Thorns & Roses: The Worst, Best, and Most Absurd

Rose: Louisville’S Weed Warrior

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell gets a rose for directing his office to not prosecute people caught with small amounts of pot if that is the primary charge. He based his decision on the fact that African Americans are disproportionately targeted, and it frees up resources to prosecute real criminals.

Thorn: ‘I’m Shocked, Shocked To Find Gambling Is Going On Here’

Sports betting has started in some Indiana casinos, while Kentucky lawmakers decided that… meh, we do not need the revenue, and it is just fine that our money is going across the river. Never mind that plenty of gambling already happens here: the lottery, horse racing and slot-like “historical horse racing” machines.

Absurd: How Much Is A Lie Worth?

The Grant County school board is suing the Ark Park to get it to pay more property taxes. It claims the ark is undervalued: $48 million vs. $130 million. Assessors didn’t have “ill motive or bad intent” when they set the lesser amount, a lawyer for the board told the Courier Journal. “The PVA has just never been trained to assess arks.” The park says it is “faithfully” paying what is due.

Thorn: No-Tax Council Trashes City

More victims of the no-tax council members and their devastating city budget: Labor Day was the first “no-collection-no delay” holiday, meaning that garbage, recycling and yard waste collected Mondays will not be taken until Monday, Sept. 9 within the old city limits. Also, the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop was canceled because of the austerity budget. And the list grows…

Rose: No Shows For Fredo, Bevin

Hopefully in a sign of how the presidential election goes, Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr. spoke last week in Pikeville before what the Lexington Herald-Leader reported was a mostly empty arena. He was stumping for Gov. Matt “Erratic” Bevin, who also is mostly empty.

Rose: Louisville Lifts Its ‘Lamp Beside The Golden Door!’

A rose goes to Louisville for another fabulous WorldFest, a celebration of the city’s rich fabric of people. And another rose goes to the some 200 people who became U.S. citizens last week during a naturalization ceremony kicking off the festival. Welcome!