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Opinion

  • Democrats, lost mountains and folktales may seem a strange combination, but one look at the irrepressible grin on Ann Shelby’s face tells us not to worry.

    Shelby, who will be leading sessions on creative non-fiction at the Licking Valley Writer’s Workshop at MCTC/Licking Valley Campus on Sept. 18-19, brings with her an amazing array of talents and accomplishments.

  • From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, law enforcement authorities will crack down on drunk driving across the Bluegrass. A statewide mobilization campaign for ‘Drunk Driving: Over the Limit - Under Arrest’ will be in effect. The key to this is highly visible enforcement together with public awareness. Law enforcement officials will be out in numbers to remind the public to be aware that if you are caught driving impaired, you will be prosecuted.

  • To the editor:

    We think our great-grandfather, Riley Frazer Williams, was enslaved at the Handy House and he ran from there in 1863 when he was six years old, with his parents, Nathanial and Maria, and his siblings, Daniel, Amanda and baby Emma.

  • To the editor:

    This is a Food Pantry update to everyone in Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    The Pantry has been doing well this spring and summer with the kindness of many of our churches and individuals that have shared with us money and food. Many have shared fresh vegetables from their gardens and this has really helped and the people really appreciated them.

  • To the editor:

    This past spring, the Recreation Department Board saw fit to remove the skate park from its River Road location - accusing skaters of breaking rules like dress code, littering and foul language. Although the city ordered a new location be found, still no skate park can be found in Cynthiana. I see we got a new picnic/deck area built at the River Road Park. Maybe that frivolous project could have been delayed a while in order to provide a place for dozens of kids in this town to get the exercise they need.

  • 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.