The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2015-04-21T09:38:00-04:00 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: Series of meetings got people fired up The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-21T00:01:01-04:00 <p>I'm encouraged. Amazing to report that the encouragement I'm feeling comes from, of all things, three meetings I recently attended. Those of you in government, education, healthcare, business and not-for-profit agencies know plenty about meetings: How many of them are a yawn. How many do not leave you feeling energized, much less fired up. </p> <p></p> Editorial: Opt in or opt out, area students still lag behind The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-21T00:01:01-04:00 <p> In our region, 200 students in Wayne County asked to &quot;opt out&quot; of the tests, and other scattered examples have popped up across the country, particularly in New York, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania.</p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-21T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-20T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Editorial: Recent challenge to EPA rules was necessary, not premature The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-20T00:01:01-04:00 <p> West Virginia and 14 other coal-reliant states gave oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week challenging new proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Eric Tarr: State GOP lawmakers got off to strong start The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-19T00:01:01-04:00 <p> &quot;It was an awesome experience!&quot; That is my response when people ask my take on working as policy adviser to the chair of West Virginia&#39;s Senate Health Committee during the 2015 legislative session.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Suzanne E. Messenger: Financial exploitation is everyone's problem The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-19T00:01:01-04:00 <p>April 18 through April 25 is Money Smart Week, a national public awareness campaign that helps consumers better manage their personal finances. It is a good time to think about preventing and responding to financial exploitation. </p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-19T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Editorial: Tax reform initiative requires cautious approach The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-19T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Republicans leading the West Virginia legislature are venturing into what should be a delicate task: examining possible ways to reform the state&#39;s tax structure.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Editorial: Ohio is working to reduce reliance on public assistance The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-18T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Americans want to offer a helping hand to those in need. But as public assistance programs have grown and grown, so has the concern that there is an over reliance on safety net programs. It is easy to see why.</p> <p></p>