Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:41:51 EST 1800 South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50322365/South-Carolina-Department-of-Consumer-Affairs This week we want to thank Carri Grube Lybarker, administrator, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, for speaking about the State agency that is designed to represent the interest of consumers throughout South Carolina. The... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:54:02 EST Thanks for a friend http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50318822/Thanks-for-a-friend On Wednesday, August 13 I accidentally ran over my puppy, Tweety. While I looked at her whimper in pain, I could not help but blame myself because I knew there was no possible way I could get her proper medical attention due to my financial situation. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:04:04 EST Amid the bad news, much good news to be found http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50331778/Amid-the-bad-news-much-good-news-to-be-found It was a tough week. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:51:04 EST CRDP/CRSC Programs: SecNav’s Explanation on Policy http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50332949/CRDP/CRSC-Programs:-SecNavs-Explanation-on-Policy There are two concurrent receipt programs available to Navy and Marine Corps retirees who have VA-rated disabilities. They are the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program and the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:49:17 EST Lawmakers and school officials: Stay out of our bodily wastes http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50331879/Lawmakers-and-school-officials:-Stay-out-of-our-bodily-wastes Why is it that the same conservatives who so desperately want “big government” out of our lives are at the same time so darn eager to have officials involved in our urination? Despite major studies showing that suspicion-less drug testing... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:51:06 EST Recruiters: New tattoo rules make their jobs harder http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50298007/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50298169/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50308419/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50311578/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50283276/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50287940/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50273643/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50272402/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50301320/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50241816/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/50260055/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50251085/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50251144/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’ http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50211465/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50193651/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