The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2014-04-23T21:25:26-04:00 urn:uuid:1b4aaecd-a220-4476-a731-f1603094589d Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported), except where noted. Natalie Tennant: Doing right by West Virginians will guide votes The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-23T00:00:00-04:00 <p>This is one in a series of columns written by candidate in May primary elections. </p> Thumbs Down: Dry conditions require extra care in spring burning The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-23T00:00:00-04:00 <p>Smokey Bear has it right when he says "Only you can prevent forest fires." Unfortunately, not enough people seem to be listening to the iconic symbol for outdoors fire safety. </p> Diane W. Mufson: Learning new things never goes out of style The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-23T00:00:00-04:00 <p>A few years ago, I clipped a newspaper article from of the New York Times about a college sophomore, Jeremy Gleick, whose goal was to learn something about a new subject every day. The article, "Renaissance Man," by Diana Kapp, seemed to promote a great concept. </p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-23T00:00:00-04:00 <p>Much has been said about Evan Jenkins and his decision to switch parties. I switched parties, too, and for good reason. When I saw the Democratic party leaders in Washington all lining up to support President Obama's War on Coal and a health care plan that hurts hard-working Americans, I felt uneasy. </p> Thumbs Up: Food hub momentum continues into 2014 The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-23T00:00:00-04:00 <p>As you sit down for lunch or dinner, take a guess at how many miles the food on your table traveled to reach your plate. </p> John Patrick Grace: Some gays unhappy with their sexual lifestyle The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>It's an unpopular topic: Gay people who want out of the gay life. Hardly anyone in the mainstream media wants to write about it. And yet, it's a reality. </p> Editorial: Water-safety rules warrant full review by all The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>West Virginia lawmakers spent many hours during the past winter's session working on a new law that aims to prevent the kind of chemical leak in January that interrupted water service for several days in a nine-county area in and around Charleston. </p> Freddie Hayes Jr.: Taxes, jobs, safety among top issues The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>This is one of a series of columns written by candidates in May primary elections. </p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2014-04-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>The next time you are driving in your car, count the number of people talking on a cell phone. </p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch / 2014 urn:uuid:bc3b5957-2841-470d-90d3-c6e35223afb6 2014-04-21T07:06:41-04:00 <p> We need to focus more on living the right way</p>