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Opinion

  • “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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  • To the editor:

    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.

  • In the newsroom we have a counter where people put doughnuts and cookies for everyone to share.

    Today someone set out a container of humungous cookies. Each cookie is 480 calories with 23 grams of fat. For those keeping score, one cookie is 12 Weight Watchers points, which is more than half my daily allotment.

  • Thirty-six fewer deaths were reported regarding highway fatalities in Kentucky for the calendar year 2008. While safety advocates were excited about this year-end report, the stark reality overshadowed the celebration when the overall numbers were examined. Although it was one of the safest years in a decade, sadly 828 people lost their lives on Kentucky’s roadways last year.

    Statistics show that 64 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

  • The City of Cynthiana is facing a myriad of problems, both large and small. Some of these difficulties are unique to our city, but most are being universally faced throughout the United States. Aging infrastructures, reduced revenues, and increased costs are the defining terms of our cities today. There is not going to be a quick cure. 

  • With the budget now law, the biggest task facing the General Assembly this legislative session is preparing a road plan for the remainder of this fiscal year and the next, which ends in June 2010.

    After talking with legislators about their priorities, House and Senate leaders met with Transportation Cabinet officials for hours during the last several weeks to hammer out a plan.  On Friday, the House voted overwhelmingly for this compromise proposal, which the Senate is expected to approve this week.

  • Remember this name: Mordecai Ham. I’ll tell you at the end who he is.

    Meanwhile, let me tell you about Phil Munsey, a guy I heard on the radio the other day.

    He wrote a book last year called “Legacy Now: Why Everything About You Matters.”

    The point of his book is that big or small, everything in our lives matters and everything we do has eternal consequences.

  • To the editor:

    A study by the American Energy Alliance estimates that, over a thirty-year period, businesses  could create 1.2 million new jobs, generate $2.2 trillion in total tax receipts and add $8 trillion to our economy by permanently lifting the ban on offshore production in the Outer Continental Shelf. When the price of oil goes back up (as it  undoubtedly will) would it not be better to pay ourselves instead of foreign oil cartels?