Thorns & Roses: The worst and best (10/19)

Oct 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm
Thorns & Roses: The worst and best (10/19)

We could eat the poor!  [thorn] 440,000. That is the number of people who would lose Medicaid coverage if the federal government rejects Gov. Matt “I don’t care” Bevin’s plan to restructure healthcare for the poor. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, who founded LEO, said Bevin had better get ready for failure, but it will cost the state dearly. “We want to make sure that Kentuckians understand exactly what’s at stake —10 percent of the people of this commonwealth who now have coverage are going to lose it,” Yarmuth said, according to a story in The Courier-Journal. Bevin’s office claims Yarmuth’s attack is merely a pre-election stunt. Right. As if he needs the boost in a district that has elected him since 2007.

Die summer, die already [thorn] Louisville broke its high temperature record for Oct. 18, hitting 87 degrees, one degree higher than that day in 1910. Another notch on this year’s crazy-weather stick.

We are LGBTQ City [rose] Louisville scored perfectly, for a second consecutive year, on the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Index. It measures “how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality,” according to the campaign. Louisville outscored Lexington (71), Indianapolis (87) and Nashville (60).

Underdeveloped sense of right [thorn] Because these homeowners do not want a 15-story tower built in historic Cherokee Triangle and one of the busiest intersections in the city, a developer is suing them. That is right — a developer is trying to bully individual citizens. We are shocked. Kevin Cogan, who is behind the proposed Willow Grande, also wants to build ginormous towers at the intersection of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road.

Rig this [rose] Say what you want about U.S. Sen. Rand “I’d rather be president” Paul — and we do — but at least he is not under the Cheeto’s spell. He refuted the contention that American elections are “rigged.” He told trenchant CJ political reporter Joe Gerth that he thinks “the elections are, you know, accurately recorded.” (Let’s hope they accurately record his loss in November to his Democratic opponent for the seat, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.)

Make it write [rose] CJ editor Neil Budde is out. While we do not like anyone to lose his or her job, we cannot endorse the changes to the city’s newspaper made under his three-year reign. Or to the website. We hope a new editor will restore the news-gathering edge the paper has been slowly ceding — and get rid of those popup ads online.