Letter writer wrong about BBB directory
A recent letter outlined a problem the writer had with a local oil-change company and his dissatisfaction with the outcome of a complaint he filed with the Better Business Bureau.
The letter writer said the company "is listed in the BBB Accredited Business Directory," which we distribute annually. He encouraged people to "throw it away."
We feel compelled to respond, since this company is not listed in the current BBB Accredited Business Directory. He could not have obtained the company's name from the BBB Accredited Business Directory in 2010, the year in which he filed the complaint, because it was not listed then, either.
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The company he dealt with has not been listed in the BBB Directory for several years.
We issue new directories each year so that consumers have updated information about businesses that have committed to ethical business standards by promising to address complaints, through their invitation to BBB accreditation.
Countless consumers have successfully utilized the BBB Accredited Business Directory to start their search with trust when looking for reputable businesses.
We thank those businesses who support us in our non-profit organization's mission so that we can provide the publication and all of our services free of charge to the people of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
President & CEO BBB of Central & Eastern Kentucky
It has come to my attention that restaurants in Central Kentucky are serving foie gras. For those of you who do not know what this is, the male geese are held in small cages and made grossly overweight until they are slaughtered for just one part of their body. The female goslings are mostly destroyed because only the male is used for this disgusting dish.
Lynn Fish Blacketer
Rigged tax system
For several weeks we have been consumed by the budget debate in Congress. To listen to most politicians tell it, the problem is simple: We spend too much on entitlements, so the poor and powerless must tighten their belts. This is simply incorrect.
While no one wants government waste, the real problem we face is a revenue problem. Tax day having just passed, I am acutely aware of the federal income taxes I must pay. But not everyone is paying their fair share. During 2010, massive corporations, some of which had received government bailouts, made record profits. Many of these same corporations have been able to buy political influence and use it to have our elected representatives craft a tax code that massively favors the rich and corporations.
There are numerous examples of tax avoidance available. The status quo is not only un-American, it is also immoral.
Corporations are not the only parties to blame. Our elected representatives in Congress are responsible for the tax law as it stands now, and only they can bring fairness back to the table. It is time the American people told our representatives enough is enough. We are tired of a system rigged against ordinary citizens.
Will J. Kinnaird
'Me' vs. 'we'
Folks, I reckon I am spokesperson for this poor Democratic Party here in Kentucky. The Republicans are all about "me." the Democrats are all about "we." The Tea Partiers are all about "cut spending." We poor Democrats aren't able to do anything as things are now.
The conservatives are all about telling all of us what we can do and what we can't do. The Tea Partiers are all about enjoying the milk and honey of the land while keeping the rest of us pinned down.
So, if the Republicans get their way, we poor Democrats will never get anything but bread crumbs.