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Today's Opinions

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • High School dropout age receives major bipartisan support

    With time running out in the 2013 Regular Session, we turned our attention this week to reaching agreements on some of the General Assembly’s top priorities.

  • Signing bills into laws

    With only two days remaining to consider possible vetoes and some unresolved issues, the General Assembly completed much of its work this legislative session early last week.
    Since the House and Senate only meet for 30 instead of 60 working days in odd-numbered years – and four of those are set aside to elect leaders and appoint committees – we spent the relatively short amount of time we had tackling a fairly long agenda.

  • 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.