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Today's Opinions

  • Everything I needed to know...

    “You don’t want to eat onions on Tuesdays because they make you sleepy,” said Thelma Taylor to a young journalism pup.
    Tuesday was and still is deadline day at The Cynthiana Democrat and if anyone knew the do’s and don’ts of deadlines, it was Thelma.
    She was the first woman to earn editor status for The Cynthiana Democrat and I know exactly how she did it. One word... caring.
    Thelma had a passion for Cynthiana and Harrison County and more importantly the people who make up that community.

  • Former editor bids farewell to ‘journalism mentor’ and ‘Cynthiana mother’

    By Herb Brock, guest columnist and former editor of The Cynthiana Democrat

  • Road crews plowing ahead to ensure safety of others

    December is certainly one for the record books. Snowfall totals for the month have equaled the average yearly totals for most of the state.
    Despite snowfall after snowfall, Harrison County’s major roads have been cleared for travel.
    Trucks with scrapers and salt spreaders could be heard late at night and early in the  morning breaking paths on snow-covered roads.
    State, county and city crews worked diligently to make sure that motorists could get to work and even that holiday travelers could safely reach their destinations.

  • Coming to terms

    This week marks the end of the terms for several city and county officials.
    These men and women have served our community to the best of their abilities. In many cases, they had but one vote, but they cast their votes where they felt they were needed, and not always the popular one.
    For the city, Amanda Moore, Mark Mattmiller and Jimmy New will be stepping down.
    One commissioner said that just as he was getting the hang of the job, the term ended.

  • Thank God for wonderful people

    Today, while stopping at Ken’s to pick up a turkey, I accidentally laid my keys down, along with my telephone and stepped out, hitting the lock as I did.
    After saying to myself that everyone I could call was unavailable at the time, I looked up and a young city police officer drove up. I flagged him down and he immediately got help for me. He was so polite and nice.
    A few minutes later, two wonderful people from the fire department came and got my door open. As I am an older person, it meant so much to me. I was so thankful.

  • ‘Just a few of my favorite things’ from gardener

    No matter what you celebrate during the month of December it likely involves some sort of gift giving.   Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful than others.
    Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap. Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.
    Hand pruners and a good garden spade were No. 1 and No. 2 when I took a sampling from my most accomplished gardening friends.  

  • Keep warm and safe; make sure your neighbors are, too

    I am an addicted weather watcher. I’m not real sure why or how this happened, but when the first inkling of a weather threat of any kind is predicted, I begin a satellite-to-front-window vigil.
    As early as last Thursday, I began telling co-workers that meteorologists were forecasting a winter storm for this week.

  • Shoe box ministry support appreciated

    To the editor:
    Many, many thanks go out to all who were involved with the Operation Christmas Child Shoe box ministry.  
    Whether you packed a box, brought items for a packing party, saved empty shoe boxes, gave money or prayed for the ministry, we cannot thank you enough or tell you what a difference it will make in a child’s life.  
    I personally have heard story after story of how people got interested in the project and how it has excited them as well.