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‘We can make it better’ Editor, The Sun: Two articles caught my attention in the April 4 Woodford Sun. In “On the Table Meetings Attract Nearly 200,” “Hoppy” Henton spoke for a Versailles and Woodford County Fairness Ordinance. In the Guest Opinion section, two state legislators explained Senate Bill 1. This new law mandates “hardening” our schools against mass shootings. What do these two apparently different pieces have in common? An attendee at the “On the Table” exercise is quoted as saying, “Everything here is pretty good, so why should we take on (certain) issues? Nothing bad has happened, so let’s not address anything.” I assume the speaker is responding to Henton’s comments about a Fairness Ordinance. Until last year, many of us thought that sexual harassment was an issue in Hollywood or New York. Suddenly the Me Too movement showed that sexual harassment had been going on for decades in businesses, in churches, even in our Kentucky State Legislature! Mass shootings happened in schools and workplaces in “other parts of the country.” Bowling Green put the issue in our backyard. Woodford County is not immune from the evils that exist in the world. We cannot ignore unpleasant realities. Everything here is pretty good, but I believe we can make it better. That was what Mr. Henton was saying. There are people in Versailles who are on the margins, possibly in the shadows. They need a recourse against discrimination, and harassment. Right now, LGBTQ people have limited protection in federal or state law. To fill that void, 10 cities in Kentucky have created their own Fairness Ordinances. These laws allow for religious freedom within the confines of church buildings. They allow freedom for private property owners. Fairness Ordinances provide an avenue for resolving conflicts through governmental agencies, like our Human Rights Commission, without, hopefully, involving the courts. The main thing that Fairness Ordinances do is make statements about a community. The community is saying we want equal protection for all people, even down to one person. The community is saying we want diversity. The community is saying to prospective new residents and businesses, “You are welcome here.” Fairness Ordinances shouldn’t be avoided, nor passed after something bad happens. They should be embraced as a statement of our finer selves. The Woodford County Fairness Coalition meets at Versailles Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Jerry Sevier Versailles


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