Darts & Laurels (6/20/06)
Time for a few more Darts and Laurels.
First, a big laurel goes to Kosair Charities for their recent two-million-dollar grant to Brooklawn Child and Family Services. That's exactly the amount Brooklawn was scheduled to get from this year's state budget before Governor Fletcher vetoed the expense. But now that Kosair has stepped in to take up the slack, Brooklawn's important work on behalf of abused and neglected youth won't have to suffer.
Meanwhile, a dart to the Courier-Journal for serious misuse of banner headlines.
Last Friday's front page trumpeted, "Lesbian Loses in Custody Case." But the story itself was about a judge's decision denying visitation rights to one half of a lesbian couple that had raised a child together for six years.
In other words, the case pitted one lesbian against another. Meaning that even if the outcome of the story had been exactly the opposite, the headline could have been exactly the same. Which makes it pretty meaningless -- unless they just wanted to get the word "lesbian" in the headline.
And finally, a laurel goes to Jefferson County School Superintendent Dr. Steven Daeschner, who's done a far better job during his 13 years in the position than the school board seems to think. Because they wouldn't renew his contract, he'll be gone after this coming school year - but he won't be forgotten.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.