Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:06:49 EST 1800 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 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