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Opinion

  • To the editor,

    During the ice storm last week Millard Collins who is a diabetic was at my home and could not get home to get his medication. The doctor called him in a weeks supply but we could not get to Wal-Mart.

    I want to praise and thank our County Judge Alex Barnett. He went to Wal-Mart and picked the medication up and paid for it and brought it to my home. Thank you again.

    Geneva Roark

    Cynthiana, Ky.

  • To the editor:

    I really hope you print this letter. We all  have been going through a crisis in the past weeks. I have always had a full time job and was a single parent for 18 years.

  • The first thing I asked Sean Gebhard was, “Do people think you’re crazy?”

    Sean runs the Upper Room Café in Mount Dora, a cute little town about 40 miles east of where I live in central Florida.

    I had heard about his “Holy Spirit-filled café” upstairs in the historic Renaissance Building, and the last time we were in Mount Dora I stopped in to see it for myself.

  • These sure are scary times. National and state budgets are strained, unemployment rates are at record highs, businesses are cutting back and local governments are declaring bankruptcy.

    It seems that now, more than ever, there’s little hope for the growth of a small community like Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    Long before our nation found itself in an economic crisis, many of us were scratching our heads and pondering what we could do to make our hometown of Cynthiana a success.

  • To the editor:

       The outpouring of love and support that so many of you have shown to me and my family at the loss of our son, Derek, has warmed our hearts and reminded us once again how lucky we are to live in this community.

  • To the editor,

    In regard to Ms. Ritchie’s letter. Join the club!

    This past Memorial Day I placed a saddle of flowers on my mom and dad’s monument in Kentontown Cemetery. When I want to get them they were gone. I looked all around at all the beautiful ones, still on their stones not touched. Yet they chose to take mine.

    This cemetery in Robertson County is the most vandalized one that I know of.

    In 1996 we moved our stone to Battle Grove so it would be safe, after it was painted red.

  • To the editor,

    I try to picture what kind of person would take flowers off a person’s grave.

    My dad passed away Dec. 31 and was buried Jan. 5. I went to the cemetery a few days later and my flowers were gone.

    It’s hard for me to think that someone can be so low and dirty. But you know what they know who they are and so do I, but most of Daddy knows and so does God. So no matter if you think you got by with it. You just remember that someone seen you and you will have to face him one day and what are you going to say to him.

    Beverly Ritchie

  • To the editor:

    My name is Jennifer Wilson and I am the elementary music teacher here in Harrison County.  I would like to invite the community to a performance.  This Friday, February 13th, 2009 we will be having a shadow puppet play at Eastside Elementary.  This week, our third graders at Eastside having been working with a guest artist, Gregory Acker.  Funding was providing by VSA arts of Kentucky, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. 

  • The snow and ice storm of 2009 can be deemed nothing short of a challenge for many.

    Those who met the challenge are nothing short of heroes.

    Challenge came in the way of moms and dads trying to keep the family warm and fed without electricity. It came in the way of electric service men and women facing the elements to light the county. And it came in the way of road crews clearing paths on streets and roads not just for grocery-bound citizens, but for emergency responders as well.

  • FRANKFORT – The General Assembly kicked off the 2009 Regular Session early last week, dedicating its first four days to electing our legislative leaders and appointing the various committees for the next two years.

  • Touted as the youngest ordained minister in history, 4-year-old Marjoe Gortner burst onto the Holy Ghost revival scene in the late 1940s.

    His father, a second-generation preacher, trained the boy, who had a talent for sweeping and pointed gestures, to proclaim the name of “Jay-zus” — and bilk money from the faithful who came to hear him preach.

  • To the editor,

    My family would like to thank all of you so very much for the flowers, cards, letters, food and also gave money when we lost our beloved daughter Danyell Beth Kearns on Jan. 6, 2009. It meant so much to us to see she had so many family and friends that loved her and we had so many family and friends to lean on. She will be missed so much but never forgotten.

    The money that was donated on her behalf will be used towards a headstone for her grave. This will be her last gift and it will come from all of you.

  • Identified as young tundra swans, these two swans have taken up residence in Cynthiana’s Licking River near the ballpark. “I would say they’re lost from their flock...” said Jerry Jenkins, who noticed the swans in the river last week. Jenkins said the one-year-old swans were attracted to the vegetation in the river. “They’ll probably head up to Canada, or wherever they’re from when it gets warmer,” Jenkins said.

  • On Feb. 17, 2009, all over-the-air broadcasters will switch from an analog to a digital format. Doing so will improve the quality and choice of television available in our homes, but it will require some adjustment. As your congressman, I hope to provide you with resources that will ease this transition.

    Currently, U.S. broadcast stations employ both analog and digital formats. However, in 2006, Congress passed legislation that would require all television stations to stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. 

  • To the editor:

    I would like to encourage everyone to don their parkas, dig out from under the ice, and join the Rohs Opera House and the Cynthiana Arts Council for Classic Movie Night. The Classic Movie Night series offers the people in our community the rare opportunity to see some of the best movies ever made as they were meant to be seen—in a darkened theatre on a big screen.

  • A Friday afternoon visit to H.A. Jones to finalize the purchase of a business truck purchase found Montgomery Northcutt occupying space in the showroom.

    With his charming demeanor, Montgomery greeted me.

    “What have you done to the newspaper?” he asked. That question was much less pointed than Montgomery’s next question regarding where all my hair went.

  • The Kentucky General Assembly convened its 2009 Regular Session this week, with more than 200 bills already filed and more on the way.

  • To the editor,

        We are in serious economic times.  Lay-offs and job losses are beginning to affect Harrison County residents directly and indirectly.  If we are being spared personally, we still hurt for our neighbors. 

  • Perhaps every presidential inauguration is a national breath of fresh air... and if that’s the case, then this inauguration was a wind current.

    At a time when so many Americans have hit a crossroad of disappointment, Tuesday brought a fire of hope to each American life.

    More than anything, the new presidency and administration will mean change for this country... and Americans are in desperate need for a change.

  • To the editor:

    While there has been some objection to an invocation at the presidential inauguration and, in particular, use of the phrase “So Help Me God” at the end of the inaugural oaths, it has been minimal and is highly unlikely to result in any changes.