During a time when our community celebrates many wonderful things such as Christmas and football championships, we are reminded that the world is a dangerous place. Someone provided a tip to the Kentucky State Police late Wednesday night that saved three lives, one of whom is a very dear friend of mine of more than 25 years. To whoever contacted KSP, and to those officers who followed that tip, thank you.
While we live in a community that is beautiful and relatively peaceful, it is time that we evaluate our security with the understanding that we just came within a few hours of a huge tragedy. Because judges have no way of defending themselves while in the courtroom or in chambers, I would ask that our county officials evaluate security at our local courthouse and, whether it be with metal detectors, Kevlar lining of the judge's podium or some other measure, provide some type of protection for our judges and the many other people who are affected by the threat of violence in the courtroom.