Today's Opinions

  • The fight for birth control should have been won long ago

    Loretta Lynn shocked the world when in 1975 she came out with her song “The Pill,” which was pretty much an anthem to birth control.
    In a nutshell the song says “I’m done being a baby-making machine.”
    When the song came out, people everywhere talked about the evils of birth control: the promotion of casual sex, the “loosening of morals,” the perceived threat to the institution of marriage.

  • Harrison County Food Pantry in need of help

    To the editor:
    Troublesome times are facing the Harrison County Food Pantry. Yes, these are hard times but we have not given up nor do we intend to do so.
    The cost of food has risen, as we all know; cliental is up also, but donations of food and money are down.  Putting this altogether, it can spell trouble. With all that said, I am asking the community to help us. Christmas is coming and we must think about holiday baskets. The churches donate non-perishables, leaving the food pantry’s money for turkeys and rolls.

  • Those who helped with Berry Festival greatly appreciated

    To the editor:
    Our heartfelt thanks go out to those who made our 2015 Berry Festival successful. The generosity of businesses and individuals making contributions for our raffle was greatly appreciated. I hesitate to name the many people whose contributions made our festival successful for I fear, if I tried, I may omit someone.  Each and everyone is dear to us.

  • Kentucky Retirement System meeting held to discuss pensions

    To the editor:
    I want to thank Pat Barnes and the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library for allowing me to hold a meeting there this past Monday.  The Community Room is very nice and has wonderful A/V equipment.
    The meeting dealt with the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) pension plan which includes state/county government and state police employees and retirees. When you combine all of these plans together there are a total of 1,473 agencies with 139,452 covered employees in the funds.    

  • Aggravation worth it for road improvements

    A lot can happen in a week.
    Due to a death in my family, I was out of town last week.
    I completely missed the construction work on the Ladish  Road bridge.
    I have avoided that route for awhile now because of the poor condition of the bridge’s surface.
    No more!
    In fact, to get to U.S. 27 South, that’s one of the alternate routes available.
    When I heard that the John Hunt Morgan bridge and the Ladish bridge were slated for repairs, my first thought was that they would be closed at the same time.


    Let’s take a little break from talking about the judicial process and discuss an issue that is negatively impacting our entire community.  There is an epidemic that is attempting to destroy our country, threaten our safety, and take our children from us.  It does not discriminate based upon age, race, or social class.  This menace is drugs, whether it is marijuana, pills, cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin.  

  • Coming of fall brings on dreaded realization that winter is on its way

    So it’s officially here.
    Fall. With its beautiful leaves and soft breezes and festivals galore. And let’s not forget Halloween, which is absolutely the best holiday.
    Yet I can’t help but feel sad at this time of year, because I know that in just about a month or so, those soft breezes will turn downright cold.
    There’ll be frigid temperatures and ice and snow. Jack Frost will be nipping at our noses (Sorry, I couldn’t help throwing that in there.)

  • The criminalization of food choices is government overreach

    In 2011, federal agents launched a sting operation on an Amish farmer.  Prof. Baylen J. Linnekin provides details of the raid:
    “Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence.  Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.