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EPA Letters, Air Quality, and Politics

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.

“Economic Freedom?” Professor, Your Bias Is Showing

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.

Oldham County and the Right-to-Work Lie

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.

Email Accounts: Props to the Mayor

Some of us are old enough to remember when government work was largely done in the shadows. Committee meetings, communications between elected officials, documents -- you just couldn't get them, even though it was...

Time To Stop Buying Girl Scout Cookies?

This morning at church, I got the two boxes of Girl Scout cookies I had bought: Do-Si-Dos and Tagalongs. (Yes, I have a thing for peanut butter.) I promised myself I would take them...

My (Small) Tribute to Jim King

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 those for either depth or eloquence. I did wish, however,...

Metro Govt Continues To Use Data To Make Louisville Better

One mark of a progressive city is that is continually looks for ways to improve the quality of life for its citizens. A key way to do that is effective use of data and...

I’m Back

After many months away from all my sites, after many months of combining work with campaigning, after many months of doing no writing except for campaign blurbs and publicity pieces, I am very pleased...

Explainer: Government Shutdown vs Government Default

As we stumble, seemingly inevitably, to a government shutdown at midnight Monday, there is already talk of a possible default later in October. Some people may not be clear on the difference, so it...

Ethics versus Morals

As we prepare for the inauguration and reflect on recent and current events, we may find benefit in the comparison of ethics versus morals.Morals, according to the dictionary, is "concerned with the judgment of...