-education-in-whole-county Dear Editor,I am writing on behalf of Concerned Citizens of Pickens County in an effort to inform the good people of Pickens County about who we are, where we are from, and what our motives are.Who, When, Where and Why? Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Watchdog citizens deserve public officials’ respect http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/3891535/Watchdog-citizens-deserve-public-officials-respect It happens in every county, every small town, and every school district. It happens at the state level and at the federal level. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Change is needed in Pickens County schools http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/3923556/Change-is-needed-in-Pickens-County-schools Dear Editor,I have read about the reaction to the AdvancED report and have attended Pickens County school board meetings. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST Swords is right person for seat http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/3923952/Swords-is-right-person-for-seat To the editor: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST It’s broken and we need to fix it http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/3928952/Its-broken-and-we-need-to-fix-it The topic of education is still rearing its ugly head in Pickens County and this time Common Core is at the epicenter. Am I going to choose sides on Common Core in this column? No, I'm going to answer the question of what happened to the... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/3822262/ Hope Kateman, Regent of the Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), along with the officers from the Fort Prince George Chapter, presented Allison Anderson, director of the Hampton Memorial Library in Easley, with... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST A sweet victory http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/3864324/A-sweet-victory The Food and Drug Administration recently came out with a sweet surprise. Its proposed new nutrition label will finally give us a bit of key information we need to understand our food: the amount of added sugars. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:01:00 EST