Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Sat, 23 May 2015 12:01:10 EST 1800 DoD’s position on NDAA proposals http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153631427/DoDs-position-on-NDAA-proposals The Pentagon for the first time has offered a detailed response to a slate of proposed military pay and benefits reforms, flatly rejecting the idea of overhauling the military health care system but giving a cautious green light to fundamentally... Sat, 23 May 2015 08:45:52 EST Memorial Day a unique national holiday http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153565630/Memorial-Day-a-unique-national-holiday “This day marks the beginning of summer, and what could be more fitting tribute to men and women who died in service to their country than the day that gives birth to a season filled with warmth of life.” Fri, 22 May 2015 14:55:52 EST Stripping bare the arguments against marriage equality http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153632046/Stripping-bare-the-arguments-against-marriage-equality What's the marriage equality debate really about?Proponents see it as a question of equality. There's no reason, they say, not to let loving, same-sex couples wed. Fri, 22 May 2015 08:30:57 EST The work of Christ http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153611861/The-work-of-Christ We have read in God's Word how He took Elijah up to be with Him as He did Enoch. Elijah knew he was about to be taken from this earth so he tried to get his servant, Elisha to stay in a town. Elisha refused respectfully. Finally Elisha was asked... Fri, 22 May 2015 08:30:54 EST A fossil-fueled fantasy http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153632024/A-fossil-fueled-fantasy Newfangled carbon-capture power plants supposedly burn coal without poisoning the planet. They don't. Fri, 22 May 2015 08:30:51 EST Can the president ignore the Supreme Court? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153579986/Can-the-president-ignore-the-Supreme-Court Ben Carson is the longest of long shots in the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination contest. A distinguished neurosurgeon, Carson captured the hearts of many conservatives with his comments at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, in... Thu, 21 May 2015 17:25:51 EST Everyday should be Mothers Day http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153521246/Everyday-should-be-Mothers-Day Last week, we celebrated Mothers Day, but I believe that we should live as if every day was Mothers Day. Sadly, I lost my mother years ago, and as I am allowed to get older, many of my most cherished memories are of her. Hopefully as you read about my... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:35:53 EST Landmark ruling of COA for vet claims http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153579626/Landmark-ruling-of-COA-for-vet-claims The Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has made a landmark ruling that will help many Navy and Coast Guard vets who have been classified as Blue Water Sailors. Wed, 20 May 2015 09:01:11 EST Could seniors be a boon for Newberry? http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/153565446/Could-seniors-be-a-boon-for-Newberry The American population is getting older. Folks from around the country are looking for a place for retirement, void of live in children and no school taxes. Wed, 20 May 2015 09:01:03 EST Virginia is for dirty-energy lovers http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153523273/Virginia-is-for-dirty-energy-lovers If you live in Virginia and would like to shrink your carbon footprint, here's what passes for good news: We're now officially free to ban fracking. For two years, Old Dominion communities weren't at liberty to prevent that kind of... Tue, 19 May 2015 14:35:51 EST Closing the door on torture http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153579967/Closing-the-door-on-torture After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest. Wed, 20 May 2015 09:01:04 EST Party in the Pines is coming up in Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153520512/Party-in-the-Pines-is-coming-up-in-Whitmire Hello everyone, lots of local news from “The Whitty” to share, but first it's the birthdays texted in by Gottrocks the birthday fairy. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:50:51 EST New website for toxic exposure at Ft. McClellan http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153495188/New-website-for-toxic-exposure-at-Ft.-McClellan The VA launched a Web page in response to years of activism by some veterans who believe that toxic exposure at Fort McClellan made them ill. The [VA] posted the page April 7, providing a comprehensive list of information, but carefully noting that... Sun, 17 May 2015 14:50:51 EST Revival http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153492587/Revival A revival is not something that just happens. A revival starts in the heart, but not just any heart. It's a heart seeking God. It is a heart that is totally surrendered unto God. Fri, 15 May 2015 10:31:00 EST The facts about being an organ donor http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153441896/The-facts-about-being-an-organ-donor LifePoint is the designated Organ Procurement Organization for organ recovery services in South Carolina. LifePoint actively procures organ, tissue and ocular donor services to over 60 hospitals throughout the state. LifePoint also helps support and... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:00:51 EST Eligibility determination for Veterans Choice Program changing http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153441759/Eligibility-determination-for-Veterans-Choice-Program-changing To expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a veteran's place of residence and the nearest... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:55:52 EST Add Korea to the Axis of Diplomacy http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/153495687/Add-Korea-to-the-Axis-of-Diplomacy The George W. Bush administration famously dubbed Iran, Iraq, and North Korea the “Axis of Evil.” Fri, 15 May 2015 10:30:59 EST The problem with electoral politics http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/153495677/The-problem-with-electoral-politics On April 29th, the US Supreme Court ruled that states could “prohibit judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting funds for their campaigns”, in the case of, in the case of Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. Much has been made of... Fri, 15 May 2015 10:30:58 EST Nonviolence for whom? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153408263/Nonviolence-for-whom Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. Wed, 13 May 2015 17:45:51 EST The things you learn from movies http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153444354/The-things-you-learn-from-movies About two weeks ago I went to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron with my friend Austin. We actually went on April 30 at 7 p.m. for the early showing. There were two things I discovered while I was there.First, I am now addicted to early showings and... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:10:54 EST