The Urban County Council and mayor have their priorities in the wrong order. While they have been pushing for the removal of 100-year-old statues that the public does not seem to want moved, Lexington has seen shootings nearly every night, murders at or near record levels, an average of three overdoses a week, Narcan costs gone through the roof and $1 million in taxpayer money spent to add an EMT to help handle the drug epidemic.
The old statues can wait another year or more to be moved; citizens are dying on our streets, for heaven’s sake, and we are told by our news crews not to worry, that these are isolated instances.
If the city doesn’t get its priorities straight, how long before we look like Chicago or Baltimore? Will calling in the National Guard be next? Waiting for winter is not the answer.
Mayor Jim Gray should start focusing on what needs attention now and work on statue issues when citizens are not dying in the streets.
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William M. Roberts Jr.