Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:34:20 EST 1800 Whitmire hosting Halloween carnival Oct. 25 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50697696/Whitmire-hosting-Halloween-carnival-Oct.-25 Hello everyone, local news on the way after birthdays and weather commentary. Well, how did you all like the fall like temperatures last weekend? It felt more like homecoming weekend weather for Whitmire students and footballers. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:13:01 EST Is the foreign-policy elite clueless? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50709378/Is-the-foreign-policy-elite-clueless The American foreign-policy elite seems to have no idea what it's doing. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:49:03 EST October will usher in fall and fun http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50712396/October-will-usher-in-fall-and-fun Have you noticed the leaves are starting to turn colors and many are dropping from their branches? And how about this cooler weather we are experiencing. Quite nice, huh? Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:49:02 EST Veterans with ALS can now get housing benefits http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50672267/Veterans-with-ALS-can-now-get-housing-benefits Veterans and active-duty service members who suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease will have immediate access to a government-funded housing program under new rules from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:37:01 EST Hugo was defining moment for our state http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50671492/Hugo-was-defining-moment-for-our-state It's been a quarter century since South Carolina felt the wrath of Hurricane Hugo, but it remains a defining moment for our state. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:51:03 EST Knowing God through His word http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50670095/Knowing-God-through-His-word Knowing that God exists is not the same as knowing God personally. To know God personally is to be saved and have eternal life. We should rejoice, knowing God has made a way for us to know Him. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:15:05 EST Drone strikes are acts of terrorism http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50673984/Drone-strikes-are-acts-of-terrorism National Public Radio (NPR) led its “Week in Politics” program of September 12 off with analysis of US president Barack Obama's address to the nation on the Islamic State. Various journalists and talking heads discussed the... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:23:04 EST Updates from Newberry County Council http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50639152/Updates-from-Newberry-County-Council Wayne Adams, Newberry County Administrator, will bring us up to date on county government, County Council issues and current matters occurring in Newberry County. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:33:04 EST Help is available for veterans in crisis http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50655859/Help-is-available-for-veterans-in-crisis More than 8,000 veterans per year take their own lives. On average, that's 667 per month, 154 per week, 22 per day, or one Veteran every 65 minutes. A lesser-known statistic is that more than half of these veterans are 50 years or older. In the... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:29:02 EST Give a shout out for local heroes http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/50650830/Give-a-shout-out-for-local-heroes As I watched the flames grow larger, I couldn't help but turn to the crowd around me to gauge its reaction. I was in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College for the city fire department's Kids Fun Day a few weeks ago. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:17:02 EST Hugo inspired us to remember historic storm http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/50636368/Hugo-inspired-us-to-remember-historic-storm This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, a storm that devastated South Carolina. I was not one of the many South Carolinians that experienced the storm. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:14:05 EST Fall events planned in Newberry http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50619904/Fall-events-planned-in-Newberry With fall quickly approaching, we are seeing a flurry of activity around the county. This past weekend, folks were able to attend the Newberry Ag Expo at the fairgrounds, take part in the South Carolina Elvis Festival, and attend the open house at... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:03 EST Build it and bikes will come http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50631003/Build-it-and-bikes-will-come Did you see the baseball movie Field of Dreams? Even if you didn't, you've probably heard the phrase “If you build it, they will come” — which it immortalized. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:05 EST McLeod is a man of his word http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50619999/McLeod-is-a-man-of-his-word It is my honor and privilege to support Representative Walt McLeod. With pride and respect, I have watched Walt McLeod work tirelessly for our district. If he is made aware of a worthwhile need in our community, no one tops his efforts to support the... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:01:05 EST Halloween carnival date announced http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50619179/Halloween-carnival-date-announced Hello everyone, local news on the way, after we send our birthday and anniversary wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy. He loves the cooler nights' weather, and so do I.Birthdays, anniversaries Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:09 EST VA appointments updates for veterans http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50619394/VA-appointments-updates-for-veterans The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Aug. 25 plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:08 EST VA claim numbers up 55 percent since 2000 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50592434/VA-claim-numbers-up-55-percent-since-2000 America's population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:43:01 EST Depend on God to be faithful http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50586609/Depend-on-God-to-be-faithful As we go through life, we realize that God is faithful. We can trust His precious Word and His promises are forever.“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:24:07 EST Obama follows Bush’s Iraq playbook http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50601473/Obama-follows-Bushs-Iraq-playbook U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the “criminal gang” masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:24:08 EST Mindlessly flexing military might defies reason http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/50601477/Mindlessly-flexing-military-might-defies-reason The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:24:07 EST