Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Fri, 29 May 2015 18:34:38 EST 1800 Congress says, ‘War Powers? What War Powers?’ http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153765667/Congress-says-War-Powers-What-War-Powers A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation's ongoing war against Islamic militants. “The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is... Fri, 29 May 2015 09:00:52 EST Freedom http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153743722/Freedom Many men and women sacrificed their lives that we as Americans could have a great deal of freedom. Men and women today are still willing to guard against any one taking away the freedom we enjoy. Fri, 29 May 2015 09:00:57 EST House rejects bill to allow medical marijuana discussions http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153743430/House-rejects-bill-to-allow-medical-marijuana-discussions The House rejected a proposal April 30 to allow doctors at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals to discuss the use of medical marijuana with patients. Fri, 29 May 2015 09:00:55 EST Does crisis hotline meet needs of vets? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153716607/Does-crisis-hotline-meet-needs-of-vets Amid concerns that the Veterans Affairs Department's suicide hotline has left veterans stranded during high-volume call periods, a senator has asked VA to investigate the service to ensure it is meeting veterans' needs. Thu, 28 May 2015 10:50:51 EST Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is there to help http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153716343/Sexual-Trauma-Services-of-the-Midlands-is-there-to-help This week Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is recognized by Ginny Waller, executive director. She addresses the broad spectrum of sexual violence awareness. Thu, 28 May 2015 10:45:51 EST Bad-paper discharges impact on treatment http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153656958/Bad-paper-discharges-impact-on-treatment Veterans groups claim in Federal Court that the military is trying to keep a lid on “bad-paper discharges” it handed tens of thousands of service members who likely suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder before the medical community... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:05:53 EST Lots of news in Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153656890/Lots-of-news-in-Whitmire Hello everyone, local news and events to talk about after we do the birthdays texted in from Gottrocks the birthday fairy. Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:51 EST The GOP bucks Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153716759/The-GOP-bucks-Teddy-Roosevelts-legacy Republican lawmakers celebrated Tax Day by voting to repeal the estate tax. If they get their way, the multi-millionaires and billionaires who fund their election campaigns will reap a huge tax break.First, some myth busting. Wed, 27 May 2015 09:05:55 EST The high cost of low taxes http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153716809/The-high-cost-of-low-taxes Earlier this month, I arrived in San Diego following five days of driving across the country from Wisconsin. I pulled into my friend's driveway, brought my things inside, and went back to my car to park it on the street. Wed, 27 May 2015 09:05:54 EST The cutting edge of waste http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153691725/The-cutting-edge-of-waste Lots of folks in America today really need more money. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:15:54 EST Economic indicators show Newberry rebounding http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153656846/Economic-indicators-show-Newberry-rebounding The United States is showing signs of an economy attempting to rebound, which is a blessing in itself. Jobs have a way of healing many types of wounds. Here in our lovely state of South Carolina, Governor Haley and her aggressive team have been busy... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:55:53 EST 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