Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Tue, 5 May 2015 17:01:12 EST 1800 New website for spouse of deceased veterans http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153232070/New-website-for-spouse-of-deceased-veterans The Department of Veteran Affairs has created a new internet website for surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died on active duty and for survivors and dependents of veterans who died after leaving the service. Sun, 3 May 2015 14:50:53 EST Million miles of unfit pipeline http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153148118/Million-miles-of-unfit-pipeline Over the past seven years — while controversy raged over the Keystone XL pipeline — many newly approved oil pipelines were built, and old ones “repurposed” nationwide — with little public knowledge or opposition. Some... Sun, 3 May 2015 09:20:52 EST HeBei University of China: The key comprehensive university http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153234476/HeBei-University-of-China:-The-key-comprehensive-university As the only key comprehensive university co-established by the Province and the Ministry in Hebei Province, Hebei University is vested with great importance in the region. Sat, 2 May 2015 13:45:51 EST Money and politics: We need change now! http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153231942/Money-and-politics:-We-need-change-now I've seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. Sat, 2 May 2015 08:10:53 EST End the student loan industrial complex http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153148178/End-the-student-loan-industrial-complex On April 15, the Department of Education stated it is “working on a process to help federal student loan borrowers submit a defense to repayment of their federal student loans.” The statement came with a press release announcing that the... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:35:51 EST Ten things every veteran should know http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153051371/Ten-things-every-veteran-should-know The Vantage Point blog at the Department of Veterans Affairs website has some very useful information that most veterans should be aware of. They report: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:25:52 EST ‘Libertarians’ for ethnic cleansing http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153101770/Libertarians-for-ethnic-cleansing Usually when right-libertarians defend gentrification, they do so by framing it as an entirely spontaneous free market phenomenon, and minimizing or ignoring the state's role in promoting it. That's bad enough. But we don't usually... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:05:51 EST A dangerous and unnecessary game http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153101777/A-dangerous-and-unnecessary-game Supporters of a national constitutional convention, as provided for in Article V of the US Constitution, have gained the support of 27 state legislatures for the idea. They need 34. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:40:52 EST Kudos to the Fairfield County Liaison office http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/152982249/Kudos-to-the-Fairfield-County-Liaison-office Local items are important in our local news media. It is so interesting to read such in our newspaper, making the paper much more appealing. Thank you for your recent great article on our Fairfield County Liaison office and the impressive results... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:30:51 EST New computational tool for post-traumatic stress disorder http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153015898/New-computational-tool-for-post-traumatic-stress-disorder Researchers have built a new computational tool that identifies 800 different ways people are at increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), permitting for the first time a personalized prediction guide. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:00:52 EST The inherent defectiveness of public schooling http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/152966427/The-inherent-defectiveness-of-public-schooling The February 15 Washington Post reported that an outgoing superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, Joshua P. Starr, is lamenting the short tenure of school superintendents. Starr took the job of school superintendent in 2011... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:10:52 EST ‘Libertarians’ for ethnic cleansing http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/153029205/Libertarians-for-ethnic-cleansing Usually when right-libertarians defend gentrification, they do so by framing it as an entirely spontaneous free market phenomenon, and minimizing or ignoring the state's role in promoting it. That's bad enough. But we don't usually... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:51 EST Chiropractic and pregnancy? Yes, you can! http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152966375/Chiropractic-and-pregnancy-Yes-you-can I seem to get this question a lot. “You cannot treat me because I am pregnant, right?” My answer is always, “Of course you can be treated.” Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:30:52 EST 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