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Opinion

  • When vandals broke into the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter in January, Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman said the offense was a “slap in the face.”

    Fifteen animals along with numerous bags of dog food, cat food, treats and cat litter were taken during what Fryman said was the worst break-in he had ever seen.

    There’s not much that can sweeten that sting, but one could argue that an outpouring of community support comes pretty close.

    “Harrison County is a great community,” Fryman said almost two weeks after the break-in.

  • Dear Winter,

    Two words for you. Go away.

    Your biting winds, lingering snow and gripping ice have become annoying. They are no longer fun. One could daresay, they are a nuisance.

    Road crews are tired, students are bored of snow days and stores are all out of shovels.

    It may have been pretty when you covered Harrison County in a blanket of white the first time, but now the blankets of white seem  heavier (smothering, really)... and they soon turn to black when motorists are finally able to return to the roads.

  • Members of Congress play a central role in our lives. They shape our health-care system, make crucial decisions about the U.S. economy, and represent the hopes and interests of every American in Washington. Given this fact, I’m always surprised that relatively little attention is focused on examining closely whether someone serving in or running for Congress has the personal attributes it takes to be an effective member of the institution. If someone’s behavior is shady or unsavory, that will make the news.

  • When my oldest daughter was 3, I tore off the stiff back cover of her Precious Moments coloring book.

    Her dark brown eyes wide with horror and grief she cried, “You just broke my heart!”

    It was then that I knew for sure: I am a Bad Mother.

  • Maysville Community and Technical College has been creating opportunities and fueling the dreams of many in Cynthiana for 20 years. During that 20-year span, there have been numerous milestones for the college. The first extension of the college was opened in 1989 in a rented space. In 2002, a new building was built to accommodate the expanding number of students. In 2007, enrollment topped 3,500 for the college. In the fall term of 2009 MCTC added to their facilities by opening another extension in Cynthiana for the Health Science students.

  • So far the month of February has proven to be a very snowy month in Harrison County. We have been very fortunate this winter with snow amounts as compared to some states that have had far more than we are experiencing.

  • To the editor:

    I think I speak for most of the residents in Berry.

    During our last two snowfalls, we have had nothing done to our roads. They had school, but some of us had to take our children or grandchildren to the post office and pick them up because the buses could not get up or down some of the streets. I think we have more commissioners than we have streets.

    During last year’s ice storm we were out of electric for two days before we were noticed on Mockingbird Lane. It was very able to see because no one had lights or street lights.

  • To the editor:

    I was a patient at Harrison Memorial Hospital on Jan. 13, 2010, through Jan. 18, 2010. I want to state that I had the most professional and caring nurses and doctors that I have ever had at any time in my life.

  • I spent most of last Sunday afternoon in my recliner chair reading about an overweight, out of shape guy who decided to go to Peru and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

    He did it because he wanted to impress a girl who was also going on the trip. When he learned how strenuous the trip would be, because he didn’t want to weenie out in front of the girl, he started working out.

    A few months ago I joined a new gym, which is challenging me physically. I’m not training for a hike or anything, just a healthier life.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

    During the past several months, I have submitted to the Cynthiana Democrat several articles that referenced different concerns and actions of the city commission. These articles were printed under the title of ‘Commissioners’ Corner.’ I believe that they were read with interest by a large part of our population.

    Unfortunately, I am unable to continue to submit these pieces. The Democrat has a policy that since I filed for the position of mayor, they could not print these accounts. It might give me an unfair advantage.

  • To the editor:

  • As I reflect on the progress of our school system over the last two years, I would like to take this time to highlight some of our successes and to list some of our challenges. I use the term “our” because the education of our children is our responsibility. Education is not only a job for the faculty, staff and administrators of this district. Education is the responsibility of all of us. This is true whether we are parents, siblings, neighbors, members of this community or one of the students being taught.

  • To the editor:

    One of the most satisfying aspects of restoring or building something is to show it to others and share their enjoyment.

    The crew that works and has worked at the old theatre on Walnut Street has had the satisfaction of doing that for you. It is a unique community project.

    They have had the pleasure of mixing with people of common interests, enriching their lives by developing something without thought of personal gain.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to express my thanks to everyone who supported Project Linus in 2009.

    With the help of cash donations and volunteers, we were able to distribute 660 blankets in the six counties covered by our local group.

    Project Linus is an organization that sees that children who are going through traumatic events have a warm, handmade blanket.

    Anyone who wants to participate in Project Linus’ local campaign should contact me at 234-1914.

    Angela Mullannix

    Cynthiana

     

  • I have a friend who loves bees.

    Last week she brought me to her secret place, a trail in a wooded area in a local park. Located on the trail is my friend’s bee tree.

    My friend comes to this secret place often. She said she goes there to talk to God, since how can you help but talk to him surrounded by all that nature?

    “Just look up at the canopy of trees!” she said as we walked.

  • To the editor:

    Being a genealogist, historian, researcher and all around “facts” nut. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your articles in “Museum Musings.”

    I buy the newspaper just to read that article.

  • Members of the Kentucky General Assembly convened the 2010 legislative session last week with a variety of issues that need attention, including the always-challenging task of compiling a two-year budget plan for the Commonwealth.

  • To the editor:

    On Dec. 24, 2009, Dailey’s Body Shop/Towing Service gave away a brand new scooter in hopes of making someone’s Christmas a little brighter. The winner of the scooter, Jennifer Edwards, who has two school-age children, was ecstatic when she found out her name had been drawn.

  • During most legislative sessions, several weeks usually pass before the first bill makes it through the House and Senate and is signed into law.

    On Thursday, however, the General Assembly wrapped up a quick week of work on legislation that promises to be one of the session’s biggest accomplishments. We needed to act fast to improve our chances of qualifying for a portion of the more than $4 billion in federal stimulus dollars being awarded on a competitive basis to the states. The state’s application is due early this week.