'War on Drugs' just isn't working
The places with the strictest drug laws have the most overdoses. The places with the most lenient drug laws have the least. Things are changing here, but compare West Virginia's historical approach to drugs with that of Portugal, the Netherlands, Canada, and dozens of U.S states that have legalized medical marijuana, and you'll see that the incarceration approach to drug use is not only costly and ineffective, but it has only hurt our society.
Allegations last week that a Marshall University football player attacked two gay men while they were standing at a street corner in downtown Huntington has brought a heap of attention to the university, the city and West Virginia - none of it welcome.
Allegations last week that a Marshall University football player attacked two gay men while they were standing at a street corner in downtown Huntington has brought a heap of attention to the university, the city and West Virginia — none of it welcome.
Public broadcasting essential to inform voters, educate all
"Where the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government ... whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." - Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789, ME 7:253
I was pleased to read the articles in The Herald-Dispatch of volunteers from various denominations reaching out to help residents of the West End and Central City with cleanup and various activities that are desperately needed throughout Huntington and the Tri-State. Kudos to everyone who participated in the volunteer efforts of "Helpington." The need is great and volunteers are few.
There is no shortage of proud families in the Tri-State this month.
Saturday more than 1,500 students received undergraduate or graduate degrees from Marshall University. Thousands more have earned their degrees at other colleges and universities across our region. Just as importantly, a growing number of students earned one and two-year degrees at area community colleges or completed specialized training programs in nursing or other fields.
It's been exciting to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, which concludes today, May 10. The opening weekend was filled with some great events and has us all invigorated for an exciting, visitor-filled summer!
Kudos to legislature for preserving no-smoking policy
Dear West Virginia senators and delegates:
On behalf of the members of the Cabell County Coalition for Tobacco Free Environment, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance in keeping our current Clean Indoor Air Policy intact during this past legislative session.
Last Sunday, members of several Huntington churches delivered a message about how to help thy neighbor, and it went far beyond the confines of a sermon in a church sanctuary.
The alarming number of overdose deaths this year is reason enough to be concerned about the rise in heroin use in our region.