Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:17:34 EST 1800 There are eight million reasons to extend CHIP http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150642196/There-are-eight-million-reasons-to-extend-CHIP This past June I embarked on an effort to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before I leave Congress. Right now, protecting CHIP's outlook is dire. There are 8.3 million children across this country... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:25:05 EST Holiday is all about giving thanks http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150642033/Holiday-is-all-about-giving-thanks Months after George Washington became the first President of the United States, both houses of Congress requested that the new American leader proclaim a “day of public thanksgiving and... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:02:05 EST State honors veterans with recognition tree http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150557628/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150557014/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150475245/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150476182/Its-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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150389521/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150306939/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150305787/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150305779/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion/150305740/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150223417/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150222325/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 http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/150222274/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 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