Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:18 EST 1800 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 Find your own perspective this Memorial Day http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/4854862/Find-your-own-perspective-this-Memorial-Day I happen to be one of the lucky ones, one of the few generations of men to have been fortunate enough to be born American and never have to face the horrors of war. Tue, 27 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Rick Tate is right choice for House District 5 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/4854786/Rick-Tate-is-right-choice-for-House-District-5 I have never endorsed a political candidate, until now. Rick Tate and I grew up together and I know first hand his character, morals and beliefs. I remember seeing him read encyclopedias, of all things, because he was hungry to learn. He always had... Tue, 27 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Money for bike trails should be spent on roads http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/4854983/Money-for-bike-trails-should-be-spent-on-roads I have been reading the articles about the new bike paths and walking trails in Easley and Pickens. The cost of one — the Doodle Trail — is $4.5 million. These paths and trails have been funded through state grants, local property and... Tue, 27 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Summer events a way to showcase our offerings http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/4819170/Summer-events-a-way-to-showcase-our-offerings Summer is almost here and despite the fact it isn't official yet, Easley and Pickens, along with all of the towns in the county will be holding their annual festivals and entertainment opportunities for the community. Tue, 27 May 2014 00:01:00 EST