• There is a line that shouldn’t be crossed by lawmakers in the War on Drugs

    It doesn’t take long to realize drugs are a problem in our community.

    Many people are addicted to various substances, such as methamphetamines. Some are involved in manufacturing and selling meth. The “War on Drugs” has had many casualties, including those dying from addiction and those who have been killed fighting drug traffic.

    But sometimes a subtler casualty is a loss of personal liberties when lawmakers overreach to police the trade. While the problem plagues our county, it doesn’t warrant a knee-jerk reaction.

  • Starting school and stopping time

       This summer went by quicker than a jailbreak when the door is left open.

    Hoping to prepare for the new year, the boys and I made the obligatory and expensive trek for school supplies.

    Standing amid the plastic binders, packs of paper and folders I was struck at how fast our boys had grown.

    I can clearly remember their first days of school- the tears, the hanging on, the fits. I have assured both I would never act like that again.

  • The constant moving target of industry

      Last week’s closing of PACA has struck a nerve with me.

    I hate to see anyone lose their job- especially in this economy.

    But I think what has really gotten under my skin is the cavalier attitude I have been on the receiving end of while dealing with the corporate boys at Point Blank Enterprises, the parent company of PACA.

  • The Night Before Christmas in the Middle East for week of December 22, 2011

      The Night Before Christmas in the Middle East

  • In My Perfect World for week of December 8, 2011


    When This Old World Starts Getting You Down

  • Cieslak won’t be mother of the year

    Wanda Cieslak.

    That name has been on the lips of a many people lately.

    Cieslak is charged with killing her newborn son. His body was found days later in a garbage bag.

    Looking at a first-degree murder charge along with an aggravated child abuse charge Cieslak’s future seems pretty grim.

    But at least she has one.

    That is more that can be said for her son.

    I realize Cieslak has yet to be tried much less convicted of any crime. So saying she is guilty of murder is premature.

  • Much ado about nothing

     Since coming to work at the LaFollette Press, I have had the opportunity to cover different types of stories.

    This has included local government. It has been a learning experience.

    One unfortunate side to this job, however, is conflict does sometimes arise. At times, people are reluctant to answer my questions. Occasionally they appear to believe reporters are out to get them. This is not true.

  • We must learn to let go of anger and bitterness

    As many of you know we had a son who was murdered in August 1984.

    The past 27 years has not always been easy for our family because of the grief and pain this radical loss has brought into our lives.  Not only for my husband and I but for his young wife Cindy.

    Bobby was only 24 years old at the time of his death.

  • ‘Everything is going to be just fine’

    Everything is going to be just fine.

    I learned that phrase when I was in my early 20s and was embarking on a social work career.

    Sue Nance, who at the time was the director of the Community Services Agency, saw fit to hire a fresh crop of college graduates to work with at-risk children. Under the edict of state government, we were often given what seemed to be unobtainable goals. Each time this happened, Sue would smile and say, “Everything is going to be just fine.” It became our mantra.

    And most of the time she was right.

  • The long and winding road

    Campbell County has a road problem and there’s no easy solution.

    Since I began covering the county commission in 2007 there has been an almost continuous stream of residents at the meetings imploring the board to do something about the condition of their roads.

    It didn’t take me long to figure out we have a bunch of roads and not much money to fix them.