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By The Staff

“Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” highlights The Oldham Era editorial board’s opinions on several local topics in a brief format. But this space isn’t just for us — we encourage our readers to send us brief opinions about subjects of interest by e-mail, at editor@oldhamera.com.  Thumbs down: Public behavior toward Chilewich projectWe continue to be appalled by La Grange residents’ behavior toward a development that would have offered options for handicapped residents. Though there were legitimate arguments presented against Chilewich Apartments at a January city council meeting where officials considered rezoning the property, the overwhelming sentiment seems to be one of fear. Residents continue to voice concerns about what a “low-income” development will do to their property values, what kind of people will be moving in and what harm they could cause to their neighbors. These residents should be ashamed they have such a misconception about people who earn less than the median income and/or are handicapped. There are federal laws that have been created to protect these groups of people from such discrimination. It is disturbing that people in this great community would be afraid to live near an apartment complex that would only offer affordable living to those who need it.We understand La Grange City Council’s reason for denying the zoning change, and there is nothing wrong with it. However, we can’t help but feel that residents’ fear drove the decision. That is a huge shame. Thumbs up: Special meeting was progressive stepA thumbs up goes to La Grange City Council for taking concerns of business owners about the city’s recently passed sign ordinance into consideration. In order to expedite the process of revising the ordinance, the council called a special meeting to hear the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the legislation — the second reading of which will be Monday night. Council members have committed to working with business owners and the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce to draft legislation that fulfills Mayor Elsie Carter’s vision of a beautiful city while not punishing businesses who already have established signs. We are disappointed, however, that the city is having to back-track to take care of this problem. Had more attention been paid to the details of this legislation when it was passed, we might not be here. Hindsight is 20/20, though. And now the city is doing the right thing by repealing the ordinance and starting over.