Local option tax would raise prices for consumers
Big city mayors are pushing for new taxing authority because they need our money to help pay for projects that we won't use. House Bill 1 would allow cities and counties to enact a new local sales tax. Supporters contend that a 1 percent sales tax increase is democracy because it requires voter approval.
They don't say that only individuals living in the jurisdiction where the tax is proposed would vote. The rest of us would pay to build projects we will likely never use. They don't say this will increase the cost of doing business since companies pay sales tax on supplies, equipment and their utility bills.
A new local sales tax is nothing more than a mandated price increase. People will buy less and the state will collect less sales tax revenue.
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Many local officials in communities big and small are pushing for this new tax, even though currently, cities and counties have more than 20 tax and fee options — aren't the citizens of Kentucky taxed enough? They can try to convince you that this is best for Kentucky, but don't be fooled, this is a new tax.
Nancy Horn Barker
Bathroom bill bigotry
I read Richard Nelson's column saying that wanting same-sex bathrooms is not bigotry. I agree with him, it is not; but not allowing transgender students the right to use the bathroom that fits their gender identity is. It is bigotry, and Senate Bill 76 is discriminatory because, like all laws geared toward LGBT issues, it has been turned from a gender issue to a sexual one.
Being gay or transgender is not a lifestyle choice; there is no magical day when one decides to be gay or to transgender. A lifetime of hiding our identity is a choice.
Heterosexuals are not judged by whom they love or marry; they are not judged first by their sexuality; there aren't laws that keep them from their legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution. So why should LGBTs be? If you must judge, stop judging LGBTs solely on sexuality and start judging on the content of character.
Nelson might not want to call it bigotry but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is not, as Nelson wants us to believe, a rhino.
Snow trekking at 90
I read a recent article that Lexington does not rank high as a place for seniors to retire. I experienced an example on a recent trip to downtown after the first snowstorm.
After trekking through unplowed sidewalks and intersections, I thought I would board the bus at street level instead of the curb where there was knee-high frozen snow. The bus arrived and the bus driver hugged the curb and I had no way to board except to crawl over the mound of frozen snow on hands and knees. It was zero temperature and the chunks of snow were rock hard.
I just hope that this bus driver experiences a like situation when he reaches 90.
Roger L. Brancato