Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:47:52 EST 1800 State developing STEM-related skill sets Across West Virginia, our young people are aiming for greatness. Whether choosing a career path requiring a two-year degree from one of our state's community and technical colleges or a four year degree at one of our colleges and universities,... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:14:06 EST Outdoor Christmas spirit prevailed year-round What a year it's been for the local coalfields. Despite a struggling economy, volunteers rolled up their sleeves nevertheless, doubling down on efforts to provide for our youth and others in one way or another. And it wasn't just around... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:04 EST Thank you to West Virginia West Virginians are instinctively hard working, unconditionally loyal, and fiercely proud. When I first moved to Emmons, West Virginia, a small coal mining community, in 1964, I immediately recognized this isn't a... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:37:04 EST Tree holds decades of memories A Christmas tree is an important part of the family. Year in and year out, it stands front and center in the Christmas celebration. Jesus is the main focus of the holiday, without a doubt, but the Christmas tree might be the Homecoming... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:30:09 EST Gun deer season closeout tales One only gets so many deer seasons on this here earth. Most of us have been blessed with possibly more than we deserve. I think back on my dad's WWII Great... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:07:06 EST 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 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 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