The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2014-07-29T14:54:31-04:00 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. John Patrick Grace: Obama’s second term isn’t all that shabby The Herald-Dispatch / 2014 urn:uuid:10bdf9b0-f3e9-46c3-93c4-35df382ea69c 2014-07-29T12:27:29-04:00 <p> Presidents typically have a rough go of it in their second term. And of course not all of them even get the chance to row upstream, because they have gone down to defeat in their re-election bid.</p> Voice of the People The Herald-Dispatch urn:uuid:5ec84dd5-b753-47c6-b1ec-e13930c3abe0 2014-07-29T09:00:23-04:00 <p> Vladimir Putin is in a little box. The president of the Russian Federation is without doubt responsible, most likely indirectly, in the crash of flight MA 17 over the eastern Ukraine. (Not for the first time in civil aviation history.) Nearly 300 innocent lives, entire families, HIV researchers, and tourists and adventurers obliterated in seconds.</p> Editorial: Local government employers should fall under safety rules The Herald-Dispatch urn:uuid:482e362c-ed4f-4dc7-b9de-c786758a97d6 2014-07-29T08:53:33-04:00 <p> A West Virginia law, now 27 years old, says it is the state&#8217;s policy &#8220;to ensure that all public employees be provided with safe and healthful work environments free from recognized and avoidable hazards.&#8221;</p> Voice of the People The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-28T00:00:00-04:00 <p>I am a recent graduate from Huntington High School in Huntington, W.Va. Though I am leaving for college in the fall, I hope one day to be able to return to West Virginia and find a job, and I think Senator Jenkins can make that a reality. </p> Editorial: Lack of retirement saving paints a scary picture The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-28T00:00:00-04:00 <p>To say that many Americans are not financially prepared for retirement is quite an understatement. </p> Voice of the People -- Sunday, July 27 The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-27T00:00:00-04:00 <p>The article written by Dick Newman on Saturday, July 12, 2014, about the Huntington guys who played marbles was very interesting to me since Jerry Roy and Bob Hickman are old friends. </p> Tom Miller: Group outlines women's concerns over spill The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-27T00:00:00-04:00 <p>It will soon be eight months since the January chemical spill in Kanawha County that contaminated the water supply that serves nine of West Virginia's 55 counties. But many women who were not sure how to react to that incident are still concerned because of a subsequent advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging pregnant women to avoid drinking the water. </p> Editorial: Collaboration better approach than 'war on coal' The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-27T00:00:00-04:00 <p>The phrase "War on coal" is repeated frequently in West Virginia and Kentucky, most often from coal industry and power company representatives as well as politicians who are either trying to keep their jobs or trying to win election to one. </p> Voice of the People -- Saturday, July 26 The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-26T00:00:00-04:00 <p>Chuck Landon's recent article promoting alcohol sales at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards football stadium calls for a response. His position was solely for the drinker. Alcohol sales do not enhance my game-day experience. Both my friend and I develop headaches from its fumes, which have a negative impact on our overall experience. Seems Chuck hasn't talked to all fans. </p> Thumbs up: Success of forensic science program reflects well on MU The Herald-Dispatch 2014-07-26T00:00:00-04:00 <p>While Marshall University football fans are dreaming about a season that could put the school back in the national spotlight, there's another Marshall program that's already there. </p>