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Today's Opinions

  • Doing the Almighty happy dance

    We're doing the happy dance at my house these days.

    It started when, one day last week, I went to turn on the TV in the living room and it popped, which is never a good sound coming from a major appliance or electronic device.

    My husband had been pining for a flat-screen, high-definition TV for months and I've balked at the idea. Our TV was good enough.

    But that morning "good enough" became "dead." Later that day Barry called me at work and said, "Before you start screaming, hear me out."

  • While the public is generous, food pantry needs are continuous

    To the editor:

    A few weeks ago the Democrat office hosted the Home and Garden Show, which a tremendous mountain of food was collected for the food pantry. Then, a week ago, the Post Office held its annual food drive, which 4,500 lbs. of food was collected and also given to the food pantry.

    The volunteers and I want to say a big thanks to anyone person and all who participated in any way to these two events.

  • Conservation grant enabled students to get hands-on education

    To the editor:

    On behalf of St. Edward School, Northside Elementary School, and Harrison County High School, we would like to thank the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District for their generous grant, which afforded us the opportunity to participate in a water watch stream project on Edgewater Pike on Monday, May 19.

  • Around the town in 180 days: A family of five proves it can survive without using a supercenter for its needs

    January 4, I remember it so well. It is clear in my mind.

    That is the last day I stepped foot into our Wal-Mart Supercenter and walked out empty handed, slightly disappointed, and with a gnawing feeling in my stomach.

    I had noticed that in recent months I have had a growing resentment to the large corporate American shopping experience and while my desire to purchase an electronic device didnt spurn this, it surely enhanced it.

  • Connersville members were angels during finals

    To the editor:

    As a student at LVC, I can honestly say that finals week can be very hectic and stressful. All the reviewing, researching and writing makes for long days and late nights; no sooner do you finish one exam, another quickly approaches.

    Thanks to the Good Samaritans of Connersville Christian Church, my week was more enjoyable. They had volunteers present all week long displaying their support while aiding students and faculty with drinks and snacks.

  • State mandates leaving seniors high and dry

    To the editor:

    A special advisory commission of senior citizens was held in Frankfort on May 8-9, 2008.

    The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is facing many problems due to mandates of Gov. Steve Beshear. The keynote speaker for this meeting was Commissioner Anderson, Department of Aging and Independent living, explaining results of a two to 12 percent reduction in monies and how this will affect not only her staff, but loss of monies so desperately needed for senior citizens centers.

  • Zoning rules should clarify when a farm is a business

    To the editor:

    My husband and I live on Ky. Hwy. 1743. We knew that, for various reasons, we would be adding an additional garage to the property. After doing some research we decided to have one built by Custom Wood. Adding an additional building meant getting a building permit, which we did.

  • 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.