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Mayor Greg Fischer: 79 Days and Counting

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Full disclosure, I did not vote for Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer.  I am conservative.  My voting record is independent, however. I voted for Mayor Abramson & President Clinton. In the mayor election cycle, I helped my friend and fellow Church member, Hal Heiner, in his campaign.  However, I liked what then Candidate Fischer had to say when he was debating Heiner before the election. I have to admit I didn’t even know anything about Greg Fischer at that point except that he was running against Hal Heiner. I remember thinking after the…


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To iPad or not to iPad…

It’s pretty much a given that the tablet PC of choice these days is an Apple iPad. No other brand even comes to mind (actually, are there any other brands out there?). So, the question of whether or not to buy a tablet PC isn’t really should I buy from Steve Jobs versus Bill Gates, it’s more a question of: do I really need one of those damn iPads? Is it cool? I love cool gadgets. But, I’m very, very picky about what I define as such. There’s a very fine line between nerdy and cool. It has something to…


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Abercrombie & Fitch–Titillating Fashion for the Splash Park

All the parental rage over the push-up bikini tops for young girls at Abercrombie & Fitch got my attention recently. Yes, it’s swimsuit season and the marketing machine, fueled with morality, has exploded in the faces of many a concerned family. I’ve seen the mostly  nylon–yuk–bikinis on every network news and cable program. The title of “push-up” has been dutifully replaced by “striped” by A&F to calm the masses. Too late. The classic reaction of most any child is to crave whatever their parent rejects. Ding! Thanks Abercrombie & Fitch. Why pay any  more big advertising bucks than you have…


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Cleaning up after Jerry Continues

It’s time to give Greg Fischer some credit. Today, after confronting yet another situation in which a lax attitude toward ethics resulted in an embarrassing revelation, Fischer said he wants to make sure members of boards and commissions aren’t taking from the till of the organizations they serve. He’s calling for resignations, and its likely you will start hearing about some in the next few days. The latest snafu came as a result of the C-J’s story revealing that Audwin Helton, elected last summer as chair of the MSD board, was picking up six figures annually from MSD for his…


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Fischer Spreads Silver Tsunami News

This morning Mayor Greg Fischer came out to Jeffersontown to participate in the ribbon-cutting for an affordable housing complex for seniors, and had another opportunity to speak about his “silver tsunami.” That’s Fischer’s pet phrase he uses every time he has an opportunity to talk about efforts to attract businesses taking care of our aging population. The Brookstone Senior complex, just behind the Stonybrook Cinemas, is an $8 million project which will have 56 units renting at $605 per month. It’s expected to open in December, and already has at least one person signed up.  The bulk of the financing…


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More Trouble in Planning

Tomorrow marks the third meeting of the committee set up by Mayor Fischer to review the city’s Planning and Design Services department. And there’s plenty of disagreement, as usual, between developer interests and those who represent neighborhoods and preservation interests. Since the Mayor appointed eight members to the committee in February, ordering a top-to-bottom review, two members have been added. One is Deborah Bilitski, a Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs attorney and former Planning Commission representative. The other is Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh. Steve Porter, an attorney who represents neighborhoods, said the main areas of conflict are over the roles of…


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Why Jobs Are Not Brewing in Louisville?

By Barbara Day I attended the Business First What’s Brewing Tues morning at the KY International Convention Center. Tom Monahan, Publisher of Business First, asked a series of questions to a panel about JOBS, JOBS & JOBS. The panel included: Paul Coomes, PhD, Economics Professor, University of Louisville, College of Business, Eileen Picket, Executive Vice President of Greater Louisville, Inc, and Tom Underwood, Kentucky State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses. Tom Monahan started the conversation by stating, “The Louisville area, which includes Southern Indiana, lost 7,500 jobs in 2010. There are now fewer jobs in the region than there…


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Flash Mob News: Joe Reagan Dances

The good folks at GLI were a little worried yesterday when I posted news that a flash mob was being organized for a big Louisville event. They wanted to keep things secret, and my post could have tipped off some folks that the big event was the GLI annual meeting at the KFC Yum! Center.  But by the looks of people in the crowd in this video, I think there was plenty of shock value. Emily Carroll, who organized the whole thing, told me yesterday that about 175 people were involved, but did not tip me off that GLI boss…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Edie Bingham Believes Our Future is Enriched by the Past

Thanks for keeping up with my “Iwo Cents” series on this issue. I wil cross post all of these onto my Facebook page listed under Cindy Flanagan Lamb if you would like to remain in the loop. I am honored to stand beside Edie Bingham and Martina Kunnecke as they stand up for the future of of our city. In this particular mode, it is raising a voice for the row of buildings who cannot speak for themselves.  I believe that our rich history is stronger than the block of abandoned and weakened structures and should be a part of the new designs. Money…


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The Fireworks in Frankfort

I know it’s hard to pay attention to what’s going on in Frankfort, but if you were, you deserve to be upset right about now. You’ve got virtually nothing to show for your $1.5 million. You’re paying your legislators for this unnecessary short session. We used to only have legislative sessions every two years, but lawmakers somehow convinced us it was necessary to send them to Frankfort every year in 2000. And because of politics and the fact that Republicans and Democrats can’t compromise, only a few bills have gotten through. One allows optometrists to perform some surgeries, an action…