Lexington Herald-Leader: KY faces a terrible COVID Christmas, scary New Year. But ‘freedom fighters’ bury their heads.


Darren Hardy is in a bind.

He’s the finance manager at a Chevrolet dealership in Manchester, and thanks to COVID-19 and general worries about the world, people are not buying many cars. Like 40-50 percent less than usual.

Hardy, who was laid off between March and May of this year, said he’s gotten through thanks to the federal COVID-19 CARES Act, which helped him pay bills, along with suspending his student loan payments until Dec. 31. But now, he’s still not making much money, and the roughly $300 in loan payments could break him. He owes close to $40,000 altogether.

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