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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Licking Valley Campus is on the move

    Maysville Community and Technical College has been creating opportunities and fueling the dreams of many in Cynthiana for 20 years. During that 20-year span, there have been numerous milestones for the college. The first extension of the college was opened in 1989 in a rented space. In 2002, a new building was built to accommodate the expanding number of students. In 2007, enrollment topped 3,500 for the college. In the fall term of 2009 MCTC added to their facilities by opening another extension in Cynthiana for the Health Science students.

  • Driving on winter roads

    So far the month of February has proven to be a very snowy month in Harrison County. We have been very fortunate this winter with snow amounts as compared to some states that have had far more than we are experiencing.