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Opinion

  • To the editor:

     It was my pleasure to participate in the KY Tech- Harrison County Area Technology Center’s annual fall steering committee meeting led by Principal John White. I want to thank businesses and school leaders who support career and technical education programs offered at the school.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to respond to the grandparent that was told that the PTO is responsible for getting playground equipment. The PTO is an organization that assists the school in buying computer programs, playground equipment, and materials/resources needed to help our teachers teach. I do not understand what she meant by competition. There is no competition between the PTOs. Fundraisers are held to raise money for all of the requests that they are given. The PTO then has to decide what they can pay for.

  • To the editor:

    The HCHS cheerleaders invite all former HCHS cheerleaders and former HCHS cheerleading coaches to an alumni brunch to be held on Saturday, Oct. 10. The program will include a slide show and recognition of past cheerleading accomplishments. A quilt has been made from retired HCHS cheer uniforms and will be raffled at the alumni brunch. Please plan to join us at the HCHS cafeteria at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10. Tickets in advance are $15 or $25 at the door. For more information, call Pam Henson at 234-6641.

    Pam Henson

    Parents for Pep Treasurer

  • The day after my niece’s wedding, my sister and I went to the California desert town of Temecula.

    When I was growing up, Temecula was nothing but sand and tumbleweeds. Today, it looks like most every modern suburban sprawl with a CVS and Burger King on nearly every corner.

    My sister and I went to the restored old town of Temecula, with its cute boutiques, restaurants and antique stores.

  • Traffic signals and stop signs are placed at intersections for a reason, and the reason is so that people can proceed through the intersection without running into another vehicle. The problem that we have here in our community is that a lot of people driving today do not stop. It seems that everyone is in a hurry for whatever reason.

  • On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, the President of these United States spoke to school-aged children across the nation via a television address. I was confident my children, in attendance at a public elementary school in the Harrison County school district, would be viewing and listening to this address. It was directed, after all, to them. 

  • 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.

  •  Everyone likes pictures. Not everyone likes to be photographed, but we all like to flip through photo albums and yearbooks.

  • To the editor:

    Not being a parent, I wasn’t aware that the students at Harrison County schools weren’t able to listen to the President’s address, though it doesn’t surprise me.

    In a country where five percent of the people have 95 percent of the money, this sort of situation confirms that split also applies to common sense and brains.

  • To the editor:

    Nashville has come to Cynthiana! Well almost. Every Saturday night, The Classic Country Band is performing at Rohs Opera House, helping plant the seed for a downtown re-birth. The quality of music and songs performed by this group of seasoned musicians is equal to or above anything one can find in central Kentucky.

  • We can see that there have been some overall improvements in our city and we feel that we are headed in the right direction. However, Cynthiana is facing some serious problems and the solutions to some of these are difficult at best. This might be a good time to point out a few of our major hurdles and what the commission is doing to try to solve them.

  • To the editor:

    Wow! Bruce Florence, director of MCTC-LVC has pulled off some more of her “magic” up on the hilltop this past weekend! I am referring to the writer’s workshop.

    There was a full house at The Prizing House on South Church Street Friday evening, where 15 noted authors set up for a “mini” book fair, wonderful buffet dinner, live folk band from Morehead and a keynote address by Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Gurney Norman.

  • “Our district received an e-mail on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at 11:05 am from the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Terry Holliday, with the subject-heading, ‘Information about President Obama’s back to school message.’ We met with our principals on Friday, Sept. 4 to discuss the President’s speech.

  • To the editor:

    I heard that Harrison County schools had not aired the President’s speech to school children. I thought, at the time, it must have been an isolated situation - surely the entire system would not have denied our own President the first amendment rights.

    I stand corrected.

  • When I sent my child to school last Tuesday it was with the full expectation that he would have the opportunity to view the President’s address to students. As I came to find out, the vast majority of students in Harrison County were not given the chance to view the address at that time. I began making phone calls to uncover the reasoning behind this. 

  • To the editor:

    Residents in Cynthiana who are for responsible growth for Harrison County, and thus against the zone change on Connersville Road, have been meeting regularly to discuss how we can make a difference in the outcome of the upcoming Sept. 22 zoning  decision.

  • Like many kids in Harrison County, my niece and nephew went back-to-school shopping this past weekend.

    Emma, 10, and Will, 8, were a little reluctant to give up their lazy mornings and homework-free afternoons, but they both couldn’t help  getting excited about back-to-school shopping.

    Each first day of school deserves a new outfit, right?

    Both in elementary school at Southside, there were many things that didn’t make an appearance on Emma and Will’s shopping lists.

    The Harrison County school system beat them to the punch.

  • To the editor:

    This Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m., the city commission will decide if residents of the Lebus subdivision will have a new neighbor. It will not be a new family, but a propane storage facility, which should be located further into the industry park and not in front of our home. We welcome business and progress, but not at this great price directed at just a few people.

  • To the editor:

    Grandparents’ Day was very enjoyable until our trip for recess took us to what was called a “playground.” I was horrified at what I saw. There is no “playground!” What there is are swings that leave rust on the children’s hands and clothes. What there is are swing sets that are not maintained and an area of decaying mulch - something the teachers fight to keep the kids out of for several reasons.

  • Perhaps it was a stupid assumption, but I thought my first summer here at The Cynthiana Democrat would be slow, hot and uneventful.

    I had visions of sipping ice cold lemonade through a hot pink straw, while I tanned on a lounge chair at the side of a crystal blue pool.

    Awww... I can almost smell the chlorine.

    Reality, it seems, can be a slap in the face.

    My bright green agenda and the weekend plans it often holds soon became filled with festivals and events.