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Today's Opinions

  • Detecting a scam

    My father has frequently lamented the ole “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…” as a cue for me to see the obvious.

    So now, I find myself staring at endless e-mails claiming that I have recently inherited thousands of dollars or that I can acquire property overseas for a mere acknowledgement with my credit card numbers. Oh, and there was also the letter stating that I could receive a new roof for my house that came from California!

    They are all ducks!

    They waddle and quack and offer the unbelievable.

  • When it’s not all ‘fine’

    Everybody’s fine and everybody lies.

    That pretty much sums up the essence of life, doesn’t it?

    Last Saturday I watched the Robert DeNiro movie, “Everybody’s Fine.” DeNiro’s character, recently widowed Frank, has four adult children scattered across the nation whom he has invited home for the weekend. He wants everyone to sit at the table together, just like they used to. He wants to know that he was a good dad, that his kids love him, especially now that his wife is gone.

  • TOYOTA: SURVIVING A ROAD BUMP

    It’s easy to feel affected by Toyota’s latest recalls that have affected 8.5 million vehicles.

    If you don’t drive a recalled Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra or VENZA, chances are you share the road with other drivers that do.

    In Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda apologized to a U.S. Congressional Committee, saying “...I am deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced.”

  • Senator Palmer thanks road and highway workers

    To the editor:

    Between frigid temperatures and snowstorms, the winter of 2010 will be one we will not quickly forget. Snow and ice, compounded with the freezing temperatures day-after-day, have caused hazardous roads in most communities, including Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery and Nicholas counties. However, the road departments performed remarkably, working around the clock to keep the roads as clear as possible.

  • HOUSE BILL 43: NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

    I’ve wrecked a car twice in my life.

    Two different vehicles, but both separate occasions were on the same downtown Cynthiana street that I travel through almost every single day.

    I’m happy to report I was not text messaging while driving when either of the accidents occurred.

    But was my attention on the road 100 percent?

    No.

    I’ll admit it.

  • Horn was a tremendous asset to community, will be missed

    To the editor:

    My mother and I own the Rainbow Thrift Shop on the corner of Pike and Walnut Street. Anyone who has an emergency or fire, etc. we never turn them away for help with clothes, furniture or anything that is necessary. If it wasn’t for Clarence Horn, John Hodge and the Salvation Army, along with local churches’ participation, a lot of it couldn’t be done because we do it out of our own finances and we are both on a fixed income.

  • Hope for ‘Good (and not-so Good) Daughters’

    When my sister was little, she wiped spaghetti sauce from her mouth with a piece of bread.

    This is a significant event in our family’s history because, as the Good Daughter, it is probably the one and only time Peggy ever got in trouble.

    In a nanosecond, Peggy did the bread-wipe and Dad reached over and whacked her hand, which stunned us all. Not that Dad whacked one of us, but that it was Peggy — the Good Daughter!

  • Post Office should prepare for mass mailing, says citizen

    To the editor:

    Last Thursday, when the mail man delivered my mail, there was no Democrat. I immediately called the office to see if my subscription was still in effect. It was, so I then called the post office. I was told that every family received a free paper. I then asked why no one in my building received one. She repeated the same thing - our carriers were to be back at the post office by 5 p.m. (my mail man comes to my house between 2:30 and 3 p.m. and yet no paper). I was then told the my paper would be in my box on Friday.