Newberry Observer- RSS opinion Feed http://newberryobserver.com/section/opinion http://newberryobserver.com/section/opinion Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:03:38 EST 1800 The deception of Obamacare http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150639035/The-deception-of-Obamacare For those of us opposed to the concept of nationalized health care, learning the shameful way that Obamacare was forced on us was like pouring salt in an open wound. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:11:01 EST Not everyone in Europe recalls the collapse of the Berlin Wall fondly http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150639040/Not-everyone-in-Europe-recalls-the-collapse-of-the-Berlin-Wall-fondly It was November 9, 1989. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:02:02 EST Don’t forget about Whitmire’s Christmas tree lighting! http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150628154/Dont-forget-about-Whitmires-Christmas-tree-lighting Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. Local news from “The Whitty”on the way after we do our birthday wishes.Birthdays Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:50:04 EST You can have the real thing http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150598431/You-can-have-the-real-thing The most important thing to know is that you are saved and going to be in heaven with Jesus when this life is over. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:56:02 EST VA means test update: Net worth no longer a factor http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150612457/VA-means-test-update:-Net-worth-no-longer-a-factor To align VA's healthcare program with the financial assessment requirements for other federal healthcare programs, the SECVA has approved a process change to cease collection of veterans' net worth information for purposes of means testing... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:49:01 EST Enjoy your ‘seasons’ while you have the chance http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150613565/Enjoy-your-seasons-while-you-have-the-chance I've said this many times: I'm a planner. Perhaps this is to remind myself I need to be more laid back when it comes to certain aspects of life, but maybe I should just embrace the fact that I like to plan out everything; and in those rare... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:49:02 EST COLA 2015 update: 1.7 percent increase announced http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150540721/COLA-2015-update:-1.7-percent-increase-announced Federal retirees will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in January 2015, according to new figures released Oct. 22. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers went up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:38:05 EST But who will build the roads? http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150567071/But-who-will-build-the-roads China just announced a regional infrastructure plan to promote the integration of Asian markets under Chinese leadership — sparking predictably hypocritical outrage from the United States (“China's Pouring $40 Billion Into a New... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:25:01 EST What makes a strong lobbyist http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150567190/What-makes-a-strong-lobbyist Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it's lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:37:04 EST DOD study could help reduce military suicides http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150581357/DOD-study-could-help-reduce-military-suicides War was the leading cause of death in the military nearly every year between 2004 and 2011 until suicides became the top means of dying for troops in 2012 and 2013, according to a bar chart published this week in a monthly Pentagon medical statistical... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:03:01 EST SC State Housing ready to help first time home buyers http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150563811/SC-State-Housing-ready-to-help-first-time-home-buyers South Carolina State Housing will be the Newberry NOTES subject this week during an interview with Clayton Ingram, director of Marketing and Communication. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:53:03 EST Get ready for a Newberry-style Christmas http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150552358/Get-ready-for-a-Newberry-style-Christmas There are many who fondly remember growing up in Newberry and over the years, all the pretty Christmas trees on the square. Most people will tell you that the recent years have seen improved and lovelier decorations on the... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:10:02 EST Christmas festivities upcoming in Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150540550/Christmas-festivities-upcoming-in-Whitmire Hello everyone. Whew! Just turned around, and boom here is Thanksgiving two weeks away. Are you ready? We have some local events to talk about, after we post Gottrocks the Birthday Fairy's wishes.Birthdays Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:53:02 EST Following the election drubbing, we have to stand up and fight http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150529903/Following-the-election-drubbing-we-have-to-stand-up-and-fight Debacle. Bloodbath. Drubbing. Call it what you will. For Democrats, this was an ugly Election Day. But there's no mandate for right-wing policies in its aftermath. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:28:06 EST Lackluster Democratic campaigns gave the GOP its edge http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150555302/Lackluster-Democratic-campaigns-gave-the-GOP-its-edge When she heard that the GOP had nailed a Senate majority, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska grabbed a chair, lifted it over her head and shouted “I'm the chair, maaaaaaan!” Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:00 EST Tricare Diabetes Coverage: Supplies And Equipment http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150531059/Tricare-Diabetes-Coverage:-Supplies-And-Equipment November is National Diabetes Month, so it is a good time for a reminder about TRICARE coverage of diabetes supplies and equipment. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, a condition that causes blood sugar levels to... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:53:03 EST Using our gifts and talents http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150512866/Using-our-gifts-and-talents Each of us has been given special talents that God wants us to use for His work. Talents are used in different ways. A person can be a witness in the place they work. A teacher has a way of helping the children they teach. A Doctor tries to help his... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:42:02 EST Stuck between a television network and a satellite provider http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/150482388/Stuck-between-a-television-network-and-a-satellite-provider I am a fan of this post-apocalyptic television show that comes on Sunday nights and I also use a satellite provider for my television. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:58:02 EST Lots of holiday events planned for Whitmire http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion_columns/150464630/Lots-of-holiday-events-planned-for-Whitmire Hello everyone, our first cold snap as the older folks say, happened a few days ago. Were you and your plants and animals ready for the cold air? A surprising thing — 50 percent of our spring and summer flowers and plants survived. Like most... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:53:02 EST Meanwhile, down at the nuclear power plant, something’s going wrong http://newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/150465152/Meanwhile-down-at-the-nuclear-power-plant-somethings-going-wrong Weakening radiation standards, a cap on accident liability, reactor propaganda vs improvements, old units running past expiration dates, revving the engines beyond design specs …. You'd think we were itching for a meltdown. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:23:02 EST