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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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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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Amazing Grace in Highlands Closing Soon

Grace Carswell is still Amazing after all these years, although she has not been part of the Amazing Grace  Whole Foods market since 2006. After splitting with husband and business partner, Paul Koenig, both the store and its creators have gone through some changes. When they opened the store at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 1995, Grace may have had thoughts about the positive impact such a business would have on the city; but I doubt she ever thought it would close its doors this soon. The latest news is the store will shut down by the end of the…


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TEDx Manhattan comes to Louisville!

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to make plans this Saturday to attend the local TEDx event sponsored by Grasshoppers Distributors. TEDx is taking place this Saturday, February 12th in New York City and is being streamed live to select locations around the country.  The focus of TEDx is to create discussion on the topic, Changing The Way We Eat! Thanks to the folks at Grasshoppers, you don’t have to fly to NYC to be apart of this spectacular event. It’s as easy as finding Frazier Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University. The event will begin at 10 am and includes the Live Webcast, a FREE…


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Louisville: Nudity-Free Since Just Now

Welcome to another dreary winter’s day in your newly nudity-free city. 56 degrees this weekend, so hang on and tune up the bike. And there’s some good news in here somewhere. Hogan’s Hope: That money the city got from the Readers’ Digest contest (ok, it’s just $1,000) will be going to the Save the  Hogan’s Fountain effort to preserve the teepee. Also, Tammy Madigan, the group’s organizer, says that the local band Hogan’s Fountain will be donating proceeds from iTunes sales of its song “Shine Your  Light on Me” to the effort. All .99 cents, Every little bit helps. Local…




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The New Green

There are so many discussions these days by people, organizations, businesses, and communities about what it means to be “green.” The struggle lies in creating workable definitions that create sensible approaches that aren’t crippling financially, that don’t waste extreme amounts of time , and that don’t label the person or entity as extreme ( aka unbalanced). The corporate definition seem to take  an asset focus:   better management of plant and property, waste, and natural resources that ultimately do less harm to the earth. The  consumerist approach  is to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” – minimize the use use of stuff…