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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor,

    I, personally, and on behalf of the Soldier Support Group, would like to thank everyone that helped to make our Christmas boxes for our troops a success.

    I am very thankful and proud that I can call Cynthiana and Harrison County my home. Ask anyone in town, “Whats happening?” and the answer is always, “nothing ever happens here.” But this past year I’ve had the pleasure to learn and get to know that there is all types of things happening.

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS

    A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly

    with State Representative Tom McKee

     

    FRANKFORT – Earlier this month, Kentucky’s farmers got a welcome dose of good news when we learned 2008 would be another record year for the money paid for our crops and livestock.

  • Dear Editor:

  • By Mary McKenzie, Hospice grief counselor

    As the holidays surround us, the absence of a loved one continues to remind us that it is not going to be the same this year. Even though it has been in the back of our minds; it really was so far away, and now it is here. Holiday grief contains elements of dread. 

  • To the people of Harrison County and the employees of the Harrison County School System:

  •  With Donald Richie’s recent resignation and Kate Darnell’s hiring, it was time to re-evaluate the “news beats” for Kate and I.

    For years the city beat has been mine. In fact, at one time, I covered both city and county from their police and sheriff’s departments to their governing bodies.

    When I first began covering the Harrison County Fiscal Court, Judge Russell Stephens herded the eight magistrates into the back room of the courthouse. That room is now used as Judge Alex Barnett’s office.

  • To the Editor:

    In 1995, after recovering from cerebral hemorrhage, I made Nannette’s beer cheese at Ken’s New Market. Everyone liked it so well, I started making and selling it. Connie and Joe Lemons sold it to help me out with my bills.

    Giving some to the Lions Club Auction one night, someone reported me to the health department. So, I went to the state and got my license and permit to sell it. I am still in business this year (2008).

  • Pictured above is the sixth grade class of 1940 at Buena Vista School. Pictured with his students is teacher Raymond Ward, top right.

  • On Monday morning, I turned in my notice to resign as news writer here at The Cynthiana Democrat.

    Next Friday, Nov. 21, will be my last day.

    It was a hard decision, I love this job and the people I’ve worked with over the past five (well, almost five) years. But as my downtown studio grows, I find balancing the two jobs impossible.

    The people of Cynthiana have responded well to my work and I’m not able to serve them to my best ability with things as they have been.

  • It’s hard to sit at this desk and write and not think about the person who used to sit at this desk and write.

    I’ve been blessed to acquire many journalism mentors. And while I studied journalism at Western Kentucky University, most of my true education took place in the same room I now consider my office.

    While I’m so excited to work for the paper I called home for many summers and a winter, it’s also a little sad. My hire was only brought about because of Donald Richie’s resignation.

  • Sitting at the table behind my husband and me, a young woman at a local restaurant got my attention by dropping loud F-bombs.

    I know some Christians would have cleared their throats and announced, “Young lady, as a Christian I find your language offensive.”

    However, I tend to think that’s not helpful and makes Christians look like fragile weenies.

  • To the editor,

    On behalf of David Knipper’s, children, family and friends, we would like to thank the community for the donations that we received to take care of his arrangements and burial.

    We would like to thank Ware Funeral Home for their time and patience with us.

    Also all the prayers and cards that we all received.

    You will never know how much we appreciate what was done for all of his family and friends.

    As his mother, I really appreciate the friendship and love that has been shown to me by the community and my close friends.

  • To the editor:

    When the message is upsetting to some folks, it is always easier to attack the messenger rather than the message. 

  • To the editor:

    This letter is in response to the inflammatory opinions expressed by Mr. Bill Doan as printed in the Nov. 20th edition of the Democrat.  Mr. Doan made several statements concerning the Harrison County School District that are not only counter-productive but also demean our students, faculty, and staff.