Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:12:42 EST 1800 We will win the war against meth http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/151802348/We-will-win-the-war-against-meth South Carolina's law enforcement community is among the most talented and committed in the entire country. That's why it's not surprising that our state continues to make progress in the battle against methamphetamine (meth)... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:35:51 EST Buck stops here: replacing Jackson on the $20 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152519060/Buck-stops-here:-replacing-Jackson-on-the-$20 Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. President, is known and honored for his military prowess and for founding what would become the Democratic party. His face appears on one of the most commonly used forms of U.S. currency: the $20 bill. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:40:52 EST Genetics can’t lie, no matter the protesting http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152519224/Genetics-cant-lie-no-matter-the-protesting Sometimes I find it funny how genetics has played out in my sons even if they desperately don't want to be like me. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:35:51 EST Open records compliance remains an issue http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152376988/Open-records-compliance-remains-an-issue The controversy encircling Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:51:10 EST It’s Sunshine Week in SC and the nation http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152376868/Its-Sunshine-Week-in-SC-and-the-nation It's Sunshine Week in South Carolina and the nation.It is a time to recognize and encourage open government and letting the sun shine in on public documents and meetings. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:50:52 EST An apple a day? Aim well and throw hard http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152256449/An-apple-a-day-Aim-well-and-throw-hard As a parent, there is no more helpless, frustrating, pound-your-head-against-the-wall feeling then when your child is sick. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:20:51 EST Who needs a thermostat when you have an attic fan http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152256236/Who-needs-a-thermostat-when-you-have-an-attic-fan I guess no matter where you're from, you have your traditions, or maybe it's just an individual thing and we're all just weird. But there's always that time of year when I know the worst of the cold weather is over, when I can... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:35:51 EST A lesson in Judaism 101 http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152132810/A-lesson-in-Judaism-101 As I have briefly mentioned in my columns in the past, unlike the vast majority of residents here in Pickens County, I am not a Christian. I am Jewish, as is my family. And as a Jew (although I have neglected to previously) I thought it might be... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:20:55 EST Another tragic display of SC’s domestic violence problem http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152119922/Another-tragic-display-of-SCs-domestic-violence-problem On February 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” — two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:45:53 EST (No heading) http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152131759/ I read David Moody's column in The Easley Progress entitled “Technology in the Classroom SDPC Facing Public Pressure To Not Raise Taxes.” He wrote people like me, “oppose any tax hike, no matter the size, to support updated... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:30:52 EST President for a day: The bizarre story of David Atchison http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152132648/President-for-a-day:-The-bizarre-story-of-David-Atchison Today we know Inauguration Day as Jan. 20, but it didn't used to be. In fact, up until 1933, United States presidents were sworn into office on March 4 — the date the Constitution was declared into effect by the 1st U.S. Congress in 1789. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:50:52 EST No, I don’t pair my socks http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152008255/No-I-dont-pair-my-socks When you work throughout the week, as most people do, the weekend is supposed to be your time off. Two glorious days in which to sleep in, immerse yourself in a Netflix binge of your favorite television show and wear yoga pants with no actual... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:20:53 EST The Penny: Should it stay or should it go? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152008359/The-Penny:-Should-it-stay-or-should-it-go In 1787 the first one cent coin was struck by a private mint. Made of 100 percent copper, the coin was five times heavier and almost 50 percent larger than today's coins. The original coins are known today as “Fugio cents” by... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:40:51 EST It’s all about the money http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152007742/Its-all-about-the-money I read the DC Moody column entitled, The State should move to legalize marijuana. He cited two bills filed in the state legislature. In support of legalization Moody started by making the medical argument, discussing his personal back pain, and how it... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:15:55 EST Voters should have say-so in tax hikes http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152007714/Voters-should-have-say-so-in-tax-hikes Conservatives of the Upstate have collected over 1300 signatures of Pickens County citizens who do not want a property tax hike in Pickens County. We all know a huge portion of our county tax dollars go towards public schools. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:00:52 EST Feb. 14 marked the appropriate end to CHD Week http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151878801/Feb.-14-marked-the-appropriate-end-to-CHD-Week Valentine's Day is all about hearts, so it makes perfect sense that Feb. 14 marked the end of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week for 2015. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:35:52 EST Look out for Mr. Stork http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151881836/Look-out-for-Mr.-Stork When I was pregnant with my son, Ben, I marveled that any child ever could possibly have siblings. After all, what woman in her right mind would ever willingly go through the gruelling process of labor and delivery twice? Surely not me. I was positive... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:20:52 EST Missing tax information you should know http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151880312/Missing-tax-information-you-should-know Pickens County school district administration put forth a 5-year plan that proposes raising property taxes 13 mills. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:55:51 EST Abandon all hope, ye who enter here … http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151753880/Abandon-all-hope-ye-who-enter-here It started off like any other day. My favorite kind of day actually — photo assignment day. I had been tasked by my editor to shoot four or five photos of recognizable places in Easley for an upcoming publication. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:20:53 EST Tax explanation doesn’t pass muster http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151675927/Tax-explanation-doesnt-pass-muster In D.C. Moody's recent article entitled, “SDPC, Board Chair Respond to 'No Taxes' Petition,” Dr. Swords, SDPC board chairman attempts to respond to the outcry over increases in taxes to cover operating costs of the school... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:25:51 EST