Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION http://independentherald.com/section/OPINION Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:14:42 EST 1800 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 Shields, Basham were pillars of community http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50635826/Shields-Basham-were-pillars-of-community 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, 17 Sep 2014 10:27:07 EST Late summer brings the blues http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50552071/Late-summer-brings-the-blues The tail end of summer can make for some blues of a different sort. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:51:03 EST Turning the pages: Warmth in a cold house http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50551937/Turning-the-pages:-Warmth-in-a-cold-house The hills are still green for the most part, but a little different hue has crept in. A hint of yellow and red can be seen with a little more frequency every day. No mistake about it. It's fall. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:27:07 EST September is Veterans Suicide Prevention Month http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50550870/September-is-Veterans-Suicide-Prevention-Month When we think of our veterans, our first thoughts are of their courage and honor and strength. We envision strong... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:09:07 EST Festivals celebrate state’s heritage http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50475664/Festivals-celebrate-states-heritage West Virginia is a state with a story around every scenic turn, and... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:33:06 EST American Dream should ‘remain accessible’ for workers http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50475585/American-Dream-should-remain-accessible-for-workers The American worker built our economy with the sweat of his brow and the labor of his hands. ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:22:05 EST Trial camera and tree-stand are part of new era of deer hunting http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50475220/Trial-camera-and-tree-stand-are-part-of-new-era-of-deer-hunting Not too long ago, deer hunting meant gun buck hunting period. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:35:10 EST USDA investments strengthen state economy http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50394386/USDA-investments-strengthen-state-economy Recently, I attended public forums in Hamlin and Wayne that were organized by USDA StrikeForce, an initiative aimed... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:03:09 EST Inmates play role in road patching, other work http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50394174/Inmates-play-role-in-road-patching-other-work When it comes to our roadways, rehabilitation is a term we often hear during the summer months. Long, harsh winters take quite a... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:25:10 EST September dove, goose and squirrel seasons approach http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50393705/September-dove-goose-and-squirrel-seasons-approach West Virginia's hunting season kickoff coincides with the Monday (September 1) Labor Day Holiday. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:35:03 EST Little Bob Cook was small in stature but a giant in the war http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50310899/Little-Bob-Cook-was-small-in-stature-but-a-giant-in-the-war Some names came up in a column some time back that were only paragraphs and so many words. As I wrote their names I began to recall more of the details about their lives. One of the favorites... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:31:04 EST Anti-drug strategy must include public health component http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50313493/Anti-drug-strategy-must-include-public-health-component Recently, I announced that West Virginia has been chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:18:03 EST Bucks sometimes battle to the death http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50312397/Bucks-sometimes-battle-to-the-death The two massive bucks were stone dead, lying head to head with their horns locked. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:45:04 EST Many Americans would fall into poverty without Social Security http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50234965/Many-Americans-would-fall-into-poverty-without-Social-Security Those who threaten to cut or privatize our workers' and seniors' Social Security need to know the... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:22:02 EST Coalfields counties tops for ginseng digging http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50234791/Coalfields-counties-tops-for-ginseng-digging Ginseng digging or sangin,' as it's called in these parts, is one of the richest of America's Appalachian... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:49:04 EST It’s time to bring accountability to cruise industry http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50156852/Its-time-to-bring-accountability-to-cruise-industry Imagine that you and your family are about to embark on a cruise vacation. Like millions of Americans, you've been looking... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:02:06 EST Protecting Medicare is a moral responsibility http://independentherald.com/news/opinion_columns/50156814/Protecting-Medicare-is-a-moral-responsibility Forty-nine years ago, in 1965, Medicare was created to provide health insurance coverage for American workers 65... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:51:05 EST