Letters to the Editor: Feb. 14

February 14, 2013 

Pyramid scheme, or just corporate business as usual?

I am not a member of Fortune Hi-Tech or any network marketing business. However, I wish the Jan. 29 article, "State, feds seize marketing company," had not been quite so inflammatory.

I wish it had pointed out that the standard business models for most all businesses and corporations are, by definition, pyramids.

There's an owner/president at the top (who usually makes more money than anyone else and makes money off the work of those beneath him/her). Then there are vice presidents (or similar positions) making less than the person above them and more than the person below. Then there are the officers of the business or corporation (ditto for the income they make and how they make it), then district representatives, managers, department heads and finally the workers in general.

Those doing the bulk of the work are the ones who generally make the least money and those above them enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The United States government is the same pyramid model, if you stop and look at it.

So the word "pyramid" shouldn't be used as if it were some intentionally fraudulent method of running a business. However, the majority of John Q. Public never takes the time to stop and think about that.

C. Wayne Baker


Union money sacred?

Herbert Reid and Richard Knittel's Jan. 20 column, "Corporate money drowns out voting rights," decried the Citizens United decision and railed against "corporate spending on politics."

They contemptuously noted the Roberts court's decision permitted corporations to spend unlimited amounts to influence elections. They continue that, "The notion that money is speech is a harmful doctrine giving unfair advantage to corporate and financial elites."

I eagerly read on, expecting to find similar outrage at the corrupting influence of union money. After all, the automobile bailout provided billions of taxpayer dollarsto unions to plow into Democratic Party coffers. Alas, I found not one word.

I sure wish these learned gentlemen had explained why corporate money corrupts while union money doesn't. Perhaps those notable words of Babyface Nelson, during a bank robbery, from the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, are applicable: "Jesus saves, George Nelson withdraws." Corporate money corrupts — union money edifies.

Dave Rosenbaum


Paul's building bad rep

When Sen. Rand Paul viciously attacked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, telling her that had he been president, he "would have relieved you of your post," I know I would have had to walk out of the hearing room.

Thank God he's not our president and never will be. Paul is a disgrace to our state and should be removed from office. Thanks to him, the victims of Hurricane Sandy will remember he voted to not help them when needed. So far, he has done nothing right that I know of.

Clinton, on the other hand, is widely considered to be the best secretary of state we have ever had.

Ed Plonski

Russell Springs

Senator was correct

The progressive liberals were out in force to denounce Sen. Rand Paul for confronting Hillary Clinton.

It is fun to see them squirm and blame anyone around in order to take the heat off of the actual guilty party. Clinton and President Barack Obama have conspired to mislead on the Benghazi tragedy for so long it is hard for them to hear that there are consequences for major and deadly mistakes made on her watch.

Do these people think they are above answering for their blunders? Paul doesn't think so. Fifteen people in my office agree with him.

Charles Tipton


Traces of Bunning

Just when I thought we had lived down the embarrassment of Jim Bunning and his antics, lo and behold, here is Sen. Rand Paul following in his footsteps. And maybe doing him one better.

Linda Sutherland



If I were president I would demand an investigation into Sen. Rand Paul's guns-for-Turkey intelligence fiasco. He suggested that the Benghazi tragedy was the result of a U.S. gun-running operation leaving Libya and going to Turkey and then to Syrian rebels.

When did Paul know what he did not know?

John Kowynia


Helping hands

On Dec. 30 I was on my daily walk when I slipped on the ice and broke my hip. Within minutes a lady at the stop sign got out of her vehicle to help.

A doctor and two other men stopped to help. They called an ambulance, which got there within minutes. I was taken to the hospital.

Although I don't know them, I thank them. It's nice to know that there still are nice, kind people in the world.

William Robbins


Telecom update needed

Anti-growth groups diminish poor Kentuckians' opportunities.

For years, fearmongering groups like the Kentucky Resources Council have cried "the sky is falling" while vehemently opposing legislation that would encourage investment in the commonwealth.

Now, this group is attacking commonsense legislative proposals that increase access to wireless technology by updating Kentucky's antiquated telecom regulations.

The KRC hypocritically touts protecting underserved Kentuckians while denying the very kinds of reforms that would afford them greater economic opportunities.

While this group spreads misinformation — including Tom Fitzgerald's recent Herald-Leader op-ed framing support for modernization as a ploy by big companies — it willfully ignores the truth, not to speak of the big picture.

Residents in states that have updated their laws have not lost basic service or access to 911.

Additionally, telecom companies like AT&T, which Fitzgerald pettily picks on, are in the process of investing billions of additional dollars in various states in the form of new cellphone towers and expanded wireless service in inadequately covered areas.

How much of that investment lands in Kentucky depends on lawmakers' willingness to look past fearmongering rhetoric and toward the Bluegrass state's future.

Jim Waters

President, Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions


Cost savings for SEC

With tuition going higher and higher each year, I have an idea that would help all the Southeastern Conference schools save a boatload of money, and they won't need coal money for a new lodge.

Why don't they schedule both the men's and women's basketball teams to play the same team in the SEC at the same time frame?

For example, when the men's team goes to Florida to play the Gators, why don't they schedule the women's team to fly with them and play the Lady Gators either before their game or after the men's game?

During these bad economic times it just makes sense to have both teams take the same flight to cut the cost in half. The other SEC teams would do the same when they come to Lexington to play.

Pat Doyle


Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service