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Columns

  • Share your celebrity encounters with our readers

    Vacation season is upon us. And, while the price of gas may be restricting some travel, there is always a chance that you will meet up with a celebrity somewhere along your way.
    If you do, have someone snap of photograph of you and that star. We’d love to show it in The Cynthiana Democrat in a new feature  called Celebrity Encounters.
    If you are going to the Kentucky Speedway this summer, you may run into someone well known in the NASCAR circuit. Get a family member or even a complete stranger to capture the moment.

  • Family mission causes a change in heart

    When I write a column for our Viewpoint section of the Cynthiana Democrat, I try to find some humorous story to ramble on about.
    Sometimes, I even go outside my comfort zone and try and sound intellectual in discussing a sensitive or important issue within the county or city.
    However, never before have I been sitting at my computer and been led by emotion to share a story with everyone, until now.

  • Family mission causes a change in heart

    When I write a column for our Viewpoint section of the Cynthiana Democrat, I try to find some humorous story to ramble on about.
    Sometimes, I even go outside my comfort zone and try and sound intellectual in discussing a sensitive or important issue within the county or city.
    However, never before have I been sitting at my computer and been led by emotion to share a story with everyone, until now.

  • Readers, let us know what you think about...

    Perhaps you don’t agree with a letter or a column here on the Viewpoint page.
    Maybe you think the newspaper or its editor have taken it to far by printing someone’s opinion.
    In recent weeks I’ve heard some mumbling to that effect.
    My response has to be that I would no more deny publication of a letter to the editor than I would ask a librarian to remove a book from the shelf.
    There is the exception of libel and good taste with regards to letters.
    There are a few rules, but we try to limit those.

  • The royal wedding went fine without us, let’s focus on a local level

    I feel the need to remind everyone that even though there is tons of breaking national news currently being talked about, we still need to remember local news as well.
    When I was in college, I took a class called Community Leadership Development 320, better known to the students as “What’s in the news.”
    The class was taught by the very enthusiastic Dr. Randy Weckman, who by my understanding, might be the No. 1 person to call when you want to know what is going on around the world.

  • Save gas money, visit Our Town

    I hate to date myself with a “Yeah, when I was young...,” but that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
    I remember scavenging in my brother’s Dodge Dart for four quarters so that we could put, yes, four gallons of gas in his car.
    It was the early 1970s and Barry had his license. We could cruise on four gallons of gasoline for a long time.
    Gas stations around Kentucky were fighting it out for the cheapest gas crown. It was a great time for a gas war.
    Ah. What I wouldn’t give now for a good ole price war.

  • Swamp People
  • New court members seem to feel right at home

    So far, the new faces in the Harrison County Fiscal Court seem to be complimenting the veteran members.
    Covering Harrison County Fiscal Court meetings has allowed me to see first-hand just how well the new court members are gelling with veteran members.
    It has often been said that new members of any committee or board go through a transition phase where they are just trying to find their niche.
    However, as a spectator of the meetings, I have found that the new members are fitting in quite well and have few signs of growing pains.

  • There are two sides to the Cynthiana by-pass issue

    I have mixed emotions about the by-pass around Cynthiana that’s set to get underway this summer.
    I can see the benefits for those who commute north and south to work and school. When you talk about spending two hours of your day on the road, cutting out 10 or 15 minutes of one-way drive time would be a big deal.

  • Thanking those who make it all work

    Often when we say thank you... we usually forget some of the names or the smaller people who make accomplishments possible.
    If you recall an article written in the December 30, 2010 edition of the Cynthiana Democrat, there was a column written by our own Becky Barnes.
    The column was a tribute to the men and women who have served Harrison County and Cynthiana faithfully for their elected terms as well as the agencies that provide a service to the county and the city.