Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:56:35 EST 1800 World War II impacted all aspects of local life http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150140771/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150140345/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150140313/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150140233/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150057623/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150057587/Its-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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150057443/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 http://independentherald.com/news/editorial/150060856/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 Thank you to the Piqua community http://independentherald.com/news/letters/150034753/Thank-you-to-the-Piqua-community To the Editor: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 00:57:03 EST Encourage young people to plan for the future http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50795629/Encourage-young-people-to-plan-for-the-future This week, I had the opportunity to join students from Wayne High School and Robert C. Byrd High School to talk about West Virginia's bright future and the number of exciting opportunities that await them in the Mountain State. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:02:07 EST Exciting things are happening in Southern West Virginia http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50794612/Exciting-things-are-happening-in-Southern-West-Virginia By Rep. Nick Rahall Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:19:03 EST Nuttier times bode well for wildlife http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50794119/Nuttier-times-bode-well-for-wildlife An above average acorn crop is a complete turnabout from last year's bust. What's more, the wildlife treasured acorns of the white oak are leading the way. In tandem with a statewide bounteous production of the equally favored, albeit... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:36:07 EST Remembering two of the town’s treasures http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50713566/Remembering-two-of-the-towns-treasures A few years ago I was driving through East Pineville and I saw Edith Shields, as I had a thousand times, sitting on her front porch. So I stopped for a visit. And I'm glad that I did. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:23:04 EST Letter to the Editor http://independentherald.com/news/letters/50713465/Letter-to-the-Editor Thank a VetThere is often a topic we do not speak of but are very aware of and that's veterans. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:03:08 EST We need a full debate on Iraq and Syria http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50712752/We-need-a-full-debate-on-Iraq-and-Syria There's no doubt that Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria are a threat to U.S. citizens in... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:39:08 EST To protect kids, we must extend CHIP http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50712696/To-protect-kids-we-must-extend-CHIP From the beginning of my career in public service, I've always cared deeply about helping our children. When I arrived in Emmons, West... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:31:09 EST Black bear population at modern high http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50712521/Black-bear-population-at-modern-high Black bear populations are at modern record highs in West Virginia. And that may be an... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:05:06 EST Emergency warning system has not kept pace with the times http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50630092/Emergency-warning-system-has-not-kept-pace-with-the-times This September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:15:14 EST Congress must reauthorize America COMPETES http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50630090/Congress-must-reauthorize-America-COMPETES Throughout my career in public service – first as President of West... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:13:06 EST POW/MIA veterans will be honored on Sept. 19 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50631870/POW/MIA-veterans-will-be-honored-on-Sept.-19 This week, Joanne and I joined Americans across our state, our nation and the world as we remembered and paid tribute to... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:00:06 EST