Glad to be part of downtown revitalization
As the saying goes: When you invest in real estate, the three most important factors are location, location, location. When my company began considering our next acquisition, we kept coming back to one building in one city: Chase Tower in Lexington. We jumped at the opportunity to join the revitalization of downtown.
I founded In-Rel Properties with Charles Stein in 1985. We own and manage approximately 6 million square feet of office buildings and shopping centers across the country.
There are lots of factors that go into revitalizing an urban area. You need a balance of entertainment, retail, office and residential spaces. You need strong city leadership to create and enact a plan. You need strong business leadership to not only help existing businesses but to attract new ones. And you need a community willing to buy into the importance of a strong downtown.
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Many cities talk about creating an urban renaissance, but Lexington is doing it.
Chase Tower, at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Main Street, is near city landmarks like the Esplanade, The Kentucky Theatre and city hall.
Since January, we have significantly refurbished the lobby, gutted and redesigned every office on the fifth floor and breathed new life into the fountain area on Main Street. We have invested nearly $1 million and we don't intend to stop there. We feel fortunate to be a part of Lexington and relish the chance to do our part to continue the growth.
Lake Worth, Fla.
Caption campaign ads
When a candidate is running for office — at a local, state or federal level — their ads are not accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers if they don't have closed captions.
I am not here to point fingers at any candidates or any elected officials for their failure to give access in order for us to vote for them.
But I do not understand why they support the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the civil rights laws and still not have their campaign ads captioned.
I fought very hard as a former president of the Kentucky Association of the Deaf a few years ago to educate each candidate and official to have their campaign ads captioned.
Not only does it benefit the deaf and hard of hearing, it also benefits others who are trying to learn the English language.
So, I guess each election year, I will be writing to the editorial page to remind our candidates and elected officials.
Please sign my petition at www.moveon.org.
J. Kevin Martin
Stay out of Syria
First, I understand that there is an issue about the use of chemical weapons. That said, I feel like there can be other ways to solve problems like that of Syria, without using force. For instance, negotiation, compromise and the use of contracts.
Second, there hasn't really been any clear evidence of who used the chemical weapons. How are we going to use missile strikes on a whole country when we don't even know, for sure, who used the weapons?
Lastly, I can't come to terms with how all of this ties into the United States. Another country used chemical weapons on their own people, what does that have to do with the U.S.?
We should keep our nose in our business, worry about ways to fix more important issues within our borders, and stop trying to control another country's government by threats or actions of deadly force.
All the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in the letters to the editor about the proposed Interstate 75 connector through Jessamine County reminds me of the hullabaloo raised when four-laning of Paris Pike from Lexington to Paris was proposed.
Now, that is one of the smoothest, safest and prettiest drives in Kentucky. And, thankfully, the complaining ceased.
When the I-75 connector is completed — and it will be eventually — all you'll hear is gratitude and praise from travelers, and all the rending of garments and wearing of sackcloth and ashes by the nabobs of negativism will end. Again, thankfully.
Too much alcohol
Alcohol abuse causes brain impairment, violence, addiction, accidents, family dysfunction, poverty and death.
Yet, almost every day you open the paper and there's a new bourbon company or a new brewery opening. Full page ads say come tour these exciting facilities.
Sharon G. McGuire