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Volume 3 Issue 4

In This Issue

Editor's Notes:

On the proposed riverwalk connecting downtown and English Park

Following a June 22 public presentation on the next phase of the Riverfront Master Plan, this column (“Special Bulletin”) was circulated electronically to various foundation lists of citizens who may have a keen interest in this issue. Readers were invited to respond. Those received by June 30 follow the column.

Framing the Issue:

Coal-fired Power Plants

An economic opportunity or a threat to the health and livability of our region?

Through the years, abundant coal reserves and good river access resulted in a concentration of coal-fired power plants being constructed in this region. Concerns over U.S. dependence on foreign oil and rising gasoline prices have led to proposals to expand coal production and build more power plants. Taking these steps could improve our economic position and create jobs but threaten environmental quality.

Owensboro's Wal-Mart Presence:

Economic boon or bad for business?

Wal-Mart is big, and almost everything said for or against the giant in our midst comes down to just that. Wal-Mart is the largest retail business in Owensboro, with two Supercenters and a Sam’s Club, where customers who pay a membership fee can buy groceries and other items in bulk. The three stores employ 617 full-time and 323 part-time workers altogether.

Merger in Owensboro:

An Ongoing Conversation

When considering merging Owensboro and Daviess County governments, attitudes range from apathy to outrage. Some residents remember the rancor that characterized the previous merger attempt in 1990, while many others – perhaps most, judging by a recent Messenger-Inquirer article – wonder what the big deal is all about. They’re just not interested.


Geary Court residents grateful for Boulware article

Thank you for Carrie Blackham’s well written article pertaining to the Boulware Mission expansion and my neighborhood.

Citizens Speak: Leaders Respond

Mercury forum raises concerns

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