Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Dec. 18

In April 2011, Dr. George and Tiffiney Veloudis (right) installed an enclosed playhouse for their son Cooper (being carried) at their then-home in the Andover Forest subdivision, a structure which was prohibited by restrictions on the homeowners' deeds.
In April 2011, Dr. George and Tiffiney Veloudis (right) installed an enclosed playhouse for their son Cooper (being carried) at their then-home in the Andover Forest subdivision, a structure which was prohibited by restrictions on the homeowners' deeds. ©2011

Study, editorial misrepresent Yum's taxes, contributions

I am submitting this letter in response to the editorial, "Get corporations to pay more taxes," which says Yum Brands is paying little corporate taxes to the commonwealth and implies that it is not paying its fair share as a result.

Yum Brands, a global corporation operating and paying taxes in most states, has paid millions of dollars in taxes to Kentucky, including income taxes.

In addition to corporate income taxes, the company remits payroll taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, sales taxes, worker's compensation and property taxes while our employees who live and work here because we chose Kentucky as our home 14 years ago also pay income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes.

Sadly, the report the Herald Leader used as the basis of its misguided and misleading editorial not only got income tax wrong, but ignored all of the other taxes that corporations and their employees pay and even admitted as much.

Yum Brands is proud to be headquartered in Kentucky and to contribute to the commonwealth in many ways, including charitably and by paying our taxes.

We welcome the debate about corporate tax fairness at both the federal and the state levels to ensure U.S.-based companies can compete fairly in an increasingly global economy.

Unfortunately, this debate is not helped by studies that openly admit their limitations and the misleading press like the Herald Leader editorial that results.

Jonathan Blum

Senior Vice President and Chief Global Public Affairs Officer

Yum Brands, Inc.


Bush debacle ends

The Iraq war has finally ended and President Barack Obama should get credit for that.

The Republicans inexplicably want to stay longer in Iraq, and that should have most sane people questioning their mental ability.

The war in Iraq was based on lies about weapons of mass destruction that did not exist.

The Republicans have not learned their lesson as most of the presidential candidates now want to start a war with Iran.

The next time you hear Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich say that we will not "allow" Iran to get a nuclear weapon ask them if they will start another war to prevent it from happening.

Americans would not tolerate another failed Republican war in the Middle East. Thanks to Obama for ending the Bush debacle in Iraq, winning the war in Libya, and killing Osama Bin Laden. That's enough to earn my vote.

William Hurt


No to occupation

John McCain, senator from Arizona and failed presidential candidate, recently criticized the president for withdrawing every last troop from Iraq, leaving it to private security forces to defend diplomats and the giant embassy being built there.

McCain also complained that the United States would lose everything we gained in the war in Iraq if we don't leave a residual force of thousands of soldiers. This would be an occupation.

Leave aside the fact that the Status of Forces Agreement, of which McCain is well aware, is a Bush-era agreement signed before our current president took office.

The Iraqis wanted us out of Iraq. What sovereign country wants an occupation force on its soil? As for losing everything we gained in Iraq, unless you count those phantom WMDs that didn't exist, what did we gain?

Norman E. Goldie Jr.

Mount Sterling

Peace poles

I was delighted to see the Dec. 6 front-page article, "Shock across the Pacific," which featured my friend, Hinako Regier.

Having worked closely for a number of years with her and her late husband, Austin, on the Church & Society Committee at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church, I have firsthand knowledge of their desire to make this world a better place in which to live.

As I read about Hinako's mission of speaking out in the name of peace, I was reminded of Peace Poles that she introduced to Lexington.

Even now, as I sit at the traffic light approaching Tates Creek Road from Armstrong Mill Road, I look at Trinity Hill church and think about the lifelong efforts of this dear lady and the minister she married in the late 1950s. Little did I know what they had already endured, however, I now have reminders such as the newspaper article, a copy of Austin's book and that Peace Pole.

When you find yourself sitting at that intersection perhaps you, too, will observe the pole. While doing so, I hope you appreciate everyone and everything it represents.

Ginger Camenisch


Family needs UK

Thank you very much for the article about the unfortunate status of the University of Kentucky genetics department. We are parents of a child with NF1 (neurofibromatosis). We have received excellent care from UK genetics and Dr. Carolyn Bay.

She helped us navigate step by step through unknown parental and medical territory. We need UK to be there for us in multiple disciplines for the long term. Yes, there are other specialists in other cities and out of state. This is neither convenient, cost effective or sustainable for a child with long-term care needs.

Long car rides for a child in pain are torture. We live in Lexington and are proud of UK. Please, UK, come up with a plan to make UK genetics and long-term care for children (without cancer) a beacon in this state. We are counting on you.

Jill Livesay