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 children.I was wrong.For those of you getting to the game a little late, here’s a synopsis: I am single, love it, and have a 4-month old Belgian Malinois puppy named Lola and Mariah Catty, the codependent kitty, both femal...

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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 our labor, beholden to the IRS, will now be spread throughout society to build our collective vision of a more perfect union – one tax dollar at a time.OK, OK — nothing could be further from the truth.The sad fac...

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Instilling patriotism in today’s youth

It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.Young people still love America and understand the importance of serving a cause greater than themselves. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that love of country and patriotic values aren’t instilled in young people today the way they were years ago.In my old-fashioned view of things, one reason for this is because the abu...

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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, of paying little or no taxes to support our schools and our young people than the children’s well being.I was at the County Council meeting when a representative of the Pickens County Taxpayers Association besieged them to not b...

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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.”There are too many fiefdoms in existence already. What’s good for Easley is good for Liberty, what goes on at Clemson makes us all look smarter. What a company locating in Pickens does is good for Six Mile.I recommend Googling “Ten at the Top” and visiting t...

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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 circumstances.Leading up to this particular day at the polls there had been a great deal of political activism within the community, despite the small number of offices being contested, and in the face of historical performance, the county’s vot...

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I’ve 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 through at life, how do you make the most of it?Dreams, that’s how, and no, not the kind of dreams you only get while you sleep. Those are just entertainment for your mind while your body regroups. The kind of dreams I am referr...

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Advice for the White House: Promise less, deliver more

A few words of advice for the White House: “Promise less, and deliver more.”By now, most people are aware that some of the President’s bold claims about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, turned out to be untrue. That includes his repeated promise that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

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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.

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Who says dogs aren’t 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 to be one of those columns where you actually get a glimpse into my personal life.I am 46 years old, a confirmed bachelor, and at times find I am my own worst enemy. Having been married twice, which would entail two divorces, you woul...

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We will cause our own undoing

We have become a nation of special interests and in the end it will be our undoing.The great thing about democracy, small “D” for the concept not the form of government, is that it takes a majority to do business of any kind. Does this mean everyone will be happy with its results 100 percent of the time? Certainly not, that’s an unreasonable expectation, but there should always be at least 51 percent or more happy 100 percent of the time.

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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 with defined roles and responsibilities”, as well as to appropriately distinguish “the system administrative roles and the Board of Trustees legislative roles”.

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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 edict.Should you do all of these things while driving? No, but isn’t that more of a common sense decision? When did it become necessary to make rules and laws to keep us from being stupid? And when did it become the government...

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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?There were initially 4 Christian ladies who came together to create Concerned Citizens on January 30 in response to the potential loss of accreditation in the school district of Pickens County. Today we are supported by moms, dads, grandparents,...

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