Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:17:41 EST 1800 Words of Encouragement http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50041973/Words-of-Encouragement Have we ever thought how influential the words we speak are? Do we know what kind of impact our speech can have on a person who desperately needs to hear an encouraging word? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA ID card, benefit, claim processing updates http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50041271/VA-ID-card-benefit-claim-processing-updates You should receive your VHIC within seven to 10 days after you request a VHIC card. Although VA strives to do all they can to ensure they enroll veterans in a timely manner, sometimes they are unable to either verify your military service or need... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Thanks and well wishes from one reporter to another http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50056867/Thanks-and-well-wishes-from-one-reporter-to-another I've never been one for change. Yes, I know it's a part of life, but that's just something that I always have a hard time dealing with and accepting, which is why February of this year sort of “rocked my world,” so to... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why are campus administrators making so much money? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/50046436/Why-are-campus-administrators-making-so-much-money Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators — unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST How do non-smokers smoke a half-pack a day? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/313745/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/314010/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/313868/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/323980/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/5324741/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! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5315682/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5306156/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5305802/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5285768/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5300903/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5305719/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5305078/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5287579/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? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5265178/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5272885/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 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/5272955/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