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Today's Opinions

  • It was time to tweak state’s expensive criminal code

     FRANKFORT -Very few truly transformational reforms ever make it through the legislative process. Our two-chamber system was designed by the framers for just that purpose -- to slow down hasty overhauls and focus on incremental changes -- a tweak here and there to fix the current problems, rather than scrapping entire systems.

  • Hello March!

    I’m usually somewhat sluggish about flipping the calendar.
    I don’t know why. Perhaps someone with a bunch of letters after his name would say it has something to do with not wanting to let go.
    However, it was with exuberance that my February pages hit the recycle bin and heralded in the lamb’s version of March.
    I have three calendars in my office; two are flipped and one is a rip-away.
    It was with great fanfare that I tore off February.
    My theory:
    This winter has been interminably long.

  • Teaching Certificate

    Kathleen Judy was born December of 1900 and attended Henry School on Judy Ridge Road in Harrison County. On Feb. 8, 1917 (at the age of 16) she took the teaching exam to receive her certificate. Judy taught at Henry School in Harrison County and earned approximately $30 a month. She married Ora Nicholas Marsh and had four sons, Charles, George and John Marsh, and the late Neal Marsh, all of Harrison County.

  • Group seeking fiscal government responsibility

    To the editor:
    America has reached a tipping point.  Not only has the federal government grown in spending but in its reach to state and local governments.  
    The federal government now dominates activity that was traditionally reserved to the states, leaving little or no room for state-level innovation in policy areas such as education, transportation, health care, welfare and even law enforcement. They have so grossly expanded public-sector debt that, as of today, each and every man, woman and child carries a debt burden of over $45,000.

  • Frankfort Focus

    Each legislative session essentially has two distinct periods, with the first dedicated to the House and Senate setting their respective agendas and the second, much shorter one seeing where both sides can find common ground.
    It is too soon to say what ultimately will cross the finish line, but this week is when most of those decisions will be made.  It promises to be a busy time.
    As we look for consensus, there is hope in the House that we can do something this year to help both our youth and our senior citizens.

  • 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.