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Today's Opinions

  • Belmont resident requests furniture for outdoor area

    To the editor:

    I am writing on behalf of the Belmont Senior Apartment residents on West Pleasant Street. While management has provided one picnic table and three benches, none are situated in a restful, shady position. Since there are about three large, shade trees in grassy area, we would appreciate a chair or bench in which to contemplate/meditate, maybe with a pet or reading matter.

  • MAKING HEALTH CARE AN OPTION FOR ALL

    Whether you prefer donkeys or elephants, Sunday night’s passage of the health care reform bill was historic.

    On the news, at work and around the water cooler, health care seems to be quite a hot topic, and rightfully so.

    We all need it.

    Washington, D.C. politicians may sit in the capital building for years arguing, debating and pondering how to best bring health care to every citizen.

    But in Harrison County, one group is already working to make that dream a reality in Cynthiana.

  • Police searching for cell phones is a waste of time and money

    To the editor:

    I was reading the court news a week or so ago and noticed there were far too many incidents of police being called to help find, hunt down or otherwise make a report on a missing cell phone or Ipod.

    If people insist on having these easily misplaced items glued to their ears, then they should be responsible for locking them up for safe keeping after using them.

    All these nuisance calls tie up the police and cost taxpayers money when these precious commodities could be used for more important things.

  • Cynthiana Arts Council: small town. big art.

    With the entrance of April and the coming of spring (cross your fingers), think art, because the Cynthiana Arts Council has big art plans for our small town.

    On April 18 at 2:30 p.m., the Arts Council will host a Spring Sing at the Cynthiana Baptist Church, featuring performances by our own community choir, The Licking Valley Singers.

    Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at Maysville Community and Technical College or at the door that day.

  • Big thanks to the baseball team

    To the editor:

    Don’t look now, but little ol’ Harrison County is moving up the ladder in all-time baseball state tournament wins. Harrison County now has four state titles. Next in our sights is St. Xavier who has five, then on to Manual and Owensboro who have six each. Maybe we can catch them in the next couple of years! Okay with you, Mac?

  • HISTORY: Cynthiana's main attraction?

    Cynthiana’s history comes alive this weekend.

    Over a year ago, one Eastside Elementary fifth grader (now a sixth grader) made a big discovery of some big mistakes.

    Joe Moss was working on a project for Jeff Kinney’s fifth grade history club, when he noticed that some historical markers in the county weren’t completely accurate.

    After taking photographs of the markers on US 27 North and South, Joe noticed that the two markers had conflicting dates for the first Battle of Cynthiana, which occurred on July 17, 1862.

  • FLOOD OF 2010

    We did learn from the past.

    On Sunday evening in Cynthiana and Harrison County, it was obvious that we all were having flashbacks from the 1997 flood.

    As rain continued to fall, families in the west side of town could be found looking out front doors, loading special belongings into cars, watching the river waters creep into Rev. Ross Park and remembering an earlier flood 13 years ago that swept away everything from so many people.

    It was also evident that county, city and law enforcement officials had taken some notes after March 1997.

  • INTRODUCING OUR HOMETOWN HEROES

    I held close to many assumptions before I became a reporter.

    Assumption #1: Police officers spend their time eating donuts and drinking coffee.

    Assumption #2: Firefighters pass the work day by  posing for calendar shoots and playing with Dalmatian dogs.

    Unfortunately, as a society, we have painted these pictures of law enforcement officials that are not true.

    Whenever anything bad happens in Cynthiana (think car accident, house fire, person trapped on a roof, etc.), I tend to see the same people.