Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:40:43 EST 1800 Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150222336/Finding-ways-to-fix-our-roads-five-years-after-the-stimulus You've probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina's roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance. Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the legislature... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:25:03 EST We need to keep Thanksgiving about family http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150317280/We-need-to-keep-Thanksgiving-about-family The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start to the holiday season. It is not only the busiest shopping day of the year for most retailers, it's the day that many stores finally sell enough merchandise to move their books from being in... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:28:11 EST Should the commander of the SC National Guard be elected? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150304512/Should-the-commander-of-the-SC-National-Guard-be-elected Question: Should the Chief of Staff of the US Army be selected by the public in a popular election? Obviously the answer is a resounding NO. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:10:05 EST Whose values are we talking about anyway? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150317166/Whose-values-are-we-talking-about-anyway As Nov. 4 and the midterm elections draw ever closer, I have seen the roadside signs beginning to multiply overnight like some haunted Halloween nightmare come to life. Of course, the signs are intended to create some sort of epiphany for voters, but... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:02 EST Our shared battle against mental illness http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150222309/Our-shared-battle-against-mental-illness Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early 90s. I later served on the S.C. Mental Health Commission. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:21:04 EST Be careful when voting http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150222476/Be-careful-when-voting To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:43:04 EST Kudos for sidewalk construction http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/150222281/Kudos-for-sidewalk-construction To the editor: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:04 EST Kudzu — the vine that ate the South http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150228044/Kudzu--the-vine-that-ate-the-South In 1876, at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, a pretty, leafy vine that had originated in Japan and parts of China was introduced to Americans for the first time. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:21:03 EST It’s October — break out your ribbons, your magic books, … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150152166/Its-October--break-out-your-ribbons-your-magic-books Football players have donned pink socks, referees are signaling penalties with pick whistles, pink ribbons are wrapped around wrists and attached to lapels because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:40:05 EST Will the real South Carolina election issue please stand up? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150152041/Will-the-real-South-Carolina-election-issue-please-stand-up I know there may be some side of you who wish I would let the election go, and in time, when the votes are counted and I regain my composure from laughter at the same repeated mistakes at the polls and gird my loins for the next two years' worth... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:04:14 EST Transparency movement sees progress – and daunting setbacks http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/150071046/Transparency-movement-sees-progress--and-daunting-setbacks One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:32:03 EST Audit shines light on longstanding DSS issues http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/150066775/Audit-shines-light-on-longstanding-DSS-issues For quite some time South Carolina's Department of Social Services has been under fire, as has Gov. Nikki Haley, due to the many glaring issues associated with the department. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:14:02 EST A little housekeeping about the Op/Ed page http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/50809252/A-little-housekeeping-about-the-Op/Ed-page The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel and Powdersville Post presented a column written by staff writer Kasie Strickland on gun control and the resulting reaction was somewhat disturbing. As a result, this editorial is being presented to explain... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:27:05 EST Hang up the phone, America — and drive http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50808615/Hang-up-the-phone-America--and-drive Last month, Americans sent 171.3 billion text messages and anywhere from 19 to 28 percent of those texts were sent or read from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The average amount of time your eyes are off the road when reading and responding to... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:33:02 EST Should the drinking age be 18? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50724031/Should-the-drinking-age-be-18 The age of 18 carries a lot of responsibility. You can help determine our nation's leaders by voting, you can make a vow for a life-long commitment and get married, you are mature enough to join the military and fight and or kill and or die for... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:28:11 EST Sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/50644885/Sometimes-all-it-takes-is-a-change-in-perspective Before I sat down to write this column I had already accepted the fact I wouldn't be making any friends, at least not here in the tightest notch of the Bible belt, but I feel it needs to be said. If you have followed me at all, you know I will... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:36:06 EST Reduce budget, not savings http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/50588672/Reduce-budget-not-savings At the last school board meeting the board approved buying two activity buses for $252,000. (Shelton, Edwards, Cooper, Swords for, Saitta and Gillespie against.) The buses will be paid for out of savings. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:35:12 EST When it comes to pit bulls, is it nature or nurture? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50645101/When-it-comes-to-pit-bulls-is-it-nature-or-nurture Dogs are perhaps one of mankind's greatest creations. They were physically and behaviorally engineered by humans to fulfill a specific need: guarding the home, pointing out quail in brush lines, retrieving downed water fowl, herding sheep,... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:35:10 EST What’s in a name? Depends on who you ask http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/50563147/Whats-in-a-name-Depends-on-who-you-ask Native Americans are a proud people with a vibrant culture, rich history, and a past that is a colorful tapestry of triumph, tragedy, and ultimately survival. Natives may refer to themselves and each other by many different names, tribes, and titles,... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:10:05 EST Shop locally, and improve your community http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/50557703/Shop-locally-and-improve-your-community The benefits of shopping locally can't be overstated. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:07 EST