Editorials

Call-center jobs not economic growth

It's a sign of the times (anemic economy, election year) that Mayor Jim Newberry made a big deal of announcing 700 call-center jobs paying $10 an hour.

All of us, including candidates seeking reelection, are desperate for a thaw in the job market.

And it's good that ACS, one of the city's and state's largest employers, is expanding in Lexington rather than in one of its many other locations around the country. The company will be spending $10 million to outfit a building on the IBM campus in North Lexington.

Let's be realistic, though.

Lexington can't keep its best and brightest, capitalize on its higher education assets or build a prosperous future on low-paying seasonal jobs.

If anything, this celebration reveals how far we have to go to get where we want to be.

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