The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2014-08-22T03:47:38-04:00 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. Editorial: New center should help state build up skills of workforce The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>West Virginia has taken a much-needed step forward with the completion of a new facility that beefs up its ability to provide workforce training. </p> Voice of the people -- Friday, August 22 The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>Kudos to the West Virginia Division of Highways. Although my wife and I live in Proctorville, Ohio, we travel to Huntington quite often to shop, do business, go to entertainment events and attend church. </p> Milt Hankins: Agnostic asks whether religion just an invention The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-22T00:00:00-04:00 <p>I have a friend who is agnostic; that is, he does not believe there is a God but cannot say there is no God. His assertion is that no one knows, period. Attention-grabbing? </p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-21T00:00:00-04:00 <p>On Friday, Aug. 15, Mayor Steve Williams released a video asking for prayer for the problem of substance abuse in the Huntington/Ashland area. He stated that despite all their efforts, the one thing that seemed to be missing in the war against drugs was a united effort of prayer from the faith community. </p> Mark Caserta: ISIS to Christians: Convert to Islam The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-21T00:00:00-04:00 <p>"Let the terrorist group, ISIS, see the manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ," decreed Pastor Chuck Lawrence this past Sunday during the morning worship service at Christ Temple Church in Huntington. </p> Editorial: Land Bank continues to improve neighborhoods The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-21T00:00:00-04:00 <p>The Huntington Urban Renewal Authority's Land Bank was established in 2009, with the goal of taking control of some of the dilapidated and nuisance properties in town and steering them into new productive uses. And now the city and its neighborhoods are beginning to see the results. </p> Thumbs Up: Transfer facilities build a foundation for economic gains The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-20T00:00:00-04:00 <p> A development that backers say should boost the region&#39;s economy is about to swing into action -- literally.</p> Diane W. Mufson: Public personas, self-images can vary greatly The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-20T00:00:00-04:00 <p>When I was in grade school, my walk of a few blocks to school took me past the home of a girl I'll call Jenny. She appeared to have many things I thought would make my life better, such as a fine house, new toys and stylish clothing. </p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-20T00:00:00-04:00 <p>I was surprised that The Herald-Dispatch chose as the lead story in its Aug. 4 issue an Associated Press article about "retirement inequality." Interesting, but it is not front-page news. It's not even news. It is nothing more than a subliminal endorsement of the Democrat Party's campaign against "income inequality." </p> Thumbs Down: Don't be foolish in trying to be Internet sensation The Herald-Dispatch 2014-08-20T00:00:00-04:00 <p> The Internet and social media can quickly spread information that catches the public&#39;s attention, often producing many positive results.</p>