Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:38:54 EST 1800 It’s time to take a hike http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152632606/Its-time-to-take-a-hike As the days get longer, and daylight savings time has begun, it is time to get out and take a hike. Whether you are a bird watcher, die hard hunter scouting new locations for the coming fall, or just have a touch of cabin fever, get out and enjoy the... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:30:33 EST Turning the pages: Watching the Kentucky Side grow http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152631922/Turning-the-pages:-Watching-the-Kentucky-Side-grow Due to a lot of circumstances, like no transportation and no good places to dance, the location of our house and the age of our sister Audra, we often had many of her friends at our house at night. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:20:31 EST Walking was favorite way to travel http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152501061/Walking-was-favorite-way-to-travel Some time ago I stood on my deck and saw Barbara walking our dog Casey on the Palisades Park playground. It was a reminder that I don't walk much anymore. At least not like we used to walk. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:30:32 EST Sportsmen, let your voice be heard http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152499513/Sportsmen-let-your-voice-be-heard Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:15:33 EST Recent weather dangerous for southern coal fields http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152374400/Recent-weather-dangerous-for-southern-coal-fields Before I get to talking about any legislation or any actions being taken here in Charleston during the 82nd West Virginia Legislature's 2015 I want to take a moment to express my concern for this recent flooding and winter... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:55:32 EST It’s been a rough winter http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152374210/Its-been-a-rough-winter With winter storms barely behind us, the memory of double digit snowfall and subzero temperatures still make us shiver. Just imagine on those coldest of nights, all you had were a fur coat and a bed of... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:30:33 EST Congressman: ‘Serious concerns’ with proposed budget http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152374005/Congressman:-Serious-concerns-with-proposed-budget President Obama's budget submission to Congress in February kicked off the debate on Capitol Hill on funding the federal government for the next fiscal year. Rest assured, I will work for the priorities of the Third Congressional... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:15:31 EST Turning the pages: Looking back at 1944 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152372076/Turning-the-pages:-Looking-back-at-1944 1944 was the last full year of World War II. Although Every week the Independent Herald had news of our boys fighting all over the world. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:55:31 EST Delegate: Disappointed in GOP education reforms http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152244754/Delegate:-Disappointed-in-GOP-education-reforms Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:30:32 EST Turning the pages: Paper sold to businessmen in 1964 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152244556/Turning-the-pages:-Paper-sold-to-businessmen-in-1964 Back in 1964 among the classifieds was an ad that said, Wanted: Muskrats $2.50, Mink, $12.00, Ginseng, $23.00 a pound. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:15:32 EST Delegate excited about coal jobs coming to county http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152118229/Delegate-excited-about-coal-jobs-coming-to-county I was ecstatic to hear this week that Jim Justice repurchased the Bluestone Coal Corporation that he sold to a Russian mining conglomerate in 2009. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:15:33 EST Policeman caught ‘Headless Horsemen’ red-handed http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/152118096/Policeman-caught-Headless-Horsemen-red-handed Some time back I received a letter from a lady in Texas who said she had just read a column I had written about law enforcement officers whpo were a part of our growing up years. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:10:31 EST Alternate certification wrong approach to education reform http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151995394/Alternate-certification-wrong-approach-to-education-reform   Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:00:32 EST Good neighbor policy http://independentherald.com/news/editorial/151993181/Good-neighbor-policy Historically, the Good Neighbor Policy was implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s and 1940s to improve relations with Latin American countries. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:50:33 EST Keeping our promises to our veterans http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151872130/Keeping-our-promises-to-our-veterans West Virginia has a proud tradition of sending brave men and women to serve in the armed forces. Nearly 10 percent of West Virginians have served, one of the highest percentages in the country. Our nation has always been able to... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:25:31 EST At the Legislature http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151868068/At-the-Legislature Del. Linda Goode Phillips (front) poses with Oceana Middle School students, from left: Chandler Harvey, Jaiden Cline and Kelsey Christian. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:05:31 EST Turning the pages: Skin Fork school held community together http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151744088/Turning-the-pages:-Skin-Fork-school-held-community-together I don't have occasion to drive through Skin Fork much anymore. There were times when I was there almost every day. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:30:32 EST Tackling substance abuse in the Mountain State http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151737622/Tackling-substance-abuse-in-the-Mountain-State Substance abuse is a heartbreaking problem facing families across West Virginia each and every day. With the help of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, we've taken bold action to stop the production of meth and increase... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:25:33 EST Bill will make mental health care available to veterans http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151737596/Bill-will-make-mental-health-care-available-to-veterans As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and as a proud defender of West Virginia's nearly 168,000 brave veterans, I am so pleased that this week Congress passed critical veteran health care legislation –... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:20:32 EST Pay raises needed for teachers and school personnel http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/151737526/Pay-raises-needed-for-teachers-and-school-personnel Throughout my time in the Legislature I have always advocated for competitive pay for our state's teachers. I firmly believe that the first step to improving our state's public education system is to pay teachers a salary comparable to... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:15:31 EST