The Herald-Dispatch Opinions RSS 2015-07-01T20:58:54-04:00 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: Huntington police make right call on wayward bear The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p> The Huntington Police Department got a healthy dose of criticism last week after officers shot and killed a black bear roaming the city&#39;s Southside neighborhood.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Thumbs down: Drug dependent newborns still on rise The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Of all the collateral damage caused by the painkiller-heroin epidemic, it is probably the most tragic. Babies born drug dependent because their mothers were active drug users during their pregnancies.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Diane Mufson: Honoring ancestors does not require living in past The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p> In my column last week, I suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court take a lesson from Ireland, which by a sizable majority voted to approve same-sex marriage in their country in May. Thankfully, our Supreme Court also approved same-sex marriage.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-07-01T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Ongoing yard sale simply a nuisance</p> <p>How many rummage sales are too many?</p> <p>I live in a building of four apartments. There is one person in the building who has three to five yard sales a week every week as long as the weather is good. The owner does not see this as an issue because he does not live here.</p> <p></p> John Patrick Grace: Cyclone of social change sweeps over US The Herald-Dispatch 2015-06-30T00:01:01-04:00 <p> Last week the nation was swept into multiple maelstroms of social change - beyond anything we&#39;ve experienced in some time. My head is still spinning, how about yours?</p> <p> &#160;</p> Voice of the people The Herald-Dispatch 2015-06-30T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Perhaps columnist should protect US</p> <p>I want to thank you for your patience and tolerance of Mr. Caserta on the editorial pages. It must be really irritating to have someone continually calling for more war as he recently did in his column of June 18. I'd suggest if he's so gung ho, perhaps you should obtain a leave of absence so he can travel to Iraq or Syria to "protect America."</p> <p></p> Editorial: HMO contracts for Medicaid appear to warrant closer look The Herald-Dispatch 2015-06-30T00:01:01-04:00 <p>A recent report and a lawsuit against the state have raised a question about whether West Virginia is getting sufficient bang for the dollars paid to health maintenance organizations involved in the state's Medicaid program.</p> <p></p> Editorial: State on right track for helping troubled youth The Herald-Dispatch 2015-06-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>West Virginia is taking a new direction in dealing with young people who run afoul of the law, and the evidence suggests it should be greeted as a welcome departure from the old ways.</p> <p></p> Voice of the People The Herald-Dispatch 2015-06-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>Affordable Care Act has helped 180,000 W.Va. residents</p> <p>On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This law has helped 16 million Americans and about 180,000 West Virginians gain health care coverage.</p> <p></p> Steve Williams: Israel has been a local asset that must be protected The Herald-Dispatch 2015-06-29T00:01:01-04:00 <p>The late Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tip O'Neil, was credited with saying "all politics is local." International events also have a local nexus.</p> <p></p>