The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2015-05-28T02:23:05-04:00 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. Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Strawberry Pie Week a success</p> <p>Whew, what a week it was!</p> <p>First, we want to thank all the wonderful people who came to Jim's Spaghetti House during our Strawberry Pie Week. We cannot thank you enough for your patronage as well as your patience and understanding during this, our most busy week of the year.</p> <p></p> Mark Caserta: Should we be concerned about Jade Helm exercise? The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Whether it&#39;s a reprisal from the George Strait song &quot;Don&#39;t Mess with Texas&quot; or an impassioned chorus of &quot;Remember the Alamo,&quot; many Texans are rising to contest the approaching military exercise known as &quot;Jade Helm 15.&quot;</p> <p> &#160;</p> Editorial: Citizen Award winners merit community's gratitude The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Each year, The Herald-Dispatch proudly presents its Citizen Awards to people who have had a significant impact on the Tri-State through accomplishments in their chosen career fields or their efforts to make the region better in other ways.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Editorial: Blight needs bigger focus across state The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Huntington was among the first West Virginia cities to recognize the region&#39;s unique problem with housing and blight.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Diane W. Musfon: Free speech and liberty require more than bravery The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Last month an opinion column carried in this newspaper and others, "True liberty - including free speech - requires bravery" by Walter E. Williams, presented interesting themes relating to free speech that didn't sound completely accurate.</p> <p></p> John Patrick Grace: Surveying today's 'churchscape' can be dizzying The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Let's say you've just become a new Christian. So what church or set of theologians or moral philosophers are you going to trust? "Just believe," they've been telling you. And you want to.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Editorial: Sick-leave payouts should follow the rules The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Huntington City Council member Scott Caserta sparked a firestorm last week when he asked Cabell County's prosecutor to investigate whether a payout of nearly $34,000 to a former city police chief for accrued sick time violated a city ordinance.</p> <p></p> Editorial: Less reliance on group homes for children a step forward The Herald-Dispatch 2015-05-25T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Earlier this year, West Virginia adopted a juvenile justice reform strategy aimed at trying to reduce the number of youth who run afoul of the law and provide better help for those who do.</p> <p></p>