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Letters: Don’t build a city hall at Phoenix Park-library site

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Hands off Phoenix Park

The proposal to build a new city government center on the current site of Phoenix Park has no redeeming aspects. It is another example of allowing fiscal considerations to have first place in city planning.

The park is the heart of downtown, the site of Lexington’s zero-mile marker and of the memorials to first responders. It provides a much-needed open area in front of the Central Library, allowing this building to be seen as intended.

The park is a natural extension of the green spaces in front of the Robert Stephens Courthouse Plaza. It is an aesthetically pleasing open area, balancing the new construction across from Phoenix Park.

Downtown life has already been disrupted by the new construction on the adjacent property, and development of Phoenix Park would add years to this disruption. Replacing the park with another highrise would be to the detriment of the ambiance of the city core.

I fervently hope that the Urban County Council rejects this misbegotten proposal.

Joe McCauley


Indentured servitude?

Let me get this straight: Gov. Matt Bevin understands indentured servitude as a precursor to apprenticeships.

Does this Connecticut elite idolize his ancestors’ tribulations so much that he fantasizes about recreating this abominable practice in America in the 21st century? Does he believe the concepts are even comparable? Is this his idea of Make America Great Again?

That’s what Bevin was trying to do with his attempt to force Medicaid recipients to work for their benefits. He was envisioning indentured servitude. Thankfully, a federal court understood Bevin’s intentions and shot his idea down.

This should be the only warning we need to recognize that Bevin not only doesn’t belong in the governor’s mansion, but probably doesn’t belong in Kentucky. His contempt for working and poor people is despicable. His self-righteousness is shameful.

If you wonder why Kentucky’s population is stuck in poverty, remember who governs and represents us — privileged white men.

Sean McElroy


Tax cuts boost economy

According to a new Gallup poll, small business owner optimism has hit a record high. Seventy-eight percent of respondents report that their financial situation is good. Better than that, 77 percent expect that trend to continue over the next year. I believe much of that success can be traced back to recent tax cuts.

As a small business owner, I’ve seen firsthand the remarkable impact the tax cuts have had on our economy. Unemployment is low. Job creation is strong. Gross domestic product growth has surpassed 4 percent.

However, if Congress isn’t able to make the tax cuts permanent, this rosy outlook may have a short shelf life.

As it stands, the tax cuts are set to expire in 2025. Luckily, a plan to extend them has been announced. Let’s hope our congressional representatives support its passage.

Stewart Perry


Evacuate or pay price

Why is it that with virtually every natural disaster in the last few years, some individuals choose to ignore and disobey mandatory evacuation orders and expect rescue crews to jeopardize their own lives to bring them to safety?

Color me cynical and/or insensitive, but perhaps Darwin’s theory of natural selection should be applied.

Mike Daugherty


Restore SNAP cuts

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is important because it can save people from lives of being hungry and not having anything on their table. Also, SNAP can save people from becoming homeless or stealing to eat.

When I first moved to the United States seven years ago, I was a refugee and I did not have a job right away. So my family and I got SNAP for the four of us, and we were able to survive until I got a job. Without SNAP I don’t know where we would have been.

We need to tell Rep. Andy Barr how important SNAP is for Kentucky. The U.S. House’s version of the farm bill made cuts to SNAP. We need to make sure he knows that Kentucky needs it.

Hiba El Azar


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