As noted by WFPL back in September, Mayor Fischer refused to join other mayors in calling on the EPA to set stricter smog standards. The current standards of 75 parts-per-billion for ozone have been in place since 2008, but the EPA is under court orders to update them. The Sierra Club asked mayors across the country to sign, and 70 of them did so, including the mayors of New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. But not the mayor of Louisville.
The September 16, 2015 guest editorial in the Courier-Journal was titled, “Economic freedom report shows U.S. lagging.” The column was written by Professor Stephan Gohmann, the director of the new John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville. Knowing that the Schnatter Center also receives funding from the Koch family, I took the headline and the accompanying article with a healthy dose of skepticism. Read on to see why.
It's always fascinating to watch elected officials solve a real problem with a fairy-tale solution. Oldham County is the latest example of this contortion of logic. Stuck with an industrial park that is all park and no industry, leaders in the county are proposing a local so-called "Right to Work" (Right to Freeload) ordinance, saying that destroying unions and paying poverty wages is obviously the way to attract companies to the county. Let's be clear: Right to Freeload isn't about jobs. It's about greed and politics.
Ever since Jim King's death, numerous tributes and retrospectives have been written and spoken. I cannot, and do not hope to, match any of...