Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:56:03 EST 1800 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 00:01:00 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 00:01:00 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. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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,... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 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... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Let freedom ring but know why it’s ringing, too http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/5209199/Let-freedom-ring-but-know-why-its-ringing-too As the Fourth of July weekend approaches there should be the thought of freedom on the minds of Americans across this nation, celebrating 228 years as an independent country founded upon the principles of freedom, but it will be an unfortunate turn of... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why do some relationships work while others fail? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/5216946/Why-do-some-relationships-work-while-others-fail I got into a discussion about relationships with a friend recently, and although I've had the thought before and have limited how often I share this opinion, I do believe I know why approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce … so... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Prayer at meetings? Here’s my two cents worth … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/5127910/Prayer-at-meetings-Heres-my-two-cents-worth I am going to address prayer at governmental meetings. And, yes, I do realize that if I am not directly in the buckle of the Bible Belt, I most certainly am in the hole next to it. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A productive 2014 legislative session http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/5159409/A-productive-2014-legislative-session A lot of the news coverage of the end of the General Assembly's legislative session has focused on the more “popcorn worthy” moments of the Senate choosing its internal leadership. But what those news stories have left out is that... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Upstate Writing Project to offer summer camps for young writers http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/4439921/Upstate-Writing-Project-to-offer-summer-camps-for-young-writers CLEMSON — Clemson University's Upstate Writing Project will offer three camps this summer in Greenville for young writers. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Teachers, administration, staff deserve praise for efforts http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/4920021/Teachers-administration-staff-deserve-praise-for-efforts This past Saturday, I was honored to participate in the graduation ceremonies for each of our Pickens County High Schools. Far too often, we read the negative editorials in our newspapers related to our school system. It's time we start... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Tax increase unnecessary http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/4920073/Tax-increase-unnecessary You've heard the saying, revenue is not the problem, spending is the problem. Facts from the S.C. Comptroller support that saying, and are evidence we should study issues and vote wisely June 10th. S.C. general fund revenues increased from... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Know your candidate before you vote http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/4878527/Know-your-candidate-before-you-vote On June 10 South Carolina will be holding its primary elections. As voters, there should be one task ahead of you before you head to the voting booth and that is to be informed. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Patience, meet David. David, meet Patience. http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4878400/Patience-meet-David.-David-meet-Patience. Have you ever known anyone who just couldn't sit still? Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST