Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:21:10 EST 1800 USDA investments strengthen state economy http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50394386/USDA-investments-strengthen-state-economy Recently, I attended public forums in Hamlin and Wayne that were organized by USDA StrikeForce, an initiative aimed... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:03:09 EST Inmates play role in road patching, other work http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50394174/Inmates-play-role-in-road-patching-other-work When it comes to our roadways, rehabilitation is a term we often hear during the summer months. Long, harsh winters take quite a... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:25:10 EST September dove, goose and squirrel seasons approach http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50393705/September-dove-goose-and-squirrel-seasons-approach West Virginia's hunting season kickoff coincides with the Monday (September 1) Labor Day Holiday. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:35:03 EST Little Bob Cook was small in stature but a giant in the war http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50310899/Little-Bob-Cook-was-small-in-stature-but-a-giant-in-the-war Some names came up in a column some time back that were only paragraphs and so many words. As I wrote their names I began to recall more of the details about their lives. One of the favorites... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:31:04 EST Anti-drug strategy must include public health component http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50313493/Anti-drug-strategy-must-include-public-health-component Recently, I announced that West Virginia has been chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:18:03 EST Bucks sometimes battle to the death http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50312397/Bucks-sometimes-battle-to-the-death The two massive bucks were stone dead, lying head to head with their horns locked. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:45:04 EST Many Americans would fall into poverty without Social Security http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50234965/Many-Americans-would-fall-into-poverty-without-Social-Security Those who threaten to cut or privatize our workers' and seniors' Social Security need to know the... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:22:02 EST Coalfields counties tops for ginseng digging http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50234791/Coalfields-counties-tops-for-ginseng-digging Ginseng digging or sangin,' as it's called in these parts, is one of the richest of America's Appalachian... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:49:04 EST It’s time to bring accountability to cruise industry http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50156852/Its-time-to-bring-accountability-to-cruise-industry Imagine that you and your family are about to embark on a cruise vacation. Like millions of Americans, you've been looking... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:02:06 EST Protecting Medicare is a moral responsibility http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50156814/Protecting-Medicare-is-a-moral-responsibility Forty-nine years ago, in 1965, Medicare was created to provide health insurance coverage for American workers 65... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:51:05 EST Turning the pages: Things won’t be the same without Cook http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50156370/Turning-the-pages:-Things-wont-be-the-same-without-Cook He had become the face of Westside girls' basketball. As much as the head coach or the star players, Johnny Earl Cook was quick with a joke or a riddle you had heard a thousand times before... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:13:02 EST Extinction of passenger pigeon spurred conservation http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50158207/Extinction-of-passenger-pigeon-spurred-conservation It's the one-hundredth anniversary of the passenger pigeon's exit stage left from the face of the earth. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:01:08 EST Students take part in ‘outdoor lab’ http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50080873/Students-take-part-in-outdoor-lab Nothing like having a living laboratory right on campus! So it... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:10:03 EST Making education available to all is American ideal http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50080858/Making-education-available-to-all-is-American-ideal The notion that education should be available to all is a classically American ideal — one that George... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:07:02 EST Home remedies were big part of medical treatments of the past http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50086739/Home-remedies-were-big-part-of-medical-treatments-of-the-past Not long ago I was watching a television show that mentioned something about a snake oil salesmen. I have thought about it off and on since then and recalled what was probably the last days of the era of traveling medicine shows and patent... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:36:03 EST