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Today's Opinions

  • We need town hall meetings

    Years ago, when I was still in Congress, I pulled up one day to address a public meeting in a remote and very rural part of Indiana. The sheriff, a friend of mine, met me outside the small volunteer firehouse where I was to speak. “The Ku Klux Klan is here in full regalia,” he told me. “If you’d like, I’ll keep them out of your meeting.”

  • Veterans appreciative of day's events

    To the editor:

    We would like to once again express our sincere appreciation to the Cynthiana Elks Lodge for hosting veterans with a fish fry luncheon. It was great! The food was delicious, but the camaraderie warm and inviting. We felt appreciated and welcome.

  • Photos needed for 2009 community yearbook

    Before we know it, 2009 will come to a close. We’ll ring in a new year and say goodbye to what has been.

    Some people may describe 2009 as momentous. For others it was just another 12 months. However you look upon the last four seasons, I hope you looked at some of it through a camera’s lens.

    Our new publication will come with the close of the year. It will be our first Yearbook, and quite honestly, if we don’t get some photographs from our readers, it will likely be our last yearbook.

  • Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks

    Merciful God,

    Every year at this time as I start to pen a psalm of Thanksgiving, I’m never quite sure where to begin, or even how to approach you.

    I have so little to lay at your feet. No grand deeds, no souls saved because of something I’ve said or done. Truth is, I’m feeling empty-handed and ashamed, aware of my unworthiness, yet confident of your great mercy.

    O, how I cherish your mercy!

  • Your election, your voice

    With an election for state, county and city positions less than a year away, The Cynthiana Democrat welcomes letters of endorsement for candidates of the 2010 election.

    The last date to publish a candidate endorsement is in the Oct. 21, 2010 issue. Those letters need to be received at the office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Letters should be no more than 300 words. All letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. Letters will not be published unless the author can be reached.

  • Should lawmakers play doctor?

    One childhood Christmas memory is receiving a shiny red plastic doctor’s kit. I went from family member to family member looking inside their mouths while they played along with my fantasy career.

    I’m beginning to think that we are humoring a group of lawmakers who have no more qualifications to make a diagnosis than I did.

    In their fantasy careers, lawmakers believe they should go over the heads of experts to tell the public what’s best for their health care.

    I’m more than a little concerned.

  • ‘Teachers who retire cannot wait six months to get paid’

    To the editor:

    Having been a substitute teacher for 13 years, it was time to retire. My last day of work was in December 2008. The need for substitute teachers in January and February increased my desire to retire.

    As you know, the Kentucky legislators required all school personnel to contribute to a pension program. I did not want to participate in a pension program, but it was mandatory. However, when I retire, I would get my “contribution.”

  • Speeding on city streets; police enforce speed limits

    Leaves falling from trees onto city streets and rain do not make our streets very safe for a person who is speeding and is trying to stop. This makes for a very dangerous situation out here this time of year. Every driver needs to remember to adjust your driving habits to the road conditions because the roads are not going to adjust to your driving. Speed limits are posted for a reason and that is for people to drive safely in our community. They are not put out there for people to ignore.