While the cutbacks at Ford aren't over yet, it was a relief to learn our two local plants have at least survived the latest round.
One of the biggest advantages favoring the local facilities is their relative efficiency. Ford's local employees have a consistent record of assembling their finished products in less time than their nationwide counterparts. And that certainly can't hurt.
But I'm also impressed by the cooperation shown by Mayor Jerry Abramson and Governor Ernie Fletcher on behalf of our local workers. Earlier this month, they put aside their party differences to meet jointly with Ford executives, making it clear they'd work together to offer the necessary incentives to enhance Louisville's standing.
This "truce for a greater good" also yielded big dividends earlier this summer, when Fletcher and Abramson stood together in supporting the new arena. While they certainly weren't the only major players, their united stance took the debate completely out of the realm of "Democrat vs. Republican," and allowed the project to be judged on its own merits.
I think this kind of bi-partisanship is what most of us really want - not more of the same old "us vs. them" battles. And all our elected representatives - regardless of party - would do well to keep that in mind the next time they hope to accomplish something of substance.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.