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Opinion

  • 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?

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • To the editor:

    A bill called the “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) is presently in the works of passing through Congress.

    FOCA is a pro-abortion agenda, proposing the following:

    •Taxpayers will be required to fund abortion for any reason.

    •Hospitals and healthcare professionals will be required to provide abortions, in addition to abortion clinics.

    •Employer health insurance plans will be required to cover abortion.

    •Organizations that perform and promote abortions will be funded.

  • Only my friend Tara could pull off a boisterous, joyful memorial service.

    Her mother, Kaye Reynolds, died May 30 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her memorial service was July 3.

    Tara had requested that people dress joyously colorful, so there were a lot of reds and greens and blues. Her mother had a flamboyant spirit, much like Tara.

  • To the editor:

    I have lived in the small community of Kelat for 23 years. I raised my children here and three of my grandchildren have lived here most of their lives. Has Cynthiana forgot this is a part of their county too?

  • To the editor:

      During the recent Fourth of July weekend, as the nation celebrated Independence Day, my wife and I were compelled to visit Rev. Larry Bowald and his family in their new town of residence - Canfield, Ohio. We could not think of a better way to spend such a festive occasion than with a family that is so dear to the Cynthiana community and us.

  • To the editor:

    I am just your run-of-the-mill average citizen and lately, I have found a need to be more informed about my country; past, present, and its possible future. I guess my grandchildren have something to do with it. I want them to grow up in a free and prosperous America, with all its advantages and individual freedoms, as I did.

  • As I come to work everyday and as I patrol around town, I see several vehicles parked up on the sidewalk in front of their homes.

    The question that I ask myself is, “Why do people do that and do they realize that parking on sidewalks is prohibited?”

  • A few weeks ago I heard a sermon about wisdom.

    I wisely took notes, then lost them and forgot much of what the pastor said.

    But I do remember one thing. He said God came to King Solomon in a dream and said he could ask for anything and he’d give it to him...

    Solomon acknowledged God’s great kindness to his father, King David, and now to him as king of Israel.

  • An abandoned motor vehicle is any motor vehicle which remains unattended and unmoved on any public street, highway, right-of-way, or on any other public property for a period of more than three days, or which remains unmoved on any private property without a current license plate for a period of more than seven days, if the vehicle has been damaged or is deteriorated so extensively that it has no value but for salvage or the vehicle or any parts thereof are placed on jacks, blocks or other supports, or one or more parts of the vehicle necessary for lawful operations are missing.

  • In these tough economic times, tuition and professional development funding are often hard to come by.  However, with stimulus funds and a stronger emphasis on new training opportunities, there are glimmers of hope for those seeking to further their education. Among various training scholarships becoming available, there is free tuition money available to those who work in child care and early education fields.

  • To the editor:

    The Harrison County Breds Boosters, and the team, would like to thank all the Cynthiana, Harrison County, and surrounding businesses and citizens for the support during his past year. Without this continued financial support and strong fan base the success our team enjoys could not be a reality. We sincerely appreciate all levels of support and continue to strive to make baseball “a matter of pride” in these young men’s lives, hoping that pride spills into all areas of their lives.

    Lori Denniston, president

  • The ideals that President Lincoln expressed in the Gettysburg Address have a tremendous relevance for our country today.

    Today we are faced with not just the wars that we are involved in overseas, we have to face what President Obama has called the worst economic crisis since the Depression. The battle fields have moved from our soil to inside our homes, our jobs and our futures.

  • As I write this it’s Day 8 of my 10 days off.

    The first five days were a blur of not doing much — reading, laundry, cleaning out my bathroom junk drawer. I watched a lot of reality TV, dozed on the couch, thought about washing my windows, made a pot of black beans one day, which were very good, thought about cleaning out the refrigerator.

    Then came Day 6 — Beach Day. We strapped our bikes onto the back of the truck and drove to Clearwater Beach, the clear, blue sky and hot, hot sun designed by the chamber of commerce.

    Or perhaps God.

  • To the editor:

  • It is an interesting phenomenon that negative information and comments always get more attention than the positive. As a people, we just seem to dwell on the negative. As Grandma used to say, “bad news travels fast.” Surely we have heard a lot of negatives about our city over the past few years, and certainly, some of it is deserved. Nonetheless, it is my belief, that this would be a great time to highlight some positive accomplishments of the City of Cynthiana.

  • To the editor:

    Everyone who received a Democrat or bought one last week got a yellow paper flyer with the city ordinances on it, asking that all residents cooperate with the following ordinances. That means all residents in the city.

  • To the editor:

    I wanted to write a letter congratulating my son, Aaron Williams, for his graduation on Friday, June 5 from Harrison County High School. Aaron was recognized during commencement for being the only student to sweep the CATS scores for his entire high school career and he and J.D. Wright were recognized for receiving Commonwealth Diplomas.   Congratulations J.D.