Ruh ro, the University of Louisville is holding two “town hall” meetings to hear what faculty and staff have to say.
You know what this means. All kinds of aggrieved folks will show up to ask difficult questions. That is, if they’re not pre-screened and hand-selected.
Here’s the message all about it from Uncle Jimmy:
Dear colleagues, As I discussed in the State of the University Address this week, we have made tremendous progress in recent years because of the efforts of you — our outstanding faculty and staff. We try to share those successes and our excitement with you in a number of ways, including UofL Today, emails from the president, video messages and others.
Unfortunately, those messages are strictly one-way communications. While we meet with the Faculty and Staff senates and constituency groups, we seldom get to talk directly to many of you.
Provost Shirley Willihnganz, Executive Vice Presidents David Dunn and Bill Pierce, and I would like to change that.
We have scheduled two “town hall’ meetings to hear directly from faculty and staff about the issues that affect your daily work at the university. The first meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Floyd Theater on Belknap Campus. The second will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Kornhauser Auditorium on the Health Sciences campus.
We’re not planning any presentations, and we have no specific agenda. We would like to hear from you.
I hope to see you at one of the sessions.
If you work at UofL, will you be showing up tomorrow (or in October) to say some things?
AEG, which owns the Staples Center, manages the Sprint Center and has (had?) the fancy Grease Bucket Arena deal is for sale. Louisvillians are 100% not surprised. [KC Star & LA Times]
What if Louisville moved its Ohio River dam upriver near the Second Street bridge, creating a scenic waterfall that also exposed more of the Falls of the Ohio — the series of rocky rapids that helped give birth to the city? [C-J/AKN]
We’re still wondering how long Louisville is going to pretend that Jerry Abramson and now Greg Fischer are doing the right thing with Cordish Cos. Because we keep throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at them to do absolutely nothing. Literally nothing. [WDRB]
A judge on Tuesday postponed, for the third time, a trial that centers on the extent of the coal industry’s political influence in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration. [H-L]
Don’t forget that the Commonwealth of Kentucky still owes Ed Hart more than $4 million. And nearly every claim Steve Beshear has made about Kentucky Kingdom, he’s been easily able to refute. [WAVE3]
This is maybe not so great for an area company that a large portion of the metro depends upon? Or maybe it’s all just hype. [Click the Clicky]
Clarksville police have made a major marijuana bust. The owner of the home now behind bars and neighbors are shocked at what was happening on their street. [WHAS11]
A Shawnee High School student brought a loaded handgun to school Tuesday morning, police and school officials said. [C-J/AKN]
We’re mentioning this story for a second time because it’s absolutely disgusting. A southern Indiana man is accused of killing his friend’s dog by dragging it with his truck. [WLKY]
A petition drive to reinstate a Louisville Boy Scout leader who said he was forced to resign because he is gay has gathered more than 2,000 signatures. [H-L]
A newly-formed political action committee is hoping to influence school board races across the commonwealth, embarking on territory usually dominated by teachers unions. [WFPL]
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved an agreement for Ellis Park owner Ron Geary to sell 30 percent of the Henderson track to a partnership led by the owners of Saratoga Casino and Raceway in New York. [Business First]
You’re familiar with Republicans in Hardin County.
You’ve seen the ridiculous exchange between that party’s treasurer and the wife of the head teabagger.
And you’ve seen the absolutely racist tripe other members of that party have peddled.
So you likely won’t be surprised to see this comment left by Ken Randall, the aforementioned treasurer:
KENNETH L. RANDALL // Sep 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm
We have known Lincoln was a Republican for quite some time now, it’s nice to know some of you are finally waking up to that fact! Jefferson and Jackson were also good Democrats and slave owners as well. Of course they did love their slaves, Jefferson had several by his fovorite, Sally.
My, how the truth does hurt! The only mouth breathers out there are the good Democrats who wouldn’t crack open a book unless there were food stamps in it.
Interesting, isn’t it? They’re still pretending that the Republican and Democratic Parties didn’t swap the racists ages ago.
Also interesting to see the racist horseshit being spread by people like Randall. Bring up race, slaves and food stamps all in the same comment.
If you’re wondering? Yes, Randall is a fat white guy.
How DARE anybody think they should be entitled to food and health care.
How dare them.
So says Mittens Romney:
At least he’s honest about his disgusting contempt for people who aren’t Wall Street executives, maybe?
“It’s shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” – Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager
And just who are his primary backers? Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday questioned the science underlying the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District’s enforcement action against bourbon-aging warehouses. That position put Fischer at odds with his own experts and more in line with the bourbon industry. [C-J/AKN]
A group of former Kentucky Kingdom workers have banded together to push for the re-opening of the amusement park, and the movement is gaining momentum. [WDRB]
Yesterday, Congressman John Yarmuth joined Bellarmine University President Dr. Joseph J. McGowan at a news conference to announce $600,000 in new federal funding for scholarships that promote studies in chemistry, physics, technology, engineering, and mathematics. [Press Release]
Angel the dog who survived the tornado back in March, has now been adopted. [WHAS11]
Louisville’s Landmarks Commission will hold its first designation hearing next week since the city changed the law regulating its landmarks process last month. [WFPL]
A northern Kentucky man is facing 175 counts of animal cruelty charges. [WAVE3]
The Louisville man charged with fatally shooting two of his neighbors at a homeowners’ association meeting has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges and seven counts of wanton endangerment. [H-L]
Way to go, Southern Indiana, you’ve made Kentucky look good! A shooting outside a Clarksville bar sent one man to University of Louisville Hospital and two others to jail. [WLKY]
Wait, wait, it gets even better. A Charlestown man was arrested Sunday after a dog tethered to the bed of his pickup truck leapt from the vehicle and was strangled to death as it was dragged for several blocks on Jeffersonville roadways. [News & Tribune]
Have you seen the shady things some Democrats are trying to pull out in the state this year? Party aside, it’s not surprising that someone who sucks the mega teat in Frankfort is pulling pandering stunts like this. [Page One]
Transit Authority of River City will receive $4.4 million in federal funding to replace its high-emission trolley cars with zero-emission buses. [Business First]
It’s going to affirm what many Louisvillians have known for years.
In a roundabout way, Portland has staked much of its economic future on young, college-educated people who have moved here, the so-called young creatives who supposedly will lead the city to an economic renaissance.
Portland has for years attracted these young creatives at an incredible rate. Economists have been saying that they are exactly the type of new residents that helps a city develop new ideas and new jobs. They’ll start businesses, the thinking goes, and those businesses will grow and employ people.
The study is called — with a nod to IFC’s “Portlandia” — “Is Portland Really the Place Where Young People Go To Retire?”
Jurjevich developed a “demographic effectiveness measure” that basically grades cities on their ability to attract and retain young people with college degrees. Portland ranks No. 2 nationally, behind only Louisville, Ky.
And it’s going to reaffirm what all those people who left Louisville to go to Portland… only to return… have been forced to discover.
When you ignore the corrupt political shenanigans of Metro Government and those in our state capitol, Louisville is a terrific place for young people. Not the older-than-dirt elderly care (not that old people or that business segment aren’t important) buzzword spin Greg Fischer loves to hype.
It’s time for this city’s leadership to get back to dealing with the people who really drive change and want a place to love.