http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Just another bump in the road http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/just-another-bump-road <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/da_hump.0604.jpg" alt="Help us name it — When a good idea like a new sidewalk along Webster Avenue to the Harrison County School Campus gives us the added bonus of this random aberration, it deserves a lasting name and perhaps a listing for tourists in RoadsideAmerica.com." title="Help us name it — When a good idea like a new sidewalk along Webster Avenue to the Harrison County School Campus gives us the added bonus of this random aberration, it deserves a lasting name and perhaps a listing for tourists in RoadsideAmerica.com." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> Since accepting a job offer with the University of Kentucky earlier this month, I envisioned my column for this week to have been the one that broke the news to Harrison County.</p> Miscellaneous musings and random scribbles http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/miscellaneous-musings-and-random-scribbles <p> Once again, after going through my column ideas folder of scribbled notes on church bulletins, saved emails and starts of columns I haven&rsquo;t finished, I&rsquo;m turning these random bits of miscellany into today&rsquo;s column.<br /> I hope some of these thoughts will be helpful to someone reading this.<br /> &bull;&ldquo;How could a thorn ever be grace?&rdquo; That&rsquo;s from a song, &ldquo;Strong,&rdquo; that I heard at a church recently. Thorns hurt, and I was hurting that day.<br /> Research before you look for a forever friend http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/research-you-look-forever-friend <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beckybarnes_7.jpg" alt="Becky Barnes" title="Becky Barnes" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s been a few weeks ago that I made a trip down south I-75 with my daughter on her quest for a new puppy. A 6-week-old Pomeranian, which is also a bundle of cuteness and fur, was the must-have on this day.</p> A Prosecutor’s Perspective: Facts about jury duty, the selection process and the benefits of service http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/prosecutor%E2%80%99s-perspective-facts-about-jury-duty-selection-process-and-benefits-service <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/michael.laws__1.jpg" alt="Michael Laws" title="Michael Laws" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> I would like to take this opportunity to answer some excellent questions posed by readers like you. Many of the questions concern the manner in which jurors are selected.&nbsp;</p> Food pantry thanks Democrat and Garden show donors for support http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/food-pantry-thanks-democrat-and-garden-show-donors-support <p> To the editor:<br /> The Food Pantry would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cynthiana Democrat and all who participated in the 2015 Home and Garden Show and donated food and money for which we were the recipients.<br /> New state senator reviews the 2015 legislative session http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/new-state-senator-reviews-2015-legislative-session <p> By Sen. Steve West<br /> I would like to thank the people of the 27th District for electing me to serve as your state senator. Although I only served in the Senate for the final two days of session, I was able to cast important votes for our district. Below is a list of the key pieces of legislation that came through the General Assembly in this short session:<br /> Turnberg versus the Swarm, or, Uncommon events of a Friday afternoon http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/turnberg-versus-swarm-or-uncommon-events-friday-afternoon <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beeswarm2.0475.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> At first glance, the bee swarm that had taken temporary residence on the roof adjacent to the Rohs Opera House didn&rsquo;t appear to be all that large. But, of course, size is all a matter of perspective and mine was from a distance of about 10 feet inside the top floor of the local theater and movie house.<br /> It was Angel Turnberg who had the up close and personal point of view of the swarm.<br /> Mike's Minute: Harrison County is Full of Talent http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/mikes-minute-harrison-county-full-talent <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2012.mike_.aldridge_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> After attending the Licking Valley Singers&rsquo; performance of Toppin&rsquo; the Charts on Friday night and the Starry Night performance Saturday night, I came to this conclusion:&nbsp; Harrison County is full of talent. &nbsp;</p>