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Opinion

  • I think we all hold onto things: a tattered baby blanket or tiny baby shoes, a fragile piece of china, a broken pocket knife or a family Bible passed through the years and through the tears, from one generation to another.

    Often, these things have no great monetary value, yet they are priceless. How can that be? A baby blanket is not just a blanket, china is not just china and a broken pocket knife is not just a knife. To repeat a line from the PBS series “Lark Rise to Candleford,” it’s simple; there is “love in these things.”

  • Is it flu season? Is it hunting season? No, but it is election season.

    The Grant County News does not endorse candidates. We will, however, publish a story and profile of candidates seeking election. This information will be published at the end of April/beginning of May.

    All candidates were mailed a questionnaire last week and will be given two weeks to return it. If they choose not to return it, they were informed by letter that they would not be included in the special section on the election.

  • While it’s true that as we look backwards towards inauguration day 2009 we have seen neither rivers turn to blood, nor plagues of locusts descend upon our land, what we have seen has been troubling nevertheless.

  • On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama, inaugurated as 44th President of the United States, was immediately presented with the worst economic circumstance this nation has faced since the Great Depression.

  • I think snow is pretty!

    Before you pelt me with snowballs, let me follow up with the thought that I find a quiet peace in looking at a snow-covered field that has no tracks or signs of human or animal life, but I’m about snowed out for this winter.

  • I must be crazy.

    That’s right, certifiably insane.

    For a reason that has escaped me right now, I will be jumping into a pool of ice cold water Feb. 20 in temperatures so frigid the water very well could freeze before I can make it out.

    I have agreed to participate with the Williamstown High School’s Friendship Foundation in the Polar Bear Plunge in Lexington.

    For the uninitiated, the annual event causes hypothermia all in the name of the Special Olympics of Kentucky.

  • As she starts the song, “Prelude from a Kiss”, Alicia Keys slowly strokes the keys of her piano.

    She then starts singing softly, letting her voice drift along with the notes as she sits alone in the middle of the studio…

  • The Kiwanis Charity Auction is set for Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. There is an almost official list of items elsewhere in this newspaper that you are now holding, or online at grantky.com under Marketplace. A couple items are changing and the Kiwanis members are still adding to the list.

  • When my daughter proudly presented me with an ultrasound of my grandson, to be honest, I didn’t see anything that made sense to me. I was excited at the prospects of my first grandchild, but I had no connection to the gray swirls pictured. I had no emotional bond to what my daughter told me was my grandson. But, sure enough, a few months later, he was born. He looked a lot different, but it was the same child that I had strained to see in the cloud of gray swirls, and he’s the same child who is one of my greatest joys today.

  • Stepping into the home of Kelly and Dorothy Kennedy is like stepping back in time.

    The home is simple. There’s not a lot of frills or fancy trappings.

    It’s clean, orderly and yet, welcoming, even inviting a person to sit down in a well-worn, favorite chair and visit.

    Kelly Kennedy was like that too. A humble, simple man with steadfast convictions, he loved his family and never forgot his calling as a man of God.

  • As another year wraps up, most people like to look toward the future.

    Some make resolutions about losing weight and exercising more.

    Those things are great, but I never really subscribed to them.

    I would barely last a week before I would be back on the couch watching TV and scarfing down some ungodly, unhealthy food that was sure to clog my arteries.

    Instead, I like to look back and see what the year brought.

    There are always highs and lows, but everything that happens helps define you and in turn, helps shape your future.

  • I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported me in Grant County. For the past 10 ½ years, I got to do what most people never get to do, which is to have their dream job! I got to fulfill a dream of coaching basketball at Grant County High School, my alma mater.

  • “Adding insult to injury” is an old adage I have grown up with and tend to use at odd times when it seems to fit. It fit this past Thanksgiving Eve for me. Yes, that is the day I received a speeding ticket near the Barnes Road exit of Interstate 75. Hopefully, I have learned a valuable lesson from this experience. Actually, I have learned two: first, you should always adhere to the speed limit. Second, there are more state policemen around than I realized.

  • After coming back to work in May, my “Hello, this is the Grant County News,” was often met with: “Is that you, Linda? Are you back?”

    “Yes, it’s me,” I replied. “I’m back.”

    And, yes, I finally met my goal to get a journalism degree from Northern Kentucky University, before I qualified for social security. It only took me seven years to get my four-year degree.

    I came back to work at the receptionist desk on a temporary basis, just to help out.

  • I was reading staff reporter Bryan Marshall’s column about how he was watching his son discover things for the first time and how it let him re-live those moments when he was a child.

    Cute stuff, these reliving precious moments, but not everyone had precious moments of discovery.

  • Despite being covered in bright, white lights, the Christmas tree sat for several days in my living room naked!

    I walked around it, moved it to one side, and even carried the ornaments up from the basement but it sat there until I couldn’t take it anymore and I stayed up past midnight last week hanging the ornaments so it would be finished.

  • Five furry faces peered between the wires of the cold, metal cage.

    A nice smelling woman approached the two cages and bent down to poke her fingers inside where they were met with sloppy licks and appreciative tail wags.

    “They’re really cute, but I just can’t take one home,” the woman said.

    As people entered Tractor Supply in Williamstown on Dec. 5, they greeted the sweet puppies and when those people exited the store, they stopped and wished the puppies well.

  • Having a child allows you sometimes to relive your own experiences.

    You start to remember early Christmases, the Halloween costumes and not having a care in the world other than why you can’t eat candy for dinner and why you have to go to bed so early.

    Recently, I got to witness my 2-year-old son have several new experiences during our first family vacation to Florida.

    It was a short three-day trip to the home of my wife’s best friend just outside of Orlando.

    The first nausea-inducing hurdle was getting to the Sunshine State.

  • I was lucky enough to travel to Cincinnati with Mason-Corinth Elementary’s fifth grade classes last week.

    They were going to Great American Ballpark for an educational program provided by the Reds and it sounded like a fun way to see Grant County’s students outside of the classroom.

  • When I was a lad, the children’s warden read stories to me about the country mouse and the city mouse and lots of other little mice that were good little mice. Saturday morning cartoons showed how big bad cats harassed the good little mice.