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America’s Peace Ship

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.Probably the first of these maritime vessels was the notorious Ford Peace Ship of 1915, which stirred up more ridicule than peace during World War I.

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South Carolina’s encouraging economic news

When the unemployment rate is down, politicians swoop in to take credit.When joblessness is up, there’s blame and finger-pointing.It’s up to the voters to sort through the rhetoric. And most would probably agree that no politician deserves as much credit as they’d like — or as much blame as their detractors would heap on them – for any uptick or downturn in the economy.But while economic news can often be distorted by politics, wh...

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Income reporting, medical coverage for veterans

To qualify for Medicare, it involves how long you have worked and paid Social Security and Medicare taxes from your payroll check. One has to work only 10 years or 40 quarters to qualify for Medicare Part A at no cost. You have to enroll in Part B which has a premium of $104.90/monthly for 2014 this year. Being a Veteran and using a VA facility does not disqualify anyone from enrolling in and using Medicare. In fact, VA encourages Veterans to enroll in Part B, the medical/doctor part of Medic...

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Easter — The name of Jesus

My words are written in honor and memory of Joan O’Dell, beloved friend, a Newberry legendary analyst and spiritual leader. She has passed on to an angelic, revered world, but her words spoken over decades were heard in churches, radio, conventions and assemblies and will be remembered.This week, the emphasis will focus on Joan’s past spiritual script: The Name of Jesus, special Bible verses and discussions in recognition of God’s greatest gift, His Son, Jesus.

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Be sure to take in the beauty of changing downtown

Are you intrigued by beauty? Do you appreciate the work put in by others who simply refuse to accept the norm, always going that extra mile to bring out perfection? Do you take the time to reach out, if only by telephone, and congratulate someone for making something better? Do you actually slow down from your hectic schedule and look at the beauty surrounding you?Then you simply must visit downtown Newberry this spring! We are experiencing a wonderful change. At times it is easy f...

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‘Blooms for Mom’ event coming up in Whitmire

Hello everyone. The weather finally looks like spring has arrived, so that means yard work. So let’s do our birthday wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy, and then it’s out to the yard.BirthdaysHappy birthday to Barry Gilliam, Alex Collins, Linda Keller, Reagan Green, Tommy Shields, Heather Hawkins, Sandy Wicker, Joyce Guinn, Beth M. Bozard, Richard Hurst, David Claytor, Evonne Prather, Wayne Langston, Dickert “D” Lominick Jr....

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Retirement updates, negative reaction to change proposal

The Pentagon’s new proposal for reforming military retirement is drawing sharply negative reactions from today’s career-minded service members, according to a recent survey of Military Times active-duty readers. By a margin of more than two to one, active-duty troops said they oppose the Defense Department’s proposal that would scale back the size of the lifetime monthly retirement payments promised to troops who serve 20 years or more.

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Budgets as moral documents, nuclear weapons and the fate of life

April 15th, Tax Day, our nation funds our national budget. On this day we fund the nation’s business and provide a proclamation to the world of the U.S. priorities for the next year. Ultimately, because they reveal our choices, budgets are moral documents and are supposed to represent the people’s priorities.What are those priorities? Surveys show them to be education, economic security, environmental protection, healthcare, climate change, peace and security. With so m...

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Birthright appears several times in the Bible

The term birthright appears several times in the Bible. The word refers to the inheritance rights of the firstborn son in a Hebrew family in the Old Testament times.The property of a father was normally divided among his sons at his death. But a larger amount, usually a double portion, went to the oldest son, who assumed the care of his mother and unmarried sisters.The birthright could be forfeited by behavior that was offensive to the father or opposed to God’s wi...

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Stranded couple thanks local businesses for help

On March 28, we were traveling from Florida to Indiana, when our truck quit on I-26. We got onto the shoulder with our truck (pulling a trailer with trike) as it began to rain. We started calling our road service, which could not locate anyone who would take both the truck and trailer.After an hour, a SC Trooper came to our aid and called Livingston Towing. John and fiance’ Sherry were the first to come to our aid. They got our truck, trailer, and us safely to Newberry for a ...

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Campaign finance reform is small change

Here we go again: The US Supreme Court has relaxed some political contribution limits. Cue the hype.Last year, 2013, was the first year of the 2014 campaign cycle.Question #1: How much did federal elected officials spend on their 2014 campaigns last year?Answer: At least $3.45 trillion — a little over $6.4 billion for each US Senator and US Representative and for the two elected executive branch officials, the president and vice-president.Yes,...

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How not to respond to charges of hyprocrisy

More than a decade ago, neoconservative bloggers coined the term “Fisking” for the polemical device (originally demonstrated against left-leaning journalist Robert Fisk) of taking apart a commentary, sentence by sentence, analytically ripping each part to shreds. Although the neocon positions in this debate range from misguided to repugnant, the technique itself is a good one. And President Obama’s recent remarks on the Crimean crisis, in his March 26 address to European you...

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Instilling patriotism in today’s youth

It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.Young people still love America and understand the importance of serving a cause greater than themselves. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that love of country and patriotic values aren’t instilled in young people today the way they were years ago.In my old-fashioned view of things, one reason for this is because the abu...

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Tricare program hearing updates for veterans

Military advocacy groups appear divided over a Pentagon proposal to consolidate Tricare health programs, but all agree that active-duty families should not have to pay higher medical costs just because they don’t live near a military hospital.In a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel panel March 26, representatives from four military service organizations addressed the Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal to roll Tricare Prime...

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State’s DUI enforcement officers recognized for work

The S.C. Department of Public Safety recognized law enforcement officers April 2 for their efforts in 2013 to enforce the state’s DUI laws and remove impaired drivers from South Carolina roadways. The annual meeting was held at Seawalls in Columbia.SCDPS presented awards to officers and agencies in several categories and held drawings for agencies to win equipment and vehicles during the ninth annual DUI I Enforcement Recognition and 2013 Law Enforcement DUI Challenge Ceremon...

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The outpouring of the spirit

In the passage before us (Acts 2:1-13), we have...

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