Pickens Sentinel- RSS OPINION Feed http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION http://pickenssentinel.com/section/OPINION Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:12:51 EST 1800 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. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:50:51 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 Time for Easley to look at its future http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151753679/Time-for-Easley-to-look-at-its-future City of Easley Administrator Fox Simons will serve his last day in an official capacity with Easley before taking over in a similar capacity with the city of Myrtle Beach and there is no better time to consider Easley's future than... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:05:51 EST No smart phone yet? Run, run like the wind http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151628219/No-smart-phone-yet-Run-run-like-the-wind I wake up almost every day to a beeping cell phone. Not an alarm mind you, but email alerts, text messages and calender notices. These things all remind me that I have a zillion things to do that day and only a limited amount of time in which to do... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:20:52 EST Find the facts when it comes to issues http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151628062/Find-the-facts-when-it-comes-to-issues Much furor has begun to grow over a possible tax increase by the School District of Pickens County with two upstate organizations getting into the fray as well, and the best piece of advice that can possibly be extolled to you at this time is to... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:00:51 EST When it comes to memories, what’s a $10 balloon? http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151503872/When-it-comes-to-memories-whats-a-$10-balloon Recently, I have noticed that more often than not, my columns start off with something along the lines of “The other day I was in the grocery store …” And I realized I must spend an inordinate amount of time grocery shopping. This... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:20:51 EST It’s time for the handouts to end http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151503512/Its-time-for-the-handouts-to-end The state of Florida is most likely going to remove recess as part of the daily schedule for children in their public school system and the reasoning behind it seems to be a continually growing trend across the country where government and spending... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:40:51 EST My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion_columns/151382601/My-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day I was having a bad day. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:20:57 EST Facebook post goes too far http://pickenssentinel.com/news/opinion/151372699/Facebook-post-goes-too-far A Facebook group called Concerned Citizens of Pickens County has been very vocal about supporting more taxes for Pickens County citizens to help the children in the public schools. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:25:53 EST Pickens County needs to join Alliance http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151298219/Pickens-County-needs-to-join-Alliance Recent news on economic development in the upstate has omitted the fact that Pickens County is not a member of the Upstate Alliance. The county dropped out of the alliance two years ago. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:30:51 EST Those discussing school taxes need to know truth http://pickenssentinel.com/news/letters/151372809/Those-discussing-school-taxes-need-to-know-truth When I read the letters of those advocating higher school taxes in Pickens County, I wondered if these individuals actually looked at the data. Responding point by point: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:35:52 EST Governor’s office finally opens door for dialogue http://pickenssentinel.com/news/editorial/151382859/Governors-office-finally-opens-door-for-dialogue Have you ever heard the adage “If you don't write it down, it never happened”? Consider this editorial one of those situations. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:56:07 EST