Local News: Ford Cuts 800 Jobs, More

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As announced earlier this morning and reported in the Courier-Journal, the Ford Motor Company is planning on laying off 800 workers in Kentucky at its Louisville Assembly Plant. Ford gives the reasoning behind the layoffs as declining sales for the Explorer SUV, which is manufactured at the plant:

“We have to take some tough actions,” Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari said in an interview this morning, noting sales of the Explorer had plummeted by 32 percent since 2004. Ford announced this afternoon that Explorer sales fell 27 percent in February.

The contract approved last fall between UAW members and Ford Motor Co. contained pledges to invest in the Louisville Assembly Plant and bring a new vehicle there by 2010. Ford officials still plan to honor that contract, she added.

On the one hand, more manufacturing jobs leaving Louisvillle — and the country — is obviously not good. On the other hand, SUVs… well… you know.

In discrimination news, a big surprise! An adoption agency run by Southern Baptists (good Lord, did I actually just link to the Southern Baptist Convention?) expelled two gay men willing and able to adopt from their state-funded agency. On the one hand, well, duh. Southern Baptists aren’t exactly the most gay-friendly denomination in Christianity. On the other hand, it really sucks that my tax dollars (and yours) are helping to fund homophobia:

Kentucky paid Sunrise about $12.5 million last year to operate residential and foster programs for children the state has removed from homes because of abuse or neglect, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

And in culinary news, two developments. Somehow I missed it over a week ago, but Lentini’s on Bardstown Road is closing, and Jarfi’s Bistro is opening up in its place. I can’t honestly remember the last time I ate at Lentini’s — probably sometime in the 1980s, but I am a little sad that this Highlands landmark will be closing. Hopefully just the signage — and the food — will change.

Finally, House Rep. Larry Clark (no, not the director of Kids) introduced a bill that would allow grocery stores to sell wine. Found out about this yesterday when I was shopping at the Valu Market in Mid-City Mall, where a petition was at every check-out line (which I signed). Nothing really of note in the article linked above, except the following quote straight from WTF-ville:

Dan Meyer, of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky, said the change could hurt small liquor stores and expose more children to alcohol products.

Which side are you on, guy? Wouldn’t wine sales in grocery stores cumulatively benefit your trade group — even if smaller liquor stores lost some market share?

PS. your organization’s web site looks totally circa-1996, dude.

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