Independent Herald- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:14:42 EST 1800 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Not too long ago, deer hunting meant gun buck hunting period. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:35:10 EST 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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