Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:47:26 EST 1800 VA health care eligibility: Net worth no longer a factor http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152919804/VA-health-care-eligibility:-Net-worth-no-longer-a-factor The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they've earned and deserve. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:25:51 EST For the media, traditional values still matter http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/152966444/For-the-media-traditional-values-still-matter I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They're not what you might think, however. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:15:53 EST Chinese, American mothers-in-law are different http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152968438/Chinese-American-mothers-in-law-are-different Recently, a fictional conversation between a Chinese mother-in-law and a western mother-in-law has been widely discussed on China's internet. It is about whether a mother-in-law should live with her daughter-in-law or help raise a grandchild. It... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:50:53 EST Death Valley rocks with spring game http://heraldindependent.com/news/home_top-ncaa-opinion-sports/152890262/Death-Valley-rocks-with-spring-game CLEMSON — Death Valley was rocking Saturday as Clemson celebrated its Spring Game in full swing. In front of an announced crowd of 37,000 fans, the Orange and White teams' offenses put on a show with White winning 35-24. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:45:52 EST McConnell’s quest won’t rescue Appalachia http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/152836975/McConnells-quest-wont-rescue-Appalachia Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell recently took the extraordinary step of calling on governors to ignore Washington's Clean Power Plan, an EPA mandate to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:05:52 EST Army treatment program in disarray http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152757929/Army-treatment-program-in-disarray Twenty thousand soldiers who seek help each year at Army substance-abuse clinics encounter a program in such disarray that thousands who need treatment are turned away and more than two dozen others linked to poor care have spiraled into suicide, a... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:00:51 EST Dawdling lawmakers won’t snuff out the wind industry’s growth http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/152837001/Dawdling-lawmakers-wont-snuff-out-the-wind-industrys-growth The gaggle of workers in Montana's Carbon County hacking at the barely thawed ground in late December were on a mission: Secure Mud Springs Wind Ranch's eligibility for a green-energy incentive. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:20:53 EST My pet peeve http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152773634/My-pet-peeve Recently, I've been seriously thinking about getting a pet. More specifically, I've been thinking about rescuing a dog. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:10:53 EST Addicted to stress http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152769508/Addicted-to-stress Not long now until freedom — or temporary freedom, anyway.I'm just one month away from the end of my first year in graduate school. It's my first year out of a projected six, if I complete my PhD. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:40:58 EST South Carolina vet tuition approved by Senate panel http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152665708/South-Carolina-vet-tuition-approved-by-Senate-panel Out-of-state military veterans could come to South Carolina and immediately pay instate tuition at its colleges and universities, under legislation endorsed March 5 by a state Senate panel. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:50:51 EST Qingming Festival is a unique occasion http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152717198/Qingming-Festival-is-a-unique-occasion “A drizzling rain falls like tears on the Mourning.The mourner's heart is breaking on his way.Where can wine house be found to drown his sadness?A cowherd points to Almond Flower Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:45:52 EST Where does the Easter Bunny come from? http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152693191/Where-does-the-Easter-Bunny-come-from Easter is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion. It is a deeply spiritual day for observers, marking the end of Lent and considered by many biblical scholars as one of the holiest, if not the holiest,... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:50:53 EST Guilty of being poor http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152717374/Guilty-of-being-poor Here's something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:00:52 EST Bands named after places are, well, terrible http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152642863/Bands-named-after-places-are-well-terrible The other day tragedy befell me. I forgot my iPod on my kitchen counter, and I was forced to listen to the radio while I ran errands. Eventually, I tuned in to the classic rock station, and because I listened for more than 30 minutes, I encountered a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:10:51 EST VA vet choice program: Only 1 in 5 offered option http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152534003/VA-vet-choice-program:-Only-1-in-5-offered-option Only one in five veterans eligible for the Choice Card were offered the option to get private care outside the Veterans Affairs Department, according to a report released March 3 by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:10:51 EST A message of thanks http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152528832/A-message-of-thanks First giving thanks to God for watching over me and allowing me to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as Sheriff of Fairfield County for 22 wonderful years. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:00:52 EST Fighting back against food stamp fraud http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152551857/Fighting-back-against-food-stamp-fraud Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:35:53 EST On ‘Real Women’ http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152510446/On-Real-Women I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that's what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:40:54 EST Why are so many people single? http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152448295/Why-are-so-many-people-single Can you imagine that your parents arranged three or five or more blind dates for you in a week? That's what my friends who are still single experienced in their Chinese New Year holidays. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:50:52 EST Betting the farm on a lie http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152510412/Betting-the-farm-on-a-lie Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:50:51 EST