Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:55:36 EST 1800 An ode to Yellowstone http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151510172/An-ode-to-Yellowstone On Saturday, January 17, the Yellow Stone River, perhaps the most celebrated aquatic system in North America, was heavily contaminated by nearly 1200 barrels of oil. Al Jazeera America reports the leak's environmental damage stretches from the... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:05:53 EST Three minutes to midnight http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151510189/Three-minutes-to-midnight The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has just announced its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock moving ahead the minute hand to three minutes till midnight. The clock represents the count down to zero in minutes to nuclear apocalypse — midnight. This... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:52 EST Fairfield County needs to be united, not divided http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/151417652/Fairfield-County-needs-to-be-united-not-divided How long will the good and decent people of Fairfield County allow the ugly faces of racism, greed, and power cripple our County? Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:51 EST Hansel and Gretel at the recruiter http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151438199/Hansel-and-Gretel-at-the-recruiter Military recruiters must feel like Hansel and Gretel's “wicked witch,” fattening up the children to eat them. With sexual violence, endless wars of occupation, fatalities, brain trauma, permanent disabilities and an epidemic of... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:00:53 EST Political posturing will lead to a mighty thirst http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151438115/Political-posturing-will-lead-to-a-mighty-thirst The State of the Union address is in the books for 2015 and the question begging for an answer is, was anyone really surprised by the rhetoric thrust front and center on media outlets worldwide? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:00:52 EST Reflecting on four years of service http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151369989/Reflecting-on-four-years-of-service It's been my honor over the past four years to serve the students, parents, and taxpayers of South Carolina as the State Superintendent of Education. As I leave the office, I reflect upon many advances. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:10:51 EST Kids could still be breathing in dangerous chemicals http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/151370003/Kids-could-still-be-breathing-in-dangerous-chemicals I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack. And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:51 EST Compensation commission ready to submit recommendations http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151119517/Compensation-commission-ready-to-submit-recommendations A congressionally appointed commission studying military pay and compensation reform is preparing to issue recommendations in the coming weeks, a spokesman for the panel said Dec. 29, 2014. The recommendations come as the White House and members of... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:37:14 EST Is ear cropping and tail docking still relevant? http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151105479/Is-ear-cropping-and-tail-docking-still-relevant Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has recently signed into law legislation preventing owners from tattooing or piercing their pets. The bill was presented by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal after hearing about “Gothic kittens” being sold by a... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:37:09 EST Dude, where’s my peace dividend? http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151150553/Dude-wheres-my-peace-dividend In the 1970s and 1980s, Americans were conditioned with the idea that the extraordinary growth in military expenditure for the U.S. to “win the arms race” with the USSR would somehow lead to a “peace dividend.” That's... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:37:13 EST The Sony debacle http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151101575/The-Sony-debacle At the start of a new year, I've been reflecting on the year that passed, and I was hit with a realization: One of the biggest news stories of 2014 thoroughly disgusts me. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:15:02 EST Vietnam vets with PTSD to be given new discharge consideration http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151094583/Vietnam-vets-with-PTSD-to-be-given-new-discharge-consideration Vietnam-era soldiers who faced punitive discharges because they suffered from post-traumatic stress are to be given liberal consideration to requests for discharge upgrades. Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued this directive to the Army Review... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:38:05 EST Gardening is therapeutic for all http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151106866/Gardening-is-therapeutic-for-all 'There's nothing to do' and 'I'm bored' are often repeated phrases for children and teens. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:58:02 EST Enough is enough http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/151130812/Enough-is-enough I, Bertha Goins, have served for three years on the board with the water company. This, I consider my training time. If I am elected again, it will be my time to put my training into action. After listening, observing, studying and attending... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:37:11 EST Tips for keeping those New Year’s resolutions http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151062447/Tips-for-keeping-those-New-Years-resolutions At the beginning January every year, millions of Americans make New Year's Resolutions. But according to a study by the University of Washington, by March, 37 percent have already given up. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:55:04 EST Peace on Earth — 2015 http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151066694/Peace-on-Earth--2015 At the beginning of each new year people around the world express their hopes and desires for seemingly elusive peace on earth. In the past year there have been many strides toward that goal. The greatest threat to peace and our survival, nuclear... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:54:07 EST Co-pay no longer required for mental health peer support services http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151031080/Co-pay-no-longer-required-for-mental-health-peer-support-services The VA has issued a direct final rule to exempt mental health peer support services from co-payment requirements. Starting on Jan. 27, veterans will be able to participate in VA's mental health peer support program without a financial burden. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:58:03 EST Now it’s time to focus on growing the economy http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151038329/Now-its-time-to-focus-on-growing-the-economy Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:05:01 EST Our Christmas schizophrenia http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151038293/Our-Christmas-schizophrenia On Christmas Eve 1914, German and British soldiers crept out of their trenches, played soccer together, exchanged gifts of food, and joined in singing carols. Alarmed, commanders on both sides warned of the crime of “fraternizing with the... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:12:03 EST Prerequisites for Chinese marriage-proposal have changed with the times http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/151031761/Prerequisites-for-Chinese-marriage-proposal-have-changed-with-the-times Lilin is getting married soon and her friends keep asking her, “Have you got all the 'three prerequisites'? Where is your new apartment? What car have you got? Is the bridegroom-to-be rich? Or does he have a good... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:47:04 EST