Jere Downs Hit The Nail On The Head Again

Kentucky taxpayers have already spent a half-million dollars – and could spend much more in coming weeks – in a court fight to keep a nonprofit Louisville mental health agency from fleeing the state’s troubled pension system. [WDRB]

Go read this story from Jere Downs and take 100% of it to heart. This is Louisville. Not some out-of-touch hype. Not some rich guy endorsement. Real. Honest. Everyday. We need to see more people speaking up like this. [C-J/AKN]

Welcome to the metro area, where this sort of discrimination against children still occurs. [WHAS11]

Greg Fischer endorsed the big business rich guy for Metro Council District 9 over about a dozen other people. After all these years among the commoners, Greg’s still erring on the side of the wealthy. Ignoring those who truly fuel his city. Here’s hoping someone without a silver spoon in their mouth wins that race. [Metro Council Mess]

Nearly 37,000 violent offenses occurred in Kentucky in 2012. On Saturday youth and adults joined together to learn more about the battle against violence and what they can do to help. [WLKY]

Two bills scheduled for action in the Senate Thursday demonstrate the political and strategic sides of legislating. [Ronnie Ellis]

After being pulled over by police, a man shot himself. This does not need to become a trend in Louisville. [WAVE3]

Of course Louisville powers that be will scoff at this look at power line messes. [AJ]

State funding for Quality and Charity Care Trust Inc., a fund that helps cover hospital care services to economically disadvantaged patients at University of Louisville Hospital, is being cut by more than half in Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget for the next biennium. [Business First]

Henry A. Tandy was one of many newly freed slaves who moved to Lexington at the end of the Civil War. He would leave marks on this city that are still visible, and his son would do the same in New York. [Tom Eblen]

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation. [WFPL]

It started five years ago in a seeming act of generosity by Pleasure Ridge Park High’s longtime head baseball coach, whose company offered to build a new turf infield at the school for free. [C-J/AKN]

Drew Salamone spends his days preparing slow-smoked ribs and brisket, but in the back of his mind is the prospect of Charlestown undergoing significant growth that will broaden his customer base at Bare Shoulder BBQ restaurant in the city’s downtown square. [News & Tribune]

Newspaper Avoids Beecher Terrace Sensationalism

Hype-central (WAVE3) has spent a year yammering on about crime in one of the poorest areas in Kentucky: Beecher Terrace.

Not once has the station bothered to discuss or deal with why the area has drug problems, crime problems and the like.

But this is why: extreme poverty. At least one media outlet we love to hate gets it:

A Kentucky Harvest truck pulled up late in the morning with about 5,000 pounds of food and began dispensing it to people from the back of the truck, parked on 12th Street near Jefferson and Cedar streets.

The hastily arranged delivery had been set up after Mark Curtis, who works for Kentucky Harvest, read in The Courier-Journal about the plight of Beecher Terrace residents.

Residents of the public housing complex have had trouble getting to a supermarket during an especially cold winter after a nearby grocery closed last fall, and resident Shirley Solomon has tried to help by setting up a food pantry in her apartment and taking food to neighbors.

It apparently takes real guts in this city not to turn everything into the extreme, doing nothing but scaring the crap out of viewers and readers. At least some people in the mainstream have sense enough not to sensationalize. Good on the Courier-Journal for that much.

Note: Mark is Stan’s brother. This may be a publicity stunt but at least it’s doing some good.

A Quick Greg Fischer Animal Services Flashback

Greg Fisher made a lot of promises he could have kept while running for mayor. But didn’t.

The biggest, in our opinion? Completely screwing up with Louisville Metro Animal Services.

This is what his campaign’s release at the time looked like:


FLASHBACK TO 2010

So let’s take a look at the highlights:

Clearly, Louisville Metro government can benefit from an animal services plan that reflects our community‟s compassion and call for the humane treatment of animals while maximizing our current animal services resources. By re-focusing Louisville Metro Animal Services approximately $3.5 million dollar current budget, our community can decrease our homeless pet population, increase our adopted pet population, and improve the lives of animals under the temporary care of Metro Government.

It was all puppies an rainbows, so to speak.

Some of the things Fischer promised he would do:

  • Select a permanent Animal Services Director, with the advice of the animal welfare community, who shares our new vision, will be fiscally responsible and transparent in operations, and will be accountable for each animal at the shelter. Leadership is critical to support our renewed mission. The Director must have a passion for running a department that genuinely cares for each animal that crosses through the doors of the shelter.
  • Expand the role of the Board of Directors to include oversight of operations and development of best practices to make Louisville Metro a significantly improved animal welfare community. The Board of Directors should share a passion for our mission of making Louisville Metro a community where no adoptable animal is euthanized.
  • Promote and increase pet adoptions by: improving the customer experience at the shelter through convenient hours and a more comfortable atmosphere; maximizing the visibility of adoptable animals online, through traditional media, at community events; and, working with breed and community rescue groups to move as many animals as possible to safe homes. Expand volunteer programs to provide financial assistance for pet medical care, pet food or temporary pet foster care so that families in need have options other than surrendering their pets to shelters

Just in case you’re wondering? Exactly none of those things were accomplished. In fact, the opposite of each has occurred. Because of Fischer’s own action/inaction.

Want proof? Here you go.

No amount of spin will change this reality.

But don’t worry, Louisville, none of that matters. If our politicians sound nice on television, they get re-elected for decades. Regardless of whether or not they’re derelict of their duty.

You can absolutely judge people based on the way they treat animals. Louisville deserves to be judged harshly.

WHAS11 Hypes Clinton Fundraiser With Nonsense

Where do we begin?

Just take a look:


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WHAS11 is claiming that ticket prices for Alison Grimes’ fundraiser featuring Bill Clinton are “soaring.”

And Doug Proffitt goes on to portray the $5,200 top ticket price as out of the ordinary. It’s not – it’s the maximum amount you can contribute in a U.S. Senate race. And soaring? From what? That implies this is an everyday event.

We’re clearly not fans of any current senate candidate but how is that a story? Has every local station gone to WAVE3-style pot?

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This is what generosity looks like in Kentucky. The family tell us they are speechless, grateful. So let’s help them hit their mark to bring his body home for a proper funeral. [GoFundMe]

It’s really safe to say that Louisvillians are not happy about a potential Time Warner-Comcast merger. [WDRB]

A veteran assistant Jefferson County attorney with a history of anger-management issues has been suspended for 30 days for yelling at and threatening a public defender and forcing her out of a conference room. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools decided to closed Friday and spokesperson Ben Jackey said it was a difficult decision. [WHAS11]

They say two wrongs don’t make a right, and consumers are about to get proof of that with the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. [HuffPo]

Local teevee folks have been absolutely losing their minds over this. It’s like Julie Tam’s blue glove but 120 miles away. Indiana State Police say state troopers and local police near Evansville have found candy laced with THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound in marijuana that makes people “high.” [WLKY]

The University of Louisville board of trustees approved the creation of two new executive positions during its meeting Thursday at the Belknap Campus. [Business First]

Wondering how and why so many gay kids end up killing themselves? This guy – Daniel Mingo – and his “ex-gay” “ministry” are one huge reason. [Shameful, Unhealthy]

The already divided Democratic majority in the Louisville Metro Council is investigating whether to kick a member out of the caucus, but the councilwoman leading the push won’t say who the member is. David James is being dishonest. He knows what Welch is angry about an it’s not just Wanda Mitchell-Smith’s work in politics. [WFPL]

State lawmakers said Thursday’s pipeline explosion could be a tipping point for legislation that would stop a developer from using eminent domain to build a new pipeline in Kentucky. [WAVE3]

Two weeks after denying a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative grant funded by the Indiana Judicial Center, the Clark County Commissioners voted to give the grant the go ahead Thursday. [News & Tribune]

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators and a former bus driver are denying allegations they allowed a student to be bullied and sexually assaulted and also ignored the student’s parent’s pleas for help. [More WLKY]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will be the guest speaker at a black history convocation on Feb. 18 at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. The 11 a.m. event at Bradford Hall is free and open to the public. [H-L]