The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2015-04-01T02:05:06-04:00 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. Diane W. Mufson: Dented door signaled long, happy marriage The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Today, April Fools' Day, Maury and I celebrate our 53rd anniversary. Fifty-three isn't a particularly notable year, but we figure that any anniversary of a long and happy marriage deserves reflection.</p> <p></p> Thumbs down: Hope Tower's mission remains important to city The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p> When organizers announced last September plans to transform the Prichard Building in downtown Huntington into a spiritual-based addiction recovery center called the Hope Tower, they acknowledged they had a lot of work to do on the 13-story structure.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p>True power lies </p> <p>in knowledge</p> <p>My fellow Americans, a new week is upon us, a fresh start for us to stop the eradication of our liberties and freedom. A new week for us to learn our rights, to learn and study the Constitution of the United States. I encourage you to do so.</p> <p></p> Thumbs up: Local youth stand up for important causes The Herald-Dispatch 2015-04-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p>What's wrong with kids today? That question has been posed by generation after generation of adults, and it's a question you still here today.</p> <p></p> Editorial: HPD keeps important focus on community policing The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-31T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Sir Robert Peel, a 19th Century British home secretary and prime minister, is often viewed as the father of the modern police force.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-31T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Another regional airport is needed</p> <p>Now that a church building has been crushed, residents ousted from their homes and an airport runway no longer usable I wonder if the Kanawha County Commission is willing to reconsider the construction of a regional airport mid-way between Charleston and Huntington.</p> <p></p> John Patrick Grace: State backpedals on protections for water The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-31T00:01:01-04:00 <p>In February 2014, aghast over the Freedom Industries' leak of 10,000 gallons of toxic chemicals into the Elk River and contamination of drinking water for 300,000 Kanawha Valley residents, West Virginia's state senators voted 33-0 to pass Senate Bill 373. That bill substantially tightened up water control standards throughout the Mountain State. </p> <p></p> Editorial: State's highway system keeps crumbling, but yet no action The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-30T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last week vetoed a bill that would let businesses pay for minor road repair projects of their choice, such as filling potholes.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-30T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Thorough scene investigation is critical after crash</p> <p>Regarding the writer who indicated workers take too much time reopening roadways after an accident, it's possible he never had a loved one injured or killed in an accident.</p> <p></p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>SB 357 is a safety rollback for miners</p> <p>March 12, 2015, was a sad day in the history of this state. Our governor just signed SB 357 into law, and it sets some areas of coal mine safety back 50 years. The laws that this bill did away with were written in the blood of our state's miners. These miners and their families paid the ultimate price to get those laws passed in the first place. This bill should have been vetoed. I can't believe Governor Tomblin would put profits ahead of safety.</p> <p></p>