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Letter to the editor

Stand for something Editor, The Sun: There will undoubtedly be autopsies performed on the Kentucky Democratic Party in the coming weeks, but I'd rather focus on a plan for the future, not a postmortem of what went wrong. The fact is, many people already know what's been going wrong for some time: very few, including Kentucky Democrats, know if the KDP stands for anything that may be seen as controversial. In Midway, we've proven that a socially progressive agenda can perfectly coincide with a common-sense approach to job creation, infrastructure, and quality of life. Despite passing what some opponents called a "job killer," our fairness ordinance hasn't resulted in the loss of jobs, but rather, a dramatic increase in them. We are experiencing a nearly 100 percent increase in jobs in our city since our civil rights bill was passed. That's not to say that these jobs were created because of the ordinance, but they certainly weren't deterred by it. Increased revenue has allowed us to begin to invest in programs that are resurfacing roads, fixing sidewalks, upgrading our water and sewer systems, and making enormous improvements to our city parks. I serve as the mayor of our city in a non-partisan office, and I'm thankful for it. But I am a registered Democrat, and proud of it, even if only because I find the Republican Party mostly unappealing. But I have many Republican friends, and today I'm telling them one thing they must be proud of - at least I know where they stand. If I understand anything about politics, it's this: you have to stand for something that might get you criticized before you can achieve anything worthwhile. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, Midway

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