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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Despite All That, a Super Week

We’re only a few weeks into this Trump thing, and our focus seems to be jumping from one scary concept to another. My vote for the most troubling thing Trump said in the last week is his determination to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment. It may not sound like much, but it would allow churches across the country to become politicized and, I think, to become a focal point for campaigning. Trump wants to allow religious leaders, whose businesses are tax-exempt, to openly campaign for causes and candidates. Here at home, there were protests galore downtown in reaction to Trump’s immigration executive order,…



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Green’s Sour Grapes

Earlier this week, Mayor Fischer announced he’d hired Maria Koetter as the long-awaited Director of Sustainability for the city.  For those of who remember the 2010 Mayoral election, the hire brought us back to Jackie Green’s independent candidacy, and speculation at the time that Green dropped out of the race that he was promised a job in the new administration. Turns out he wasn’t, but this week’s news prompted Green to send the following letter out to his followers. I think it’s interesting enough to share with you here: The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability by Jackie Green, former mayoral candidate…


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Here’s to the Jealous, Malicious, Ignorant and Paranoid

Yes, you. Rick Pitino is ignoring you. And John Calipari, and all those witty Big Blue followers filling the Internet with barbs about Pitino, now that the Rick decided he had to take a shot at Calipari for saying earlier this week that UK was the only basketball program in the state. If you missed it, Rick said this, as reported by CBS Sports:: “Four things I’ve learned in my 59 years about people. I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid. If the shoe fits anyone, wear it.” Much of…


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The Mayor’s New Ride: All About the Bike

Jackie Green had a special customer a few Saturdays back.  Mayor Greg Fischer walked in the Market Street Bike Couriers shop to size up options for his new ride. After testing a handful of new bikes, Fischer decided on a Jamis Aurora, touted as the perfect bike for “smart urban speedsters” that retails for $1,100. Fischer, who’s presumably preparing for his Hike, Bike and Paddle on Memorial Day, needed to get a ride for Bike to Work Day on Friday, when he’s leading a group starting at Seneca Park and heading downtown to City Hall. Green said Fischer asked for…


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Sustaining the Message with Green

Everybody in town, it seems, is ready to talk about sustainability. The question is whether anyone is going to do anything. Yesterday, Greg Fischer appointed 25 people to a Food Policy Advisory Board, which may lead to some new ideas for improving our diets and eating more local food products. I did a story the other day on Chef John Varanese, one of several local chefs emphasizing local foods who is even producing a TV show called Big World of Food. One of our sponsors, Fresh Start Growers Supply, hosts regular classes on how to do urban agriculture, such as…


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Acorns Awarded at Green Tie Bash

The big green event is going on at the Olmsted tonight, as the city’s Brightside organization is holding its annual fancy event. As part of the party, the second annual Acorn Awards are being handed out, recognizing those who do great green things. The awards are the brainchild of Gill Holland, who got the idea to recognize local people and corporations who are making things happen for the environment. Last year, Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio, Bernheim Forest, Proof on Main and UPS won the prizes. Here’s the official release for this year — with congrats to Jackie…