Vicco takes stand for fairness

Civic officials in Vicco have been working hard the last few years to give constituents the kind of community they deserve.

They've fixed the water system, balanced the city budget and upgraded the sewer system.

Tuesday they also guaranteed residents in this town of 334 that they'll be able to get a job or an apartment, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

In doing so, Vicco became only the fourth community in Kentucky to pass such an ordinance and, as far as advocates can tell, the smallest in the country to do so.

City attorney Eric Ashley issued a statement saying, "Vicco is a community that believes all folks should be treated fairly."

Good for Vicco.

Deep in Eastern Kentucky's coalfields and named for a coal company, Vicco might not have been pegged as the small rural town most likely to adopt a fairness ordinance.

It just goes show, as the ordinance recognizes, that appearances and perceptions never tell the whole story — about a town or a person.