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Today's Opinions

  • Senator Steve West’s legislative update...session nears the end

    As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee soon.

  • Viewpoint

    It’s that time of year when outr city and county leaders are, like the state legislators, looking at the budget.
    Every year, different well-deserving groups make their plea for funding support.
    Unfortunately, no matter how well-deserved the groups may be, their requests may get either denied or cut this year.
    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller told fellow Cynthiana City Commissioners Tuesday that they need to look at what they give to those groups.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Birth-related
    6. Post-U.S.S.R. acronym
    9. Like white-headed eagle
    13. ____ and desist
    14. In the manner of, French
    15. F, unit of electrical capacity
    16. Blood line
    17. Neighbor of Ger.
    18. Upright
    19. *San ____, 2018 Final Four spot
    21. *NCAA’s selection day
    23. Color of Scare
    24. Bring home the bacon
    25. ____ cry
    28. ____ ex machina
    30. ____ ____ the hook
    35. Big-ticket ____
    37. Play parts
    39. Gulf of Naples resort

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Birth-related
    6. Post-U.S.S.R. acronym
    9. Like white-headed eagle
    13. ____ and desist
    14. In the manner of, French
    15. F, unit of electrical capacity
    16. Blood line
    17. Neighbor of Ger.
    18. Upright
    19. *San ____, 2018 Final Four spot
    21. *NCAA’s selection day
    23. Color of Scare
    24. Bring home the bacon
    25. ____ cry
    28. ____ ex machina
    30. ____ ____ the hook
    35. Big-ticket ____
    37. Play parts
    39. Gulf of Naples resort

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    The General Assembly has finally produced a bill regarding public pensions and the fine print reveals some remarkable facts about its potential impact. The “fine print” in question is the actuarial analysis performed on behalf of Kentucky Retirement Systems regarding those aspects of Senate Bill 1 that affect KRS.

  • News from the Chamber of Commerce

    It has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks in the Chamber world.
    We have recently moved into our new office, on the second floor of the City Clerk’s new building.
    Moving is never fun, but we survived and are absolutely in love with our new location. Many have asked if they have to come all the way up the stairs to see us. Not at all.
    Just pop into the City offices (Check out our new gift shop while you’re there) and have them buzz us. We will happily come to you.

  • Viewpoint

    People my age or older often catch ourselves wishing for things as they used to be.
    At the risk of sounding trite, those days of the past are ‘water over the dam,’ ‘water under the bridge,’ or any of several other sayings that reflect some sense of longing for simpler times.
    Let’s be realistic, however, those days are in the past and, though they might be remembered, they will never be relived.

  • Learning lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic

    By Stuart W. Sanders
    Guest columnist
     
    One afternoon in May 1918, my 12-year-old grandfather was walking home from school in Louisville when he encountered a man from his neighborhood.
    Run home fast, the man said, your father’s dead.
    With this abrupt message, my grandfather sprinted home, tears streaming down his face. His father had died from “edema of the lungs,” which was brought about by complications from influenza.