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Ole Dave: Lexington's panhandler handling scheme inane

David Rosenbaum writes this report from on-the-scene in Lexington, KY. His personal opinion is that, in a series of inane ideas in more than one administration, the latest "End Pandhandling," is prize winner for inanity
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By Ole Dave Rosenbaum
Personal commentary

As a Lexington resident and taxpayer, I gotta say that our esteemed mayor's scheme to address panhandling is one of the most inane things that Lexington City Government has done while I have resided here.

It rivals a raid that was conducted under former mayor Teresa Isaac wherein a seventy year old man was arrested for selling two UK basketball tickets at face value within two blocks of Rupp Arena on a game night. That's agin a city ordinance.

Following closely was the purchase of a bunch of yellow bicycles which were placed in racks downtown for folks to use and return to the racks for others to use. You guessed it, folks took the yellow bikes and forgot to return them. The yellow bikes lasted less than a week.

Now there is great uproar about panhandlers.

To solve the problem, our Mayor had provided a van to pick up the panhandlers, take them somewhere and pay them $9.00 per hour to do something, not really sure what they will do, but they will be bribed $9.00/hr. of our tax money to not make our citizens feel uncomfortable when they stare at them for not slipping them a couple of bucks.

They are budgeting $50,000 for this worthy effort.

There are those of us that suspect that the 50K could be better spent on police, especially given that the front window of the Mayor's business on Main Street was shot out one night a couple of weeks ago. I doubt that the shot was fired by a panhandler.

-Ole Dave - David Rosenbaum Comments re article 90194 Lexington KY has new approach to end pandhandling

This story was posted on 2017-04-26 16:13:48
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