Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION http://newberryobserver.com/section/OPINION Sun, 3 May 2015 22:18:48 EST 1800 New website for spouse of deceased veterans http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153209152/New-website-for-spouse-of-deceased-veterans The Department of Veteran Affairs has created a new internet website for surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died on active duty and for survivors and dependents of veterans who died after leaving the service. Sun, 3 May 2015 14:50:52 EST Jesus can calm our fears http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153183084/Jesus-can-calm-our-fears Jesus withdrew from the multitude to be alone. Back in the boat, His disciples were soon in a storm so violent that these fishermen felt the boat would capsize and all would drown. Sun, 3 May 2015 14:30:52 EST That whiff of hypocrisy http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153209518/That-whiff-of-hypocrisy Baseball has spring training, football's got its training camps. But for a political junkie like me, nothing compares with the opening of the presidential primary season. Sun, 3 May 2015 08:30:51 EST Money and politics: We need change now! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153209538/Money-and-politics:-We-need-change-now I've seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. Sat, 2 May 2015 08:10:52 EST Whitmire is in the news http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153099728/Whitmire-is-in-the-news Hello everyone. Local news coming up after we do our birthday wishes, texted in by Gottrocks the birthday fairy. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:45:51 EST Million miles of unfit pipeline http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153130318/Million-miles-of-unfit-pipeline Over the past seven years — while controversy raged over the Keystone XL pipeline — many newly approved oil pipelines were built, and old ones “repurposed” nationwide — with little public knowledge or opposition. Some... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:21:15 EST South Carolina’s Silver Haired Legislature http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153181934/South-Carolinas-Silver-Haired-Legislature The South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature is a unicameral body with representatives from the counties of the state and was created in 1999 by the South Carolina General Assembly and signed into law by Governor James H. Hodges. There are 10 Area... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:21:05 EST DNA samples needed for MIA identifications http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153182201/DNA-samples-needed-for-MIA-identifications There are 83,000 missing and unaccounted for Americans from World War II forward, yet many families of the missing have yet to provide a family reference sample to assist in DNA identifications. Currently, 89 percent of Korean War families have... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:21:04 EST End the student loan industrial complex http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153130329/End-the-student-loan-industrial-complex On April 15, the Department of Education stated it is “working on a process to help federal student loan borrowers submit a defense to repayment of their federal student loans.” The statement came with a press release announcing that the... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:35:51 EST The divestment dividend http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153174532/The-divestment-dividend As Earth Day approached, fossil-fuel divestment actions rattled college campuses large and small. Targets ranged from Harvard University's $36 billion endowment to the University of Mary Washington's $46 million nest... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:21:01 EST End the student loan industrial complex http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153174484/End-the-student-loan-industrial-complex On April 15, the Department of Education stated it is “working on a process to help federal student loan borrowers submit a defense to repayment of their federal student loans.” The statement came with a press release announcing that the... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:20:58 EST Update on several veteran-related bills http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153123873/Update-on-several-veteran-related-bills Federal employees who break the law or aren't in good standing with their agency would be prohibited from receiving bonuses under a new bipartisan Senate bill. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:15:52 EST Ten things every veteran should know http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153049559/Ten-things-every-veteran-should-know The Vantage Point blog at the Department of Veterans Affairs website has some very useful information that most veterans should be aware of. They report: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:25:51 EST God is good http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153068716/God-is-good Three little words. God is good, because He reveals His goodness to us in so many ways. When we meditate on His goodness, we can see how He has provided what we need. We have food to eat and a good place to sleep. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:30:51 EST We need someone new http://newberryobserver.com/news/letters/153097267/We-need-someone-new Last year the Mega Site I-26 and exit 76 was reintroduced as the only site of this size certified and approved in South Carolina for a large auto manufacturing plant. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:20:52 EST ‘Libertarians’ for ethnic cleansing http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153097227/Libertarians-for-ethnic-cleansing Usually when right-libertarians defend gentrification, they do so by framing it as an entirely spontaneous free market phenomenon, and minimizing or ignoring the state's role in promoting it. That's bad enough. But we don't usually... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:05:53 EST A dangerous and unnecessary game http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153097203/A-dangerous-and-unnecessary-game Supporters of a national constitutional convention, as provided for in Article V of the US Constitution, have gained the support of 27 state legislatures for the idea. They need 34. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:40:53 EST Sen. Ronnie Cromer reviews 2015 legislative session http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/153049297/Sen.-Ronnie-Cromer-reviews-2015-legislative-session Sen. Ronnie Cromer serves the residents of Senate District 18, representing Newberry, Lexington and Union counties. Cromer serves as the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. In addition, he also serves as subcommittee chairman for the Senate... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:15:52 EST The road to ruin http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153044277/The-road-to-ruin That harsh whine you hear in the background — like a buzzsaw getting ready for a log to come down the chute — is the vast right-wing conspiracy revving its engines. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:55:52 EST Whitmire veteran’s event is May 16 http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/152966115/Whitmire-veterans-event-is-May-16 Hello everybody, as I sit and type this edition it is raining cats and dogs here in The Whitty. Or as the old folks used to say “It's raining in good fashion.” Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:50:51 EST