Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:39:52 EST 1800 God is bigger than any trial we might face http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152554749/God-is-bigger-than-any-trial-we-might-face God is bigger than any trial, any problem, or any thing we have to go through. We face trials that we can not handle and we need help. We turn to God for help. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:25:51 EST Medicare reimbursement rates to be cut http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152581849/Medicare-reimbursement-rates-to-be-cut The Army said March 3 it has denied more than 100 claims seeking millions of dollars in compensation for cancer deaths and other illnesses allegedly caused by chemicals buried or tested decades ago at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The denials... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:10:51 EST It’s not about religious freedom. It’s about freedom. http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152581652/Its-not-about-religious-freedom.-Its-about-freedom. There is no right to enslave others. In this day and age, that claim should be non-controversial. But apparently some people just haven't got the memo. It's called the 13th Amendment and it was ratified 150 years ago this coming... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:10:52 EST A five year road to here and now http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152563787/A-five-year-road-to-here-and-now Five years. In the grand scheme of life, five years is not a lot of time when we are expected to live 80 years. But a lot of things can happen in a five-year span — college graduation, a wedding, the very first day of school, birth of a child,... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:10:51 EST VA vet choice program: Only 1 in 5 offered option http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152531095/VA-vet-choice-program:-Only-1-in-5-offered-option Only one in five veterans eligible for the Choice Card were offered the option to get private care outside the Veterans Affairs Department, according to a report released March 3 by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:10:53 EST Betting the farm on a lie http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152527716/Betting-the-farm-on-a-lie Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:50:51 EST Current county government issues http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152510035/Current-county-government-issues Wayne Adams, Newberry County Administrator, brings readers up to date on current county government activities. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:51 EST On ‘Real Women’ http://newberryobserver.com/news/editorial/152527704/On-Real-Women I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that's what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:40:53 EST Alliances are good! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152455575/Alliances-are-good Recently, you may have received an invitation, or possibly you noticed an article in the local “Observer,” inviting you to attend a press conference at the newly renovated Piedmont Technical College where attendees were treated to the... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:15:51 EST Two events in Whitmire this weekend http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152490055/Two-events-in-Whitmire-this-weekend Hello everyone, local news to talk about after we do our birthdays, texted in from the ever busy Gottrocks the birthday fairy. He flew in with one wing still in the fire, from his St. Patrick's Day cavorting in Five Points and Savannah. He does... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:30:51 EST Lawmakers ask for investigation http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152490234/Lawmakers-ask-for-investigation A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is asking for an investigation into the Veterans Affairs Department's outreach efforts to female veterans, calling the issue critical to the future of the agency. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:00:52 EST Pray without ceasing http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152410213/Pray-without-ceasing “The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17It seems unlikely that we should be on our knees 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:25:52 EST Senators keeping us free from dictatorship http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/152427682/Senators-keeping-us-free-from-dictatorship Thank you Senator Cotton for your courage in making clear important points of our constitutional system to leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Senator Cotton's letter, signed by a good number of Senators, is an important statement of how... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:55:51 EST Fair trade is a racial justice issue http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152490298/Fair-trade-is-a-racial-justice-issue The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:50:52 EST Edison’s bright idea http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/152490307/Edisons-bright-idea It dawned on Thomas Edison that sunshine could drive both his inventions and his friend Henry Ford's horseless carriages. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:50:51 EST Understanding age-related memory loss http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152389246/Understanding-age-related-memory-loss Are you experiencing normal memory loss — or dementia? “As we get older, the processing speed of our brain slows down, so we can't recall information as quickly as we used to,” explains Dr. Gad Marshall, assistant professor of... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:45:51 EST Surveillance, body cams and … Aretha Franklin http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152426678/Surveillance-body-cams-and--Aretha-Franklin Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they records is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:00:52 EST Building a stronger democracy through government transparency http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152426615/Building-a-stronger-democracy-through-government-transparency Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate one of our nation's most basic values, the public's “right to know.” Our very democracy is built on the idea that our government should not operate in secret. James Madison, a staunch... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:55:51 EST New pitch for Pentagon planners http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152449852/New-pitch-for-Pentagon-planners Officials estimate that the military's U.S. footprint is at least 25 percent bigger than it needs to be, given the force's shrinking personnel levels. Trimming infrastructure by just 5 percent, they say, could save about $2 billion... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:06:14 EST DoD wants more report background data http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152407313/DoD-wants-more-report-background-data Pentagon officials are raising questions about the conclusions reached by a blue-ribbon commission and its proposal to overhaul the military retirement and health care systems, a top defense official said. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:55:51 EST