I’ve lived in Downtown Covington, Kentucky for over two years now. I don’t write much about other parts of Covington because I don’t live there. I’m downtown. It’s what I know—and what I know is most people don’t know or don’t care much about what’s going on around them.
Most people don’t know or don’t care that the city’s finance director, Bob Due, has been arrested for stealing public funds. At first it was reported it was $300,000. Now, it looks like it’s going to be much more than that—maybe over $1,000,000. There’s a lot of zeros in that number, folks, but most people I encounter have other things on their minds. They’re more interested in knowing if I have any change or an extra cigarette.
Am I being unfair here? Maybe. Probably. You see most people I know in Downtown Covington are trying to fight for survival as the area is economically poor. They’re unemployed, down on their luck and are living day to day—just trying to hang in there. That’s their reality. They don’t care about Bob Due and the money he stole. They don’t care about the cigarette butts and trash that are all over the sidewalks. They don’t care that prostitutes are on every corner. What they care about is getting through the day the best way they can. I wrote about their normal lives in CityBeat back in January.
I also think many of these people have given up on Covington and City Hall. They don’t trust the people who run it. Take, for example, Commissioner Steve Frank who has stated repeatedly that expenditures for the city are “heavily scrutinized.” Really? How did that million bucks get by you? Commissioner Frank, you’re full of baloney, you know it, and you’re one of the reasons why Covington, like a lot of its citizens, is down on its luck.
Some of us are still interested in what’s going on here in Covington. If you’re like me, I wouldn’t count on the local daily paper or the television stations to keep you informed. The Covington News page on Facebook is probably the best source. They have been on this theft story like white on rice. I’ve had one City Commissioner contact me suggesting I not associate myself with them. “Too negative” the commissioner told me. No—not negative, sir. They’re just reporting the facts.
I don’t think I’m making any secret that I think the City of Covington needs to make some changes in its leadership. If we seriously make some changes, maybe those people down on their luck will see a light at the end of the tunnel. They will see some hope and maybe get interested in their city again. Maybe that’s not a reality, but it can be a goal.
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