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Columns

  • The pace quickens; critical legislation moves

     In Frankfort, diligent work continues on a pension reform proposal and a responsible budget. As those two issues consume much time and effort, there are also several other critical bills moving through the House.

  • Calling off school is no easy task

        Let’s talk snow days. Lee Kendall, a terrific writer and commentator on life in general, has given you a clear eyed view of the effect of snow days. There is not one single thing he wrote that I would argue with, but it did occur to me that I also have a point of view about the dreaded snow day calling.

  • Viewpoint

    Dear Spring,
    I’m ready. I’ve waited (im)patiently while your predecessor has made hit after hit on us.
    I’m ready for Old Man Winter to gather up his dingy, gray snow and ice, his biting wind and frosty mornings and hit the road.
    I realize that it’s early.  And that according to the pudgy rodent in Pennsylvania, we still have six weeks of bad weather to endure. However, taking into consideration all of the Global Warming mish mosh, I believe that Winter should just bow out now.

  • Sen. Steve West’s legislative update

                 This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and on to the Senate and House floors for votes.
      We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that
    championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda.
       Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the
    Senate floor, we continued to discuss the upcoming budget.

  • Viewpoint

    My, how times have changed. Sometimes not for the better.
    I’m sitting here in the office, finishing up this column for the newspaper, wondering why there wasn’t school today in Harrison County and a dozen or so other counties in the region.
    I can’t speak to the other counties, but as for us, it doesn’t seem like the roads are too bad at all.
    I can only attribute our school closing to another weather forecast that didn’t quite live up to its expectations of impending disaster.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Nerds
    6. *Dad’s Valentine
    9. *Seal with a kiss and do this
    13. Marconi’s wireless telegraphy
    14. Nightcap rocks
    15. Relish tastebuds’ sensation
    16. Fervor
    17. “Le ____ des cygnes”
    18. Togetherness
    19. *Botanical Valentine’s Day gift, pl.
    21. *Romantic taper
    23. *Princess Jasmine’s love interest
    24. Per person
    25. Rub-a-dub-____
    28. Distressed cry
    30. Asphalt alternative

  • Legislative update from Sen. Steve West

    Words cannot begin to express the shock and sadness felt throughout the Commonwealth and around the country on Tuesday when an active shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, taking two innocent students’ lives and injuring 18 others.

  • Valentine boxes, visiting friends and Crape Myrtles

    Remember the big box of Valentines where you placed your paper hearts, arrows and funny character pictures that held words such as Be Mine, Sweet to the Sweet, Guess Who?
    A little later when you were in middle school, Valentines would grow to heart-shaped candies and cards in a real envelope. Then there was the day you were promoted all the way to a heart-shaped box of chocolate candy—absolutely guaranteed to deliver pimples along with the sweetheart’s wish that you would honor him with a smile.

  • Viewpoint

    What do you see as your respected news source?
    We’ve heard a lot recently about fake news and have even been shown instances where it has spread.
    One thing that comes to mind is the young woman who claimed she became incapacitated after having had a flu shot.
    Many of us watched the video of her struggling to walk forward. She could walk backwards or she could run. However, she demonstrated -- for the camera -- that her ability to advance was impaired, as was her speech.

  • Open house at St. Edward’s, Jan. 28

    ynthiana for well over a century is Saint Edward Catholic School. So central in fact that it sits in the center of a block, in the center of town, facing the Cynthiana Public Library.
    Saint Edward Catholic School has always been on this block, first serving Cynthiana students before, during, and for a few years following the Civil War. The school then closed temporarily when the building was repurposed due to fast-growing parish which needed the space.