Here’s What Matters, and What Doesn’t

Here’s a new idea to help you decide what’s news. I’ll call it Things That Matter and Things That Don’t Matter. Here’s some that matter —

WLKY’s Sweeps Series on Infrastructure: It’s not just bridges that are troubling for our future. WLKY’s Duane Pohlman has been working on a six-part series that will address the following — water, sewers, dams, levees, bridges. The series, of course, is running during TV Sweeps, but according to GM Glenn Haygood, it’s filled with important facts and is one of the most comprehensive series to air on a local TV station.

In fact, Haygood says that there’s so much material the station will air a 30-minute special program after all six parts have run.  It begins tonight and airs through Thursday on newscasts.

Williams’ Goes Low: GOP gubernatorial candidate David Williams must not be able to understand where his campaign went wrong. Last night’s KET debate, watched by about 12 people on Halloween Night, didn’t help. Neither did this comment he made in the Herald-Leader, sure to alienate Jews, Hindus and Muslims. Or anyone else.

“If I’m a Christian, I don’t participate in Jewish prayers. I’m glad they do that. I don’t participate in Hindu prayers. I don’t participate in Muslim prayers. I don’t do that,” Williams later told reporters. “To get down and get involved and participate in prayers to these polytheistic situations where you have these Hindu gods that they are praying to, doesn’t appear to me to be in line with what a governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky ought to be doing.”

At Least Make the $300K Audit Pay for Itself: First returns on an audit of JCPS are in, and guess what? There’s too much fat at the top of the personnel chart, and too many chiefs at the district’s central office. We knew that from last spring’s WLKY investigation that found so many administrators making six-figure salaries. If Dr. Hargens wants to win some respect among citizens, she can start by trimming the top tier of administrators over there.

Could Not Compete:  Let’s thank John Timmons for not putting us through another appeal to go down to Ear x-tacy and do something no one was doing — buy some CDs to save the store.  Store manager Rebecca Mercer explained some of what happened today on WFPL. “You can’t compete with free,” she said in explaining the economic factors prevailing on the music business.

U of L Resistance to Open Records: After attorney general Jack Conway ruled that U of L must provide emails concerning its hospital’s merger under Open Records laws, U of L’s lawyers reacted by appealing Conway’s decision Oct. 26. The entire dispute, for which U of L is paying high-priced attorneys, is over whether four emails concerning the hospital merger are subject to open records. It doesn’t appear the content of the emails will affect the merger, just that U of L doesn’t want to release them, saying that the emails are preliminary and exempt from open records.

Things That Don’t Matter:

Anyone named Kardashian. How Karen Sypher‘s doing in prison. The war of words between defenders of Comfy Cow and the Pie Kitchen. Kentucky’s margin of victory over Transylvania in basketball. What Herman Cain did to get a sexual harassment complaint.