Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Fri, 22 May 2015 17:51:54 EST 1800 Every day is Mother’s Day for those we love http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/153423337/Every-day-is-Mothers-Day-for-those-we-love As you know, Mother's Day was this past weekend and I, like millions of Americans, spent the holiday with my family. But by the end of the day, one thought kept circling around in my head: I never really appreciated Mother's Day until I... Fri, 15 May 2015 11:20:54 EST Turn off that TV and think for yourself http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/153423790/Turn-off-that-TV-and-think-for-yourself What are the real reasons behind the civil and social unrest in our country? Thu, 14 May 2015 12:10:52 EST Hillary Clinton should be next President http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/153343649/Hillary-Clinton-should-be-next-President As a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter, I am more excited than ever to support her candidacy. Already in her campaign, she is making it clear that her priorities are education and supporting those who are not in the top one percent. Wed, 13 May 2015 14:20:53 EST Time for county to wake up http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/153343833/Time-for-county-to-wake-up Has anyone noticed how hostile Pickens County has become? In over thirty years, I've never seen so much discord. The county seems to be fighting with everybody right now, suing cities, individuals and even the press. Their actions continue to... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:20:51 EST Summer is officially underway — let’s get started http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/153291134/Summer-is-officially-underway--lets-get-started I had to work all weekend, if you could call it that, and I didn't mind one bit. It's official: My warm weather fun has begun and thanks to Pickens County and a few wonderful friends, I am a happy boy. Fri, 8 May 2015 11:45:51 EST Riots aren’t as ineffective as we would like to believe http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/153291424/Riots-arent-as-ineffective-as-we-would-like-to-believe Anyone who loots, robs and/or burns down a business is a criminal. That's a simple fact of our justice system. You cannot, with impunity, take it upon yourself to break the laws of the nation no matter how wronged by the government or a... Thu, 7 May 2015 10:35:51 EST The great potato famine has landed at my house http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/153163813/The-great-potato-famine-has-landed-at-my-house I've always considered myself a reasonably healthy person. I don't go to the gym or anything, but I'm not the “couch potato” type either. Fri, 1 May 2015 11:20:57 EST Another successful Azalea Festival http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/153150468/Another-successful-Azalea-Festival The 31th Annual Pickens Azalea Festival, took place despite some rainy weather Friday evening. Friday's events of live TV, the car cruise in, were scale back due to inclement weather. But sunny weather prevailed Saturday and the festival was in... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:55 EST GOP party needs like-minded supporters http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/153150313/GOP-party-needs-like-minded-supporters As a legitimate delegate to the Pickens County Republican Party convention, I saw firsthand what went on and who the players were at the GOP convention. The group that caused the problems are the same people who show up regularly at Pickens County... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:55:51 EST It’s a dirty job being a kid these days http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/153031008/Its-a-dirty-job-being-a-kid-these-days I have heard via friends, television and well, pretty much all of society, that it can be a difficult thing to get a kid to take a bath. For my 3-year-old son, Ben, this is not the case. The problem I am having with him is quite the opposite: I... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:20:59 EST Will a rift become a chasm in Pickens County? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/153031473/Will-a-rift-become-a-chasm-in-Pickens-County A rift within the Pickens County Republican Party has become an issue to be decided by the state's party offices. The result has become a heated debate within the community and on social media. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:52 EST State’s roads leave little to the imagination … or shocks http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152895697/States-roads-leave-little-to-the-imagination--or-shocks I don't know if there are many of you who know this, but I spend a good deal of time on the stage participating in theater and recently I have been part of the cast for Treasure Island being performed at the Abbeville Opera House. Now, this... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:45:53 EST Fighting back against food stamp fraud http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152551860/Fighting-back-against-food-stamp-fraud Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:05:51 EST A Song of Ice and Fire and its spoiler wars http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152772196/A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire-and-its-spoiler-wars I am a huge fan of George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've been reading the books since high school and like all the other fans, am anxiously awaiting Martin's next book in the series, The... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:20:55 EST Pickens County full of history for all to enjoy http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152772037/Pickens-County-full-of-history-for-all-to-enjoy Pickens County is full of colorful history and residents are just not doing enough to take it all in. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:00:52 EST Remember history of property tax in county http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152764633/Remember-history-of-property-tax-in-county Phillip Bowers is on the school board and led the successful charge to stop the 4.7 mill tax increase for even more buildings supported by Mr. Saitta and Mr. Wilson. They led the fight to bring prayer back to school board meetings. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:45:52 EST American tradition of prayer needs to continue http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152764469/American-tradition-of-prayer-needs-to-continue I read the Progress editorial stating government and religion have no place together. To support its position, the Progress wrote with most of the historical figures associated with the birth of our nation, “religion or Christianity played... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:40:52 EST I’ve got the Easter Bunny blues http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/152640947/Ive-got-the-Easter-Bunny-blues My son attends preschool at an elementary school in Pickens County. Last week, when I was picking him up, his teacher was giving me the usual rundown of how he did, how he interacted with his peers, his participation levels, etc. As I was strapping... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:20:53 EST Digesting an 800-pound elephant http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/152629501/Digesting-an-800-pound-elephant I want to expand the article entitled, “SDPC Approves Capital Needs Plan.” The $4.7 million capital needs plan was crafted by the administration and facilities committee (Trustees Brian Swords, Phil Bowers and Henry... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:50:51 EST County needs to make a commitment to jail, sheriff’s office http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/152640860/County-needs-to-make-a-commitment-to-jail-sheriffs-office When is the issue of the Pickens County Law Enforcement Center, including the Pickens County Sheriff's Office and the Detention Center, going to be discussed? Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:20:54 EST