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OPINION: Metro Caucus To Provide Bigger Voice in Frankfort

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With the formation of the Louisville Metropolitan Caucus, we are hopeful for big changes.

POV | Soccer proposal is a good deal Video included

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Louisville's Metro Council will soon vote whether to approve a deal to fund the purchase of 40 acres in Butchertown for a soccer stadium district that would serve as the new home of our local professional team, Louisville City FC.

POV | Consider Jurich’s full body of work Video included

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There are a few powerful U of L board members who want Tom Jurich gone. That’s no secret. In my opinion, it has a lot more to do with their egos than with what is right for U of L.

Kentucky lawmakers gather in Hardin County for town hall meeting to discuss pension crisis Video included

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State Sen. Dennis Parrett organized the town hall.

POV | West Louisville gets a boost Video included

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As conceived, the facility will not only contain state of the art track and field facilities, but also retail space, restaurants and even an onsite hotel

POV | 'Fake News' Claims Are Just an Excuse Video included

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What do Tom Price, Steve Mnuchin and Scott Pruitt have in common? All are high-level government officials who routinely used private flights instead of flying commercially and stuck taxpayers with the exorbitant costs – until the press revealed their arrogant extravagance.

POV | What a Difference a Day Makes Video included

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Do I believe Tom Jurich knew about this latest infraction? Not for a second. But it doesn't matter.

POV | Talking AT Not the Same as Talking WITH Video included

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The purpose of Point of View is to get a conversation started. Whether you agree or disagree is not important to me.

POV | WDRB subpoena is unwarranted

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Anyone who knows me knows I support the police every way I can. When they're wrong, I have to say that too.

POV | Louisville Gardens Could Still Rise Video included

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As WDRB reporter Marcus Green reminds us in his most recent story, the venerable Louisville Gardens facility – previously called the Convention Center, and before that, the Louisville Armory – still stands at Sixth and Muhammad Ali downtown. Nearly 10 years after its closure, it isn’t being used for anything important, but it‘s still there. And this pleases me.

POV | Paying More for Less Won’t Fly Anymore Video included

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Business survival in today’s media landscape is certainly no walk in the park. Cable systems are losing customers and newspapers are losing readers. That’s not a secret.

POV | Casino gambling could ease pension problems Video included

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Sometimes, your back has to be completely up against the wall before you'll finally stop ignoring a problem and fix it. And this is one of those times for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

POV | MSD in a Tough Fix

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Let’s face it – any tax or utility increase these days is sure to be a difficult sell. Especially one that would raise rates by 20%, which is what MSD asked the Metro Council to approve earlier this summer.

POV | Parking fees a bad idea Video included

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It’s hailed as a gathering place for people from all across Louisville. But soon, a lot of those people won’t be feeling all that welcome anymore.

POV | Trump’s Blame is Misplaced

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President Donald Trump’s attempt to lay the blame for the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare at the feet of Senator Mitch McConnell exemplifies the dysfunction that currently exists between the president and his own party.

MCCONNELL OPINION | Tax Reform to Move Kentucky Forward

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The current tax code is overly complex with rates that are too high, making it harder for individuals and small businesses to succeed. 

POV | Science -- not just another opinion Video included

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If, like me, you experienced a breathtaking moment of wonder Monday afternoon witnessing America’s first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly a century, thank a scientist

POV | Jail Overcrowding Needs Creative Solution Video included

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In this week’s Sunday Edition story at WDRB.com, Jason Riley reports that while Louisville Metro Corrections has a top capacity of fewer than 1,800 inmates, it currently houses around 2,300. That’s caused a serious rise in drug smuggling as well as major increases in inmate fights and assaults on staff.

POV | Chief Conrad Deserves Our Confidence Video included

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Last week, Louisville’s Metro Council approved a resolution expressing “no confidence” in Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad and calling for his replacement. But the vote was nowhere near unanimous.

GUEST POV | Drug Research: A Wager on the Future Video included

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We shouldn't tolerate 300 overdose deaths in Kentucky's largest community. Aided by the power of research, we don’t have to.

POV | Speak softly, Mr. Trump Video included

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Maybe Trump’s just bluffing, but this is still dangerous talk when dealing with a known crazy man.

POV | Gun responsibility should be the law Video included

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Last week, a local two-year-old child died as the result of a tragic accident that was all too avoidable: He was shot while playing with an unsecured handgun in his own home.

POV | Is There a Future for Football? Video included

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Eric Crawford’s Sunday column at WDRB.com certainly offers plenty of food for thought concerning one of America’s most popular traditions – especially if you’re the parent of a young boy.

POV | Gov. Bevin and His 'Alternative Facts' Video included

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A month ago, Gov. Bevin went to great length to call me a liar.

POV | Cut the Chief Some Slack Video included

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For any leader to be effective in his job, he has to be leading people who are the best at THEIR jobs – not just those with the most tenure.  But Chief Conrad doesn’t have that luxury.

POV | Real Tax Reform is Critical Video included

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The special legislative session tentatively set for later this year will supposedly address two issues: shoring up the state’s ailing pension system -- which I discussed last week -- and reforming its current tax system.

POV | Health care changes must be bipartisan Video included

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The failure of Senate Republicans to rally enough support for a health care bill to replace Obamacare sparks a couple of questions.

POV | Tread carefully on pension reform Video included

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will soon convene a special session of Kentucky’s legislature that will determine how to repair the Commonwealth’s public pension system, which is one of the most poorly funded in the nation.

OPINION | Kentucky will suffer under Trump’s research cuts

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Between 20 percent and 30 percent of Kentuckians know someone who abuses heroin or prescription drugs, according to a recently published report.

POV | Don’t Skimp on UofL audit Video included

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Considering how much cash has already been squandered by the U of L Foundation, the news that the school now plans to spend an additional $400,000 to continue its ongoing forensic audit may seem frustrating.

POV | Kentucky’s Urban Interests Need to Unite Video included

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Kentucky’s state legislators are supposed to make laws that benefit everyone. But it seems the elected officials from the Commonwealth’s rural areas have dominated the legislative agenda to such an extent that the very real needs of our urban centers are going unmet.

POV | Dan Johnson Must Be Fired…Now! Video included

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He doesn't represent his district anymore, because his district is full of good and honorable people.

POV | Why not try compromise? Video included

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What's wrong with working together toward a reasonable solution that would fix the existing well-intentioned -- but flawed -- plan?

POV | Code of Silence Must be Broken Video included

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About a year ago, I did an editorial saying at the rate we were going, over a hundred Louisvillians would be shot and killed before New Year’s Day. I wish I’d been wrong about that.

GUEST POV | Time for a grand jury

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Although the U of L Foundation audit graphically illustrates what I believe is the corruption of James Ramsey's presidency, it does not capture the full extent of the problems.

POV | Time’s Up for Dan Johnson Video included

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As most of us know by now, Metro Councilman Dan Johnson has been accused of multiple episodes of inappropriate behavior in the past few months. 

GUEST POV | Why does Louisville need another government-run broadband network? Video included

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As Louisville taxpayers, we get to pay for two unnecessary government programs. And for what?

POV | A rebuttal to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's comments about the media -- and WDRB Video included

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Matt Bevin will only be Governor for a limited time, but I can assure you that WDRB and other members of the media will continue to deliver great journalism long after he is out of office.

POV | U of L should do better on NCAA appeal Video included

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Now for the NCAA to perhaps take away almost 125 victories they earned, the national championship, and demand millions of dollars back from tournament appearances is beyond punitive. It is a gross and despicable overreach.

POV | U of L’s Past Sins Shouldn’t Dim Its Future Video included

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Before the much-awaited forensic audit came out last Thursday for the U of L Foundation and others, acting President Gregg Postel was smart to remind us that everything the audit would show was in the past.

GUEST POV | End pig wrestling Video included

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Surely our community could have found another means of entertainment that doesn't rely on bullying helpless animals.

POV | Baseball takes center stage Video included

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Right in the middle of all the recent stories about crime, political shenanigans and other downers, there’s a story that should be making us all feel just a little bit better about things.

POV | We need more than prayer Video included

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I'm no theologian, but I’ve always assumed that the God I grew up with was pretty good at keeping up with current events. 

GUEST POV | Support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana can help curb Louisville violence Video included

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Studies show that for every $1.00 invested in our club kids, the community receives a return of over $10.00 in savings of government spending, including incarceration and welfare costs.

POV | Police chief deserves council support - not blame Video included

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It’s rarely difficult to recognize a serious problem. But it can be a lot trickier determining its real cause. Some local officials are barking up the wrong tree regarding one of Louisville’s most serious issues. 

POV | VA Hospital to Jewish Location? Video included

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Sure, this idea to make Jewish the new VA Hospital may have its flaws. But it can’t hurt to at least talk about it.

POV | Here’s to the good teachers Video included

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Jefferson County’s public schools have taken a lot of journalistic heat during the past year. But this week reminds us that there’s a lot of success happening at JCPS as well. 

POV | How tough on crime should we be? Video included

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a new policy ordering federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest possible charges against crime suspects in all cases.

SHRIBMAN | The mysteries of American political philosophy

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In no country in the civilized world is less attention paid to philosophy than in the United States.

GUEST POV | Louisville, we need to have a long, hard talk about sewage Video included

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While MSD facilities are out-of-sight and out-of-mind, it's time for an urgent conversation about continuing to protect Louisville's public health and safety.

POV | A tradition with a reason Video included

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We're beginning our 16th year doing editorials on WDRB. And the question is, why do we do them? It's a simple question with several answers.

POV | The Comey Case -- what's the real story? Video included

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Last week, President Trump portrayed the firing of FBI Director James Comey as the best solution to a serious American problem. But was the problem really with the country? Or with Trump himself? 

SHRIBMAN | When history is set in stone

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Fights over the past have always been part of the present.

GUEST POV | Build the new VA hospital in Radcliff, not on Brownsboro Road Video included

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Congress controls the VA budget and Congress can stop the fraud, waste, abuse and greed. They just need to do it.

POV | Kudos to Churchill Downs Video included

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Despite the unique challenges posed by the weather, I believe Churchill Downs put on one of the finest shows in its long history.

POV | 'None of the above' should be an option Video included

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During just about every election – and especially the last one – I hear many people say they wish they had the choice of voting for “None of the Above.”

SHRIBMAN | It's the end of politics as we know it

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The prize for the most important book with the most misleading title might go to "The End of Liberalism," published in 1969 by Theodore J. Lowi, who died less than three months ago. In the second edition of that book, published 10 years after it first was released, the Cornell political scientist sets forth in 11 enigmatic words why he once was named by his peers as the most influential political scientist in the country:

POV | Welcome to Derby 143

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As one of our city’s proudest, self-appointed ambassadors, I’d like to welcome all our out-of- town Kentucky Derby guests to Louisville.

POV | Louisville’s crisis of leadership Video included

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This community often finds it easy to grow disenchanted with its leaders. But do we expect too much in the way of perfection? And do we do our part to help them succeed? 

SHRIBMAN | In our era of despair, history offers counsel

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A quarter-century ago, only the most wild-eyed, optimistic, maybe slightly crazy visionary could have imagined the Buffalo of today: a modern, tech-oriented city that has transformed rubble into revitalization, taken a tired waterfront and made it a breathtaking walkway, and watched its museums grow from local treasures into major national attractions

OP-ED | An open letter from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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By writing a letter, emailing through my website, or calling my office, you can always voice your thoughts and concerns about the federal government and my work in the United States Senate.

SHRIBMAN | Expo 67's lasting impact

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If you were looking for a place to explore how the world has changed in the past half-century, you could do worse than venture here and contemplate the glory that was Expo 67, perhaps the greatest World's Fair of the 20th century and certainly the most popular.

POV | Spicer has earned the boot Video included

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A press secretary’s responsibility is to get your story out, clearly and favorably. But when your press secretary becomes the story, then you have a problem. 

POV | Schnatter Should Explain Himself Video included

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Tom Jurich has been a treasure to Louisville, not just the university but the city. Since the late 90s, he’s done more to raise the national profile of our entire community than any other single person.

POV | The death of airline customer service Video included

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Remember when one of the airlines decided they could save hundreds of thousands by removing a few olives in their in-flight meals?

POV | Get aggressive with graffiti Video included

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It's become pretty clear that graffiti vandals aren’t likely to see the light and stop their defacement of public and private property on their own any time soon. So it’s obviously up to the rest of us to find a way to dampen their enthusiasm.

SHRIBMAN | When the new frontier burned bright

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Thursday morning they trooped to a Virginia hillside, speckled with white monuments standing out against the gray April skies, to reflect on, to salute, and then, with a bugler's sad tattoo, to bury the New Frontier.

GUEST POV | Save the NEA Video included

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The National Endowment for the Arts promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of communities across the nation by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

POV | Is smoking on the way out?

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For a long time, the marriage between our state and the tobacco industry has been pretty one-sided – profitable for the industry, but deadly to a lot of Kentuckians. But could a divorce be brewing? That’s coming up on Point of View.

GUEST POV | Kentucky's 2017 General Assembly Video included

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The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly ended in Frankfort Thursday night, and even though it was only a short, 30-day session, it was historic. 

SHRIBMAN | What Woodrow Wilson set in motion

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The American president was a romantic, a visionary, even a Utopian. He was not without flaws; his racial views were offensive for his time, repugnant for ours. But he believed in human rights and the sanctity of human life.

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