Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:05:15 EST 1800 State honors veterans with recognition tree This week, West Virginians throughout the Mountain State joined Americans across the country and around the world to recognize our nation's veterans and honor those men and women who have answered the call to serve their country. I encourage all... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:11:04 EST Get covered under Affordable Care Act Imagine your child has asthma or severe allergies. One day, your health insurer informs you that they will no longer cover your child under your plan because they have a preexisting condition. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:13:09 EST Deer camp tradition spans generations Editorial note: This true story was relayed by a local coal miner just prior to last year's gun deer season. Without mentioning names, we bet the account rings true to some extent for many deer camp memories all over the Coalfields.)... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:27:01 EST It’s Military Family Appreciation Month As the holiday season quickly approaches, many of us across the country and throughout the Mountain State shift our thoughts to the traditions we will share in the coming weeks - cherished moments with family, friends and those we love most. Whether... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:08:03 EST Moderate gun buck forecast for 2014 What's the story for this year's ever important, traditional two-week gun buck or “rifle” deer season, as it's widely known? You know the one that opens as always the Monday of Thanksgiving week (Nov. 24). And what a... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:03:03 EST DNR to seek public input on elk restoration At its regular quarterly meeting held Sunday at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, the Natural Resources Commission unanimously passed a motion for public input on elk restoration. This was as a matter of new business. Regular business was rather... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:23:02 EST Wooly worms, squirrels predict winter weather It's that time of year again where everyone is talking about the coming winter months.Last year was a tough winter as we experienced frigid temperatures and several measurable snowfalls. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:47:04 EST Protecting Head Start important for children As I visit Head Start facilities across our region, I meet so many caring educators and parents who work hard to positively influence our children and prepare them for... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:44:05 EST Letter to the Editor This day and age it is so easy for people to be consumed by an electronic device or social media. We often forget our place and the people around us. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:32:05 EST Looking at local news 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. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:43:05 EST Fond memories of all and Dad As I was walking my dog Petey this past weekend and noticing a few leaves that had already fallen due to our early Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:25:07 EST Fall a good time to make memories in the Mountain State Greeting us with brilliant red, yellow and orange foliage, a breath of crisp cool air and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, the autumn season calls us to linger outside a little longer and enjoy the natural beauty of the Mountain State. Whether... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:17:04 EST World War II impacted all aspects of local life Some folks expressed interest in the events of the early war years as they pertained to the way the people of the county lived with the ominous clouds of the terrible conflict hovering over almost every aspect of their lives. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:21:05 EST Fall forests warm spirits and homes Our State has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources, and certainly one of the richest has been our wealth of forests, which has not only enriched our scenic wonders, but has provided a livelihood to generations of hard working West... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:11:03 EST Preventing forest fires: Keeping our state safe We often hear stories on the evening news and read articles in national newspapers about areas of our country that have experienced devastation caused by wildfires. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:07:06 EST Special youth deer hunt slated Saturday If the special youth deer hunt seems too good to be true. That's probably because it is. That being the case, you don't want to be left out of this year's first split of youth deer season come Saturday, October 18. Though the... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:54:04 EST Colleges get funds for Heroes for Hire program Recently, I announced more than $9 million in Federal funding for a consortium of West Virginia colleges –... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:20:04 EST It’s time for fall turkey and trout The fall flurry is upon us. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:59:05 EST Rabies was a big concern in 1940 One of the front page stories in a 1940 issue of the Independent Herald told readers that members of four families were given the Pasteur treatment after being bitten by a rabid dog. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:08:06 EST BOE making safety a first priority The Wyoming County Board of Education has been upping its game when it comes to security and safety. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:56:03 EST