Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal

Joseph Gerth

The Courier-Journal

Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Joseph:

Gerth: What makes you so special? Wear a damn mask!

As we reopen the economy, people need to be wearing masks to protect one another. → Read More

Gerth: When is Louisville's mayor going to realize it's time for his police chief to go?

With scandal after scandal and a sky-high homicide rate, it's surprising Greg Fischer hasn't cut Chief Steve Conrad loose at this point. → Read More

Gerth: McConnell attacking Obama over 'tradition' is a laugh

It was laughable when Mitch McConnell complained that Barack Obama broke with tradition. McConnell has destroyed more norms than any politician alive. → Read More

How The Courier Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for digging into Matt Bevin's parting pardons

An inside look at how the reporters and editors of The Courier Journal followed a story that led to a Pulitzer Prize. → Read More

Gerth: Matt Bevin compounded his pardon mistakes by challenging a Courier Journal reporter

Matt Bevin's words telling a reporter he could win a Pulitzer Prize were prophetic, but not the way he intended, columnist Joe Gerth writes. → Read More

Gerth: Liberty crowd opposed to coronavirus masks wants license to kill

When the leader of an anti-government rally at the Kentucky Capitol told people to remove their masks, he showed what's wrong with "liberty" movement. → Read More

Gerth: People are too scared of the coronavirus to go to your businesses, so stop whining

Though "liberty" activists demand businesses reopen, polls show that people are so worried about COVID-19 that they won't use them → Read More

Gerth: People are too scared of the coronavirus to go to your businesses, so stop whining

Though "liberty" activists demand businesses reopen, polls show that people are so worried about COVID-19 that they won't use them → Read More

Gerth: How many coronavirus deaths are acceptable?

A group has protested the last two days, asking to reopen their businesses. But if we do that now, people will die. How many deaths are too many? → Read More

Gerth: Dumb protesters in Frankfort don't care if you die, you're messing with their money

Kentucky can't give in to calls to reopen businesses or people will die. → Read More

Gerth: Time for Andy Beshear to put Kentucky General Assembly under coronavirus quarantine

Kentucky's General Assembly plans to meet this week despite a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. Gov. Beshear should make them self-quarantine → Read More

Gerth: Judge's ruling on drive-in church looks like a Supreme Court campaign speech

The ruling blasts Mayor Greg Fischer for statements about banning drive-in church services → Read More

Gerth: Coronavirus has killed thousands. But Bevin's 'Chicken Little' tweet is still up

We're now experiencing the results of the most consequential gubernatorial election in Kentucky's history. And Kentucky voters chose correctly → Read More

Gerth: Fischer finally got rid of LMPD Chief Conrad. Now comes the hard part

After getting rid of Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad after a long and troubled tenure, Mayor Greg Fischer has a difficult chore ahead of him. → Read More

Gerth: Trump has us fighting for coronavirus supplies in a battle Kentucky can't win

Donald Trump has not taken the actions he needs to make sure states have the medical equipment and supplies to fight the coronavirus → Read More

Gerth: Rand Paul's 'me first' mentality exposed the US Senate to coronavirus

It should surprise no one that Rand Paul, who idolizes Ayn Rand, would expose other senators to the coronavirus. → Read More

The must-have for coronavirus season: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear socks

On a lark, Kristyn Humphrey made socks with Andy Beshear's picture on them, never thinking people would actually want them. → Read More

It took nine days for a Lexington woman to get tested for coronavirius. Here's her story

A Lexington woman tested positive for the coronavirus nine days after being turned away from a Kentucky hospital because she didn't qualify for testing. → Read More

Gerth: Why a Mitch McConnell super PAC backed a Green New Deal Democrat on Super Tuesday

McConnell’s main goal in the 2020 election is to make sure the Republicans don’t lose their three-seat majority in the Senate → Read More

Gerth: Louisville hospital does the right thing, but also ruins a perfectly good column

When Baptist Health charged 82-year-old Margie Garland $25 to sign a paper, it didn't know what it was getting into. → Read More