2011-08-24 / Speak Your Piece

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Congress thinks it has problems. In my neck of the woods the house of ill repute burned down, the mailman eloped with the bootlegger’s wife, the meth lab blew up, and I dropped my jar of moonshine that I was taking my medication with. God bless America. Ah heck, I dropped one of my pills. Has anyone seen my medication?

. You say the love of your life is your angel. You keep calling your angel in Speak Your Piece. Believe me, she is not an angel. I know who she has been with.

. I’ll get right to the point. A certain woman in Jenkins is spreading gossip and rumors about me adding heirs to my property. Well, let me tell you something, lady. I am a sole survivor in this world. I’ve buried my entire family in the last 12 years including my little sister on Christmas and my mother who died on Mother’s Day. If you don’t stop spreading rumors I will take you to court for defamation of character and slander and I will sue you for every penny you have and for everything you own. You shut your mouth or I will have it shut for you. Now you stay out of my business, you idiots. All I want to do is go home to Florida. I suggest all of you keep your mouths shut about me. If you have deterred the sale of my property in any way I will go straight to Whitesburg and get a lawyer. You don’t know me and you don’t know anything about my family. I don’t hit people. I don’t hurt them and I don’t destroy property. I will sue you and I have enough witnesses sitting outside who will testify to what you said. I have no heirs to this property but me. My family is dead. So is my husband. How do you like that? Do you feel like a big woman now? I am going to your boss about how you spread rumors and talk about the customers who come in there.

. Everybody knew your husband was running around on you. Everybody in Kentucky and Virginia knew, so don’t blame me. Don’t get stuck up with me about your exhusband.

. I witnessed a football game for Whitesburg Middle School and an assistant coach for Whitesburg was cursing the fans across the fence and threatening to whoop one of the fathers. I was just wondering how someone who is setting such poor examples is allowed to be a coach.

. To the redneck in the brick house who is making all that money and bought the new truck: You draw disability and Social Security and drive to Tennessee and make all that money. How can you do all that, buddy, and get away with it?

. Could someone please explain why a man can be fired by one school and hired by another school when he has been convicted of dealing drugs? Is this the kind of role model we want to place before our children?

. This is the man in pink who used to live at Mayking. I just went upstairs yesterday and all of my stuff is gone. I was robbed. Whoever took the stuff, you are a lowlife. If I find out who you are through the grapevine, be looking for a 2x4. You will find it upside your head. It was my stuff. You should not have taken it. Be looking over your shoulder because I am going to get even with you. Everybody knows me and most people know I mean what I say. I am telling you a fact. I’m going to get even.

. Grandma thinks she is hot stuff because she is robbing the cradle, but everyone else thinks it is filthy.

. To the old man who is addressing punk in Speak Your Piece, saying that he hides in the house like a little girl: You know good and well, old man, that if I were to come out and slap that head around of yours that you would run straight to the courthouse like you have done in the past. You are that type. I could do it easily, but I don’t have the heart to do it. I really don’t. You are all talk. You like to run that mouth through Speak Your Piece and your friends, but you are all mouth. I get more satisfaction knowing that I get to you and I get more satisfaction out of that than if I were to hurt you. That would really bother my conscience. So chill out, old man. Live the rest of your life out in peace. Okay?

. To the big Kahuna: I listened to you and you were right. America is not in as bad of shape as these other nations. My wife was out of work and they gave us food stamps and said they gave us too much when she went back to work. We had to pay them back even though it was their fault. Doctors declared me disabled. You all sent me a check and said she made too much money. I had to pay that back. I wonder how many countries America gives amnesty to that have owed us money. I thank God I am an American citizen. I am a Christian. God bless America.

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If anyone out there has a recipe on how to can jalapeño peppers, please put it in Speak Your Piece. Thank you.

(Here’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recipe for canning peppers: ‘An average of 9 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. Quality: Do not use soft or diseased peppers. Caution: Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes. Procedure: Select your favorite pepper(s). Small peppers may be left whole. Large peppers may be quartered. Remove cores and seeds. Slash two or four slits in each pepper, and either blanch in boiling water or blister using one of the following methods: Oven or broiler method: Place peppers in a hot oven (400° F) or broiler for 6-8 minutes until skins blister. Range-top method: Cover hot burner with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister. Allow peppers to cool. Place in a pan and cover with a damp cloth. This will make peeling the peppers easier. After several minutes, peel each pepper. Flatten whole peppers. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to each pint jar, if desired. Fill jars loosely with peppers and add fresh boiled water, leaving 1-inch headspace. Process in canner for 35 minutes.)

. To the voters of Letcher County: We need to be careful who we put in office. There is a big pack of dogs on Doty Creek. It has killed other dogs and cats. It has attacked a woman walking on the road. People are afraid the dogs will kill their kids. The dog warden has been contacted several times and he came one time and left a note on the dog owner’s car. He never showed up again. The sheriff ’s office was contacted. The judge’s office was contacted. No one showed up. If there is a pack of dogs that hurts a child, someone will be liable. The people on Doty Creek are fed up.

. To whoever is concerned about the Pee Wee football team at Cowan Elementary School: The reason that our team does not finish practice until 8:30 p.m. is because we do not start practice until 6:30 p.m., sometimes pushing 7 p.m. Our children do not practice in storms. And furthermore our children do not go without supper and doing homework. They have three hours after school to get all of that done. Our parents see to that. Our coaching staff is excellent and our children love our coaches. Sounds to me we have some jealous people.

. I live on Thornton and I have a small child who rides the school bus, and the driver has already screamed in his face many times this year already. I have called the school. I have called everywhere I can and they have done nothing about this. Definitely ask your child what is taking place on that school bus and then it is your decision to figure out what you are going to do about it. If we all got together and say something at once, maybe something would get done. Please respond in next week’s Speak Your Piece.

. This is to all the residents of Jenkins: Why don’t you get together and petition the city to lower the water rates? That is unreal. That is $100 a month and $1,200 a year that you are paying for water. Please reply in next week’s Speak Your Piece.

. Just why don’t they close a certain nursing home down? They let people lie in poop and pee.

. To the lowlife scum in Bee Tree who shot and killed our dog last Monday morning: Everybody heard you shoot five times up on the hill behind our house. We also heard our dog whimper as he was dying. You weren’t even man enough to call or come by and tell us that you killed our dog for no reason. We just wanted to let you know that we know who you are and we are taking the proper steps according to the law to make sure you pay for what you have done.

. Donald Trump says as long as oil companies and OPEC are in our pockets we won’t have any spending money. He says that is what is wrong with the economy. He is a Republican. Alan Greenspan said as long as we don’t figure out how to pay for the war the economy is going to be tanked. He is a Republican. The other teacup Republicans want to blame Obama for the economy. Until we face the facts of what is wrong the country we might as well fight among ourselves.

. I had a friend years ago who went back to college after he finished working in the coal mines and got a degree and got a job in social services. He was heralded in newspapers as a success story. No one saw the aggravation he got because he had black lung and had to miss work. He died. I have a friend now who completed a health sciences degree after coming out of the mines and all he could get was a part-time job with no benefits. Going back to school and getting a job doesn’t really pay except for teachers who teach the people that are going back to school instead of going back to work. God bless you.

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The school board is going to vote for a property tax increase at the next board meeting. Be there to protest and let your school board members know they are doing people wrong. They want to close Arlie Boggs and Beckham Bates elementary schools, make Fleming-Neon a middle school and turn Martha Jane Potter and Cowan into K through 5 schools. Kids will be riding buses longer. It is a long way for the Beckham Bates kids to ride to Letcher, and even longer for Arlie Boggs kids to ride to Whitesburg. Let’s get these current board members out of our school system.

. Pikeville has the biggest cancer center in most of Kentucky. They want to talk about a cure for cancer, but they don’t want to talk about the cost. The cost would cost money for somebody beside the person who has cancer. If they talk about cost instead of cure then they would have to look at what is causing it and deal with things they don’t want to deal with.

. I cannot be friends with someone who constantly lies to me and who says they will call me right back and does not call. I know what the problem is. You better get rid of your problem, because I can’t be your friend if you are going to lie to me.

. This is to the guy who drives the Jeep and calls himself a man: A man doesn’t go around chasing young girls. You need to grow up and find you somebody as old as you are and leave these kids alone. One day you are going to mess with somebody’s daughter and they are going to wear the ground out with you. You need to back off, and you know what I am talking about.

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To the person that threw their McDonald’s garbage out at the mouth of Fishpond: I picked it up for you. Susan Adams, Payne Gap.

(Doesn’t it make you wonder what the inside of someone’s house must look like if they are sorry enough to throw litter on our roadsides? Even dogs don’t mess in their own territory.)

. Have the people at Letcher County Senior Citizens checked to see if Flav-O-Rich is the best milk they can provide to our elderly? I only ask this because my father loves cappuccino and I enjoy making it for him. The only problem is that the Flav-O-Rich milk he has delivered with his meals won’t froth properly. It’s the only brand I have tried that won’t, and I just wonder why that is. Even the skim milk sold by Flav-O-Rich at the grocery store froths, but the 2% milk delivered to our seniors won’t. Since 2% milk should froth better than skim milk that makes me wonder about the quality of milk our seniors are getting with their meals.

. Just been thinking about the Mountain Heritage Festival and how excited we all were to have the country singer Chely Wright here to perform in our little county a few years ago. She was a great country singer then and she remains a great country singer today. In addition, she is now a hero to many for the courage she has shown by coming out of the closet and admitting she is gay. Congratulations are due her on her marriage to her soulmate, Lauren Blitzer. May God bless Chely for having the courage she has. You don’t have to print this if you don’t want. It’s just something that was on my mind. And no, I am not gay. I am just a supporter of the rights of others to be happy in their own skin.

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Whatever happened to the old school board and administration for the trick bookkeeping when coal was being delivered to one of the schools. It was a totallyelectric school and it was in the board books where thousands of dollars of coal were being delivered there. Who went to jail over that? Who was the contractor? Who were the board members? Mountain Eagle people, why don’t you find this information for us or are you bought off, too? This is how school tax money is spent in Letcher County.

(That issue received much publicity in this newspaper and in other papers across the state in the early 1990s and has long been settled. It resulted in a school board member losing his position.)

I hear the Letcher County Schools are raising property tax rates the maximum amount possible without holding public meetings to discuss it. I wouldn’t mind that so bad if the system wasn’t so mismanaged right now. New vehicles bought by the central office while 13 teachers are laid off and not called back? That is okay, just make class sizes a little bigger (34 -36). Do the coaches have a school board car? One former coach did and had his gas paid to Pikeville and back every day. Oh, with a board vehicle comes a gas card. Board vehicles need to be parked at the board office and can be picked up there if anyone needs to use them and returned there after offi cial trips are complete. We don’t need fancy $ 50,000 four-wheel drives either. The Chevy Cobalt or some other more efficient vehicle would be much more appropriate. That is all I can afford, but for our top school officials that would be roughing it. Can you imagine them driving a vehicle without heated seats? Taxpayers, be ready. It is going to cost you when you pay your utilities, tag your car, and pay your property tax.

(As is required by state law, the Letcher County Board of Education has scheduled a public hearing on its proposed tax increase of 1.7 cents on every $100 worth of assessed real property and 1.7 cents for every $100 worth of personal property (an increase of $170 for every $1 million worth of property) for Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m. in the board conference room at the school bus garage in West Whitesburg. If you or the previous commenters who spoke about the subject this week choose to attend the hearing and tell the board in person how you feel about the issue you will be the first to do so in a number of years.)

. Hey everyone. Come to the Chosen Few fifth annual gospel singing at Fishpond Lake September 9 through September 11. Come and sing with us and give the Lord all the glory. Free camping is available. God bless everyone.

. What do some people hope to prove by continuing threaten Jerome Boggs through Speak Your Piece? I think it’s hilarious how some people act.

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