Insider Louisville is about you and your city, and some of the best and most impassioned writing on the site comes not from our regular contributors, but from you, our fiery readers and commenters.

But too often your posts get overlooked: Sometimes you may have posted on an article days or even weeks after the article was originally published.

So we’re going to keep our eagle-eyes open for the best of the best when it comes to comments on the website. And every so often we’ll post a round up of reader comments, just like this one. The comments are posted verbatim but may be edited for length.

This is an equal opportunity forum: We’ll feature posts that sing our praises as well as those that zing us. We’ll feature posts that offer big ideas and solid solutions, and we’ll feature posts from people who just want to bitch and be heard.

Just because we feature a comment here, it doesn’t mean we agree.

It just means that we heard you, and we thought other people should hear you too.

John Yarmuth to NRA: ‘Children have the right to be safe from guns without carrying a gun,” by Terry Boyd.

Joey Saylor says:  I tend to lean conservative but I applaud Congressman Yarmuth on having the guts to take this on. He gets an “F” from the NRA but gets an “A” for taking a stand in a state where that will not be popular (and not just at an Okolona barber shop). Will anything change? Sadly I don’t think so. We have too many people that want to still quote “it’s our Constitutional right” which is all well & good. Problem is the Second Amendment was written in 1791 and they didn’t have the problems we face in 2012.

Social media campaigns against both gun violence, gun lobby will help end the madness. by Terry Boyd

Msradell says, There are several problems that will prevent any gun control measures in the United States are ever becoming effective. The biggest of these is the huge number of firearms now owned by Americans. New regulations may limit the number of new firearms that are sold but the existing ones will remain in the “wild” and be available to those with criminal intent for longer than any of us will be alive. There’s no method that would be acceptable to Americans to deal with this reality.

Secondly, because of how America was formed and heritage firearms are ingrained our way of thinking. Breaking this will be completely impossible until there is some kind of event that causes Americans to change their mentality and events like this aren’t of a magnitude to even start bending most people’s thought process.

Best of Lists are great for cities but not reflective of the truth.  by Steve Coomes

Stunoland says, My fear is that the public and city officials will take these rankings to heart and be unable to view their own city objectively and accurately assess our strengths, weaknesses, and unrealized potential. We have a lot of delusional people in this city who think that Louisville is doing what is necessary to compete in the 21st century global economy but that is simply not true. Sure there is a role to play for civic boosters and hometown pride but Louisville has more than its fair share of mindless boostering. This website and other media outlets do far more civic feel good stories than sober stories about Louisville’ shortcomings and the hurricane strength economic headwinds facing our city and State. I have no doubt that positive Louisville stories drive more readers and advertising dollars to local media outlets (yes I understand they are competing with a difficult to sustain business model), but it would be refreshing to see a more critical look at Louisville.

Col. Bryan Tucker says, During the last several weeks this site has posted more feel-good cheerleading pieces than it has during its entire existence. This post was badly needed, and countered a solid week of mindless PR and ass kissing. Some of us are interested in the untold truth – there’s a lot of it in Louisville. The inside story (when it was the focus) was always exclusively posted here. Now, not so much. It reads like a GLI newsletter.

David Jones, Jr.: “The world has changed around Louisville’s antiquated school system. by Terry Boyd and Tom Cottingham

Greg Colins says, Louisville is an amazing city and a great place to raise a family – aside from the schools. I read things like this and I just shake my head. The goal is that everyone graduates? We can’t even teach everyone to read. The goal for any school district is to provide the opportunity to learn and the greatest level a student is capable of. Have we as a community sunk so low that statement on it’s own has become controversial?

Mr. Jones, you of all people know that you don’t build a successful enterprise by setting your goals based on what you think the bottom half can achieve. If you set the bar higher for everyone most people will jump higher. Still, not everyone clears the bar and this is a school district not a business, so yes, we do have an obligation to those that aren’t clearing the bar. The solution is to do everything we can to give them a boost, not to lower the bar for everyone else.

So what about the top half? Mr. Jones we are not “blessed” with a great private school system, they are a curse brought on by necessity. They take kids out of their communities and off of their feet and bikes and into a car to go be with other kids that really are exactly like themselves.

So let’s talk about the elephant in the room that Insider Louisville seemed to ignore. As it stands, a good portion of the top half is opting out of the JCPS. Why? Bussing. Bussing lowers the bar. Cash strapped middle class families recognize this and spend five figures a year and God knows how much time and gas shuttling their kids off to private schools. What clearer evidence to we need that bussing is destroying our education system and our city’s dream for a brighter future along with it?

Curtis Morrison says, David’s onto something when he recognizes the underlying political problem, I’m impressed by that insight. When Tom says “kids aren’t represented parentally,” he’s right but that’s a symptom, not a problem. How could kids be represented parentally when their parents are disproportionately incarcerated, stripped of their voting franchise, denied employment or housing. Not to mention, our transit priorities coddle some at the expense of the poor, denying the same access to dynamic employment. (TARC could multiply routes and frequency for decades with the money that will be spent on the Drumanard tunnel.) The challenges faced by Louisville’s families in poverty are tied to systemic racism, too, and JCPS is only a piece of that puzzle. The mayor, LMPD, state legislature, even the PVA, all have a role to play in figuring that out.

Monday Biz Briefing: Stites & Harbison to Nucleus, Angel’s Envy to the Vermont American Building and other scoops. by Terry Boyd

Haven Harrington says, I know you guys can’t say it so I will. At the present time Nucleus is a failure. You have a life science research park with out any life science companies. NTS is great at subdivisions and building suburban style office complexes and strip malls, but what in their portfolio suggest they know anything about attracting life science businesses? This is going to fail just like eMain failed. UL doesn’t produce enough “life scientist” to support a vast research park. Once again Louisville puts the cart before the horse.

Doug Davis says,  Also agree with Haven and think it will be Ramsey’s undoing. Why on Earth did he or the trustee’s think trying to become an economic development/ real estate development company was a good idea for a public university? Especially given their lack of bonafides in technology and science departments?  A) Generally research parks are supported by well financed and well attended graduate science departments. Something UofL doesnt have at present. Although admittedly it is something they could aim for. B) Generally business incubators help build locally originated entrepreneurial ideas, supported by those graduate departments. Where as UofL kept claiming they were some how going to steal away companies from other already established incubators in other cities. How on Earth did they think they were going to accomplish that and what idiot green lighted that plan?

I’m fairly certain Steve Wilson, a recent trustee appointment, would never have approved this. But it is something Johnathan Blue should have been able to foresee.

What the city really needs is a real business incubator downtown, with no or low cost space for start ups, high speed networking, classes in writing business plans and marketing 101 for entrepreneurs, and mentoring from some of the city’s amazing self made leaders such as Humana, Brown-Foreman, Cafe Press, etc. This is something I have been told Ted Smith is in fact pursuing.

Cardinals’ Coach emits strong odor of ingratitude. by Mark Coomes.

realitychecked says, Congratulations on writing one of the most inane and ridiculous commentaries I’ve read in quite some time. Coaches come and go. Strong put Louisville back on the map. He owes Louisville nothing. He did the job he was paid to do. But now that you know he’s leaving you turn on him like a pack of pathetic jackals. Stop your whining and wish him well and try growing up. And, oh, by the way, until very recent history, Kentucky fans did travel in droves to support the football program. But you clearly aren’t interested in facts but rather foolishness and falderol.

Rich Gimmel, The best piece I’ve seen written on this subject. Great writing Mark. (“Non-denial denial?” Haven’t heard that one since the Ron Ziegler/Watergate days.)

Tyler Allen at IdeaMornings: ‘Expect powerful people to launch organized well-funded campaign against an NBA team.’ by Terry Boyd.

Jeremy Mott says, Applaud the timely and balanced IL post referencing the NYTimes article on business tax subsidies. To me, it seems the NBA is not much different. The strongest arguments in favor of an NBA team seem to be enhanced leisure opportunities for residents/spectators, possibly an uptick in employment (and they’re not talking low wage, concession people…NBAers seem to think a team’s presence would attract hordes of MBAers and entrepreneurs), and a huge branding impact on Louisville. Certainly can see the first. To me, causation for the second seems really dubious. And–call me naive and provincial–but I don’t understand the city branding obsession as a goal in and of itself (rather than a means to an end).

I don’t claim to have it all figured out. Or even a hardened opinion on the matter. But why are people talking and lining up wondering how much money it would take for Louisville to give an NBA enterprise in order for it to grace us with its presence? There must (hopefully) be something good there because some advocates strike me as anything but sports fans. Allen’s 8664 was (is!) truly visionary and had (has!) the potential to increase the living standards and beauty of Louisville for a long, long time to come. That plan truly was thwarted by monied interests. To cry the same kind of foul so early in this instance (expensive entertainment and branding opportunities) does his honorable work promoting 8664 a disservice.

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