Feb 022013

The leek: a satirical take

Illustration by Christopher Epling.

Illustration by Christopher Epling.

By Horace Heller Hedley, IV

In a bold initiative for solving stubborn Federal budget problems, the U.S. House of Representatives will, for the first time in its history, accept official corporate sponsorship. As anticipated, the move has created a scramble among America’s largest corporations which are now vying for exclusive rights to sponsor the House—an undreamed of branding and public relations coup for the winner.

The news sent shock waves through the Fortune 500, as at least a dozen of America’s top corporations jockeyed for position in the upcoming public auction, dubbed “the mother of all bidding wars.”  Continue reading »

Feb 022013

By Dave Cooper

Much to my surprise, in January the Lexington Herald-Leader published a 700-word op-ed that I wrote that was harshly critical of the advertising industry.

My op-ed was basically a rant about how much I dislike the new electronic “ribbon board” advertising display inside Commonwealth Stadium.  For those who have not yet seen this high-tech monstrosity, it is a lighted LED billboard around the fascia of the upper deck of the stadium.  This space was previously used to honor famous UK football players and coaches such as Bear Bryant, Art Still, Tim Couch and George Blanda.  It was called the “Ring of Honor.” Continue reading »

Feb 012013

By Cameron Lindsey

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has created quite the storm. People have complained about the movie’s mindless violence, its overuse of certain racial epithets, and its general comic handling of the institution of slavery. Readers, I would like to tell you that Django has all of this and more. However, unlike those critics, I would like to claim that Tarantino’s latest movie is just what American viewers need to see right now.

Before getting into all that, though, first a cheat sheet for all you readers who want to feel involved with the race, violence, and slavery conversations circulating around the film but who do not actually want to watch the movie. Remember these four randomly generated conversational nuggets for when everyone starts talking about it at that next party or get-together: Continue reading »

Feb 012013

Monthly meetings to revisit East End Small Area Plan

By Jessi Fehrenbach

In 2007, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council hired a group of consultants to create a neighborhood development plan for the city’s East End, a historically black neighborhood located between Elm Tree Lane and Winchester Road, and running from Main Street up to Loudon Ave.

A key component in creating the East End plan involved hearing from residents of the neighborhood itself. There was a block-party-style kick-off rally and a “community visioning workshop” for citizens to voice their concerns, hopes, and dreams for the future of the area. There were update meetings, door-to-door flyers, church and school outreach, news articles.

Two years later in 2009, the Council would adopt what became known as the East End Small Area Plan.  The plan, which aims to meet and reflect the needs and concerns of the community residing in the East End, acts as a blueprint for both private and public developments to follow. Though not a legally binding document, it identifies thirteen goals intended to guide the area’s redevelopment: Continue reading »