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Editorials

  • Yank out welcome mat to hate groups by giving bridge a new name

    Not long ago, the Klu Klux Klan visited Cynthiana. Mayor James Smith, County Judge Executive Alex Barnett and others did the right thing and sent them packing. But they will be back; and they’ll keep coming back until our community’s “Welcome” mat is gone.
    The mat I am referring to is the memorial bridge named after John Hunt Morgan. General Morgan was a traitor to the United States of America.

  • What can we do about heroin in our community?

    For several years Kentucky had seen widespread prescription drug abuse that soared to epidemic levels. But thanks to public education, safe drug disposal programs, enforcement and legislative action, the Commonwealth is seeing a decrease in prescription drug abuse.
    Unfortunately, many individuals who previously abused prescription medications, specifically those classified as opioids, are now switching to heroin – an opioid that is cheaper and increasingly more available.

  • Roberts, Fowler will talk college on Super Sunday Weekend

    Sherelle Roberts and Shane Fowler will speak at the Super Sunday worship service on February 22, 2015 at St. James AME.  Super Sunday is an event across the state of Kentucky where community colleges partner with churches to especially encourage our minoritites to attend college.

  • Why must local government make simple things complicated?

    The transition to the 2015 editions of the Harrison County Fiscal Court and Cynthiana City Commission has come with a lot of talk about moving forward and, in particular, about giving people a greater voice in local government.

  • School forum an important step forward

    The “Understanding Teenagers” forum Monday night was an excellent step forward for Harrison County.
    Although a few concerned parents expressed disappointment that the high school auditorium was not filled to capacity, given the serious nature of the issue, we do not share that opinion.
    In fact, there is every reason to commend the Harrison County School administration and the UK HealthCare Adolescent Medicine Division for hosting a successful forum that exceeded expectations.

  • Rod Run Caused Best Traffic Jam Ever

    We can’t speak for the people who were just passing through Cynthiana on Main Street last Saturday, but in our opinion, the Cynthiana Rod Run caused one of the best traffic jams in the history of downtown.

    In fact, if families had any sense at all, they would have simply found an open space to park and joined in the festivities.

  • Directors’ vote to ban public from meeting was evasive tactic to avoid embarrassing open discussion

    A special meeting of the Commission on Aging board of directors, which was held last Thursday afternoon was a paragon of how not to hold a public meeting.
    The directors voted unanimously to close the meeting despite objection from The Cynthiana Democrat citing that closing the meeting for financial discussion was against the Kentucky Open Meetings Law.
    An agent with the Internal Revenue Service told board members that she could not discuss specifics of the board’s indebtedness, its penalties and interest, with anyone other than the board of directors.

  • Financial disclosure a must for Commission on Aging

    No one is crying abuse of public trust, but there are some serious questions to be raised with the recent unraveling of finances for the Harrison County Commission on Aging.
    First, on March 21, board members were advised that the Senior Citizens Center was $21,000 in the red with monies to be paid to the state and federal government. That has escalated over the last month to a new deficit of $60,000.
    Now the question has become who is going to pay the $60,000?
    The bulk of that sum is penalties and interest.

  • ‘Important things’ are happening on the Hilltop campus for LVC

    The Licking Valley Campus is not quite 25 years old and we might think it a bit presumptuous to even think of us in terms of “history.”  Perhaps it would be more sensible to think of Licking Valley Campus as one stop on an educational continuum in this area.
    Sometimes a natural development of circumstances coincides with a time and place and important things happen.

  • Physicians could face issues with House Bill 1

    By: Dr. Don R. Stephens, M.D.
    Senator R.J. Palmer recently defended passage of House Bill 1-commonly referred to as the “Pill Mill Bill” - and said the law contained “common sense” requirements for physicians who prescribe certain controlled substances. Despite his attempts at defending the bill, however, every physician, medical provider, medical facility and patient knows the law’s mandates have created unnecessary burdens and cost that clearly need to be corrected.