Tuesday, February 26, 2008

282. Thoughts on a Snowy Tuesday night in February

First, some inside stuff to Moderate Man -- To spend capital, one must first have it. Your comment is ironic to say the least - commenting on the Louisville Urban Services District's lack of capital by calling on His Honor to spend some of his own to raise it. If there is any left, after nineteen years of spending very little if any, he may have fallen prone to a problem my forty-seven year old erstwhile muscles have - if you don't use them, you lose them. Lack of any expension of capital over the years has in and of itself depleted any available should the need arise - as is has now.

But, while that is a problem you and I must live through, at least until 2011 and more likely until 2015, it is not one we can solve with just words. There is a line in the play My Fair Lady, in a song, "Words, words, words, I'm so sick of words." Hillary Clinton used part of the line this week, saying that doing things, as she claims to have done 35 years more of than her opponent, is more important than saying them, even if in a grand oratorical style with thousands looking on. And although set in London, England, the song in the play leads to the Missouri saying of "Show me!" We have had a great deal of words and wordplay serving - or disgusied - as government for many years here along the Left Bank of the Ohio River near Milepost 606. It is not by words, but by works that we will succeed. John of Patmos wrote in the Bible in the Book of Revelation at Chapter 2, Verse 19, "I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first."

To the work then.

On a different note, I have just a few minutes ago came in from driving through downtown Louisville. There is a light snow - a rather magical snow, a little heavier than mist, through which the city's glimmers are shining. It is quite easy to look at. The temperature is 30 degrees, which is near perfect for snowfall. The roads don't freeze until it is below 28 because of the brining, and the snow wont quite stick. Earlier in the day, I complained (much to my own surprise) of the cold weather we can't seem to shake. What was I thinking?

1 comment:

Bruce Maples said...

I'm really impressed with the leadership shown by Beshear.


Good grief -- says he's going to get the casino thing through to solve all our revenue issues (remember his line at the MDC debate?), and can't even be bothered to show up -- or send a staffer -- to the committee meeting.

And heaven forbid we actually talk about the fact that you have to FUND government services.


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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Never married, liberal Democrat, born in 1960, opinionated but generally pleasant, member of the Episcopal Church. Graduate of Prestonia Elementary, Durrett High, and Spalding University; the first two now-closed Jefferson County Public Schools, the latter a very small liberal arts college in downtown Louisville affiliated with the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. My vocation and avocation is politics. My favorite pastime is driving the backroads of Kentucky and southern Indiana, visiting small towns, political hangouts, courthouses, churches, and cemeteries. You are welcome to ride with me sometime.