Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:04:04 EST 1800 Vet toxic exposure legislation update http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150934189/Vet-toxic-exposure-legislation-update Reps. Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Mike Honda (D-CA) have introduced the Toxic Exposure Research Act (H.R. 5484) that will, when enacted into law, establish a national center at a VA medical facility for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:33:02 EST Have faith in God http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150918325/Have-faith-in-God When we ask something of God, we should have enough faith to believe that He is ready, willing and able to help us through anything. We should always have a repenting heart and a good relationship with Jesus. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:35:03 EST It’s in the signs: time to reform funding for education http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150874403/Its-in-the-signs:-time-to-reform-funding-for-education In the noisy political post-gaming usual for an election year, focusing as always on partisan differences, the pundits have missed one quiet fact that speaks instead to the things that unite us: November was a very good month for South Carolina... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:36:03 EST These boots were made for waiting http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/150903749/These-boots-were-made-for-waiting Heads are finally rolling because of the Department of Veterans Affairs' assorted waitlist scandals. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:35:05 EST Holiday season means more caution on roads and at home http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150888385/Holiday-season-means-more-caution-on-roads-and-at-home Russ Dubisky, executive director of the S.C. Insurance News Service, has a variety of information about prevention of holiday season driving safety, cooking safety and how to protect your home this winter. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:14:02 EST Veteran pro bono legal assistance update http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150903332/Veteran-pro-bono-legal-assistance-update The National listing of Pro Bono Resources for Veterans is a legal directory of offices that will advise and assist veterans and their dependents in legal matters. The directory can be accessed at... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:01 EST America’s black eye, courtesy of Ferguson http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/150865139/Americas-black-eye-courtesy-of-Ferguson Nothing says you want justice like the looting of beauty supplies and merchandise from a dollar store. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:35:03 EST The grand jury http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150880386/The-grand-jury GLEN COVE, NY — The grand jury system is under widespread attack from people who do not appreciate its history and purpose. It is time to affirm that the grand jury is an important element of American liberty. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:50:03 EST New business opens in Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150865575/New-business-opens-in-Whitmire Hello everyone. Local news on the way after we send out our birthday wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy, who texted them in, of course. He is busy in flight making holiday deliveries. Lots of tablets and mobile devices on his list, including my... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:05:02 EST Luck is not a security policy http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150858069/Luck-is-not-a-security-policy This week we hope to see the beginning of the end. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:36:04 EST Cursive writing: should it stay or should it go? http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/150850854/Cursive-writing:-should-it-stay-or-should-it-go Forty-five states have accepted the adaptation of Common Core Standards for educating their children in the United States. While the system itself has raised debates on concerns of its effectiveness and implementation, there is one aspect of these... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:06 EST Stellate Ganglion Block treatment could help treat PTSD http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150853004/Stellate-Ganglion-Block-treatment-could-help-treat-PTSD A nearly century-old anesthesia technique is showing promise as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, relieving symptoms in 70 percent of combat veterans who received it once or more, according to a new review. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:49:01 EST If we ask God for His wisdom, He is willing to give it to us http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150835203/If-we-ask-God-for-His-wisdom-He-is-willing-to-give-it-to-us God wants us to be wise. He is the source of all wisdom.Once we become a Christian, His wisdom is available to guide, correct and help us through every problem and every need. All we have to do is ask. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:52:01 EST Technological lifestyles can impact our spines http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150852941/Technological-lifestyles-can-impact-our-spines The largest trending topic for text messaging is the number of automobile accidents associated with this distraction while driving. Texting has not only been proven to be abruptly dangerous, but it can also be damaging to your neck over a period of... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:31:03 EST Paying it forward during Christmas http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150818903/Paying-it-forward-during-Christmas When it comes to Christmas, I think it is fair to say that most people get excited. For some, the excitement comes from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, while for some it's being with family and friends. For others, it comes from giving... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:27:02 EST Vet service dogs update: VA moving to alter access policy http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150822148/Vet-service-dogs-update:-VA-moving-to-alter-access-policy In a proposed change to regulations, the Veterans Affairs Department plans to let service dogs into its facilities and medical centers as long as they are under the control of their handlers and the animal is trained to perform a task for a person... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:26:05 EST Organ donation — working together to save lives http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150804679/Organ-donation--working-together-to-save-lives 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 62 hospitals throughout the state. LifePoint also helps support and... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:26:03 EST Kudos for School Report Card rating http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/150766388/Kudos-for-School-Report-Card-rating Nestled in a summary of a School Board meeting a few weeks ago was a report that for the second consecutive year the School District of Newberry County received an Excellent Rating on the SDE School Report Card. This achievement is noteworthy not only... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:44:03 EST Take action now to help SC’s future http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150781114/Take-action-now-to-help-SCs-future One hears many stories from those who travel around the world regarding the terrible conditions related to the air we breathe. For instance, I was talking recently with a local industry leader who had traveled to China on a work related venture and as... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:09:01 EST Remember the reason for the season! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150793275/Remember-the-reason-for-the-season I'm a firm believer in waiting until Thanksgiving has officially come and passed me by before I get “in the holiday spirit.” While it's hard with Christmas celebrations sometimes occurring before Thanksgiving and when... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:51:03 EST