Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt Click here to download a pdf
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy By the Rev. Robert Sirico Is written so well and so conversationally it is a very easy read. Buy it on Amazon here.
WEBSITES AND BLOGS I LOVE! Click on the name to get there.
BY THE NUMBERS BLOG This is my nerd friend David's blog about economics. You've heard him on the show and now you can read his stuff too!
BLUEGRASS INSTITUTE Free market solutions for Kentucky
MICHELLE MALKIN Great blog site with interesting links
BREITBART.COM Even dead he's still shaking things up from the grave
BLUEGRASS POLITICS If you are glutton for punishment
What a great ride we've had! When I saw a job posting in Louisville three and half years ago, I thought to myself...Louisville? I knew nothing about Louisville. But I knew a wonderful friend from Louisville named Marsha and adored her, so I thought, what the heck, I'll apply. I really didn't think I would get the job, but I sent my tape thinking I could get feedback on how to make it and me better. Spoiler alert: I got the job.
Many of you may not know that The Q and I came her first, leaving Chuck behind for three months while our middle child graduated from high school. I packed a picture our first nanny gave me of Q for Mother's Day yesterday and was struck by how she got here a baby, literally, and leaves here well on her way to being a little girl. She has had the BEST time here. The Zoo, Cherokee Park, her wonderful time at Hayfield Montessori (the BEST school EVER imho) and with some great friends and nannies. This has been a great place for her to spend a chunk of her childhood.
For me, this experience defies explanation in the best possible way. The people of Louisville are simply the best. The. Best. Warmest, kindest, most open and caring community I've ever seen. I tell my friends who are incredulous that I live in Kentucky that Louisville is the most surprising city I've ever been in. So much to do, so many amazing restaurants, a strong sense of community, and caring and generosity of both spirit and funds. Being a part of the Crusade for Children has been wonderful. That very special event is and will always remain unique to Louisville, because Louisville doesn't forget it's past. I met someone when I was new to the area who had moved away after college and moved back years later, and he told me once you live here, you want to come back. It's as if Louisville sings the song of a siren that follows you when you leave and pulls you back...happily.
I didn't quite get it then, but I get it now. We are already planning a return trip for Derby, and I'd still like to see a moonbow and rent a houseboat on Lake Cumberland. We just didn't have enough time.
Politically, I hope I've been good to Louisville. Many of you have been thanking me for waking you up to the reality of what's going on with our government. Please don't go back to sleep! Kentucky needs you to be involved like never before, to push elected officials to stop denying the serious problems coming down he pike and take them on. The pension system is perilously close to disaster. The Yum! Center saga is far from over. Transparency needs to be forced onto Frankfort. And the Metro Council members who shamefully voted to keep the unethical Barbara Shanklin need to lose their seats to challegers who understand what it means to do the right thing. Don't stop banging away on the mess at JCPS until SOMEONE does away with the asinine bussing plan. Volunteer at a persistently low achieving school. Be a part of the solution to some problem in Louisville instead of merely complaining about it.
Someone else will be hired to do this job. Please be kind and give them a chance! I would remind many of you that when I arrived, many were not happy. I was not Francene, would never be Francene, and you were not happy. I have the emails to prove this, lest you be in denial. But it worked out. You got used to me. I settled in. So I ask you to give the next host a chance. You will get used to them. They will settle in. You may even like them better! Seriously, it could happen. I hope it does, because I love this audience that much!
Finally, I must say thank you. For all the gift baskets, the "welcome to Louisvillles", for the kind words via email, for the challenging phone conversations, the support of Special Olympics and Annie's Angels and Crusade for Children, for the lunches, dinners and invitations to speak. For thinking of me when you had a question about policy, for telling your friends they HAD to listen, for laughing at my dumb jokes, for getting angry with me when anger was called for. For making phone calls to Legislators, for reading my blog, for being great callers and loving the most exciting segment on the radio of it's kind IN THE WOOOOOORLLLLD...of the Day.
I wake up every day and get to do a job I love in a city I love with listeners I adore. There are not words to express the gratitude I feel. Nothing is sufficient. It all seems too little or inadequate. But know this. I am proud of the work I've done here, and I'm proud to have been a resident of Kentucky. This state is not perfect, but it is remarkable, and that is the story I will always tell. Someone asked me if I was going to leave and start talking bad about Kentucky. It won't happen. There are too many good people here who've left an indelible impression on my heart. Will I make fun of how the state is run by drunken monkeys? You bet. Will I make the occastional shot at UK for fun? Absolutely. But I will also wear my Cards gear proudly and host my own Derby parties just to introduce Denverites to mint juleps and Benedictine spread. I love this city. I love you people. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
With Love and Gratitude,