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Columns

  • Legislature moving numerous bills through shortened General Assembly

    As the General Assembly prepares for the final third of the 2011 Regular Session, it’s a good time to step back and see what has taken place.
    The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved what I think are some sensible moves forward for the Commonwealth. In some of the higher profile bills, we have worked to increase the high school dropout age from 16 to 18; we are trying to crack down on convicted drunk drivers to keep them from drinking and driving again; and we have attempted to close what would be a very sizeable gap in Medicaid if nothing is done.

  • Take a deep breath, but don’t choke on the smoke

    I am blessed.
    I’ve never had a near death experience... no heart attacks like Angie Walker suffered at 44 years old; no car wrecks with life-lasting injuries; no cancer or major surgeries.
    (Walker’s story of survival is on the front page.)
    Still, I know what it’s like to hold my breath so long that when I realize I’m getting light-headed, I have to remind myself to take a deep breath.
    Five years ago on Valentine’s Day, my daughter Erin had a horrific car accident. I was the first person to arrive at the scene.

  • A warm welcome

    I meant what I said in the very first article that I ever wrote as a news writer for the Cynthiana Democrat.
    I like real heart-filled stories. Now don’t get me wrong, if I have the opportunity to write an article that stirs up a little dust and gets citizens thinking about local government or if they are in tune with what is going on around them, then I will write those too.
    This week’s Democrat is special to me though. Special in the way that I have the distinct honor of introducing four new faces to the community.

  • A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly

    The main portion of the 2011 Regular Session got underway early last week, and it didn’t take long for bills to begin making their way toward a full vote by the Kentucky House of Representatives.
    As you may know, odd-year meetings of the General Assembly are different than those in even-numbered years, which last for 60 rather than 30 days and are focused on adopting a budget.
    Short sessions traditionally begin by electing legislative leaders, appointing committees, recessing briefly and then returning in February for debating legislation.

  • Newspaper’s website will go subscriber-based this month

    On Feb. 21 some changes will be occurring in our www.cynthianademocrat.com site.
    In November we had a major overhaul of our web design, which made it much more reader friendly. The new design also gave us an opportunity to bring more news to our viewers.
    The latest changes will be to move our website to a subscriber-based site.
    What does that mean to you?
    For our print edition subscribers, you will continue to have access to all of the news, all of the time.
    Democrat subscribers will receive a free on-line subscription.

  • Violent shootings of peace officers intolerable

    Amanda Haworth. Roger Castillo. Thomas Baitinger. Jeffrey Yaslowitz. Steven Dodds. Ralph Painter. Christopher Matlosz. Suzanne Hopper. William H. Torbin Jr., Larry Nehasil.
    You may not recognize the names, but soon each one will be etched in granite in some cemetery.
    Senseless.
    There is no other word to describe the apparent war against police officers that has left 14 families grieving for their sons and daughters, husbands and wives.
    So far this month, 14 police officers have been murdered while doing the jobs in their chosen fields.

  • Enjoy ‘Little House’ days before they morph into no-excuse work days

    I often wonder how times change without us ever realizing they have changed.
    For instance, how did I go from jumping up and down when it would snow outside to the dreaded get up and hour earlier to make it to work on time.
    I used to love the snow.
    I remember those days off from school when I was able to stay home and feed the cows with Papaw or Uncle Dennis.
    “Shoot some ether in her,” Papaw would say as he turned the key over on the old 2240 John Deere.

  • ATC’s automotive program gives students glimpse of career opportunities in hi-tech environment

    By Mark Sims, Guest Columnist
    Few things are as exciting to teenagers as their cars. Driving a car is one of the rites of passage still afforded American young people. The car also has always held a prominent place in the heart of our country, and we value our freedom of mobility almost as much as any of America’s values or privileges. Without trained, knowledgeable automotive mechanics, this wouldn’t be possible. Kentucky Tech – Harrison Area Center is working to ensure that we continue to have qualified mechanics to keep us running.

  • Everything I needed to know...

    “You don’t want to eat onions on Tuesdays because they make you sleepy,” said Thelma Taylor to a young journalism pup.
    Tuesday was and still is deadline day at The Cynthiana Democrat and if anyone knew the do’s and don’ts of deadlines, it was Thelma.
    She was the first woman to earn editor status for The Cynthiana Democrat and I know exactly how she did it. One word... caring.
    Thelma had a passion for Cynthiana and Harrison County and more importantly the people who make up that community.

  • Former editor bids farewell to ‘journalism mentor’ and ‘Cynthiana mother’

    By Herb Brock, guest columnist and former editor of The Cynthiana Democrat