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Opinion

  • “The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. “He writes because he has something to say.”

    The first inaugural writing contest banquet, hosted by the Cynthiana Arts Council and Maysville Community Technical College-Licking Valley Campus, was held last Thursday evening.

    “This project took on an identity of its own,” MCTC-LVC director and arts council member Bruce Florence said at Thursday’s banquet at the Cynthiana Country Club.

  • To the editor:

    April has again been recognized as Donate Life Month nationally and here in Kentucky. I feel that this is a good time to thank the many Harrison Countians who have supported organ and tissue donation at our drivers license counter by donating $1 in support of our Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Trust For Life and by placing their name on the new Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

  • To the editor:

    The main goal of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce is to promote and help maintain economic growth and stability. As a Board of Directors, we were looking for a way to show leadership in this area and not just use the concept to generate dues. Last spring, Fifth Third bank made an offer to donate the old National Bank of Cynthiana building on the corner of Main and Pike and the parking lot behind it to the Chamber. The building had been empty for a few years and was deteriorating.

  • I can honestly say it was the best gefilte fish I ever ate, mainly because I’d never eaten any before.

    “Gefilte” sounds tastier than “ground up raw fish mixed with eggs, onions and matzoh meal then stuffed into the skin of a de-boned fish and poached.”

    I ate it as part of a Passover Seder as a guest of Congregation Beth Sholom Jewish Synagogue in Beverly Hills, Fla.

  • To the editor:

    Thursday, April 9, marks the first day of Passover.

    “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt… and the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” (Exodus 12: 12, 13).

  • To the editor:

    Most of you already know that Thomas, D.J. and I lost everything we owned in a house fire on Monday, March 16. We have so many people to offer our thanks to.

    First of all, I would like to thank all those who called and reported the fire. We’d like to thank Brad Marshall and Joe (our mailman) for knocking on doors and windows to make sure nobody was home. Next, we want to thank the firefighters for all they did for us. Personally, myself, I want to thank Robert Newcomb for comforting me and giving me support when I needed it most.

  • “Call us if you need anything…” How often is this phrase heard at a funeral visitation? Although well intended, it really rings of half-hearted efforts of false support. Still other comments, which may harm rather then help: “God needed him more…you are only given what you can handle”, and “at least he isn’t suffering anymore.” While searching for meaning is part of the grief process, it is a highly personal and diversified phenomenon.

  • Her mother had promised she would stay around until the semester ended so her daughter wouldn’t be distracted during finals.

    After her last exam, she raced home, and as she walked into the kitchen her father told her mother their daughter was home. Her mom opened her eyes, smiled and then died.

    It was the day before her 21st birthday.

    She called her dad recently to beg, “Daddy, you have to fix this!”

  • While there are still two days left in the 2009 Regular Session to consider any possible vetoes as well as several other unresolved bills, the General Assembly largely wrapped up its work on Friday by passing not one but two landmark pieces of legislation.

  • When Heather Ladick addressed the Cynthiana City Commission on Tuesday, March 24, several issues of concern were exposed. An examination of these issues raises several questions. What exactly is the role of the city? What is the responsibility of the city to its residents? Other than paying taxes, do the citizens have any other obligations to their community?

  • Although I consider myself current with pop culture, this is the first season I’ve watched “American Idol.”

    In years past I’ve seen the last 15 minutes of some of the final shows to see who wins, but not knowing who’s who, I didn’t really care one way or another.

    This season, mostly because I hate being left out of the water cooler conversation, I decided early on to watch every episode, from first auditions to finale, and I even hope to buy tickets to see the Top Ten Idol contestants when they go on tour this summer.

  • The General Assembly returned to Frankfort for one day late last week, formally ending what many agree was a positive and productive legislative session.

    These last one or two days are traditionally set aside just to consider vetoes the governor may issue, but since there was only a minor one that drew no objections, the House spent its time tying up a few administrative loose ends.

  •  To the editor:

  • When religion is your living, it’s easy to grow weary. I get a taste of it every week when I sit down to write this column. First I have to think of something that’s not only entertaining and worth saying, but something that I feel God wants me to say.

    Then I have to make sure I’m as biblically accurate and as faithful to my particular denominational tradition (in my case Reformed theology — Go, Martin Luther!) as I can be without totally alienating the Baptists, Catholics and Pentecostals, etc.

  • As expected, this last week was the busiest of the year’s 30-day “short session,” with a flurry of bills winning final passage and negotiations in conference over the details of others.

    Even facing a money crisis, in the end, our efforts resulted in legislation that will have long-lasting benefits to Kentuckians. From the war on drugs -- to the economy -- to better roads and education, we have accomplished a great deal in our time here.

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    Vice President Al Gore once said, “I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination but defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”

    Last month, we went red for women - a color of awareness and concern. Now in March, another color and another issue concerning women should be brought to our attention.

    March is when college campuses promote their “Green Dot” program that brings attention to the vile and heinous act of sexual assault against women.

  • I’ve often times struggled with my role as a young adult in this county.

    So often, it seems disappointing to look at a place you convinced yourself was a perfect haven as a child, and to then come back years later, and find that like everything else, your hometown has its own set of flaws.

    So many times it’s easy to point out the faults of Harrison County, and not grasp how those weaknesses could be changed. Or perhaps sometimes we’re just not ready to take on that task that seems very overwhelming.

  •  If I were God, I would create humans with rewind buttons on their mouths, or a 10-second delay device.

    We tend to say some really dumb things.