http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Mailbag http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/mailbag-76 <p> To the editor:<br /> The Cynthiana Fire Department wishes to express its great appreciation and gratitude to everyone who supported the department during last week&rsquo;s fire.&nbsp; This community took its time to provide not only food, water and general assistance, but also displayed support with prayers, both privately and through social media.<br /> This overwhelming support allowed the department to concentrate on the task at hand, which is and always will be the safety of this community.<br /> Bowling balls and baby kittens http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/bowling-balls-and-baby-kittens <p> Before we get down to the second topic today, I want to give a shout out to the Harrison County High School Bowling team.<br /> For grandmother reasons, I was in attendance at a Bourbon County vs. Harrison County Bowling match a couple of weeks ago. My grandson is on the Bourbon team and because there is no bowling alley in Paris, they play their home matches here in Cynthiana.<br /> The Bourbon team acquitted themselves well, and I was sufficiently supportive of my grandson and his friends.<br /> Legislative committees in full-swing; bills begin to gain ground http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/legislative-committees-full-swing-bills-begin-gain-ground <p> We have officially entered week two of the General Assembly&rsquo;s regular session as legislation continues to be filed, debated and passed out of committees and a $20 billion budget and road plan is being framed with input from parties all across Kentucky.<br /> Viewpoint http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/viewpoint-75 <p> Since the beginning of time, or close to it, the Cynthiana City Commission meetings have been held on the second floor of City Hall. And 99 percent of the time that&rsquo;s fine.<br /> However, it&rsquo;s not handicapped accessible. If someone wanted to attend a meeting of the commission and he or she could not climb the stairs, the city had to know in advance so it could make arrangements to have the meeting elsewhere.<br /> Viewpoint http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/viewpoint-74 <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bobby_1063.jpg" alt="Bobby Feeback, to the right, has been with Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide football team for two years as a graduate athletic trainer." title="Bobby Feeback, to the right, has been with Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide football team for two years as a graduate athletic trainer." align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> Hats off to all the firefighters and other first responders that were able to contain Sunday&rsquo;s downtown fire to just one building.<br /> As close as most buildings are to one another in the downtown area, it is amazing that the huge blaze that ultimately destroyed the two-story building owned by Hoss and Paula Wilson, didn&rsquo;t spread.<br /> Another talking-point that the fire might have brought up, are the unsightly, and even dangerous, power-lines/telephone-lines that line the streets throughout Cynthiana.<br /> Statepoint Crossword Puzzle Solution http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/statepoint-crossword-puzzle-solution-25 <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01-04-18_cw_solution.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /> Statepoint Crossword Puzzle http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/statepoint-crossword-puzzle-28 <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01-04-18_cw_puzzle.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> ACROSS<br /> 1. Tucks away<br /> 6. Coca-Cola&rsquo;s first calorie-free drink<br /> 9. Draw ____<br /> 13. Turkish bigwig<br /> 14. Harry Potter&rsquo;s Hedwig<br /> 15. Anatomical sac<br /> 16. Bet everything<br /> 17. Ancient Chinese dynasty<br /> 18. *Grammy winners Billy or Frank<br /> 19. *2018 Grammy Awards host<br /> 21. *2018 Grammys location<br /> 23. Boy<br /> 24. State of irritation<br /> 25. Auto unit<br /> 28. Toy building block<br /> 30. Between knees and ankles<br /> 35. Paella pot<br /> When the sap rises... http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/when-sap-rises <p> With most of the holiday finery now resting in dusty boxes for another year, we can settle down for ballgames, Valentines and snow days.<br /> The other day, a good friend, Beverly Cooper, made mention of sap rising. The conversation that followed revealed a remarkable local story.<br /> Did you have waffles with Maple syrup for Christmas breakfast? And, did you know how much work those few drops of syrup were?<br />