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Today's Opinions

  • No snow play

    Step away from the video games. Let go of the joy stick. Turn off the television.

    Go play in the snow!

    Finding snow pictures is getting more and more difficult as pastimes have changed direction.

    I hate to sound like my grandfather spinning a yarn, but when I was growing up, a big, even a moderate, snowfall meant a day with rosy cheeks and cold hands.

    My friends and I would go from yard to yard creating snowmen to adorn each of our lawns. We would also build igloos and have snowball wars.

    Now, it’s all about the video wars.

  • Candidates shouldn’t run if they can’t fulfill the position’s demands

    There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be an exciting election year.

    Cynthiana and Harrison County voters will actually have decisions to make this year when they step into the voting booth. Almost every magistrate seat has a set of contenders and the commission will have a spot on the May primary ballot since over eight candidates filed for the four commission positions.

    Both for the county and city, many of the candidates are new to the local political world. While not endorsing anyone, I think that’s exciting to see.

  • Winter storm

    There was plenty of warning for last weekend’s winter storm that blanketed Harrison County in three to four inches of snow.

    Road crews working in Cynthiana and Harrison County made good use of that forecast by putting down salt brine and generally bracing for the wallop.

    Since it was the weekend and essential travelers were at a minimum, road crews could hold to their task without too much traffic interruption.

  • God doesn’t pluck chickens

    One of the Internet blogs I follow, “The Stretch Marks Blog,” is written by a woman in Texas, Melissa Lee.

    She’s beyond hilarious, loves big hair, “The Bachelor,” her crazy family, chocolate and Jesus.

    She writes mostly about superficial stuff, but not really. There’s a depth to her faith that shines through even her weekly “The Bachelor” recaps.

  • Thieves can’t steal community support

    When vandals broke into the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter in January, Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman said the offense was a “slap in the face.”

    Fifteen animals along with numerous bags of dog food, cat food, treats and cat litter were taken during what Fryman said was the worst break-in he had ever seen.

    There’s not much that can sweeten that sting, but one could argue that an outpouring of community support comes pretty close.

    “Harrison County is a great community,” Fryman said almost two weeks after the break-in.

  • Dear Winter

    Dear Winter,

    Two words for you. Go away.

    Your biting winds, lingering snow and gripping ice have become annoying. They are no longer fun. One could daresay, they are a nuisance.

    Road crews are tired, students are bored of snow days and stores are all out of shovels.

    It may have been pretty when you covered Harrison County in a blanket of white the first time, but now the blankets of white seem  heavier (smothering, really)... and they soon turn to black when motorists are finally able to return to the roads.

  • What makes a good politician?

    Members of Congress play a central role in our lives. They shape our health-care system, make crucial decisions about the U.S. economy, and represent the hopes and interests of every American in Washington. Given this fact, I’m always surprised that relatively little attention is focused on examining closely whether someone serving in or running for Congress has the personal attributes it takes to be an effective member of the institution. If someone’s behavior is shady or unsavory, that will make the news.

  • ‘It is only God to whom true parenthood belongs’

    When my oldest daughter was 3, I tore off the stiff back cover of her Precious Moments coloring book.

    Her dark brown eyes wide with horror and grief she cried, “You just broke my heart!”

    It was then that I knew for sure: I am a Bad Mother.