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    Louisville.com is hiking up its knickers and wading into political coverage, focusing on Kentucky and Louisville, but delving into national and international affairs when there's a local connection. A combination of politics, news, and opinion, this section will be called The Arena:

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

    –Theodore Roosevelt

    To wit, The Arena's two principal contributors aren't writers feigning some unattainable level of removed objectivity, but rather are active participants in Louisville politics:

    • Thomas McAdam has been a student, a soldier, a college political science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. He now practices law and shares his political opinions with anyone who will listen. A registered Democrat for 50 years, he's a recovering liberal. He feels the far left-wing of the party is hot on the path to self-destruction and hopes to be around to help pick up the pieces.
    • Keith Rouda is a committed advocate for progressive policies and solutions. His professional background has seen work from small businesses to some of the largest corporations in the country, in fields as diverse as advertising, health care, talent acquisition, information technology, and industrial quality. He has an MBA from Sullivan University, is a regional organizer with MoveOn.org, and has lived and raised his family in Louisville since 1995.

    Their posts will come from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Looking for balance? Weigh both of their opinions.

    Of course, feel free to share your viewpoint about an article in the comments. No registration is required, but please check out Louisville.com's commenting policy.

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    About Zach Everson

    I'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Previously I was a senior editor at Aol Travel and MapQuest. And, before that, director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville. Washington, DC based. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.

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