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Opinion

  • On Tuesday, Aug. 11, another year of school will begin. Everyone needs to remember to stop when they see a school bus on the streets of Cynthiana and the roads of Harrison County picking up or dropping off our children. Every year the Cynthiana Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department receive complaints of motorists passing school buses while the bus’ lights are flashing and the arms on the front of the buses are extended out.

    KRS 189.370 reads:

  • Fifteen noted authors including Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, Gurney Norman will open the two-day Inaugural Writers Workshop with a gala evening Sept. 18 at The Prizing House, compliments of the Becker Law Firm.

  • We have all heard people say that we must get business and industry to Cynthiana. We have heard it many times. While this is certainly true, every time I hear or read the comments about Cynthiana and the need for new business, I am reminded of the story of the great professional tennis player who was involved in a terrible car accident.

  • I’m sitting on a couch in Hershey, Penn., with my sister, my daughter and my granddaughter, watching the Food Network and thinking, “How weird is this?”

    We’re here on a partial family vacation since only part of our family is here. My sister flew in from California and my daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law drove up from Virginia. My husband and I flew up from Florida...

    We’ve been planning this family vacation for nearly a year, which means we’ve had nearly a year to create expectations.

  • With the worsening economy, an increasing number of Kentuckians are being victimized by fraudulent unsolicited business offers commonly originating outside the United States. County Attorneys throughout Kentucky are reporting an upswing in this type of activity. In one case, an elderly victim was defrauded of $1.1 million by a Canadian source before the scam was discovered and stopped.

    The most common of these scams begins  with  the  receipt  of an unsolicited cashiers’ check in the mail.

  • To the editor:

    The Harrison County Varsity Cheerleaders recently completed their annual athletic cheerleading calendar. It was a great success thanks to approximately 140 local and surrounding businesses. The generous support that our community continues to give the HCHS squad is greatly appreciated.

    All businesses that purchased an advertisement should have already received their complimentary calendar. If you have not, please contact us, so this may be corrected.

  • This is an open letter to Eve (last name unknown), the first woman created by God, wife of Adam.

    Dear Eve,

    What was it like?

    What was it like to live in a perfect world, a garden paradise? Did you have a house, or did you and your husband sleep outdoors under the stars?

  • To the editor:

    We all know that you cannot borrow your way out of debt. You cannot spend your way to a balanced budget. And you cannot gamble your way to prosperity. But our state House of Representatives tried to do all three in the June special session.

    Meeting ostensibly because there was “a $1 billion shortfall” in the state budget, members of the House tried to spend an additional $1.3 billion for school buildings. Their plan was to borrow against all the money they would “earn” from gambling proceeds from the radical expansion of gambling.

  • When I was a new Christian, I knew two sisters. One attended the same church that I did. That church emphasized obedience and holiness. Do what God says and you will be rewarded for your effort.

    Her sister went to a church that swung way the other direction. Her church’s philosophy was, “Hey, the Bible says that where sin increases God’s grace abounds, so let’s revel in our sin!” Her house was a mess because, “Hey, God’s grace shines through!”

  • To the editor:

    I, too, don’t understand the delay on the proposed recreation facility. A recreational facility would not only provide our community with increased recreational options, but job opportunities, revenue from natives and no doubt, visitors from other counties (the way Georgetown currently benefits!). Also, with obesity on the rise, it’s a major benefit to have local access to modern adequate recreational facilities so people have greater opportunity to exercise while indulging in something fun.

  • To the editor:

    A couple of weeks ago, I was called and asked by my friend to go to the Pythian Grove Cemetery in Berry. We both have family and friends buried there. She said something was wrong with the maintenance of the cemetery and that I needed to check it out.

  • To the editor:

    On July 21, 2009, I received calls to observe the condition of Pythian Grove Cemetery in Berry. I came in on Lafferty Pike and couldn’t see much wrong until I turned into the cemetery and my heart melted. I could not believe what I saw. I brought my camera to take pictures. In my view were weeds, milk weeds (one over six feet tall) and a view I have never seen before in this cemetery. As I went further, the weeds covered the names on the headstones, went over my ankles and some went over my knees. Why?

  • To the editor:

    The July 2, 2009 issue of The Cynthiana Democrat had an interesting article about the 13 letters of intent from citizens interested in filling the recently vacated Commissioner of Public Utilities position.

     I live in the county so I don’t really have a “vote” on this issue, but on the other hand, I am concerned about Cynthiana growing and improving, so I wanted to offer some thoughts about the article.

  • To the editor:

    We’re on a mission. With the past year’s successful events such as the Cynthiana Art Walk, our annual Autumn Afternoon, and Classic Movie Nights at the Rohs Opera House, the Cynthiana Arts Council is energized and gearing up for another great year. The council is dedicated to bring cultural experiences to Cynthiana through all mediums of art and we’re looking to strengthen our success by recruiting new, active members. 

  • To the editor:

    The East Kentucky Power Cooperative plans to raise our electricity rates to build a new coal-burning power plant. They claim that demand for electricity will increase in the coming years, that the new plant will create jobs, and that their new plant will not add to our air pollution.

    What EKPC won’t tell you is that two recent studies clearly demonstrate that these claims are misleading or false.

  • Lately I’ve been hooked on watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC, hosted by style gurus Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.

    How the show works: Friends and relatives nominate a chronically fashion-challenged friend who’s ambushed by Stacy and Clinton who hand her a Visa card worth $5,000 with her name on it to spend on a new wardrobe in New York City.

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    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.