Darts and Laurels (1/20/09)
Time for a special "Call of Duty" edition of "Darts and Laurels.
Our first Laurel goes to the many Louisville firefighters who more than earned their paychecks last Friday when they were called to fight not one, but two major pre-dawn blazes in zero-degree conditions. Both were textbook cases of "worst case scenarios," and it's good to know our city has such capable individuals on the job when the going gets that tough.
But a Dart goes to Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning, who's been mysteriously absent from almost every Senate session since the 111th Congress convened more than two weeks ago. All he's offered as an excuse is the statement that "My family is more important than the U.S. Senate. It always has been and always will be."
With no more explanation than that, Senator, I would point out that my family is more important than my job, too. Everyone's is. That still doesn't keep most of us from handling both obligations. If you can't, maybe it's time to reconsider those re-election plans.
And finally, a huge Laurel goes to Captain Chesley Sullenberger - the pilot who managed to safely ditch his disabled US Airways jet in the Hudson River last week, saving the lives of everyone on board. "Hero" is a word that's often overused, but in this case, it's absolutely the only one that's appropriate.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.