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Today's Opinions

  • Boughs of silver, bulbs of blue make memorable tree

    I remember my aunt having the most beautiful Christmas tree ever.

    I was probably 10 or so when my family traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a Christmas vacation.

    We walked into my aunt’s house, happy to be out of the car for awhile. And there, just inside the door, was the  biggest and brightest tree I had ever seen. There were blue bulbs and baubles hanging from the boughs.

    The boughs, yes the boughs.

  • T-shirt gospel: ‘Life is good’

    One day last week, as I drove back to the newsroom after doing an interview, the message on the spare tire cover on the black Jeep in front of me caught my attention:

    Life is good.

    I had just come from one of my favorite places, the Key Training Center. A longtime resident had spent an entire year buying toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and she was bursting with joy.

  • Gathering ‘round the tree

    At my house, the Christmas tree assembly and decoration marks the official kick-off to the holiday season.

    If the Christmas tree is up, then it is deemed okay to buy presents, wrap presents and start making fruit cake.

    The Christmas tree might be the center of all family holiday festivities, but it can also be the cause of some family disagreements... at least in the Darnell household.

    There is the all important debate over white lights versus colored lights.

    Strings of beads or ribbon?

    A bow at the top or a tree-topper?

  • Don’t let faith get stuck in one gear

    When I met my husband, he drove a totally hot car, a brand-new 1973 Mercury Comet GT, white with burnt orange pinstripes and burnt orange interior.

    And it had a manual transmission.

    Because we were young and newly in love and Barry had miles of patience, he attempted to teach me to drive it. It helped that we lived in Northern Maine where there wasn’t much to crash into except snow banks and caribou.

  • Drivers should slow down and pay attention to avoid wrecks

    To the editor:

    I noted another accident on US 62 that sent two people to the hospital. I have no idea what gets into people’s minds (probably nothing) that causes them to ignore the highway center lines.

    I drive into Cynthiana at least four times a week and daily see people over the center lines, to the point of having a mirror-to-mirror impact.

    Combining lack of attention with speeding, and it’s a common occurrence.

    Ronald Dumm

    Harrison County

  • Everyone has a right to an opinion... and a right to say it

    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Voltaire, 18th Century French philosopher

    And, so it is with letters to the editor.

    I don’t always agree with opinions that readers want to express in our Mailbag section. In fact, sometimes I even huff and mumble when I read them.

    Newspapers stand for freedoms of speech and expression. How can we defend those freedoms then turn around and censor letters just because we don’t agree with them?

  • A scooter for Christmas

    Christmas columns are not hard to write in Cynthiana. You never have to look far to find someone who is trying to make this holiday season brighter for someone else, many times without even knowing the recipient of that good cheer.

    But despite the abundance of good this holiday season - whether its Christmas boxes filled with food or donated toys for children - it’s always refreshing and inspiring to see people helping people.

    The Dailey family is used to helping people. They pull vehicles out of all corners of the earth on a daily basis.

  • Looking at Cynthiana from heaven’s angle

    Cynthiana never looked so beautiful.

    I’ve seen Cynthiana from the air before. I’ve been in the passenger seat of small planes that took off and landed at our own airstrip with the capable pilots of first, Reed Anderson many years ago, then Doug Coy, and Jim Wornall. I’ve also flown with Richard Colvin from the Pendleton County airport.

    But nothing had prepared me for breathtaking  sights to be seen from the backseat of an ultralight.