• Take care when criticizing those who need public help

    For the past several years I have been employed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Community Based Services, in Harrison County, as a Family Support Specialist.

    As a caseworker, I have witnessed heartbreak, hardship, tragedy and triumph to a degree I had not previously known.

    Women, suddenly widowed, consumed by grief, paralyzed by the fear, that tomorrow will come having no idea what theyll do when it does, because their husbands had always taken care of everything.

  • It's love that keeps Raggedy festival going

    Six years ago, the tourism division of the Cynthiana Renaissance committee needed a project while waiting to promote the ventures of the sub-committees.

    After a lengthy brain storming session, I mentioned that the granddaughter of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, had recently visited Cynthiana. You know the rest.

    After five successful Raggedy Ann Festivals, the sixth one is nearly complete. I have been asked why I have done this for so long, especially since this is an exceptionally busy time during the year for me. The answer, in short, is the people.

  • Want change? Put your name on a list

    More and more, Im approached on the street by people who want to enact changes in the community but feel powerless to do it.

    Maybe powerless is too harsh. Maybe the task just seems too daunting.

    I get that. When Im asked what needs to be done, dozens of things flood my brain.

    That causes me to feel overwhelmed, like moving forward at this point is impossible.

    I dont believe that, but sometimes it feels that way.

    And thats where we are as a community as the end of winter approaches.

    We have an almost perpetual case of seasonal affective disorder.

  • Changing site now has space for your input

    Late in November The Cynthiana Democrat website made a dramatic change. In fact, it's still changing.

    The change I've heard most about was the message board. It's gone. Hallelujah it's gone.

    Actually, I thought the concept was good. It was a place for our community to speak out. However, it soon turned nasty. There was name calling, back biting and hateful attacks. All of this was done under anonymity.

    I take my job at the newspaper seriously and am very proud of the product that I and my colleagues put out each week.

  • Middle ground is useless unless maintained

    On Saturday, Iee^drove to Mason County for a photo shoot.

    Unfortunately, Iee^missed the shoot, but since my wife and oldest daughter were with me, Iee^decided to stay up there for a bit.

    We drove all through downtown Maysville and crossed the old bridge into Ohio.

    Then we followed Hwy. 52 to the new bridge and crossed back into Kentucky. The road the new bridge is on goes to the Double-A highway, so thats where we wound up.

    Coming back toward this way, we went through Old Washington (the original Mason County settlement), making a few stops along the way.

  • Ownership may change, commitment will remain

    While on the phone at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, I surfed the Todays Headlines daily e-mail offering from nytimes.com. Information comes 360 degrees in todays world. Voicemail, e-mail, snail mail, Internet, cell phones and text messaging have changed the way we communicate and, as a result, media is changing.

  • Money awarded spurs local efforts

    Working silently behind the scenes to make a difference describes those people in any community who make huge differences without huge outcry. There are people and organizations in our area who qualify as unsung heroes as they go about making important contributions to the people and institutions striving to make improvements.

    One of these organizations is The Harrison County Community Foundation, a working entity and part of the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

  • Dedicated farmer guarantees acreage to remain in agriculture, not parcels

    Margaret Lake of Bourbon County, member of the Harrison County Beef Cattle Association, said that after she completed the Master Cattlemens educational program and Cow College in 2002 and from her personal experience, she decided that the cow/calf operation was not for her any longer.

  • The holidays should be about perspective

    As I get older, I try to take time at the holidays to put things in perspective.

    With all the things which pull at us from all sides, a little quiet time never hurts.

    I?m not talking about remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Regardless of how you feel about it, it?s undeniable - at least here in the Bible belt - that there are plenty of things to remind us about that.

    No, I?ve never had a problem with that.

    My problem has always been, and continues to be, focusing on the petty problems I face in day-to-day living.