Thorns & Roses: The Worst, Best & Most Absurd

‘Alison, I know this world is killing you’  |  Absurd

First, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is accused of misusing her office, and then her father, Democratic boss Jerry Lundergan, is indicted on federal charges that he illegally contributed to her 2014 U.S. Senate race and, maybe worse… allegedly tried to hide it. Of course, both are innocent until proven otherwise, but the stink of innuendo will linger on her nonetheless if she runs for governor or attorney general.

Own that troll, Andy!  |  Rose

The video shows state Attorney General Andy Beshear, arch-enemy of Gov. Matt Bevin, lording over a chess board while young players ponder moves. “Sharing a great afternoon with our future leaders at Baxter Community Chess Club,” he tweeted. Afterward, Beshear’s campaign spokesman told the Courier Journal that the Democratic candidate for governor was not trolling Bevin, who said West Louisvillians playing chess is not “something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.”

The re-education of Rick Green  |  Rose

Speaking of trolling, we would like to think our constant haranguing had something to do with the CJ’s alleged recommitment to arts coverage. New Editor Rick Green wrote that he has just discovered Louisville has “one of the richest and most vibrant of any city of its size in the country,” so “we’re re-committing [sic] to a celebration of Louisville’s arts and cultural scenes.” He also mentions the impact of arts on the local economy, so… more likely, he had a re-education luncheon with wealthy benefactors whose generosity fuels the local arts scene. But will the CJ replace its laid-off arts reporter, or just add work to someone’s duties and then put lipstick and a bow on a few stories? (Also, now that you have had an arts reawakening, Rick, why not rediscover the need to write editorials regularly to, you know… provide leadership?)

This fire… ‘a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes’  |  Rose

And on the arts front, a rose to The Kentucky Center and the scores of workers (who clogged up already sclerotic Main Street) for scrambling to reopen this vital arts venue following the fire in June. The Center is set to open with Louisville Ballet’s “Romeo + Juliet.”