Jun 222011

Politics, as the saying goes, is always local. So while at the national level, tea party righties and socialist lefties have begun to join forces in battle against conservative and liberal coalitions over things like auditing the fed and stopping the illegal Obama war in Libya (and Yemen…and Afghanistan), things are bending at the state and city levels, too.

As has happened in many cities where expensive campaigns dictate the narrow range of candidate options (and thought), we Lexington residents elected a wealthy, unabashedly pro-business head honcho of a corporate, global construction firm to the office of city mayor, and we did it by somehow claiming him as a progressive, a clear alternative to the non local-first, big-business friendly then-current mayor (who has now started his own online city newspaper). Continue reading »

Mar 162011
Danny Mayer

Backyard garden constructed at author's old home in year 3 of visiting the Lexington Farmer's Market.

Park markets and city hall

By Danny Mayer

I started visiting the Lexington’s Farmer Market (LFM), sporadically, in the second summer after I moved here, 2001. A year later, after returning from a honeymoon in Italy, my wife and I began regularly patronizing the downtown Saturday market, then held on Vine Street. Continue reading »

Mar 022011

Park markets at city hall

By Danny Mayer

On December 17 in front of a local government building in the rural Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire and ignited an uprising in the Mideast with reverberations felt as far away as Madison, Wisconsin. Bouazizi, a twenty-seven year old college graduate, sold produce as a street vendor to support his family. On the day in question, police confiscated Bouazizi’s vegetables, which he had procured on $200 credit, because the Tunisian lacked (or didn’t) a proper permit to sell food. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

A report from La Roca Methodist Church

NoC News

On Wednesday, April 14, eight of the nine candidates running for an at-large seat on the City Council met at La Roca Methodist Church on North Limestone. Joining incumbents Chuck Ellinger and Linda Gorton at the foot of the La Roca alter were former First District Council rep George Brown (now running for an at-large seat), Christopher Hignite, Kathy Plomin, Ralph Ruschell, Steve Kay and Don Pratt. Ismael Shalash was the only candidate not in attendance.e

The forum is one of several being held around Lexington before the May primaries, in which the field of nine candidates will be whittled down to six. Ultimately, Lexington voters will choose three at-large candidates to sit on the City Council. Continue reading »