Possibility City Is Just A Dream – Not A Reality

The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission will hold its quarterly public forum to discuss the Bluegrass Pipeline Today at 6:00 P.M., Department for Environmental Protection, 300 Fair Oaks Lane, Frankfort. [Press Release]

The era of one-way streets in downtown Louisville may be coming to an end. As part of his two-year highway plan, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed spending $3.1 million to begin converting 10 streets to handle traffic in two directions starting this year. [WDRB]

Louisville has been hit with 10.6 inches of snow already this winter — more than twice the average for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Council is using social media to get your opinion on an ordinance to “Ban the Box”. [WHAS11]

A federal agency says a second, likely less toxic chemical also was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. [WKYT]

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) has reintroduced legislation to override a key element of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited special-interest spending on campaigns. The legislation, H.J. Res. 107, would amend the Constitution so that financial expenditures and in-kind contributions do not qualify as protected speech under the First Amendment. [Press Release]

Stories like this remind us that there’s more to do to make Possibility City a thing. A Louisville man reportedly told police he was stealing to pay his utility bill. [WLKY]

Life isn’t about what or who you are, entirely, but what you do. What you do in relation to others, how you treat people, how you adjust to and accept your own humanity. That’s why Jake shared his personal story as a reminder to those in the media to take bullying seriously, to take suicide and threats of suicide much more seriously and for everyone to reach out to kids when they see them in need. [Storify from Twitter]

For Jefferson County Public School students the school day got off to a late start Wednesday, following a two-hour delay prompted by frigid temperatures and slick surface conditions. [WAVE3]

Gentrification may actually be a boon to longtime residents. Bobby Foster Jr. can often be found reading the paper on a wooden bench outside Murry’s grocery store on the corner of Sixth and H streets northeast in Washington, D.C. [NPR]

Gov. Steve Beshear wants the state to provide $65 million in bonds to help renovate Rupp Arena and relocate the Lexington Convention Center, the centerpiece of Mayor Jim Gray’s plan for a downtown Lexington Arts and Entertainment District. [H-L]

Governor Steve Beshear joined Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers [yesterday] to announce an ambitious state and federal investment to extend critically-needed high-speed broadband Internet access to the furthest reaches of the Commonwealth. The underserved eastern Kentucky region will be the first priority area for the project, which will be supported by $60 million in state bonds and $40 million in federal and private sources. [Press Release]

The Clarksville fire and police departments hauled out the hardware to honor its best officers and firefighters of 2013 at the Clarksville Town Council meeting Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is joining with two top U.S. universities to launch research into automated driving technology. [Reuters]

2 thoughts on “Possibility City Is Just A Dream – Not A Reality

  1. Hi Jake, thank you for sharing your story. By telling it, you give courage to others to reach out when feeling hopeless. Suicide continues to be the 2nd leading cause of death of all youth. That is not acceptable to me. We must do more to keep all our youth alive.

    You mentioned the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project offers life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text. If you are thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate support. Please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

    If you are a parent, talk to your kids about bullying and suicide. Let them know that you are against bullying of anyone. Ask them to tell you if they know someone that is being bullied and then report it. Tell you child to reach out to the kid. As Jake pointed out, by doing so you and your child just might help that kid find a little hope to continue living.

    I lost a son to suicide. A death we feel today that could have been prevented if we and others around him had known how to recognize he was in crisis and what to do to help him. If you know someone that is in crisis, reach out to them. Don’t judge them and just listen. Call the suicide prevention crisis line 1-800-273-TALK (8255) The person answering your call can help you save your friend or love one’s life.

    Jake, again thank you for telling your story. We need more survivors to tell there stories.

    In Metro Louisville there were 112 suicide deaths. In 2012 there were 114. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are 25 attempts to ever completion. If that is true in Louisville that means we had 2800 attempts last year. I suspect that it is with knowing that Seven Counties receives 20,000 plus suicide related calls each year from Jefferson County.

    Again Jake I am glad you are still here and hope the other Jake’s that are out there will too find the courage to tell there stories that may just help to save other lives.

  2. I also honor Jake for standing up and confronting his dalliance with suicide a a ‘solution’ for a problem. His message was loud and clear. Suicide does not solve anything OTHER THAN make the life of those who are left, who did IN FACT love and care for the ‘contemplator’, suffer the loss for the rest of their lives.

    My father committed suicide in 1965. His trick knee gave way and he hit his head on the side of the Ky. Home Life Building. It resulted in tinnitus, which was so pronounced that he couldn’t sleep the night through for 4 months. There were no drugs of help for this in 1965 and on one fateful day he took his life in our home. I had just returned from Vanderbilt Law, married with a child “on the way” and was looking forward to the start of my legal career. There’s nary been a week that’s transpired since then that I haven’t thought about that tragic evening. It crushed my mom, who tried for 4 months to nurture Dad. It so upset my sister that upon her graduation from Vanderbilt several years later – never returned to Louisville (and has lived [as have I] with the life-long wonder — was there something I could have done to have prevented it).

    So for all those who contemplate permanent self-destruction — realize one thing — you might be solving YOUR PROBLEM, but your ‘plans’ will adversely affect the lifetimes of those out there who really care about you — so you haven’t solved anything other than multiply your own depression to future generations.

    I’ve learned a long time ago to come to grips with what Dad did and to learn how to ‘live with it’ and look forward to life, its opportunities and blessings. But I can’t help thinking about all the ‘things’ that my father has missed (the childhood and adult lives of his grandchildren, the successes of his daughter and son, the time he had remaining with this wife (and our mom) and NOW the childhood of his great-grandchildren.

    Suicide doesn’t solve anything.

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