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New Slogan: Kentucky, the Charlie Sheen of Commonwealths

Thanks, Shelly: On Monday, Sheldon Berman spared us all some drama by telling the school board to save its breath on saving his job, he’s ready to move on. So that’s that.  Note to those who pushed him out – be careful what you wish for. The diversity vs. student achievement problem won’t be solved by a new chief. Kentucky Greedy Festival: Last night Mike Berry pulled out the best he had in his P.R. basket to try to justify charging people to watch a free fireworks show in a public park. And the media ate it up. Berry whined…


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Big Four – A Bridge We Can Actually Finish

Most of us know that the Ohio River Bridges Plan is never going to happen, despite all the hysteria over this week’s Bridges Forum. But every time we pass by the Big Four Bridge and that wonderful looping expanse we’ve built in Waterfront Park, we think about how nice it will be to ride and/or walk across the scenic old railroad bridges – especially if officials have the sense to prohibit vehicular traffic. At least that’s what I’m hoping happens during today’s press conference at the Waterfront, where Greg Fischer “will announce that Kentucky, Indiana and the City of Jeffersonville…


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I Love Mountains

Right now, a group of concerned citizens are camping out in Gov. Beshear’s office in hopes of getting his attention on the issue of mountaintop removal, contour mining, strip mining, surface mining – whatever you care to call it – that’s been destroying Eastern Kentucky for half a century.


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Highlands Loses Another Gem–Swanson Reed Gallery. A Few Words from Reed

It is with a troublesome burden that I am writing about another tenured business closing in the Highlands neighborhood. When I saw the 30% OFF banner across the window of the Swanson Reed Gallery, I felt as if it were a big white flag of surrender. It may have been but this battle was hard fought to the end.  One of the most eclectic pit stops on 31-E, the 1377 storefront was just shy of 30 years and too young to die, in my opinion. January 2011 did not get off to a very happy new year for several merchants…


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Louisville, Let’s Do The Math

Kentucky earned a “C”, but our bridges and roads rated “poor.” Repair and replacement costs are estimated at $1.2 billion. Here’s where the math eludes me. We’ve got structurally deficient bridges with a $1.2 billion price tag. Meanwhile, today our state faces serious financial problems just keeping up with pothole repair. And Uncle Sam is in worse shape


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Amazing Ending in the Highlands

When the Amazing Grace Whole Foods store opened in the Highlands in 1995, it was about the only place in town to find many of its products.  There was not much of a healthy foods movement. But as Paul Koenig told me yesterday in his cluttered upstairs office, today you can get Kashi cereal at every Wal-mart, Target and Kroger in town. And that competition, as much as anything, is why he and his wife Andrea say they’re closing the store at the end of February. They say there’s little possibility that a new buyer will emerge, even though they…


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Budget Solution: Kentucky and West Virginia Merger

We all know the Commonwealth Of Kentucky has faced huge budget shortfalls over the past several years, and so have many other states. But look just to the east, and you’ll find a state considered, without a doubt, to be one of the epicenters of poverty in the United States. I speak of the beautiful state of West Virginia. I admit a love and bias toward the Mountain State since I was born there and lived there prior to my move to Kentucky almost 15 years ago. But I also know how much poverty lies within its borders. So, imagine my surprise and…


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Roundup: Why We’re Fat, Louisville

You feeling it? Warmth, sunshine. Coming this weekend. Meanwhile, you should, but won’t, attend the Car-Free Happy Hour tonight at Browning’s. Here’s some top hits from the news. . . Big Daddy on Whiskey Row: Greg Fischer is not going to take my suggestion and make Todd Blue offer Frank Faris a spot for a new Ginny’s Diner on Whiskey Row. But couldn’t he at least not write in the deal that Blue can operate a parking lot there for 5 years? Or say that if does, that Blue himself has to stand out there in the street waving cars…


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New Crack in Cracker Barrel Plan

Something else has come up in developer Chris Thieneman’s quest to bring Valley Station residents a new Cracker Barrel, and what eventually happens could escalate or cool off a long-simmering feud with city government. After years of having his Dixie Highway development plan blocked by neighbors, Thieneman last month finally brought his plan for Cracker Barrel to a successful approval at the Metro Planning Commission. At that point, the only obstacle would be an objection from neighbors, and two promptly filed their intent to protest the approval, setting back the plan for months, or years. But Thieneman persuaded the neighbors,…