Thorns & Roses: The Best & Worst

It’s art, for business sake  |  Thorn

Gov. Matt “Artless” Bevin continued his dictatorial roll, restructuring yet another board: the Kentucky Arts Council. The council is supposed to support the arts and distribute grants. It seems Bevin values only art for money’s sake. “The reorganized Council strikes the appropriate balance of expertise in the arts and entrepreneurship,”  the tourism secretary said. “The new arts council will focus on ensuring that Kentucky artisans have the skills and knowledge to develop and successfully sell their products.”

Not a gun problem?  |  Thorn

Is it a cop problem, or a societal problem? A double homicide at Shawnee Park on Thanksgiving Day during the Juice Bowl football game pushed Jefferson County’s annual homicide total to 112, past the last-known record of 110 in 1971. And a month remains for more. “If we had 100 police at the Juice Bowl, it still wouldn’t have affected it,” an organizer said in a Courier-Journal story. “We can’t regulate those emotions.”  Sure. But why is no one talking about how easy it is to get guns, you know, for killing people?

Tree rules all bark  |  Thorn

Sounds like we may get a tree ordinance with more bark than bite. Metro Councilman Bill Hollander told The Courier-Journal the proposal will focus on only trees on public rights-of-ways. What about rules that stop developers from clear-cutting groves and force them to replace trees they remove? Oh, right. Greater Louisville Inc. says education and financial incentives — not rules — are enough to protect trees.

Southern India  |  Thorn

Tolling set to begin by January on our two new bridges could cost some more than $40 a month. That may mean Louisvillians will be as likely to visit Southern India as they will to drive to Southern Indiana.

Not onion news, alas  |  Thorn

Another bar has opened in Germantown — Mr. Lee’s. Why is it called Mr. Lee’s? There is no Mr. Lee, one of the owners told Louisville Business First. The group wanted an Asian influence, and “Mr. Lee” came from a sign for a dry cleaner he remembers seeing in Los Angeles, the story says.