Free program aids those seeking jobs
On March 28, the third annual Suit Up! Career Clinic was held at Jubilee Jobs of Lexington in the Community Ventures building on North Broadway.
Event sponsors included BB&T, the Community Action Council, Apprisen and Catholic Charities. Dress for Success was on hand to help female attendees with interview skills and work attire. Krispy Kreme provided donuts to start the day and Shiloh Baptist Church helped out with additional chairs.
Over 42 people attended various workshops to help with their job search. Apprisen offered free credit counseling and credit reports. Participants worked on job leads and resumes in the BB&T bus or participated in mock interviews throughout the building.
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Those who stayed the entire day received a certificate of completion, a 30-day bus pass or gas card to help with interview expenses and a free suit of clothes.
Our early estimate is that we had eight to 10 tentative job offers or additional interviews scheduled.
Jubilee Jobs is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that specializes in job preparation, job placement and career advancement of unemployed and underemployed residents in Central Kentucky.
Our free, two-week, seven-step program begins with an orientation every Monday at 9 a.m. at 1450 N. Broadway in Lexington. All are welcome and no appointment is necessary.
Executive Director, Jubilee Jobs of Lexington
Ark wrong to sue
Those who donate money to Ark Encounter receive a tax deduction and that money is accumulated tax free. Ark Encounter wants to build a multi-million-dollar theme park in Northern Kentucky.
The Tourism Cabinet pulled the incentives requested by Ark Encounter to help build the park after state officials said discriminatory hiring practices were being used.
It's a bit disturbing on several fronts the business is now suing the state claiming it is due $18 million in sales tax rebates.
Avoid ark lawsuit
Congratulations to the Kentucky Christians who are demanding that the state stop reneging on its agreement with Answers in Genesis which has presented Kentuckians with a wonderful project, the Ark Encounter, a biblical, real-sized ark to be built in Grant County.
Your tourism department has reneged on its original agreement by not allowing AIG to participate in a tax-incentive program.
Your tourism department is deceptive and must now be dealt with in court. There goes more of your tax money because AIG is taking the tourism department to court and will win because the agency has violated both federal and state laws by engaging in viewpoint discrimination.
This legal dispute is about more than just future tax rebates: It is about the right of religious organizations to be treated fairly. What's next, your churches? AIG isn't asking for special treatment. It has met all requirements of this program and was accepted only to be thrown out because of some atheist complaints.
Keep it up, Christians. Protect your rights now before it's too late. Call your state representatives and tell them to place AIG back into the tourism tax program and perhaps a lawsuit can be avoided.
Chairman, Creation Science Hall of Fame
A slur is a slur
In a recent Herald-Leader column about Lexington Bishop-elect John Stowe, Mike Rivage-Seul states that compatriots of Stowe's Italian grandmother were routinely called "WOPS."
True, though one could dispute the past tense and add "dagos" to the slur pot. He then explains that wops means "immigrants without papers." Not quite.
That definition, which Rivage-Seul uses to support points about social justice and contemporary Hispanic immigration, is a platitude rooted in urban legend — a real whopper!
Accepted by many (including some Italians in America) in decades past, it still finds oxygen in Internet posts.
In truth, wop isn't an acronym, but a derogatory slang whose etymology likely traces through Latin and Spanish to an Italian dialect word for thug.
To paraphrase (liberally) Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Everybody is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own definitions.