Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:50:39 EST 1800 Political sign vandals should be ashamed http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/150229687/Political-sign-vandals-should-be-ashamed On land once owned by my great-great-great-grandfather, for forty-five years I have lived in Pomaria in the serenity of mind that I was neighbored by decent christian people. Recently, however, in the campaign for the S.C. Legislature, a shocking... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:01:04 EST Pentagon continues to trim military pay http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150226066/Pentagon-continues-to-trim-military-pay Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Sept. 30 that the Pentagon will continue pressing to trim military pay, pensions and housing allowances despite rejections by Congress. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:31:04 EST Events of all kinds planned for Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150196560/Events-of-all-kinds-planned-for-Whitmire Seeing all of the fall decorations definitely put me in a brighter mood. Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy has some wishes, then it's on to local news and events.Birthdays Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:51:02 EST Doctors look toward legislators for new PTSD treatment http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150206385/Doctors-look-toward-legislators-for-new-PTSD-treatment For more than 30 years, Marine veteran Dan Gandee, 51, had trouble talking about the 1983 bombing of the U.S. military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, by the Islamic Jihad. The attack and killed 241 American servicemen, including 220 Marines. He was... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:01:04 EST Information about the Survivor Benefit Plan, veterans and spouses http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150182774/Information-about-the-Survivor-Benefit-Plan-veterans-and-spouses Spouses previously enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) can get service from any ID card office. Initial applications must be made through the parent service. The former spouse application for an ID card requires the... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:01:04 EST Jesus is worth bragging on http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150177783/Jesus-is-worth-bragging-on Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Yes, He is the Rose of Sharon, and The Lilly of the Valley. He is the Fairest of ten thousand. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:32:05 EST Finding ways to fix our roads, five years after the stimulus http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150146578/Finding-ways-to-fix-our-roads-five-years-after-the-stimulus You've probably heard much discussion lately about the condition of South Carolina's roads and bridges, and how to fund their repairs and maintenance. Policy-makers agree that the issue will be front and center when the legislature... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:31:02 EST Journey to Banzaicon — also known as Columbia http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150147130/Journey-to-Banzaicon--also-known-as-Columbia For those of you who know me, you know that I am into things like anime, Doctor Who, comic books and a lot of other things in that area. Well, for the first time since I joined The Newberry Observe, I attended Banzaicon this past weekend. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:20:04 EST Bringing industry to Newberry http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150163294/Bringing-industry-to-Newberry As we look toward election day, one of the important topics for Newberry to consider is the topic of job-creation. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:18:03 EST South Carolina Insurance News Service addresses weather, theft and insurance needs http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150151533/South-Carolina-Insurance-News-Service-addresses-weather-theft-and-insurance-needs This week Newberry NOTES features the South Carolina Insurance News Service. Executive Director Russ Dubisky has selected news and views in a variety of up-to-date topics. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:17:08 EST Military divorce and separation: pay and benefits issues http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150163486/Military-divorce-and-separation:-pay-and-benefits-issues Benefits for service members and veterans are administered by either the services or the VA. Because there are no VA benefits for former spouses, all potential benefits for former spouses come from the services. This article summarizes the major... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:16:08 EST Many events upcoming in Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150123206/Many-events-upcoming-in-Whitmire Hello everyone. We have some news from The Whitty to share with you. Gottrocks the birthday fairy has no data left on his plan so lets hope he will text in the birthday list next edition.Local news and events Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:23:01 EST Using reasonable logic when making decisions http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150123190/Using-reasonable-logic-when-making-decisions Who raised us and the lifestyle of the adults around us has a big influence on how we grow into adulthood. Take me, for instance. My father was a country preacher in the rolling hills of southeast Ohio. Now, my dad often prepared his sermons under a... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:19:00 EST Financial relief coming for veterans with toxic exposure http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150125514/Financial-relief-coming-for-veterans-with-toxic-exposure The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Sept. 23 it will soon start to cover out-of-pocket health care costs for Marine dependents who contracted cancer and other illnesses from toxic water at Camp Lejeune, as promised two years ago by... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:45:04 EST Release yourselves from technology! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150132505/Release-yourselves-from-technology I have a problem. It's been a problem for quite the amount of years now, and I feel that at the rate the world is moving, it will always be a problem for me and may continue to get worse. You guessed it — I am addicted to technology. In... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:42:00 EST Rick Martin is a man of integrity http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150126864/Rick-Martin-is-a-man-of-integrity I have known Rick Martin for a long time. For years, he has been figuring out ways to help and improve people's lives personally and through his business. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:41:02 EST Three types of marriages http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150097668/Three-types-of-marriages The dedicated union of adult couples is commonly called marriage. For as long as we all have lived we have had three kinds of legal marriage. Holy Matrimony, Common Law (after 7 years together) or Civil Law. Holy Matrimony for now mostly remains the... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:07:04 EST Great things upcoming in Newberry http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150109797/Great-things-upcoming-in-Newberry Great planning, hard work and perfect weather led to a very successful Oktoberfest Saturday with an estimated 18,000 people attending. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:07:02 EST Confession is good for the soul http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150095791/Confession-is-good-for-the-soul We have always heard that confession is good for the soul. That is so true. When we confess our sins to the Lord it is good for our soul. One of the most remarkable chapters in the Old Testament is Psalm 51. This Psalm contains the words of... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:06:02 EST Up to 80,000 veterans eligible for discharge upgrades http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150113317/Up-to-80000-veterans-eligible-for-discharge-upgrades The following is a continuation of Thomas Crisp's column from Oct. 7. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:04:04 EST