As District Court Judge it has been my honor over these last twenty years to marry two people in my courtroom. I’ve married over a thousand Louisvillians since January 1 1990. I come down from the bench in the middle of the courtroom for all to see I marry two people. I see no difference in love be it a man or a woman I just see love.
“The brain my take advice but not the heart. Weigh it and sink it deep, no matter. It will rise and find the surface.” – Truman Capote
Marriage is a beautiful thing, and I’ve always felt honored to be apart of it. It is my favorite thing about being a Judge.
With the state’s looming take over of Jefferson County Public Schools at bay for now the School Board races may be worth reviewing more than usual. How the embattled school system required more funds and voted to increase property taxes is worth considering. Especially when we consider that taxpayers spend $11,000 a year per student for the education that JCPS has given recently. The national average of $11,300 puts JCPS in the middle of the country in terms of spending.
We were unable to find a website for any candidate running for school board.
Current Jefferson County School Board
Board Member Bios
(40 yr Experience As A Teacher And Administrator)
Dr. Chris Kolb
(Attorney And Former PTA President (2 Terms))
(At 25 he’s the youngest person to serve on board)
(Former JCPS Teacher and Administrator)
Dr. Lisa Willner
(Has Worked As Adjunct Professor at IUS)
Candidates for School Board
SCHOOL BOARD – DISTRICT 1
SCHOOL BOARD – DISTRICT 3
Derek Jermaine GUY
SCHOOL BOARD – DISTRICT 5
Linda D. DUNCAN
SCHOOL BOARD – DISTRICT 6
For information about other races in the Louisville Metro Election check out our Voters Guide.
“For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life.” Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin ahead of Hurricane Gustav, 2008
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States of emergency have been declared in all or parts of Florida, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.
Schools and state offices in the area are to remain shut this week and Florida has activated 3,500 National Guard troops.
What happens next?
As of early Thursday morning local time, the storm winds had dropped to 60mph, the NHC said.
It warned that communities in north-west Florida and North Carolina faced the threat of life-threatening flooding as rising water moved inland from the coast.
– Sal, Marcie’s known you since you were five. She knows where this is going – straight off a cliff.
– It’s sweet Marcie doesn’t seem to blame Sal for what happened, although she seems to have more realistic expectations for her situation (and as such may not appreciate those comments – or, at least, not believe them).
– Sal’s face in that last panel. She’s BREAKING ME guys.
– Sal’s still clinging to that hope of this being temporary. Thanks a LOT, Charles.
– Shit. Sal’s smoking already? Oww. That can seriously mess you up. It can take up to 15 years to reverse damage done by cigarettes. I found that out googling health benefits for quitting for a story (and kinda felt pretty good about making my parents quit 18 years ago).
– I’m not quite sure what Marcie would mean. That Sal doesn’t smoke and Marcie wouldn’t approve? If so, why did Marcie take up smoking? Does it mean she already smokes? Did she meant Sal doesn’t chill?
– This Asher kid worries me. Sal’s said before she and Marcie have bad taste in people, other than each other, so I’m worrying we’re going to see this.
Louisville Voter Guides have in the past left something to be desired. The official state guide at govoteky.com only gets a voter to register and understandably it leaves out most of the candidate information.
Sean Delahanty’s campaign site similarly must remain neutral as a judge must remain nonpartisan but his voter guide includes candidates website links when available, and a side by side tweeter comparison for the Louisville Metro Mayor‘s race. This adds a more rich experience to visitors looking for more than just a piece of the puzzle.
Local Election Coverage
The Complete Voter Guide as it is termed on the site aims to form a puzzle from all of the pieces of other sites. Jefferson County Clerk’s site provides precinct and voter statistics, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s site provides voter information lookup capabilities and various mapping sites provide legislative districts for State House, State Senate, Metro Council Districts and suburban cities.
What District Am I In?
When Louisville merged with Jefferson County decades ago it did a secular thing in leaving all of the other cities in the county in tact. This means that in addition to Louisville election districts the same voters may have additional cities and districts to vote upon. The cities of Shively, St. Matthews and Jeffersonville are the largest of these examples. Some cities barely cover a couple blocks such as Stratford Manor. The voter guide at Sean Delahanty’s site provides a Louisville Neighborhoods and Districts map to aid voters in those regards.
Its an interesting collection of info and insights that Louisville voters don’t usually see in local elections. Polling is almost nonexistent at this level but the voter guide still makes an attempt with their polling for entertainment purposes. The site’s inclusion of crime data for the last ten years is also unique as it divides incidents by category and zip code.
Its a good guide from a nonpartisan candidates campaign.
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To me, the issue with Walky’s joke/honestly I actually read it as him sincerely asking her for money was that Sal was clearly concerned at the time. Note here that Sal DOESN’T buy it because she feels so guilty (and probably feels guilty about thinking of spending money on Frivolous Things when Marcie Needs Her, which is its own brand of ‘kiddo NO.’)
Walky wasn’t displaying any concern for Marcie at all – hell, he came off as asking ‘if you only get $250 can we spend it on snacks since it won’t cover the bills anyway?’ Walky never mentions Marcie at all. That’s pretty insensitive given she’s Sal’s best friend. Not surprising given Walky and their supremely fucked sibling relationship, but still insensitive as hell.
That said, while Walky was being pretty bratty, the people I really blame for this are the elder Walkertons, for all the reasons outlined yesterday and upthread. This burden should never have fallen on the 12-year-old. The Walkertons have extremely influential contacts who could be convinced to raise this money with a very small amount of PR spin. The Walkertons could help contribute to the ambulance bill and it would almost certainly strain their finances less than it would the Diazes. The Walkertons could, at the very least, spearhead a town fundraiser on Marcie’s behalf and almost certainly raise more than $250 in the process. They are not. And if they aren’t willing to help, then Charles telling Sal exactly how much the ambulance costs contributes nothing to the situation except piling on more guilt for Sal.
If the Diazes had told Sal that information, it wouldn’t be great (again, way more than any 12-year-old can do anything about or emotionally handle,) but at least they would be doing so because their daughter is hurt, they can’t pay for her expenses, and people do not always react well under that stress. (The GoFundMe amount probably did come from them, but without knowing anything about Marcie’s parents but a lot about Sal, my guess is Sal was insisting on helping raise the money and they agreed to the crowdfunding because it can’t hurt and might help the clearly traumatized kid feel less powerless. We also don’t know who set the page up, for that matter – the way Walky phrased things last strip made me think Sal, but it’s at least as likely to be the Diazes and Sal just latched onto it. In which case, being frank about what they need on the page is totally the right call and they’re NOT expecting Sal to shoulder all this.)
But the Walkertons are supposed to be on their daughter’s side. They’re supposed to be looking out for Sal. And part of that is not letting a kid take so much on her shoulders, and keeping her from blaming herself, and telling her the best thing she can do for Marcie isn’t to worry about money or medical treatments, it’s to be there and be her friend and do nice things for each other while she’s going through something tough. They did not do any of this. Charles actively made the situation worse. So yeah, they suck.