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Columns

  • Dropout age could raise to 17 by 2016 if voted into law

    FRANKFORT – In today’s economy, most employers ask for at least some postsecondary experience and all but require a high school degree.  Those who drop out are often not even considered.

  • Former bookeeper will be missed

    Cynthiana lost one of its Christian soldiers last week with the passing of Ruth E. Furnish.
    When I first started working at The Cynthiana Democrat in 1976, Ruth was the bookkeeper for the newspaper and the Cynthiana Publishing Co. plant. During her tenure, she served with several publishers.
    I say “with” because many of those publishers would probably agree that they were publishers because Ruth said they could be, much like most men are the head of the house because their wives say they can be.

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS: Leaders set goals to rid state of prescription drug abuse

    FRANKFORT – One of the biggest issues this legislative session – stopping prescription drug abuse – took a major step forward early last week, when Governor Beshear and House and Senate leaders voiced their bipartisan support for plans to take quick action.
    There is no doubt that something needs to be done.  We are seeing far more Kentuckians die from prescription drug overdose than on our highways, and our rate of abuse is well above the national average.

  • Time is truly how to say ‘I love you’

    Isn’t it amazing how our significant others sometimes put their agendas aside to put a smile on our face?
    This week is, if you ask me, the biggest excuse for couples to blow money on one another that should be saved.
    Valentine’s Day. I never really understood it and now that I am married I have grown to dislike it.
    For the record, my wife does not require me to purchase a dozen roses and chocolate-covered strawberries.
    Instead, she gets a bigger kick out of me leaving her alone to watch her reality television for the night.

  • Cynthiana will survive if everyone chips in

    A few weeks ago and friend posed the question: “What are we going to do about our town?”
    “Everything is closing,” said one of the ladies having lunch at Biancke’s.
    I agreed and we commiserated. Up to that point, I suppose I was in denial. It didn’t seem like a “we” problem.
    We talked about the bypass around Cynthiana and weighed its pros and cons, trying to determine if it will help or hinder.

  • Also apply common sense when using technology

    If memory serves me correct, I believe I have stood on a soapbox before with words of judgment against and for technology.
    If I haven’t, please allow me to do so now.
    Technology. Wow. Cutting edge, interesting and all the more scary if you think about it.
    By no means am I an old person, but to think of how far along technology has come since I was five to now being 25, it simply blows my mind.

  • Also apply common sense when using technology

    If memory serves me correct, I believe I have stood on a soapbox before with words of judgment against and for technology.
    If I haven’t, please allow me to do so now.
    Technology. Wow. Cutting edge, interesting and all the more scary if you think about it.
    By no means am I an old person, but to think of how far along technology has come since I was five to now being 25, it simply blows my mind.

  • Redistrict outrages may face redress

    By: Al Cross

  • Don't be too quick to say "no"

    “I don’t think so, but maybe next time.”
    “I really don’t think I will be able to make it.”
    The list goes on and on of phrases that we have all used when trying to get out of doing something or going somewhere.
    When we are young we tend to defer to more drastic measures such as dragging our feet, kicking, screaming and in some situations... biting.
    Nonetheless, children and adults both have their ways of trying to drop the hint of non-compliance.

  • Telephone ‘prompts’ not so prompt

    I’m not a fan of automation. In fact, it’s more than just “not a fan.”
    I loathe being connected with the recording of a pleasant-sounding woman. Because of her automation, she cannot detect my own snide and sarcastic demeanor and thus adjust her own pleasantries.
    I don’t want to push “1” for this or “2” for that. I want to talk to someone who can talk back to me, not give me multiple choices.