Darts and Laurels (10/18/12)
This time around, I have one Dart and one Laurel.
My Laurel goes to Mayor Fischer and the Metro Council for their new plan to cut down on the number of vacant and unmaintained properties in Metro Louisville. An upcoming ordinance will require financial institutions to alert the city when they foreclose on a home, and let it know who will take care of vacant property.
Considering the city has spent twelve million dollars over the past 10 years caring for vacant properties -- 1.8 million in the last year alone – this is an idea whose time has come, and should help in the battle to eradicate these eyesores.
But a Dart goes to that same Metro Council for finding a new way to stick it to people who do the right thing while ignoring those who don't. Another of their recent laws requires restaurants to post nutritional information about the food it serves on their premises, but – and get this – ONLY if the restaurant already includes the same information on its website. If it doesn't, it's not required to post anything.
What?!? This is like a teacher telling students that if they do their homework it'll be strictly graded, but if they don't do it at all, they'll pass. I'm not sure such a law is necessary in the first place, but if it is, it surely should apply to everyone.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.