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The News-Enterprise from Elizabethtown, Kentucky • A6

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From News-Enterprise wire services WASHINGTON Family goes public with torture claims The family of a dual citizen impris- oned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year are claim- ing he has been subjected to routine torture and is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. After months of quietly trying to secure his release, the family of Dr. Walid Fitaihi is seeking to publicly pressure both the Saudi government and the Trump administration on the issue. is an American citizen being tortured in a Saudi said Howard Cooper, a lawyer working with the Fitaihi family. has been not only psycho- logically tortured but phys- ically tortured and he hold out much In November 2017, Fitaihi was one of about 200 prominent Saudis de- tained in a mass roundup and held prisoner in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton hotel.

NEW ORLEANS Alcohol likely factor in Mardi Gras crash A driver suspected of killing two people and in- juring seven others as large crowds gathered for Mardi Gras told police after the deadly crash, have a drinking accord- ing to a police report. New Orleans police said Tashonty Toney, 32, was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and other charges after crashing his car Saturday evening on a busy street near the route of one of New largest Mardi Gras parades. Authorities are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test, but an official statement said they believe the suspect was impaired. bond was set Sunday at $510,000. BEAUREGARD, ALABAMA Two killed during severe storms At least two people were killed Sunday by a possible tornado in Alabama as se- vere storms destroyed mo- bile homes, snapped trees and left a trail of destruc- tion amid weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, authorities said.

Dozens of emergency re- sponders were called in to assist in Lee County, Ala- bama, after what appeared to be a large tornado struck. Radar and video ev- idence showed what looked like a large tornado cross- ing the area shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, a National Weather Service meteorolo- gist said. Multiple homes were destroyed or damaged in Beauregard, about 60 miles east of Montgomery and two deaths were reported. AT I I I BERLIN leader describes critics as populist prime minister described members of a European Union political group who want his party expelled as Discussion over wheth- er Prime Minister Viktor Fidesz party should remain part of the center-right European Party intensified after the Hungarian govern- ment launched a public ad campaign last month op- posing the positions of EU leaders on migration.

Some of those offended by an advertising campaign promoting EU policies concerning mass migration said it evokes Nazi-era propaganda that portrayed Jews as puppet-masters and international enemies. I I By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer SELMA, Ala. Thunder roll- ing above Brown Chapel AME Church, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker warned Sunday of a looming threat to Ameri can democracy and called for protecting the legacy of the civil rights movement with love and action. time for us to defend the Booker said in a keynote speech at Brown Chapel, which two generations ago was the start- ing point of a peaceful demon- stration in support of voting rights that ended in beatings on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The infamous Sun- on March 7, 1965, galva- nized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year.

time that we dare to dream again in America. That is what it takes to make America great. It is up to us to do the work that makes the dream said Booker, a New Jersey senator and one of three White House hope- fuls who participated in events commemorating the march. Saying America faces challeng- es, Booker said: want to make it just about the people in the highest offices of the land. People who traffic in hatred, people in office that defend Nazis or white supremacists, people that point fingers and forget the lessons of King.

What we must repent for are not just the vitriolic words and actions of bad people, but the appalling silence and in- action of good Also visiting Selma on Sunday were Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Joining them was Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in 2016. Booker and Brown, along with Clinton and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, marched with doz- ens of others Sunday afternoon to Edmund Pettus Bridge. Sanders had left earlier for a campaign event in Chicago.

The throng of marchers set out from the church and sang free- dom songs under a stormy sky as they headed to that sacred spot over the Alabama River to com- memorate the peaceful protesters who were met with tear gas and clubs wielded by state troopers. This commemoration came in the early days of a Democratic presidential primary campaign that has focused heavi- ly on issues of race. Several candidates have called President Donald Trump a racist, while others have voiced support for the idea of reparations for de- scendants of enslaved blacks. Booker and Sanders already have announced their campaigns. Brown still is considering a White House bid.

The three gathered for a unity breakfast in Selma to pay homage to its civil rights legacy and highlight how the movement shaped their personal narratives. In his speech, Booker linked the 1965 Selma demonstration to the lawyer who volunteered to help his family buy a home in a white neighborhood after they were discriminated against and repeatedly denied. would not be here if it for marchers on a bridge who inspired a man a thousand miles away in New he said. dream is under Brown, currently on a of tour inspired by King, returned to Selma for the fifth time. He frequently draws con- nections between civil rights and rights.

A former secre- tary of state in Ohio, Brown also has a reputation as a leader on expanding voter participation. need to understand what happened here and we need to talk about it so we keep fighting on these Brown told re- porters at the breakfast. clear we make progress and then we fall back because of Republican attacks on voting Sanders attended the 1963 March on Washington, which featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Have A speech. He has highlighted his civil rights and activist back- ground as a young man at the University of Chicago and is working to strengthen his rela- tionship with black voters, with whom he struggled to connect in the 2016 Democratic primary which Clinton won.

Clinton told those at Brown Chapel that the absence of cru- cial parts of the Voting Rights Act contributed to her 2016 loss to Trump. The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a part of the law that required the Justice Department to scrutinize states with a history of racial discrimina- tion in voting. Clinton said makes a really big and warned of the need for continued vigilance about voter suppression heading into the 2020 election. JULIE Press Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, far left, and U.S. Sen.

Cory Booker, far right, participate in a service Sunday marking the anniversary of at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala. Democratic hopefuls join Alabama rallies Associated Press WASHINGTON Opponents of President Donald declaration of a national emer- gency at the U.S.-Mexico border appear to have enough Senate votes to reject his move, now that Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he go along with the White House. The House has voted to de- rail the action and if the Senate follows later this month, the mea- sure would go to Trump for his promised veto. Three other Republican sena- tors have announced vote Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Paul makes it four and assum- ing all 47 Democrats and their independent allies go against Trump, that would give oppo- nents 51 votes just past the ma- jority needed to defeat it.

Congress, however, is unlikely to muster the votes to override. vote to give the presi- dent the power to spend money that been appropriated by Paul said at a GOP dinner Saturday night at Western Kentucky University, the Daily News in Bowling Green reported. Many lawmakers opposed to the emergency declaration say it tramples constitu- tional power to control spending and would set a precedent for future Democratic presidents to make such a declaration for their own purposes. They also are concerned Trump would siphon money from home-state projects to barrier construction. Under the declaration, Trump would divert $3.6 billion from military construction to erect more border barriers.

in- voking other powers to transfer an additional $3.1 billion to con- struction. may want more money for border security, but Congress authorize Paul said. we take away those checks and balances, a dangerous Trump said he needs barriers to halt drugs, human traffickers and unauthorized immigrants from slipping into the U.S. Opponents say no crisis exists. Rand Paul to oppose border wall AY A I THE NEWS-ENTERPRISE MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019A6 The Opinion pages are intended to provide a forum for discussion of issues of local interest.

If you have a question, call 270-769-2312 or write 408 W. Dixie Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Letters to the editor may be submitted by mail or sent by email to COMMUNITY MEMBERS JERISIA LAMONS MIKE BELL ED DURNIL SUSAN CROSS Volume 44, Issue 54 EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS HEALTH CARE IN JEOPARDY. One in 20 rural hospitals in the U.S. have closed in less than a decade and one in five of those still open are at high risk of closing in the near future especially if the economy takes a turn for the worse, according to Navigant Consulting.

study also determined almost two-thirds of those at-risk hospitals considered highly essential to the health and economic well-being of their Kentucky is one of the most at-risk states in the na- tion for losing health care availability in rural areas with 16 rural hospitals considered at financial in the Bluegrass State, representing nearly one of every four, according to Navigant. The loss of rural health care centers is no small prob- lem. A recent University of Kentucky study showed ambulance runs for rural patients are 76 percent longer after a rural hospital closes. The impact of losing a hospital is even worse for senior citizens: Their ambulance rides wind up 98 per- cent longer after a hospital closure. Beyond emergency response, there are all kinds of negative effects to losing a local hospital.

Hospitals typically are large employers, providing many local workers with good jobs and boosting the lo- cal economy. As rural hospitals close, the communities they served can begin to spiral. With fewer job options and a worse outlook for their quality of life, many residents are incentivized to move away to big cities. A shrinking workforce leads to less revenue for local government and less interest from businesses. No one solution will fix such a complex problem, but every little step helps.

Our rural health care providers have taken care of us all our lives. Now time for us to take care of them. The Winchester Sun Opinion OTHER VIEW: AROUND KENTUCKY VIEW ABOUT THIS PAGE like art, means drawing a line Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright (1854-1900) QUOTE R. CHRIS ORDWAY Publisher BEN SHEROAN Editor JEFF News Editor Here is a sample of what another Kentucky newspaper has been saying on its opin- ion pages. This is an excerpt and not the full editorial as originally published.

The views here are not intended to reflect those of The News-Enterprise editorial board. YOUR VIEW: LETTER TO THE EDITOR Democratic platform gives a lot away misjudged the Democrats. After listening to their new platform, reiterated by most of the 2020 hopefuls, seen the light. the platform: Free health care for all; open borders to be overrun by millions of refugees; free college and day care; abortions up to and including delivery (infanticide anyone); eliminating Fox News because no reason to air conservative views, be and impeach President Trump. The crime? Being a prime example of white privilege.

Might as well lock up the 75 million men guilty of walking while white. Is this a great country or what? When these brainiacs were asked how all of this would be paid for, there was a collective in the glaze over their faces, followed by mindless mumbling about taxing the rich at, say, 200 percent. Recent polls show young voters favor socialism, especially ones with no desire to work. Why they, with all the propaganda from Fake News. Why try to make a life for yourself, when your government gladly will choose one for you.

This is the direction the headed, despite President Donald efforts to re-establish tradi- tional American values. Are we (the silent majority for the time being) going to acquiesce to this destructive movement or are we going to stand our ground and support conservative leaders committed to expelling the corruption rampant in Washington, D.C.? Hopefully, when the new attorney general takes office, the criminal acts of the previous administration, including Hillary attempt to steal an election, will be exposed. Reasonable citizens, especially moder- ate Democrats, finally will learn the depth and breadth of the treasonous deception endured. The big question is: Will they accept the truth? Not if they continue to watch CNN, MSNBC and the big three networks, to a lesser extent. I continue to encourage all people to watch Fox News, because truly the only fair and balanced net- work, allowing both sides of an issue to be heard.

that the perfect example of how democracy is suppose to work? Scott Kennedy Elizabethtown.

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