Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:20:51 EST 1800 Regaining trust with veterans http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152025138/Regaining-trust-with-veterans When Secretary Bob McDonald took office he immediately set off on a series of engagements to regain trust with Veterans. He has visited dozens VA hospitals across the country and mandated all VA facilities conduct quarterly town halls to promote... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:50:51 EST Grow the grass roots http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152024696/Grow-the-grass-roots Of all the complex environmental problems the world faces today, the elephant in the room is climate change. If current predictions are correct, our posterity faces famine and drought, land loss, natural disasters, political instability and (if the... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:50:53 EST Propranolol-enhanced treatment for PTSD http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151971369/Propranolol-enhanced-treatment-for-PTSD The following is a continuation of Thomas Crisp's column from Friday, Feb. 20. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:30:51 EST Improvement might require change http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151971145/Improvement-might-require-change The many electrical outages resulting from our recent ice storm are great examples of stress related factors that appear in our lives from time to time. It is how we deal with those occurrences that might explain who we truly are. I have stated many... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:20:52 EST Open letter to Cromer, McLeod http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/151971032/Open-letter-to-Cromer-McLeod Dear Senator Cromer and Rep. Mcleod: Do not expand the State Universal Land-line service fee to cell phone users. The horse and buggy of land line will soon be a past like the (old party lines of the 50s). It was to be used for rural customers. I live... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:15:56 EST Can we have a regular Congress? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151985104/Can-we-have-a-regular-Congress You probably didn't notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they did in all of 2014. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:50:51 EST Propranolol can help with PTSD symptoms http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151946092/Propranolol-can-help-with-PTSD-symptoms The boom of the plane hitting the towers, the gray pieces floating in the air, and the people jumping out were parts of the scene replayed in physician Margaret Dessau's mind for years after the 9/11 disaster. She remembers looking out her... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:20:51 EST State of town address is tonight in Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151950132/State-of-town-address-is-tonight-in-Whitmire Hey everybody. I think we have thawed out long enough to get Gottrocks on the ball with the birthday wishes. Poor Gottrocks the birthday fairy had to do an emergency landing on a heliport. The wings de-icer just couldn't over come this bitter,... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:05:54 EST Freedom to the believers http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151920816/Freedom-to-the-believers Paul preached freedom to the believers in Rome. He loved these brothers and sisters and wanted them to experience freedom from sin, freedom from law, and the freedom found in God's endless love and life in Spirit. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:40:51 EST The GOP’s presidential field features some weary right-wing retreads http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151946357/The-GOPs-presidential-field-features-some-weary-right-wing-retreads Ready or not, the race is on — for president, I mean.Yes, Election Day is still nearly two years away, but the candidates are already on the loose. And they're as goosey as ever. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:10:51 EST Money to burn http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151946325/Money-to-burn Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained?These days, that prospect doesn't seem all that far-fetched. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:05:51 EST With the budget, the president calls the shots http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151946340/With-the-budget-the-president-calls-the-shots It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress's 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:55:51 EST The Islamic State: Obama doth protest too much http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151885021/The-Islamic-State:-Obama-doth-protest-too-much “The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” writes US president Barack Obama in his letter to Congress of February 11, “poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East, and to... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:55:52 EST Being heart smart is important http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151879653/Being-heart-smart-is-important Let's have a heart to heart talk— a discussion of heart identification, ways to minimize heart risk factors, as well as ways to prevent its progression. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:35:51 EST Nonviolence is US — Nonviolent activists shape American identity http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151885067/Nonviolence-is-US--Nonviolent-activists-shape-American-identity As an American writer, I often examine the story of our nation for emergent archetypes of US identity. Several are terribly embarrassing for a citizen of conscience: the Couch Potatoes of Consumer-Capitalist Society, the American Gladiator of War-Rage... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00:51 EST Healthy Hearing Act would provide essential services to veterans http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151897231/Healthy-Hearing-Act-would-provide-essential-services-to-veterans The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:05:51 EST Palmetto Trail hike planned for Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151822345/Palmetto-Trail-hike-planned-for-Whitmire Hello everyone. You know the deal, birthday wishes then on to our local news and events.Birthdays Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:15:52 EST Citizens mobilize to resist undemocratic corporate water grabs http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151858832/Citizens-mobilize-to-resist-undemocratic-corporate-water-grabs On Feb. 5, New Jersey became the latest state to subvert democracy by authorizing the fast-track sale or lease of water utilities without public notice, comment, or approval. The controversial decision highlights the intensifying struggle over who... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:30:51 EST DoD may outsource to private organizations http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/151839471/DoD-may-outsource-to-private-organizations History Flight is among private organizations — the BentProp Project is another — whose passion for military history and desire to see MIAs repatriated has taken team members to jungles, atolls, mountaintops and other remote locations... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:50:52 EST Chamber ready for a busy spring http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/151839072/Chamber-ready-for-a-busy-spring Have you noticed our daylight hours are lengthening, that in a matter of two short weeks, we will welcome in the month of March? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:20:51 EST