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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

    On behalf of the parishioners of St. Edward, I wish to thank everyone who supported our recent Ice Cream Social. It was a great success! All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Edward School.

     We appreciate the kindness and generosity of our local officials and businesses who provided items for our silent auction.  We are grateful to the many members of our local churches and community who stopped by and enjoyed some great food, delicious cake and ice cream and even found a bargain at the silent auction. Thanks for your support!

  • On a recent Wednesday morning while waiting for people to return my phone calls, I sat at my desk and attended a church in Granger, Ind.

    I found Granger Community Church (“GCC”) while researching T.D. Jakes’ church in Dallas, Texas, The Potter’s House. A Religion feature I’m writing for the paper is about a new local church that’s associated with the Texas church.

    As to how I found GCC, a Web site listing the Top 60 church blogs had GCC as blog No. 59 and I clicked on the link.

  • To the editor:

    On May 28, my husband would have been 67 years old. My children and their families put balloons on his grave and a stepping stone under the tree near his grave. We only left them a few hours because of the cemetery’s rules. I went back to take the balloons off and they had been stolen. The stepping stone stayed almost four days.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to address a problem we are having in our Battle Grove Cemetery. No, it is not with the caretakers. I know that sometimes we don’t agree with things, but there is no graveyard that I know of that looks as good as ours does all year round, even in the winter.

  • To the editor:

    Commonwealth Attorney Douglas R. Wright was a man of true compassion and strength. Working with Doug was both an honor and a privilege. Doug always searched for ways to ensure the protection of children and sought justice when kids had been victimized.

     Early in his term he committed himself to utilizing the multidisciplinary approach of investigating child abuse. It was in this capacity that our team at the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center had the extraordinary experience of working alongside Doug Wright.

  • Former Harrison County High School principal Jerry Jenkins spoke to the graduating class of 2009 at Ingles Stadium Friday evening durning commencement. Below is the speech he gave to the class and audience.

    Editor’s Note: The speech has been edited for length.

    Thanks to the 2009 Harrison County High School Class for selecting me as your speaker. This is an honor that has inspired me to do some deep and pro-longed thinking and usually when I do that I get myself in trouble. Hopefully that will not happen tonight.

  • If the definition of an idol is something that you think about 29 hours a day, then “American Idol” is aptly named.

    This past season being my first-ever to watch, I’m proud to say that I didn’t miss a single show, from the horrendous auditions to the incredible finale. For nearly half a year I’ve lived and breathed and found my meaning in “American Idol.”

  • As the weather gets warmer, people are starting to have yard sales and/or garage sales. What these people do not realize is that they are violating a Cynthiana city ordinance when they nail or staple a paper or cardboard sign on an utility pole. You can drive around town and see the cluster of signs hanging from utility poles at every major intersection. These are a real eyesore, especially to people who pass through this town. What people do not think about is the utility worker who might have to climb that pole.

  • To the editor:

    I look around our town and see a community full of hope and desire. Growing up here as a young man, I saw a lot of things come and go and the fastest thing leaving this city and county are the jobs. Remembering back on some that are now history... Webbers Sausage, Grede Perm Cast, Cleveland Twist and Drill, Ladish, Concept Packaging, Augur Scope and there are many others.

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  • To the editor:

    Recently I was granted Drug Court instead of incarceration by the court system.

    Drug Court is an alternative program for alcohol and drug offenders that have committed crimes to feed their addiction.

    This program is a recovery program that I feel is set up to help you free your addiction and better yourself, as well as become an asset to yourself, your family and your community.

  • To the editor:

    My name is Elizabeth Barron. I am writing on behalf of my teacher. His name is Jim Fuller. I would like for all of you to know that if there is a teacher who needs to be noticed, he would be the one. This teacher is not just any teacher. Mr. Fuller goes out of his way, and then some to help his students.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to say a huge thank you to all of those that helped in any way to make the Freedom Salute for the soldiers of Co. C 201st EN a success on May 16.

    I can not begin to name all the individuals, businesses or organizations, which made monetary, and food donations, as well as those who volunteered that weekend. This event couldn’t have occurred without everyone’s support.

  • To the editor:

    The entire Hassel family story is a disgrace and humiliation to this community.

    This community stood tall and proud when Ty Pennington and his crew came to Cynthiana and put us on national television, along with our local Sosbe Construction and all other local contractors who so graciously gave of their time to help this family with medical problems and medical bills and now they want to bail.

    Well, first, let me say, you’ll be lucky to get the price you’re asking because of the location of the house in Sunrise.

  • To the editor:

    I have never written to the editor before, but quite frankly, I’ve grown impatient with my own silence. There was a letter sent to the Democrat regarding the Extreme Makeover Home owned by the Hassalls. I have to admit, I was a bit perplexed at the attack on this family for their decision to sell it. Did I miss something or isn’t this their home? This isn’t Harrison County’s home, although the county could buy it if they so choose.

  • On Saturday, friends, families and Harrison County gathered to do something much needed - thank those men and women who had served in the 201st Engineer Battalion.

    “And now I get to say something I’ve been waiting a long time to say... welcome home 201st,” Judge Executive Alex Barnett said, among applause, to the Charlie Company at Saturday’s awards ceremony held at Harrison County Middle School. “Your return home was a long anticipated one by your friends, your family and your community... You are a true hero.”

  • I’ve hit a milestone in my life. Although I turned 50 last spring, that’s not it. It’s not a landmark wedding anniversary or work anniversary.

    I, “Techno No”, am a txtr.

    I don’t text while I’m driving... I have a hard enough time doing it sitting still. But, in an effort to keep communications open with my children, I had to do something.

    My eldest is beyond the texting. She’ll still send a message occasionally. One recent message admonished me for not wearing my glasses when I sent her a message.

  • To the editor:

    As for the Hassall house being a gift, I wonder, does it show us that we should watch what we wish and ask for? You just may get it and find that you have a very big white elephant on your hands.

    Ty Pennington and his crews go into a town and tear down, rather than fix up, and put up a house that is unrealistic for the people who will live in it. Plus, some are in neighborhoods that they don’t fit in.

  • To the editor:

    Do you know why many people stopped going to church? Or why they never started in the first place?  It might be because we keep attaching God’s name to our opinions.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and their opinion is neither right nor wrong, because it is their opinion. But if there is a God (and I’m convinced there is), I wonder how he feels about us attaching his name to our opinion. We try to give authority and clout to our own ideas by throwing the G-word into the same sentence.