Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:08:08 EST 1800 Cursive writing: should it stay or should it go? http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150850837/Cursive-writing:-should-it-stay-or-should-it-go Forty-five states have accepted the adaptation of Common Core Standards for educating their children in the United States. While the system itself has raised debates on concerns of its effectiveness and implementation, there is one aspect of these... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:08:02 EST Luck is not a security policy http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150853555/Luck-is-not-a-security-policy This week we hope to see the beginning of the end. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:36:02 EST Fueling corporate welfare http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150808821/Fueling-corporate-welfare Getting something for nothing is a pretty sweet deal — at least if you're the one getting something. Not so much if you're the one receiving nothing in exchange. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:37:07 EST Climate change challenges: Support the environment or the U.S. Military? http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150808810/Climate-change-challenges:-Support-the-environment-or-the-U.S.-Military Having lived through the 1991 Desert Storm bombing and the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face. I won't forget children in Baghdadi hospitals... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:37:07 EST Wage slavery and sweatshops as free enterprise? http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150725303/Wage-slavery-and-sweatshops-as-free-enterprise The conservative American Enterprise Institute offers yet another defense of sweatshops from a self-styled advocate of liberty and free markets, Professor Mark J. Perry. Indeed it is more than just a defense; it's a selective compilation of... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:32:06 EST Chief tax-dodging officers http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150725291/Chief-tax-dodging-officers Republican and Democratic leaders don't often see eye to eye on taxes. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:32:04 EST It’s the most wonderful time of the year http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150680588/Its-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year Thanksgiving has officially come and gone.This means it is officially my favorite time of the year, and not just because gorging on open-faced turkey sandwiches is acceptable for the next week. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:39:04 EST Is it still news when the storyline isn’t new? http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150684360/Is-it-still-news-when-the-storyline-isnt-new The latest news story coming out of Ferguson, Missouri surrounds the grand jury decision not to indict or charge a police officer in the shooting death of a black teenage male. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:55:02 EST The deception of Obamacare http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150657584/The-deception-of-Obamacare For those of us opposed to the concept of nationalized health care, learning the shameful way that Obamacare was forced on us was like pouring salt in an open wound. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:27:03 EST Obama extends war in Afghanistan http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150655406/Obama-extends-war-in-Afghanistan News agencies reported this morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:09:04 EST The poor suffer from hunger — Not the munchies http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/150615352/The-poor-suffer-from-hunger--Not-the-munchies Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It's also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:47:02 EST The Beatles like they were meant to be heard http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150567475/The-Beatles-like-they-were-meant-to-be-heard In September, The Beatles' entire body of work was remastered and re-released in monophonic sound … again.The last time this happened was in September 2009. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:11:03 EST What makes a strong lobbyist http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150568939/What-makes-a-strong-lobbyist Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it's lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:37:04 EST Water is a human right in Detroit, Ireland, Iraq, everywhere! http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/150615327/Water-is-a-human-right-in-Detroit-Ireland-Iraq-everywhere Last summer, Iraq's Yazidi people fled to the desert to escape religious persecution. Trapped atop Mount Sinjar, the refugees started dying of thirst. In a humanitarian effort applauded worldwide, our U.S. military air-dropped bottled water and... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:18:02 EST Following the election drubbing, we have to stand up and fight http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/150532330/Following-the-election-drubbing-we-have-to-stand-up-and-fight Debacle. Bloodbath. Drubbing. Call it what you will. For Democrats, this was an ugly Election Day. But there's no mandate for right-wing policies in its aftermath. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:28:05 EST Astro-not really my thing http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/150483129/Astro-not-really-my-thing The Rosetta spacecraft's Philae Lander landed on a comet.This is an historic first, and it is one of the most exciting developments in the realm of space exploration in some time. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:31:04 EST Election 2014: The Good News and Bad http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150483605/Election-2014:-The-Good-News-and-Bad The 2014 midterm election delivered both good news and bad. The good news is that the losers lost. The bad news is that the winners won. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:35:02 EST Separate economy and the state http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150483623/Separate-economy-and-the-state For centuries, governments established, controlled, regulated, and subsidized religious activity. Then some people began asking a revolutionary question: Why not separate religious activity and the state in such a way that the state would be barred... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:40:05 EST Meanwhile, down at the nuclear power plant, something’s going wrong http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150448787/Meanwhile-down-at-the-nuclear-power-plant-somethings-going-wrong Weakening radiation standards, a cap on accident liability, reactor propaganda vs improvements, old units running past expiration dates, revving the engines beyond design specs …. You'd think we were itching for a meltdown. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:23:03 EST Obama still does a good imitation of Bush http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/150448807/Obama-still-does-a-good-imitation-of-Bush We really should be used to this by now. After almost six years in office, President Obama is far more like George W. Bush in national-security matters than he led the American people to believe. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:43:02 EST