Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:08:26 EST 1800 How do non-smokers smoke a half-pack a day? Which would you choose: a) keeping a job that exposes you to a known cancer-causing agent or b) possibly being unemployed?Many members of our local food service and hospitality industries face that very choice. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA ID card update: action needed to obtain new VHIC The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased security for your personal information - no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a salute to your military... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rep. Walt Mcleod reviews 2014 Legislative session The Honorable Walton McLeod, S.C. Representative, House District 40, is guest this week. He will present his annual report of issues and accomplishments of the legislative bills enacted during the 2014 Session. It is a privilege to present this... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Helpless and hopeless: Text messages in Gaza-Sderot When I woke up yesterday at 5 a.m. to the sounds of war planes overhead, I saw that I had a text message from my friend Maha in Gaza. Since this war began, almost every morning, I see that she has sent me a message. From day to day, the messages have... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for one final chat from the newsroom of The Observer By the time you are reading this column, some of you may have already met our newest reporter, Andrew Wigger. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Imagine … the finished product! The activity around Community Hall has certainly created discussions regarding local residents' feelings about just what is historic and how each of us view the center of our beloved city of Newberry. The year of 2014 is proving to be the... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Vet toxic exposure legislation update On June 9, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA-17) introduced H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014, which is a companion bill to S.1602, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Whitmire Golf Association works with youth Hello, everyone. Local news on the way after we send out our birthday wishes. Gottrocks the birthday fairy had an interesting week. He said he had flown to Alaska to get away from Southeastern heat. Can you blame him? Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Vessels for Jesus As a child of God, let's be vessels that God can mold the way He wants us and needs us to be. When we are willing to be all that we can for Jesus, some how and some way He will use us. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Supreme Court autopsy ruling trumps public accountability For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Veterans benefits, credibility updates Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson on June 18 directed all Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Medical Center and Health Care System Directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST With nuclear weapons and climate change, things could get worse There's more bad news from the climate scientists. Not about global warming, where the news is never good, but about the impact nuclear weapons would have on the atmosphere, our climate, and food production if even a very small number were used... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Summer writes for “her” paper and yours, too Sometimes in journalism, a story takes on a life of its own. That certainly was the case for our continuing coverage of the James Brown Legacy Trust and the legal wranglings surrounding whether the Godfather of Soul would have nearly all of his music... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Can you help? As the storms came through Newberry last Thursday, a tree came down on the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray (CPCLM), 1601 Martin Street in Newberry. No one was hurt, however we did suffer loss. We do have a very large deductible. So I'm... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA scandal news, private care access update “VA awareness is losing traction. Well played, Mr. President,” said disabled Iraq War veteran Matt James. Many other veterans have also noticed VA scandal awareness is slipping from the public consciousness. Veterans like Mr. James are... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST South Carolina State Housing South Carolina State Housing will be the topic during an interview with Clayton Ingram, director of Marketing and Communication. He will familiarize readers with South Carolina State Housing and introduce programs that promise to make it an effective... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Nothing new under the Gaza-Sderot Sun The temperatures keep rising in the hot Gaza-Sderot region; after all it's July. But it's not the heat that is making our lives unbearable; it's the renewed terrifying and senseless violence that within 24 hours spun out of control,... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Whitmire’s veteran celebration is this weekend Hello everyone, our local news coming up after we do our birthday and anniversary wishes. Gottrocks the birthday fairy has been working overtime due to his wings and flight mechanisms overheating. You'd think that being raised in the South, he... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA health care access update: Bills could double spending in 3 years Spending on veterans' health care could double in three years under the Senate's solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Where are the Republicans? Once again we have fed politicians (fedpocs) attempting to ruin our country on the backs of children. Interesting how quickly the Democrats realized the opportunity to use children that we of the human race all love, to be the final sledgehammer that... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST