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Today's Opinions

  • Crepe myrtles and winter damage

    In 2010 I wrote, “We should use more crape myrtles in Kentuckiana. They are not just for warm, temperate climes. In fact, there are a great many that go unbothered by an average winter in our parts.”
    Well, famous last words, right? I guess the operative words are “average winter.”   
    Crepe myrtles are one of the last of the summer blooming shrubs to break dormancy in the spring.  In fact, many fear that their crepe myrtles are dead because they are so slow to leaf out. This year, it just might be the case, however.  

  • Rocky road finally smooths out for new writer, leads to Cynthiana

    It’s really hard to believe that I have been at the Democrat for just over a week. It feels much, much longer.
    Part of it might be because I jumped into my role immediately, already having written five stories (plus this column). And part of it is probably the whirlwind of having met so many people. Mainly, though, I think it’s because from the moment I walked in the door, I felt at home, like it’s where I’m meant to be right now.

  • Co-op project a nuisance to Harrison County couple

    To the editor:
    We purchased our home at 363 Waits Road a little over a year ago and have spent a lot of time, effort and money to make it a nice place to come home to.

  • Vaping leads to nicotine addiction

    To the editor;
    In the April 9 edition of the Cynthiana Democrat, guest columnist Lisa Preston expressed her disappointment in how local leaders handle, or don’t, tobacco use by community youth.  I found much of what she said right on target.
    We, as a community, do not take the use of tobacco by our children seriously enough. Some adults even enable this addiction by providing children with this dangerous drug.
    Yes, addiction, yes, drug.  

  • Community fund helps keep Salvation Army bells ringing

    To the editor:
    I am writing in behalf of The Salvation Army Unit of Cynthiana-Harrison County and its devoted board members.

  • Just another bump in the road

    Since accepting a job offer with the University of Kentucky earlier this month, I envisioned my column for this week to have been the one that broke the news to Harrison County.

  • Miscellaneous musings and random scribbles

    Once again, after going through my column ideas folder of scribbled notes on church bulletins, saved emails and starts of columns I haven’t finished, I’m turning these random bits of miscellany into today’s column.
    I hope some of these thoughts will be helpful to someone reading this.
    •“How could a thorn ever be grace?” That’s from a song, “Strong,” that I heard at a church recently. Thorns hurt, and I was hurting that day.

  • Research before you look for a forever friend

    It’s been a few weeks ago that I made a trip down south I-75 with my daughter on her quest for a new puppy. A 6-week-old Pomeranian, which is also a bundle of cuteness and fur, was the must-have on this day.