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Today's Opinions

  • 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 Letters will not be published unless the author can be reached.

  • Cruise control is ‘ill advised’ in some circumstances

    To the editor:

    You recently published a letter from me in regards to dangerous driving on US 62 (Cynthiana Road). Thank you. I wanted to inform your readers of a possible concern I became aware of afterwards - using cruise control on one’s vehicle on wet surfaces. Whenever cruise control is on, two other factors come into play.

    1.) In order to maintain a constant speed, sometimes the vehicle will accelerate on its own... which could cause you to hydroplane, and thus lose control.

  • Father honored for service during WWII and Korean War

    To the editor:

    Our father, Noel Phillips Sr. was with the 735th Tank Battalion under the command of General George S. Patton during World War II. Dad entered the war in August of 1944 in France. He was in the 735th until the end of the European war that ended on his 20th birthday.

  • Remembering and honoring those men and women who served

    There is confusion between Memorial Day and Veterans Day sometimes.

    Memorial Day, sometimes called Decoration Day, is a day to honor deceased friends and family, usually on the last Monday of May.

    Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is a federal holiday to honor all veterans - both living and deceased. It is a time to honor the deceased and to recognize and thank those living that served and those that are serving the citizens of the United States throughout the world.

    You probably know a veteran of past service, and more than likely, you have close kin that served.

  • City street needs repair

    To the editor:

    To the elected officials of Cynthiana - I am writing with a tongue in cheek request for help. I own my residence, which is on the west end of Battle Grove Avenue. You may not have noticed but we haven’t had the benefit of a nicely paved street for some years now here on Battle Grove. What with all the water and sewer leaks, not to mention the gas line leaks, a good part of our street has been made up of poorly applied cold patch and gravel for some time now.

  • Nothing is normal about the night of fright

    People do crazy things on Halloween.

    For the most part, my childhood Halloween’s tend to blend together - a blur of witches’ costumes, candy and orange and green swirls.

    But there is one Halloween that continues to stand out from the rest.

    It was the Halloween that proved all things normal are disregarded on the night of fright.

  • Kentucky pays tribute to veterans

    Next Wednesday, Nov. 11, our nation will recognize the 90th anniversary of what was known for years as Armistice Day but what we now call Veterans Day.

    President Woodrow Wilson chose that date because, in 1918, it marked the formal end of World War I, the first major global conflict that, unfortunately, did not live up to one of its popular nicknames: The War to End All Wars.

    The decision to include all veterans, not just those who served in World War I, came in 1954, when Congress passed and President Eisenhower signed that intent into law.

  • There’s always ghosts walking at Rohs

    My first-ever, real job was at Rohs Opera House.

    I don’t count my father’s monetary bribes for a Mt. Dew refill as a real job.

    “I’ll give you a dime if you run upstairs and get me another glass of Mt. Dew,” he would say.

    The first night of my first real job, I thought I was going to die.

    “It’s Thursday night so we’re going to need to change the marquee,” the manager said. “You’re not scared of heights are you?”