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Opinion

  • As I write this, the nation is focused on Washington, D.C., and the inauguration of Barack Obama.            

    However, my attention is eight or so miles away in Alexandria, Va.

    My granddaughter, Caroline, turns 7 on Jan. 21.

    While her festivities aren’t on the scale of an inaugural gala, on Sunday, Jan. 25, she and six of her friends are having a snowflake party. My daughter, Alison, has been planning it for months.

  • To the editor,

    I realize the topic of smoking will be met with opposition, but I write to you in regard to the “fire-safe cigarette” legislation that has been implemented in Kentucky. The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes crusaded to get these legislations passed across the states because they did not want to get it tied up in Congress awaiting a national standard.

  • To the editor,

    I miswrote about the Annual Grist Mill Day being sponsored by the Historical Society. I have been informed that Grist Mill Day is actually sponsored by Bill Kelly Sr. and Bill Kelly Jr. of the Connorsville Mill and Company and all proceeds from that day are donated to the museum.

    If I got anything else wrong, I apologize. My point was just to thank people for being involved in the community.

    Jeff Neal

    Cynthiana

  • For Christmas my husband bought me a GPS device for my car.

    I am notorious for my directional dyslexia, which I blame on my dad. When I was a kid he told me to get lost and, ever the obedient child, I’ve been doing so ever since.

    I don’t understand north. I know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but I couldn’t point it out to you. Orlando and Tampa are both south of where I live, but they feel northish to me.

  • Our state’s budget crisis may soon result in a crisis in personal and community safety for Kentucky’s law-abiding citizens.

    Kentucky’s county attorneys face cutting more than $1.1 million dollars from their budgets over the next six months. This is equivalent to 77 staff members losing their jobs effective January 1, and will have a devastating effect on our system of public safety and criminal justice.

  • The new year is a time for reflection. I think that it is important to thank people who have contributed to making Cynthiana and Harrison County a better place to live. These are people or groups of people who selflessly contribute their time, energy, and yes, sometimes even money for the betterment of the community. I won’t mention names so that I don’t slight anyone, but you know who you are.

  • To the editor,

    How good it was to see the picture of five U.S. presidents (former, present and to-be) meeting together and smiling! In some countries, when a new president is elected, he very soon imprisons or assassinates his predecessor for fear that person will find a way to capture that position again.

  • To the editor,

    In difficult economic times like these, a community’s elected officials face incredible challenges.

    Often, they are required to make choices and decisions that they never dreamed they might face when agreeing to offer themselves up for public service. It’s called being a leader, and our community is fortunate to have five such individuals on the Harrison County Board of Education.

  • To the Editor:

    On March 30, 198 1, the United States faced the tumultuous situation of having its leader incapacitated when President Regan was hit by a would-be assassin’s bullet. That day, in the absence of Vice President Bush, American’s heard the infamous words of Secretary of State Alexander Haig who pompously proclaimed “I am in control here!”

  • We are proud to announce once again that on Jan. 19, 2009 we will be Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day. We are celebrating this wonderful day with a march starting at 10 a.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. The length of march will be determined by the weather and yet not unbearable. We are hoping for a big turn out with much more participation than ever. The march will leads us back to Ebenezer United Methodist Church where we will have our special services. Our guest speaker for the day will be Mary Evans Sias. Please come out and fellowship with us and make this a great event.

  • To the editor,

    With the disgraced Detroit three automakers getting an additional $5 billion, on top of the $17.4 billion of our taxpayer dollars a few weeks ago, we should remember the last several billion dollars that we gave the industry, and the outcome of it.  In the 1990s, the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles worked to make 80+ miles per gallon cars and allowed for communications amongst scientists between the big three auto makers to help speed that process along.

  • Friends of the food pantry and this community have done it again. By this, I mean, you have absolutely out done yourselves this year in supporting this worthwhile mission, the Food Pantry. When I think it can’t get any better, it does. “Praise God from who  all blessings flow.”

  • To the editor,

    What a wonderful year 2008 was for the Harrison County Clothing Closet. With the help of your generous donations of gently used clothing and the monetary donations we were able to help 2,045 less fortunate people.

    First I want to thank each of the ladies and gentlemen that take time out of their busy schedules to help out each Monday and Wednesday at the closet. We can not operate with out them.

  • We all have those special places.

    On a recent news assignment this past week, I spoke with a man that lost his special place.

    In the middle of Nebo Road, I spoke with Charles Bell about the arson fire that had destroyed his mother’s family home only days ago.

    Needless to say, he was very emotional as he looked up at the house that once was white, but now was a burned black.

  • Dear Editor,

    Current events concerning the present crisis in Gaza, deadly quakes in Indonesia, famine in third-world nations and our own collapsing economy and war in Iraq bring to mind the words of our Lord from Matthew 24, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (verse 7, KJV).

  • Those who write columns are bound to get people who disagree with them — like “Ole Fred.”

    Fred has written me a few times, most recently to take offense at a column about Christians who cuss and how I didn’t want to be one anymore. For the life of me I can’t figure out how he could find fault with that, but he did.

    One thing he wrote in his e-mail caught my attention and I’ve thought -- and prayed -- about it all week, in case he’s right and I have this whole grace thing wrong.

  • One of the things I love most about my job is getting to talk to people, especially those people that have a passion for what they do.

    I talked to many passionate individuals this holiday season.

    I believe Christmas couldn’t have come at a better time for all of us this year. With the economy at record bottom and so many families struggling to make ends meet, it was such a breath of fresh air to welcome the hope of Christmas into the community.

    And that’s where the passionate individuals enter.

  • With apologies to Charles Dickens, it truly was the best of times and the worst of times.

    I had just learned I was pregnant with our now- 25-year-old daughter. We had wanted another child, and the news was definitely in the best of times category. It remained best and blissful for about a month until the worst of times began.

    I can still see my husband walking across the yard of our apartment complex toward our back gate. It was the middle of the morning as he handed me a check and said, “I lost my job — I got laid off.”

  • To the editor:

    We have embarked together into this New Year. “Ye have not passed this way heretofore,” (Joshua 3:4). “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come,....” (11 Tim. 3:1-17). Study the text carefully and be prepared.

  • It’s hard celebrating your birthday with Jesus.

    Don’t get me wrong... if there’s anyone I would like to share birthday associations with, it would be the main man himself. I’m just saying, it’s a little difficult sharing the spotlight with someone referred to as the Savior.

    My Christmas birthday has always been somewhat of a struggle, if you will.

    The first struggle I’ve always encountered has been the disbelief of the audience.

    “You’re a Christmas baby?” they ask, eyes wide.