The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2015-07-29T03:03:50-04:00 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. Thumbs Up: Smoke detectors, surveys can help save more lives The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>If you live in Huntington and don't have a smoke detector in your home, now's the time to accept an offer that's simply too good to refuse.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Thumbs Down: Security in court area warrants a further review The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>The Cabell County Commission received a surprise jolt last week when a state official spelled out a variety of concerns regarding the county courthouse's bottom floor where the magistrate court is located.</p> <p></p> Diane W. Mufson: Parents have chief role in preventing obesity The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>A few weeks' ago Dr. Oz's newspaper column was headlined, "Advertising keeping children overweight." Now, I know that Dr. Oz is a well-known physician whose name is synonymous with common-sense solutions for multitudes of health problems.</p> <p></p> Editorial: State needs to get moving on highway plan The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> It is not hard to see the need for more highway funding. We see it in the potholes and dangerous curves on our existing roads. We see it in the long-awaited road projects - such as the I-73/74 corridor through southern West Virginia - that never seem to make it off the drawing boards.</p> J.P. Grace: Cosby joins long list of those who fell from grace The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p>"One may smile and smile, and be a villain," says young Hamlet, referring to his uncle, King Claudius, in Shakespeare's best-known tragedy ("Hamlet": Act I, Scene 5). How achingly true.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Voice of the people</p> Editorial: Ohio considering better path for election redistricting The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Ohio is considered one of the nation&#39;s most important swing states in every presidential election.</p> <p> &#160;</p> <p> &#160;</p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Christians should embrace all people</p> <p>Growing up as a little boy, my parents often warned me not to go around the only black family in the community. One day I ventured up the hill where they lived only to discover the black man and woman were very nice people. The boys and girls were just like me. That discovery altered my view of people of color forever.</p> <p></p> Lee Hamilton: Role of American president is now more complicated The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-26T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.</p> <p></p>