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November 7, 2012

Inbox — Nov. 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Good Kick Start
I appreciated your cover story from the Oct. 24 LEO Weekly, “How to Kickstarter.” It truly is a great tool for funding creative projects, which are getting harder and harder to pay for through traditional funding alternatives. It is true that Kickstarter does have strict project requirements and is definitely getting more saturated as it gains in popularity, but it remains the preeminent social fundraising site for creative people. Louisvillians can promote their local events or businesses to strengthen their local presence, or potentially introduce their creative concepts globally. Most importantly, it uses the Internet to its full potential for a good cause — human creativity. A good thing these days. This is coming from a big fan of Kickstarter whose first fundraising project for the “Misphits,” a children’s cartoon concept born in Louisville, failed to meet its funding goal. Thankfully, like life, Kickstarter gives projects a second chance.
Todd Schleuning, Eastwood, Ky.

Fourth Street Fishes
The article I read in last Sunday’s Courier-Journal concerning the Cordish “contact” dealing with their management of Fourth Street Live leaves one to wonder if perhaps the Cordish Cos. didn’t send Don Vito Corleone and Luca Brasi to Louisville to make our former mayor, Jerry Abramson, an “offer he couldn’t refuse.” This could come complete with the very favorable deal they managed to work out with Abramson as to how profits and losses are to be defined and distributed. If that’s the case, I don’t have a problem with it; we wouldn’t want Abramson “sleeping with the fishes.” If that’s not the case, then I think it’s time for the attorney general and/or the U.S. Department of Justice to take a hard look at the deal.
Dale Rhoades, Pleasure Ridge Park

TARC 101
“TARC hates you,” a friend told me a couple of years ago, summing up the difficulties of using Louisville’s bus system to get from her home to downtown for college classes. For five months, I’ve been using TARC for daily commuting and other trips, and I very much like riding the bus — the drivers are dedicated above and beyond, passengers tend to help each other out, and any road rage has vanished from my day.

Still, I now understand what fueled my young friend’s exasperation. A simple notice on TARC’s website (which I always check the night before commuting) would have allowed me to know a route had been changed on a recent weekend morning because of a two-block street fest downtown. By the time a call to customer service got through, I finally learned that my usual connection would stop a block away — or had just stopped; I got to work late, for the lack of a simple common-sense advisory by TARC.

A similar example of thoughtlessness by the bus system’s management made me late for a medical visit (printed info failed to state where the Fourth and Main stop actually was, and two signs around the corner from each other and hundreds of feet apart each indicated this was the location).

TARC likes to define itself though dazzling images of futuristic technology and macro-assessments of its quality. However, what will determine whether car owners such as myself stay on the bus is simple day-to-day attention to rider needs.
George Morrison, Cherokee Triangle