Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:17:41 EST 1800 Current county government issues http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152510035/Current-county-government-issues Wayne Adams, Newberry County Administrator, brings readers up to date on current county government activities. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:51 EST On ‘Real Women’ http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152527704/On-Real-Women I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that's what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:40:53 EST Alliances are good! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152455575/Alliances-are-good Recently, you may have received an invitation, or possibly you noticed an article in the local “Observer,” inviting you to attend a press conference at the newly renovated Piedmont Technical College where attendees were treated to the... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:15:51 EST Two events in Whitmire this weekend http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152490055/Two-events-in-Whitmire-this-weekend Hello everyone, local news to talk about after we do our birthdays, texted in from the ever busy Gottrocks the birthday fairy. He flew in with one wing still in the fire, from his St. Patrick's Day cavorting in Five Points and Savannah. He does... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:30:51 EST Lawmakers ask for investigation http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152490234/Lawmakers-ask-for-investigation A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is asking for an investigation into the Veterans Affairs Department's outreach efforts to female veterans, calling the issue critical to the future of the agency. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:00:52 EST Pray without ceasing http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152410213/Pray-without-ceasing “The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17It seems unlikely that we should be on our knees 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:25:52 EST Senators keeping us free from dictatorship http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/152427682/Senators-keeping-us-free-from-dictatorship Thank you Senator Cotton for your courage in making clear important points of our constitutional system to leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Senator Cotton's letter, signed by a good number of Senators, is an important statement of how... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:55:51 EST Fair trade is a racial justice issue http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152490298/Fair-trade-is-a-racial-justice-issue The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:50:52 EST Edison’s bright idea http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152490307/Edisons-bright-idea It dawned on Thomas Edison that sunshine could drive both his inventions and his friend Henry Ford's horseless carriages. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:50:51 EST Understanding age-related memory loss http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152389246/Understanding-age-related-memory-loss Are you experiencing normal memory loss — or dementia? “As we get older, the processing speed of our brain slows down, so we can't recall information as quickly as we used to,” explains Dr. Gad Marshall, assistant professor of... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:45:51 EST Surveillance, body cams and … Aretha Franklin http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152426678/Surveillance-body-cams-and--Aretha-Franklin Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they records is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:00:52 EST Building a stronger democracy through government transparency http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152426615/Building-a-stronger-democracy-through-government-transparency Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate one of our nation's most basic values, the public's “right to know.” Our very democracy is built on the idea that our government should not operate in secret. James Madison, a staunch... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:55:51 EST New pitch for Pentagon planners http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152449852/New-pitch-for-Pentagon-planners Officials estimate that the military's U.S. footprint is at least 25 percent bigger than it needs to be, given the force's shrinking personnel levels. Trimming infrastructure by just 5 percent, they say, could save about $2 billion... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:06:14 EST DoD wants more report background data http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152407313/DoD-wants-more-report-background-data Pentagon officials are raising questions about the conclusions reached by a blue-ribbon commission and its proposal to overhaul the military retirement and health care systems, a top defense official said. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:55:51 EST A time for truth from under the rubble http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152368464/A-time-for-truth-from-under-the-rubble FRONT ROYAL, VA — If there is one common theme in the religious, cultural, and political collapse which we see all around us, it is cowardice. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:00:52 EST March 28 filled with things to do http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152346903/March-28-filled-with-things-to-do Hello everyone, feels so good that spring has sprung in “The Whitty.” The greenery sprouts are up from the ground, a few daffodils in bloom. I am so ready to get dirt under my nails. But as the old folks say, “don't plant them... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:50:53 EST Information on the Tricare Choice Act of 2015 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152347342/Information-on-the-Tricare-Choice-Act-of-2015 Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CO) both members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act of 2015, S. 448, which would give TRICARE-eligible veterans the ability to pause TRICARE... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:50:51 EST Open records compliance remains an issue http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152377000/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 09:50:52 EST It’s Sunshine Week in SC and the nation http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152376888/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 09:40:52 EST Proposed bill needs another look http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/152346536/Proposed-bill-needs-another-look The bill Submitted by Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of comparison to the private sector must take into account the absurd days off allowed and carried over for vacation time and state legal holiday. It appears holidays are more than the private sector gets... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:15:51 EST