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Today's Opinions

  • The public value of public defense

    Submitted by Eric Van Santen, Assistant Public Advocate, Cynthiana Trial Office
    This is a special time to honor the foundational right to counsel.
    In a criminal case, counsel protects “the fundamental human rights of life and liberty.” Our Sixth Amendment right to counsel “stands as a constant admonition that if the constitutional safeguards it provides be lost, justice will not ‘still be done.’”

  • THEME: SPRING IN THE AIR

    ACROSS
    1. Father of Hector, Paris and Cassandra
    6. Young newt
    9. Perching place
    13. Fungal skin infection
    14. Tap order
    15. Less than right angle
    16. On pins and needles
    17. Bottom line
    18. Isabel Allende’s “Portrait in _____”
    19. *Say ______ to winter and hello to spring
    21. *Celebrated saint
    23. One of peeps
    24. Cobbler’s concern
    25. Mudbath site
    28. Cellist great
    30. *The ______ Spring, led by Alexander Dubcek

  • Law making is like March Madness

    In some ways, the end of a legislative session is not much different from the final weeks of the college basketball season: Both take months of preparation and teamwork to be successful; and both are at their most exciting as the clock winds down.
    That proved to be the case last week as the House and Senate looked for common ground on a wide variety of issues with only a handful of days remaining to meet.

  • Give credit where credit is due

    To the editor:
    Over the past few weeks many articles and editorials have been written about the recreation department. I’m disappointed in the Democrat’s coverage of recent events and the personal attacks on outgoing director Rick Chasteen.
    I am not related to Mr. Chasteen and have nothing to gain by expressing my opinion. In two editorials Ben Hyatt has singled out Mr. Chasteen and made it sound as if he didn’t do his job. I disagree.

  • Support our mayor and his efforts

    To the editor:
    I strongly support Mayor Moses in his efforts to repair Water Works Abdallah Road. It has been unusable for quite some time but before its closure many motorists made good use of it.

  • “No indictment, no release"

    I have been fielding lots of questions and responding to all kinds of speculation as to why some arrests are not in the newspaper.
    It’s become a regular question from one individual on Wednesday afternoon when he buys his weekly paper to question why a specific arrest has not been published.
    Despite accusations to the contrary, my pockets are not being lined to keep someone’s name out of the paper.

  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Old Toyota model
    6. Priestly garb
    9. “Yes, ____!”
    13. Shrek and Fiona, e.g.
    14. Neither
    15. “Dancing with the Stars” number
    16. Country alliances
    17. ___-Wan Kenobi
    18. Potter enemy
    19. *Sweet number
    21. *Some fill out more than one
    23. Mork’s planet
    24. Kind of moss
    25. Company that loves logistics
    28. *The shot clock measures how much you have
    30. Loose Hawaiian unbelted dress

  • Theme: Famous Inventors

    ACROSS
    1. Squirrel away
    6. Young newt
    9. They put the bitter in beer
    13. Jousting pole
    14. Tap choice
    15. Bone-chilling
    16. Cast member
    17. Greater than the whole?
    18. Dismal
    19. *Cotton gin inventor
    21. Do this for a waltz, e.g.
    23. *___ Isaac Newton
    24. Shirts on their backs, e.g.
    25. Farmer’s ___
    28. Turkish honorific
    30. Lots
    35. Brother of Jacob
    37. Uh-oh
    39. Poet’s “below”
    40. Slash mark