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Columns

  • Matt Bevin...the good and the bad

    It’s way too early to pass judgment on Kentucky’s new governor, Matt Bevin, as he’s barely three months into his first term.
    His hokey, ill-conceived and condescending social posting  several weeks ago, left a bad taste in most people’s mouths, Democrat and Republican, alike.
    Let’s set the stage. He had released his first biennium budget proposal as governor. He knew that it would rankle the democrats in the democratic-controlled House of Representatives as it did what he promised, slashed state spending.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Santa and Uncle Sam have this in common
    6. Be in a cast
    9. Plural of cecum
    13. *”____ beaver”
    14. *”Pitching ____”
    15. Sacrificial spot
    16. Less than 90 degrees
    17. Grass bristle
    18. Had in mind
    19. *”Retail ____”
    21. *”____ it”
    23. Bruin legend Bobby
    24. Forbidden fruit, e.g.
    25. *”____, humbug!”
    28. Ready and eager
    30. Foot part
    35. Mosque V.I.P.

  • A State of the City Address from Mayor Smith

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher
    I would like to take a moment to thank the citizens of Cynthiana for all the support I have received during my first year as mayor.  
    The journey to improve and grow Cynthiana seems like a thousand mile journey with many ups and downs along the way. I’m so proud of our current commission for stepping up and tackling some big problems.  

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS A legislative perspective on the General Assembly

    As the General Assembly wraps up much of its work early this week, the biggest item on the agenda is passing a budget to run state government for the next two years.
    House and Senate leaders sat down last Thursday to begin working on a compromise, coming to the table with broad agreement in some areas and some significant differences in others.
    Overall, the chambers’ two budget proposals follow Gov. Bevin’s plan to scale back government and put that money toward the long-term liability facing our retirement systems for state employees and teachers.

  • Light It Up Blue with the Riddells

    It’s been just over a year since Karey Riddell’s son, Wesley, made it his mission to light up the stately white building in downtown Cynthiana with blue lights.
    His family was in the process of relocating to Cynthiana after living briefly in Frankfort. Karey and Noel Riddell made it their mission also.
    And while Wesley, Karey and Noel were carrying the figurative blue torch, many other Cynthiana people joined the parade to bring awareness to autism.
    Wesley was diagnosed with autism at a young age.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Something proclaimed true without proof
    6. Trigonometry abbr.
    9. *____surfing with no board
    13. Shrek and Fiona, e.g.
    14. “____ the Games Begin!”
    15. Core of personnel
    16. Motion picture
    17. Baseball stat
    18. Spock or Mork
    19. *Mask and epee
    21. *Pistes and moguls
    23. Santa ___ winds
    24. Attention grabber
    25. *____-wrestling, like in “Over the Top”
    28. Openmouthed astonishment
    30. Hollywood’s lighting person

  • Tell your legislators: Pass a fiscally responsible budget

    Back in January, I submitted our budget to the state legislature. It is a fiscally responsible budget that takes the necessary steps to start repairing Kentucky’s financial foundation. It takes into consideration the fact that our administration has been left with more than $35 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Simply put, this is money we owe, but do not have.

  • Spring Cleaning on Main Street


    Spring has finally arrived. The first thing that comes to my mind is spring cleaning. For some reason, every year when spring arrives I get the notion to spring clean. I start sorting everything in the house. I tackle the kids’ rooms, cabinets, windows and anywhere else that was forgotten during the winter months.