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Opinion

  • One of my favorite jokes goes like this:

    A woman whose husband just left her for another woman walks the beach and finds a bottle in the sand. After pulling out the cork, a genie appears and grants her three wishes, with one stipulation: Whatever she wishes for her husband receives double.

    She wishes for a million dollars and — poof! — she gets it, and her husband gets two million. Next, she wishes for a diamond necklace. Poof! One is at her feet and two end up on the neck of her husband’s new girlfriend.

  • To the editor:

    One person has only one vote, and I cannot vote for all of the fine men running for District Court Judge. I am voting for Bill Kuster because of his experience, his efficiency in handling district court cases and his courtesy to all.

    I have watched Bill in his legal career with great pleasure, as I taught him in high school. He is the best for the job (that court docket is sometimes half an inch thick). We need a judge who not only knows the law, but knows the people, and Bill is that candidate.

  • To the editor:

  • (Editor’s note: This is an updated column from 2005, about a well-known and dearly loved local service dog that died this week. Charlie was a welcome guest at nursing homes and hospitals and marched in parades. This is a tribute to Charlie, who will be missed.)

    Joan Chipkar has one of those kind hearts that I only dream of having.

    She says there’s no such thing as a stray — dog or person — as long as she has four walls and a roof. She adopts them all, believing that all God’s creatures have a purpose.

  • To the editor:

    My letter today is in regards to the election for city commissioner. I would like to publicly express my support for one candidate in particular, Roger D. Slade. I think it is important that the community of Cynthiana has an outsider’s perspective concerning Roger Slade. I have resided in Cynthiana for just six years and Roger was one of the first few individuals that I met here. Roger was a very welcoming person, a true ambassador of a small town. His love and vision for Cynthiana was evident from the first day we met.

  • My father has frequently lamented the ole “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…” as a cue for me to see the obvious.

    So now, I find myself staring at endless e-mails claiming that I have recently inherited thousands of dollars or that I can acquire property overseas for a mere acknowledgement with my credit card numbers. Oh, and there was also the letter stating that I could receive a new roof for my house that came from California!

    They are all ducks!

    They waddle and quack and offer the unbelievable.

  • Everybody’s fine and everybody lies.

    That pretty much sums up the essence of life, doesn’t it?

    Last Saturday I watched the Robert DeNiro movie, “Everybody’s Fine.” DeNiro’s character, recently widowed Frank, has four adult children scattered across the nation whom he has invited home for the weekend. He wants everyone to sit at the table together, just like they used to. He wants to know that he was a good dad, that his kids love him, especially now that his wife is gone.

  • It’s easy to feel affected by Toyota’s latest recalls that have affected 8.5 million vehicles.

    If you don’t drive a recalled Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra or VENZA, chances are you share the road with other drivers that do.

    In Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda apologized to a U.S. Congressional Committee, saying “...I am deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced.”

  • To the editor:

    Between frigid temperatures and snowstorms, the winter of 2010 will be one we will not quickly forget. Snow and ice, compounded with the freezing temperatures day-after-day, have caused hazardous roads in most communities, including Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery and Nicholas counties. However, the road departments performed remarkably, working around the clock to keep the roads as clear as possible.

  • I’ve wrecked a car twice in my life.

    Two different vehicles, but both separate occasions were on the same downtown Cynthiana street that I travel through almost every single day.

    I’m happy to report I was not text messaging while driving when either of the accidents occurred.

    But was my attention on the road 100 percent?

    No.

    I’ll admit it.

  • To the editor:

    My mother and I own the Rainbow Thrift Shop on the corner of Pike and Walnut Street. Anyone who has an emergency or fire, etc. we never turn them away for help with clothes, furniture or anything that is necessary. If it wasn’t for Clarence Horn, John Hodge and the Salvation Army, along with local churches’ participation, a lot of it couldn’t be done because we do it out of our own finances and we are both on a fixed income.

  • When my sister was little, she wiped spaghetti sauce from her mouth with a piece of bread.

    This is a significant event in our family’s history because, as the Good Daughter, it is probably the one and only time Peggy ever got in trouble.

    In a nanosecond, Peggy did the bread-wipe and Dad reached over and whacked her hand, which stunned us all. Not that Dad whacked one of us, but that it was Peggy — the Good Daughter!

  • To the editor:

    Last Thursday, when the mail man delivered my mail, there was no Democrat. I immediately called the office to see if my subscription was still in effect. It was, so I then called the post office. I was told that every family received a free paper. I then asked why no one in my building received one. She repeated the same thing - our carriers were to be back at the post office by 5 p.m. (my mail man comes to my house between 2:30 and 3 p.m. and yet no paper). I was then told the my paper would be in my box on Friday.

  • To the editor:

    Our community deserves to be represented by someone who is a strong and anchored part of Cynthiana; someone who cares for the future of our town. We deserve someone who wants our community to work together to create a place we are all proud to call home. There is such a person running for city commissioner who embodies all of these traits. This person is Roger Slade. 

  • To the editor:

    As a farmer in Harrison County, I take great pride in the way my livestock are cared for everyday. In fact, the proper care and welfare of livestock and poultry are essential to the production of food and fiber that we enjoy everyday. No segment of society has more concern for the well-being of poultry and livestock than the farmer, because the well-being of my livestock has a direct impact on whether or not I can make a living farming.

  • To the editor:

    I urge everyone to read ‘Jock - a coach’s story.’ It’s not a book about basketball. It is a book about life - the good times, the rough times. It is about making mistakes, about doing the right thing. It’s about patience. It’s about impatience. It’s about happy times and it’s about sad times. It’s a book about one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Stuart Warner put it together beautifully. Do read it. It will touch your life.

    Gerald Whalen

    Cynthiana

  • Step away from the video games. Let go of the joy stick. Turn off the television.

    Go play in the snow!

    Finding snow pictures is getting more and more difficult as pastimes have changed direction.

    I hate to sound like my grandfather spinning a yarn, but when I was growing up, a big, even a moderate, snowfall meant a day with rosy cheeks and cold hands.

    My friends and I would go from yard to yard creating snowmen to adorn each of our lawns. We would also build igloos and have snowball wars.

    Now, it’s all about the video wars.

  • There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to be an exciting election year.

    Cynthiana and Harrison County voters will actually have decisions to make this year when they step into the voting booth. Almost every magistrate seat has a set of contenders and the commission will have a spot on the May primary ballot since over eight candidates filed for the four commission positions.

    Both for the county and city, many of the candidates are new to the local political world. While not endorsing anyone, I think that’s exciting to see.

  • There was plenty of warning for last weekend’s winter storm that blanketed Harrison County in three to four inches of snow.

    Road crews working in Cynthiana and Harrison County made good use of that forecast by putting down salt brine and generally bracing for the wallop.

    Since it was the weekend and essential travelers were at a minimum, road crews could hold to their task without too much traffic interruption.

  • One of the Internet blogs I follow, “The Stretch Marks Blog,” is written by a woman in Texas, Melissa Lee.

    She’s beyond hilarious, loves big hair, “The Bachelor,” her crazy family, chocolate and Jesus.

    She writes mostly about superficial stuff, but not really. There’s a depth to her faith that shines through even her weekly “The Bachelor” recaps.