Church on wrong path with Perkins restaurant
Lexington Mall Properties Inc. is the business name for Southland Christian Church, and indeed this church is beginning to behave like a business —and a ruthless one at that. It is trying to squeeze out the little guy, Perkins Family Restaurant, which has been part of the Lexington Mall area for 20 years.
The church does nothing about the many potholes in the parking lot, and now it is suing to raise the rent for Perkins from around $4,000 to $10,000 a month. Mark Perkins has responded to this lawsuit with a counterclaim.
All of this is an obvious ploy to sabotage and drive off Perkins in order to gain the property for the use of the church.
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Is this the Christian way? Should a pastor allow this under his watch? Somebody in the church needs to step up to the plate and rally support to rectify this injustice.
No brotherly love
We are very saddened and upset over Southland Christian Church's plan to rout Perkins Family Restaurant out of the old Lexington Mall area by doubling its lease amount.
This fine restaurant has been one of ours and many of our friends' and relatives' favorites. It's very attractive inside, the food and service are good, and we have always been treated so well there.
Right after we heard of the mega church buying the property, we asked the owner if they can keep their restaurant and we were told yes, that it had been approved. Right now, it doesn't look to us as if there's the brotherly love the church is supposed to preach. Certainly there's no sign of this church, which has apparently become a business now, caring about a restaurant that has been there for 20 years or more.
This restaurant will be an advantage to the church, we feel, once all of the building is finished, unless the church is going to put a restaurant into the church, which would not surprise us. The love of money is the root of all evil, the Bible tells us.
Pauline K. Rodgers
Congregants, rise up
I am outraged to think that Southland Church — hiding behind its business name of Lexington Mall Properties — is acting to close down Perkins restaurant.
Southland has allowed an overgrowth of trees on the property to hide the Perkins sign from the vantage point of Richmond Road and New Circle Road. When the state approved the cutting of the trees, Southland disallowed it, even though it would have been done at no expense to them.
I live in this area, and have noticed that Southland has also turned off the lighted Perkins sign. This will make it difficult to find the restaurant, especially at night.
Mark Perkins is a gentle, honest and caring father of four, who has operated his restaurant at the same site for nearly 20 years.
Southland's demand for "immediate surrender of the property" is a move that could ruin a family's livelihood. Surely, there are many good members of this church who will take action to stop this from happening.
Getting too big
I was totally shocked and dismayed after reading the Oct. 29 article concerning Perkins' and Southland's lawsuits. It seems to me that Southland Christian Church has "gotten too big for its britches." Is it not enough for them having the huge development on Harrodsburg Road?
Do they feel that now they need to take over Lexington and put a wonderful family restaurant like Perkins out of business?
I, too, believe it is skullduggery, raising the rent and all the other dirty tricks Southland is pulling. I believe Southland has "forgotten" what a church is supposed to be.
I'll take the old-fashioned church that puts Christ foremost (not greed) and where people don't come to church on Sunday morning (ministers included) wearing athletic clothes like they are going to a ball game or jeans, inappropriate for a church service.
Keep protection at park
Following the altercation and shooting in Gainesway Park next to Tates Creek High School, the police did a wonderful job of clearing the park of troublemakers. The squad car in the park gave me a sense of security, and I was comfortable dropping off my high school student to walk up the path to school.
I saw many more students walking up to school, including many more young women who were most likely fearful to do so before. I had also seen individuals who did not look like students drive up, see the squad car and quickly leave. Groups of young men on foot started to the park, saw the police and turned and left.
I was grateful for this police presence, but fearful that once police no longer are present, the park will once again be claimed by the aspiring thugs and loiterers.
We have already seen that all it takes is police presence to reclaim Gainesway Park and make it safe for students. The powers that be in city government need to do the right thing to keep it safe.
Support for Flood's bill
On Oct. 25, your paper published an article on state Rep. Kelly Flood's prefiling of a bill making recommendations for treatment of status offenders. Flood stated that status offenders — children and youth charged with truancy or non-criminal behaviors — often are acting out in response to problems at school and at home.
National experts in this area advocate the creation and support of community-based programs to treat root causes of misbehavior instead of removing the children from their homes and jailing them.
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency brought the status offender issue to the attention of the state's social-service providers and testified before the bipartisan Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary. It was also the pilot agency applying to care for these children through electronic monitoring and counseling programs.
Status offenders should stay in their homes and schools while the community supports the children and their relatives. Our children are our most valuable resource and we need to help them prepare for a brighter future. Our agency supports Flood and the other members of the Interim Committee on Judiciary in their work to best serve the needs of Kentucky's children.
Bruce B. Brown
Executive director, Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency