Affordable golf might be luring retirees to city
Last month, in the commentary "Losing on golf," Andy Hightower of the Club for Growth reported that, in 2009, the then six Lexington golf courses had $3.4 million in income against expenses of $4.3 million, leaving the taxpayer to pick up the deficit of nearly $1 million.
I have no reason to doubt those figures. It would be helpful, however, to know:
■ The profit and loss of each of the courses.
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■ How the paying off of the bonds for the purchase of the Picadome course impacted the figures
■ How the closing of the course at Athens will affect the totals going forward.
A recent issue of Money magazine named its five best college towns in which to retire. Congratulations to Lexington for being one of the five.
The opening paragraph of the article said, "Your past work years are a time to improve your golf game, take up a new hobby, or just enjoy a well-deserved break from the daily grind."
Is it even remotely possible some of us are spending our retirement years in Lexington because of the great lifestyle the city provides us?
And one of those amenities might just be a great golf experience at affordable prices.
Tale of homeless
I know a person who earlier this year had an apartment to live in. He also paid his rent in advance up until November. He has some health problems and didn't bother anyone.
One day he came home and received an eviction notice. The whole month of May he was in the hospital. After he left there he had nowhere to go. The very next day he went to the Hope Center and five days later had tuberculosis.
The Hope Center failed to notify his contact person. He had to be isolated for nine weeks.
He went to the Rescue Mission Center and six weeks later they told him to leave. They knew he had to take medication for TB on a regular basis and another medication that was prescribed by a doctor.
They knew before they let him in, and six weeks later they send him back out on the street. The emergency contact wasn't notified about the issue.
What is wrong with our system?
This person really has no family here. All have died. Nobody wants to help him at all.
Somebody really needs to give him the help he needs, and it's sad nobody wants to help him.
A council member recently stated how we can protect ourselves against the homeless. This person whom I have known is homeless and he is no danger to anyone.
He needs housing and employment. He wants his life back. These homeless people's lives are going nowhere. Please help them.
No one was more disappointed than the Lexington Philharmonic when we had to postpone the concert originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3.
We know lots of people were planning to attend if the weather was good and we were excited to be playing as part of the Spotlight Lexington Festival.
Unfortunately, many orchestral instruments are not able to withstand cold temperatures without damage to the instruments.
The Lex Phil musicians cannot risk that kind of damage to the instruments in which they have invested thousands of dollars and on which they depend for their livelihoods.
The Lex Phil administrative leadership met with the Spotlight Lexington leadership on the morning of the scheduled concert and made the decision together.
We were all struggling with the decision, but made the one we thought would best serve the community and audience as well as the orchestra.
On behalf of the Lexington Philharmonic, I thank the public for its enthusiastic response to our rescheduled concert on Tuesday and the Spotlight Lexington leadership for the great work they have done.
Executive director, Lexington Philharmonic
I recently was stopped in front of a school bus with a stop sign out. A platform came out of the bus and brought down a wheelchair with a young girl on it. They were deposited on the sidewalk and a man, presumably her dad, who was waiting for the bus, wheeled the child away.
After first thinking how marvelous modern devices are to enable this girl to seamlessly get to and from school like mobile children, my second thought was to wonder whether Rand Paul and Andy Barr, if elected this year, would vote for the kind of federal laws and money that are giving this girl opportunities in life.
I was saddened to think how little concern and thought they seem to give to the needs of real people as opposed to following a rigid philosophy of small government at any cost.
Oh, my goodness. Mayor Jim Newberry has once again proven he is the master of misdirection.
"No fraud," he boldly announces. You would like to think the mayor's moral and ethical standards are higher than that. Apparently, sadly, they are not.
The report recently issued by state Auditor Crit Luallen was withering in its criticism of Newberry's administration and its many faulty processes. The mayor and his staff were revealed to be opponents of transparency in the way they do the people's business.
For that alone, the mayor deserves every bit of criticism that has been directed toward him and his inner circle.
Newberry has proven time and time again that, rather than accept legitimate criticism and committing to do better, he declares personal victory, circles the wagons and whines about politics as usual.
We need to open the windows at City Hall and let in some fresh air.
When you finally get a public servant who does what we want done, keep him/her. David O'Neill has been our property valuation administrator for about a year and a half. He has twice voluntarily reduced his office's budget in these hard times, has listed every expenditure on the Web site and has implemented several innovative measures to improve the office.
Keep David O'Neill as our PVA.
With the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, didn't this mean the world was in Lexington? Why did we not have more national TV coverage? Did someone forget to ask the sports channels and ESPN? The world soccer games got pretty good coverage.