Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:41:40 EST 1800 Recruiters: New tattoo rules make their jobs harder Over three months ago the Army announced a new policy limiting the number and placement of tattoos that soldiers could have. Now, recruiters say it is making their jobs harder. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:38:07 EST Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball says thanks We wish to thank all of the fans for supporting the Chapin-Newberry American Legion baseball team during this past season. With your support our team achieved a record of 20 wins and 7 losses, the League 8 Championship, and finished in the State... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:37:05 EST American Pickers coming back to Newberry Why are we so enamored with celebrities? I cannot answer that, but the pure and simple truth is that we really are. Having said that, I can vividly remember back in November 2010 when I walked over to the Clarence T. Summer Hardware and met Mike Wolfe... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:37:04 EST Fall sports sign-up deadlines are fast approaching Hello everyone. Local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.Birthdays Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:37:08 EST More needs to be done to address college rape crisis Hallelujah. Lawmakers are finally doing something productive about rape on college campuses. A group of eight senators has just proposed the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which would ensure harsher penalties for colleges that aren't... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:02 EST Honor Flights, EXACTO program updates The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 4812, the Honor Flight Act. The bill would codify the process by which the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:52:02 EST The case for low taxes They boast about how they “bring home the bacon.”They take credit for new buildings, new parks and new programs for which they've secured public funding. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:42:01 EST Jesus, a true friend The only true friend a person can have is Jesus. We think we have friends that we can count on through out life, but we find out that's not always the way it is. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:33:01 EST U.S. government must get out of Iraq Nearly a century ago, after four bloody years of World War I, British colonialists created the state of Iraq, complete with their hand-picked monarch. Britain and France were authorized — or, more precisely, authorized themselves — to... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:37:03 EST “STOP” for school buses OK, I realize none of us want to hear that our summer is almost over. However, the real truth is simply this: throughout our beloved state, vacations are being cut short to accommodate for the 2014-2015 school year. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:28:00 EST Feeling right at home in Newberry When I was first offered the position of staff writer for The Newberry Observer in June, I was incredibly nervous, to say the least. You see, even though I attended Newberry College and lived on campus each school year, I never truly lived in... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:08:02 EST Obesity epidemic sweeping the country, South Carolina The United States is the second most obese industrialized country in the world. A 2013 report stated that 31.8 percent of Americans were obese. Obesity accounts for 10 percent of deaths and healthcare spending in the United States. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:56:01 EST NDAA 2015 update: Committee approves defense money bill The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2015 defense money bill that fully supports the Senate Armed Services Committee's earlier embrace of key military compensation curbs sought by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:56:03 EST Upcoming news and events in ‘The Whitty’ Hello everyone, local news and comments on the way after we send our birthday and anniversary wishes.Birthdays Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:09:03 EST Amphibious assaults, suicide updates for Vets World War II-style full-frontal amphibious assaults are relegated to the annals of history, a top Marine general told reporters June 26 in Washington. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:42:06 EST What is your “cheeseburger?” This past Friday evening I tried my first cheeseburger in 20 years. Yes, I'm really not kidding. I'm sure it has been at least 20 years. And yes, I'm also 24 years old. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:45:03 EST Why government fails, and what we should do about it As election season approaches, I've been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It's that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What's odd is that while the frequent... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:43:08 EST God’s love is unconditional God loves us unconditionally, without limit or qualification, and He loves us personally and individually. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 17:19:02 EST Hard times too pervasive for Republicans to ignore Must formerly rich people shed all their status symbols? It's a widely held presumption, Darlena Cunha explained. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:24:08 EST 30 years of toxic injustice for Bhopal survivors The night of the industrial disaster is forever seared into the memory of the people of Bhopal, India. Heavy clouds of methyl isocyanate — a deadly toxin — and other gases engulfed crowded shantytowns, the railway station, and surrounding... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:24:07 EST