Today's Opinions

  • House says yes to opening court for abused, neglected children cases

    This past week, the Kentucky House of Representatives spent much of its time focusing on two important groups: Our children and our farmers.
    On Wednesday, for example, the full chamber voted to make viewing child pornography a crime, a move that would close a loophole that has made it tougher to prosecute pedophiles who don’t actually possess the images they view on the internet but don’t keep.

  • Accelerating fuel costs are spring disappointment

    Nothing gives spring’s arrival away better than the ever-growing thorn in all drivers’ sides.
    When I think of spring, I generally think of things that make me happy.
    For example, with spring comes warmer weather, outside events, volleyball, warmer weather, getting a tan, volleyball and the always enjoyed... warmer weather.
    In a small rural community like ours, the farms tend to shine and the scenery, for the most part, looks similar to pictures you might see in a magazine.

  • Dropout age could raise to 17 by 2016 if voted into law

    FRANKFORT – In today’s economy, most employers ask for at least some postsecondary experience and all but require a high school degree.  Those who drop out are often not even considered.

  • Harrison County Tea Party

    To the editor:
    I am convinced that major changes are needed in our government before it is too late.
    I am concerned that we have too much regulation, which stifles not only our individual freedoms, but curtails free enterprise. It is no wonder, manufacturers moved their companies (and our jobs) offshore...
    I am concerned that our government officials are not concerned about efficient use of our tax dollars. They seem inept at making hard but fiscally sound decisions...

  • Cemetery needs more supervision

    To the editor:
    I don’t know if this will do me any good, but I feel that others need to know what goes on in Battle Grove Cemetery.

  • Former bookeeper will be missed

    Cynthiana lost one of its Christian soldiers last week with the passing of Ruth E. Furnish.
    When I first started working at The Cynthiana Democrat in 1976, Ruth was the bookkeeper for the newspaper and the Cynthiana Publishing Co. plant. During her tenure, she served with several publishers.
    I say “with” because many of those publishers would probably agree that they were publishers because Ruth said they could be, much like most men are the head of the house because their wives say they can be.

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS: Leaders set goals to rid state of prescription drug abuse

    FRANKFORT – One of the biggest issues this legislative session – stopping prescription drug abuse – took a major step forward early last week, when Governor Beshear and House and Senate leaders voiced their bipartisan support for plans to take quick action.
    There is no doubt that something needs to be done.  We are seeing far more Kentuckians die from prescription drug overdose than on our highways, and our rate of abuse is well above the national average.

  • Helping hounds find homes

    To the editor:
    We are writing to tell your readers about a recently formed non-profit animal welfare organization in Harrison County, Helping Hounds Find Homes.  Its objective is to rescue and transport homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to non-profit, no kill shelters and foster homes where the animals will await adoption to forever homes.
    In 2010, 2,307 unwanted dogs and cats entered Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.  Of that number 437 were adopted, 130 were returned to owners, 381 went to rescue and 950 were euthanized.