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April 11, 2011: Our readers write

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Beth Adams

The good, the bad and the yummy
Recently, Yum! Brands proposed allowing food stamps to be accepted at restaurants owned by Yum! corporations. Lobbyists are rallying for Gov. Steve Beshear’s support. Yum! has financially endorsed Beshear’s re-election campaign on many occasions since the food stamp/restaurant proposal, almost assuredly in hopes of gaining his support. 
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website states that “The Food Benefit Program helps people with little or no money buy food for healthy meals at participating stores.” Clearly, the food stamp program is designed to provide nutritious food for low-income families and individuals. Eating fast food occasionally is not very harmful, but giving people fast food stamps endorses unhealthy eating habits. The Courier-Journal featured an article April 2 addressing this issue. The article quotes many people in favor of this legislation, each stating that fast food can be healthy without listing any specific examples.
Only restaurants owned by Yum! Brands would participate in this new branch of  the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP —  meaning KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut would accept food stamps. Yum! has not disclosed or even calculated the revenue this would provide them, but it is sure to be a large amount. It seems that this is more of a way to make extra money than to provide for the underprivileged. 
Beth Adams
Glendale