Darts and Laurels (9/3/09)
Time for a few more Darts and Laurels.
First, a big Laurel goes to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition for surpassing their goal of performing 2,000 free prostate screenings during the just-completed Kentucky State Fair. Since approximately 200 of the results were abnormal, it's safe to say this initiative helped save a significant number of lives.
Meanwhile, a Dart goes to local attorney David Mour, who's once again fighting with the city over its efforts to collect unpaid parking fines. He says "a $55 fine for an expired meter is outrageous," and says he thinks "most folks would probably agree with that."
The part he leaves out is that people who pay their tickets on time only pay $25. And those who pay within seven days even get a discount to just $15. That's fair. Just as it's fair for people who think they're above the law to cough up considerably more when they're finally caught.
And finally, a Laurel goes to Metro Council members Jim King and Kelly Downard for introducing an ordinance that would require much greater public accountability on the part of companies receiving city tax money. This is not only a much-needed response to the recent controversy involving the Cordish Company. It's also an admirable example of how cooperation between Democrats and Republicans can accomplish so much more than constant bickering.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.