• Time to revamp animal cruelty laws

    It’s the type of story all of us have heard but still we shake our heads that it actually happens.

    Last week a Louisville woman was arrested and charged with animal torture after police found two dogs frozen to death in her back yard.

  • Friends — coming full circle


  • Lights out for Middle East’s Christians?

    Hosni Mubarak can count on at least one loyal supporter. Coptic Christian leader Pope Shenouda wants the anti-Mubarak protesters to stand down. He has two inarguable reasons to stick with the dictator: fear and experience.

  • U.S. must take the walk to democracy in Egypt

    Hosni Mubarak’s iron rule crumbles but will not go gently. He still believes himself president of Egypt, although Egypt does not. The revolutionaries of Tahrir Square still have work to do to dislodge him — and then to dismantle the system of coercion, cronyism and corruption that sustained the dictator’s three-decade rule.

  • General Assembly returns after recess

    FRANKFORT — The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after the January recess to continue our 30-day session. Protecting the lives of the unborn and saving taxpayer dollars were two themes that emerged.

  • Going the extra mile for a patient in need

    Laura LaRue, RN

    Director of Emergency Services

    Flaget Memorial Hospital


    TV shows glorify emergency departments, but fantasy is far from reality. Eighty percent of our volume is quick-to-treat patients we evaluate and discharge. The smaller percent is the critically-ill patients who require all the training we have to help save a life, or provide a graceful death. ED staff members help families deal with the loss of a loved one, then put on a smile for the next patient. This is their emergency. That’s why we’re here.

  • A farewell to Nelson County

    This Friday, I’ll be saying my goodbyes to Nelson County.

    I’ve been here since October of 2009, when I moved five hours from a suburb of Chicago to take what was, essentially, my first “real” job as a reporter. I had worked previously at newspapers in college and had served as an editor for a small daily situated in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., but this was my first chance to work as a full-time writer.

  • Casting stones or casting ballots?

    Republicans, imagine 30 years of President Obama, or Democrats, think about three decades of President George Bush. And there is not a thing you can do about it.

  • And the survey says — I might be wrong

    Each year I send to the people of our district a questionnaire on issues that confront your General Assembly. In the past, I’ve tried to explain in each question both sides of an issue, then ask for an opinion. It made for a multi-page affair, and maybe required too much time to be spent on it. It’s also problematic to fairly include the strongest arguments for both sides of an issue, while trying to limit the space used.

  • Let’s follow Christina's example

    As the terribly sad and even frightening event in Tucson, Arizona, unfolded and I learned of the killings that included 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, former teacher that I am, I focused on any reports about her.

    Also as one who as a teacher tried to help faculty and students understand that our efforts to help others has to include being a good and concerned citizen, my interest and admiration grew as I learned of her selection to serve on her school’s student council and her great interest in learning how our government works.