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Today's Opinions

  • Cynthiana Art Walk created a weekend downtown ‘buzz’

    To the editor:

    What an evening we had in the much alive and vibrant downtown Cynthiana, Ky. last Friday evening! The area was clean.Shops were open. Music was in the air. Citizens and visitors were strolling the sidewalks, greeting each other with smiles and chatting. Why, it was just like the dream so many of us have for our city and county and had expressed in the Harrison County Tomorrow planning. And it was already happening!

  • Jackson’s music was a soundtrack of memories

    I remember once in Mrs. Laura Gregg’s middle school chorus class, she looked at us adolescent students and asked, “What would your life be like without music?”

    It was a profound question that I still don’t think I can come close to answering.

    I thought about Mrs. Gregg and her profound question last Thursday evening as I watched tributes to the “King of Pop.”

    At the age of 50, Michael Jackson had died.

  • State’s stimulus package will speed up economic recovery

    The General Assembly had two main goals when it convened the recent special legislative session that Governor Beshear had called: Overcome a billion-dollar budget deficit and help jumpstart our economy.

    By the time legislators finished their work last Wednesday, there was considerable agreement that both had been accomplished.

  • Turning up the tunes is against the law

    The city ordinance regarding ‘noise’ reads as follows: There emits from premises or from any motor vehicle noise noxious enough to cause annoyance or disturbance or to destroy the enjoyment of dwelling houses or business or other uses of property in the vicinity by interfering with ordinary comforts of human existence.

  • L-shaped recovery: An oxymoron?

    In April 2008, various economic forecasters, including Mish’s Economic Trend Analysis, started projecting that we’d have an L-shaped recession, where the economy falls rapidly and then flat-lines for a long time. Considering the amount of time it would take to de-leverage and the illiquid nature of the bubble asset (housing), this made a lot of sense. But then, about a year later in April/May 2009, bloggers and eventually mainstream media began talking about and L-shaped recovery in both real estate and the stock market. What the heck is an L-shaped recovery?

  • Community support is a precious gift to youth

    “It takes a village to raise a child.”

    Our work at The Cynthiana Democrat has recently been taken over by the activities and achievements of our county’s youth. Whether it’s end-of-the-year academic awards, a run in the state baseball tournament or graduation, it seems to be the season for kids.

    Not that I’m complaining... I would rather sit through five awards ceremonies than one board meeting (no offense city commissioners). Kids are just... fun.

    And it’s true... Harrison County, in general, prides itself on its youth.

  • Don’t throw stones, restore souls instead

    I don’t often comment on current events in the news in this column, mainly because by the time it’s printed the news is old. Plus, much smarter and more insightful people have already written everything there is to be said.

    However, I’m going to add my two cents to the conversation about Steve McNair, the ex-NFL quarterback who was found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide.

    The married Steve McNair who was shot by his 20-year-old girlfriend.

  • Kelat community should be treated as part of county

    To the editor:

    I was in Kelat the day those men were driving drunk and reckless. If it hadn’t been raining that afternoon, my daughter would have been riding her bike there. Would the deputies have made time to come if she had been hit by these men?

    Nine seconds after I pulled off to head to town - and this is on video - one of the drivers ran a stop sign. If I had left a few seconds later, I would have been hit. The cops were called and nothing was done. Yet in Cynthiana, if a child skateboards on the wrong road, they are immediately in trouble. How fair is that?