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Columns

  • Viewpoint

    Starting with the Governor’s Office, and working on down to the General Assembly, it appears the Republican Party is making it easy for the Democrats to retake control of state government in the not-to-distant future.
    Governor Bevin has a terminal case of ‘hoof and mouth’, or is that ‘foot in mouth,’ disease.
    It seems he cannot help himself from alienating all state employees, particularly teachers.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    Earth Day
    Statepoint Crossword

    ACROSS
    1. Caprese birthplace
    6. Vigor
    9. Opera house box
    13. Completely dedicated
    14. *Earth Day month, acronym
    15. Boiling kettle emission
    16. Dog collar attachment
    17. Lao-tzu follower
    18. Think tank output
    19. *Greenhouse gas
    21. *Green transportation
    23. U.N. labor issues org.
    24. Copper coin
    25. Unit of electrical resistance
    28. Short for “and elsewhere”
    30. Take for ransom

  • The story behind crape myrtles...and more

    Remember when Lewis Carroll’s Walrus said to the Carpenter, “We will talk of many things . . . of cabbages and kings?”
    If you don’t, it is a delightful poem you might like to read to your children or grandchildren or anyone under the age of 50.
    But to get to the point, my mind was racing this morning with possible subjects for our visit. So instead of doing the journalistic thing and sticking to one subject, let’s look at several.  

  • Viewpoint

    See ya Winter! It’s time for you to go. You are encroaching on Spring.
    I’m not happy about snow in April and wish you would just take your wind chill and go. In fact, I don’t even want to hear “wind chill” ever again.
    It has been a jolly ride, but I’m jolly well done.
    I’ve been thinking Spring at least since the time change to Daylight Savings Time and probably, realistically, a month before that.
    In just a few days, on April 21 and 22, the annual Cynthiana Democrat Home and Garden Show will kick off.

  • Sen. Steve West’s legislative update

    The 2018 Session is quickly winding down as Thursday, March 29, marked Day 57 of the 60-day budget session. Budget negotiations are continuing with positive results, and the Senate gaveled in for two days to pass a number of bills including some aimed at helping our first responders and their families. Although the amount of days left is shortening, the days in the Capitol are getting longer as we prepare to pass the Commonwealth’s two-year budget.

  • Viewpoint

    Much has been written and much has been said about the actions of the General Assembly late last week and early this week, concerning both pension reform and the unveiling of the new state budget, complete with a new tax overhaul.
    Most of it has been vindictive and confrontational. Nothing the Republican controlled General Assembly says or does will pacify those dyed-in-the-wool Democrats.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Inscribed pillar
    6. Strike caller
    9. MADD member, colloquially
    13. Conestoga vehicle
    14. Salt in cocina
    15. Caldecott award
    16. Lusitania destroyer
    17. School org.
    18. Idealized image
    19. *Glutes, e.g.
    21. *Burnable unit
    23. Witch’s work
    24. What little piggy did
    25. Overall part
    28. “____ and shine!”
    30. Chew the fat
    35. *Lactic ____, cause of sore muscles
    37. Editor’s mark
    39. Nary a soul

  • Cynthiana Main Street vying for $25K cash prize in national contest Vote now to advance Cynthiana Main Street to the next round

    On Feb. 26, Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, kicked-off its third annual America’s Main Streets contest to help consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. Cynthiana Main Street in Cynthiana is among this year’s nominees.
    America’s Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place reinforcing this year’s theme: “Local Memories. Lasting Impact.”

  • Three-county race right around the corner

    We are getting so excited for this year’s Tri-County Road Race Series. This is a three-part race series that takes you to Lake Carnico in Carlisle, Downtown Paris and Downtown Cynthiana. This is the first time we have partnered with other counties and we can’t wait.
    Each race has its own personality and comes with a shirt and goody bag. If you sign up to participate in all three races, you receive a one-of-a-kind participation medal, handmade right here in Cynthiana by Licking Valley Laser Works.

  • Session begins to wind down, but the work continues to ramp up

    As always, it was a busy and eventful week in Frankfort. Although we had a short week with only four days of action, every day was fairly lengthy and the end result was a plethora of bills and resolutions passed, most of which are heading straight to the governor for final approval.
    Conference committees were also named this week. Conference committees are groups of both senators and representatives that come together to hash out differences on things the two bodies disagree on.