What a Week

Democracy inactionLocal voters flocked to the malls on Election Day, and to the parks and to work and to bars and just about anywhere besides the polls, as Kentucky held primary voting for dozens of offices that were too much trouble for all but 20 percent of voters to think about. The low turnout — coming at a time when the NSA is spying on citizens and Washington wants to build a wall between Mexico and the United States — should help show Iraqis what democracy and freedom are all about. Among the election winners was a fellow who, like Yahoo! and Yum!, starts with a Y and ends with a “!,” and who will try to can Anne Northup in the fall. In other freedom news, Metro Corrections mistakenly released a fifth inmate in less than a year.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Osborne cornhuskered! A couple of football seasons ago, Nebraska moved into the modern day when they rejected a legacy and hired pass-happy Bill Callahan as football coach in Lincoln. It’s been a rocky start. But those Big Red fans showed last Tuesday they are truly ready to move on. Former pigskin coach-cum-icon, Tom Osborne, lost the GOP gubernatorial primary. Say it ain’t so. A three-term congressman, the three-time “national champion” coach had never received less than 82 percent of the vote in an election. He’s quoted as telling his supporters: “This is a tough one to take.”

What a Week

Dull man walkingGovernor Ernie Fletcher was indicted in connection with the merit-system scandal that’s plagued most of his term. The misdemeanor charges include criminal conspiracy, misconduct, political discrimination and getting the verbs in his promises to “end waste, fraud and abuse” and “restore hope” backwards. The charges stem from accusations of political shenanigans at the Transportation Cabinet, an agency that coincidentally announced it is once again accepting bids to paint the Kennedy Bridge, a seven-year, $23-million failed project that has exhausted both the nation’s supply of bridge painters and the repertoires of local joke writers. If convicted, the governor faces a year in the pokey. On the bright side, his re-election campaign can save money by not having to come up with new slogans.

The cover-up always is worse than the crime

After 12 months of secret grand-jury testimony, a spate of search-and-seizure raids in the Capitol and other state government buildings, a steady process of fifth-amendment takers, 13 controversial pardons, untold small fortunes in lawyers fees, and a zillion editorials, the principal combatants in the commonwealth’s humiliating merit-system scandal haven’t budged an iota. To the contrary, both have dug in their heels deeper than ever.

Monster Mash: Governors vs. Attorneys General - Chandler says Fletcher ‘Guilty of Fraud on the Public’

Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s angry reaction to his indictments last week had a familiar ring to anyone who paid attention to the end stages of his embattled predecessor’s tenure.

FOR’s Friendship Delegation to Iran: May 2006 - Report One: An Early Start to Peace-Making

BY FOR IRAN DELEGATIONNote: A story in last week’s LEO discussed a group of seven Louisvillians taking part in a Fellowship of Reconciliation peace mission to Iran. The following is part of the group’s first report, filed late last week. Please visit www.forusa.org to read more of the group’s updates.

Long ride to freedom

The language being foisted on the debate over Derby cruising has shown a profound range, from righteous indignation to benign denial. Words like “apartheid” have entered the discourse not sideways but head-on, as in accusations thereof, as city and police officials continue to call the lock-down on West Broadway a “success” in unmitigated terms. It’s essentially a default dismissal, some argue, until next year’s Thunder Over Louisville, when the debate will again begin and end over the course of about a month.

What will the neighbors think?

Any game show contestant takes the audience along for a suspenseful ride in the time leading up to the announcement of the grand prize. Imagine the stiff-grinning host cutting the tension in a booming voice, “You’ve won a free all-expenses-paid trip to Louisville!”

Fletch wounds?A Look at Anne Northup's Ties to the Doomed Governor and How They Might Affect Her This Election Year

A snake with a mortal wound can still discharge its venom. This is a natural, proven fact, and for some, a hard-learned lesson.

Give peace a chance: Seven Louisvillians are on a mission in Iran to change perceptions

It was no surprise, really, that Katharine Fulkerson was last — the final person accepted for a peace mission to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.