2013-05-01 / Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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I wanted to agree with the person who commented that it’s not fair that Arlie Boggs Elementary School staff are allowed to bring iPods and cell phones to school when students are not. I also wanted to add that it is not fair that students do not get to drive to school, purchase tobacco or alcohol, vote, enlist in the military, get tattoos, play the lotto, sign a legal contract, adopt a child, work 40 hours a week, enter the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, or get a Sam’s Club membership. Schools should not be able to make rules for the students to follow. I mean come on, people, these elementary school students are adults and should treated as such.

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I personally believe admission should not be charged to the recreation center the county built itself. This is pretty much double taxation. What happens when all these coal miners inevitably lose these jobs? Their own children cannot attend this recreation center they themselves built. This place will make enough money by its extracurricular activities such as parties. Those should pay the employees. This doesn’t need to be another fat cat place for three or four people to sit — one who runs it, one who runs the people who run it, and one who runs the people who run it and so forth and so forth down the line — all making $50,000 to work in a county such as Letcher. No. Stand together. Stand strong. Let’s let everyone play at this recreation center. No child should be left behind. Imagine being the child who couldn’t afford to shoot basketball in Letcher County now. Imagine the child who can’t climb the wall. Let these kids play inside the recreation center now. Not tomorrow, today.

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I wish a certain woman knew what her man was doing at work every night.

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I know a couple of businesses that are going to be audited. If I was them I would be getting my ducks in a row. I know for a fact the Attorney General has already been called, and they know the employees who are working there are not being cut taxes. I would go ahead and straighten everything up.

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I wish Obama would have to live in eastern Kentucky for one year and have to walk in our shoes. I wish he would have to look kids in the face with them hungry and then he would have a whole different opinion of mining coal. That is a bad thing to have to look at your family and tell them you aren’t going to have any power tomorrow because you don’t have a job because the President did away with them. He is letting people go hungry here just over a block of coal. I just don’t understand that. I wish he had to walk in our shoes for about a year.

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To a certain person: You are the one and only in my life. You are my angel and I do truly love you.

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So, they had to release the man falsely accused of mailing ricin. Reminds me of the attempted hoax perpetrated by our very own best example of little man syndrome.

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To those of you who want to be raptured first: Go ahead. Personally, I think I am going to wait for the real Christ because the first one who comes is the antichrist. Go back and read your Bible real carefully.

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I have suggested May to be the month of ‘Kill Thy Neighbor’s Cat Month.’ I want everyone to get out and enjoy themselves. I am so excited that I am hardly contain myself.

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First of all, I want to thank Speak Your Piece for providing people the forum that you provide the people of Letcher County. Second, I want to again thank Terry Adams and Wayne Fleming for standing up to King Jim Ward and the absentee invisible Magistrate Codell Gibson of District Three. I really appreciate them trying to do the best they can for the county. I want to give a big thumbs down to the letter to the editor from William Banks of Whitesburg. He posed some really ridiculous statements and questions concerning the recreation center. Nobody that I know of has ever said anything about destroying the rec center or closing the rec center. I have only heard them talk about funding the rec center and keeping it open and letting low income people get some use out of it.

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To the woman on Big Cowan: Your vehicle was involved in an accident and nothing was ever done about it. I think it needs to be looked into.

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To the Obama lover: Are you one of those one out of five people living in poverty and having welfare babies so you can get on that WIC program? Have you gotten that free Obama phone yet? If you have, stick it wherever, that way when it rings you know it is time to go to the bathroom. Crumb grabber, what are you going to do when there are no more crumbs?

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Just a thought on the recreation center that has brought about so much controversy about fees and people being able to afford to get in: Why not say donate what you can to get in, whether it be $1 or $5 or whatever you can afford? That way every child can afford to get in. Money is money and it will soon add up. That is just an idea. That way you can pay what you can and everyone can enjoy the facility. I think that will appease everyone.

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How come the motel formerly known as Super 8 in West Whitesburg has changed its name to Whitesburg Motel or something like that? Is it no longer a part of the Super 8 chain?

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I’m sure some of you are wondering what our comments in Speak Your Piece are all about. All we want is for the church to put more money into helping the needy in Letcher County. The following things will build the church up, and I’m sure the Kentucky Southern Baptist Association will approve of them. 1. Make things right between the secretary and the custodian who were terminated. You know what must be done. 2. The backpack program for the 10 Letcher County schools needs to be extended to feed those children seven days a week, 365 days a year. Food is needed to be provided for this program. There are roughly 200 children participating in this program and there are many others donating. So this is not difficult. 3. Provide Christmas shoeboxes for all children in Letcher County who live below the poverty level. 4. Have a store or giveaway house where the needy can go and get needed items such as clothes, shoes, household items, personal items and so forth. The Salvation Army may help with this. 5. An orphanage is desperately needed in this area. Children are being abused and neglected every day and need a safe and dependable home to go to. The old Kingdom Come schoolhouse at Linefork would be the perfect place for this. 6.Poor families in this area need help with food, especially with meat at Thanksgiving and Christmas. None of these requests are impossible and would make Christians feel proud to be a part of these programs. It would increase attendance and offerings at the church. We await your response. We are led by God.

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I’m pretty sure the large majority of folks in Letcher County agree with what William Banks had to say in his letter to the editor about the Letcher County Recreation Center and the two magistrates who appear to be trying their best to destroy this first-class operation through any number of sad political tricks, including class warfare. While I believe that Mr. Banks’s grandfather, Lloyd Brown, would have been proud of his grandson’s letter, he may also have told him that the next time he writes something people need to read he might want to use wording that is easier to read and understand. That said, Mr. Banks did a pretty darn good job of exposing Magistrates Wayne Fleming and Terry Adams for what they are — troublemakers who will stop at nothing when it comes to stirring up controversy for their own political gain. The question I would like to have answered is this: Have any poor children actually been turned away from the rec center because they didn’t have money to pay for their admission? I have a hard time believing anyone could come up with hard and provable evidence that something like that has ever occurred. I don’t use the rec center myself, although I certainly should. I do drive by the building quite frequently, however, and see the parking lot filled trucks and automobiles that by no means are owned and operated by the ‘rich’ folk Fleming and Adams tell us are the only ones who use the facility. These two magistrates and others who make these false claims about the rec center being closed to the poor and working class should be ashamed of themselves. Them and their arguments are being very destructive to our county at a time when we really don’t need that kind of nonsense.

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I love it when The Mountain Eagle screams on behalf of the people of Letcher County like in this latest issue when you finally expose the Letcher County Board of Education for trying to close important meetings to the public. I hope The Eagle doesn’t stop here. The next thing you ought to do is try to figure out how many closed meetings the school board has held wrongfully over the last 10 years and try to find out what in the world the board members and superintendent were hiding from the public during those sessions, many of which lasted well over an hour. Call me a dreamer, but I have faith our new board chairman will realize this type of behavior has been wrong, and that he will put an end to this foolishness of the school board hiding the public’s business from the public.

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This is to all the preachers who preach just what the people want to hear: You should preach hellfire and brimstone, because this tickling their ears is not going to get them into heaven. It’s just going to make them think they are in the right when they are not. When time goes for the judgment, they are going to be sorry they were afraid or ashamed of the gospel.

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Don’t expect any outstanding candidates for superintendent of Letcher County Schools from outside this immediate area to get the job. Like in most eastern Kentucky school districts, the job will be filled from within. We’re strictly a closed shop — no outside help needed or wanted. The job is usually considered a birthright, an entitlement, or ‘it’s just my turn.’ Most potential candidates know the situation here. It’s been that way for a long, long time. Will the Letcher County Board of Education prove us wrong this time? Not likely.

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They greatest comment ever made about Letcher County was printed in Speak Your Piece around the middle of the 1980’s and said something to the effect of this: If ignorance were bliss, Letcher County would be the most blissful place on earth. All these years later, a quick look at Facebook, Topix and Speak Your Piece will show the originator of those words to be on the mark more than he or she could have ever known. I don’t know if it’s a lack of good public education, laziness or just pure incompetence, but there are so many ignorant people in this county it is downright frightening. Sadly, it’s those fools among us who are neither afraid nor ashamed to make poorly informed comments on subjects they clearly know very little about. People, please do a little research on whatever subject you feel the need to comment about before you go and throw your twocents’ worth at us.

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There is a fellow in our community who goes to church sometimes. He even claims to be a Christian. He draws disabled social security. I wonder what his disability is because he goes by and steals railroad ties from our park and loads them up. Then he goes and runs a chainsaw, Weed Eater and bulldozer. He does auto work. It makes you wonder about his disability. By the way, I have sent a real nice video of him to the Social Security Administration. I hope his disability is something other than physical. It may just be a mental disability.

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If the Letcher County Board of Education is serious about cutting costs, I would like to make a suggestion — get rid of some of the administrative deadwood in the central office. How can we justify the administrative costs we have with the continued decrease in student enrollment? There is just something wrong with that picture.

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In regard to William Banks’s letter to the editor in last week’s Mountain Eagle about the rec center and its magistrates, I believe he is spot on. I believe he understands the situation fully. I’d like to say kudos to him for saying what a lot of us are already thinking.

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I hated what happened to Richie Farmer. I just couldn’t believe it. I think he is a good fellow and a good person. He just wasn’t a professional politician. Richie is just a good man who got caught up in something. He just isn’t a professional politician like some of these other people.

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I think it is getting bad when a fellow can’t find work around here. Call 633- 3891 if anyone has any work to offer.

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To a Speak Your Piece caller: I don’t know who you are talking about when you talk about the woman who keeps her shades closed at night, but any respectable woman would.

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This is to a certain mayor: I guess it may be legal for you to build or repair certain sidewalks in the city limits where family, friends and ex-sister-in-laws live. You just do it in spots, skip houses and go to theirs. But when did it become legal to fix their driveway? You used real thick concrete and did a whole driveway on private property. I would like for you to give me an answer back on this. I know you read Speak Your Piece because you like to see if anyone is bragging on you. You like to stick your chest out and be seen and heard. Everyone knows it so give us an answer. Okay?

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Why would you want to move people on dialysis away from a hospital where doctors and nurses could help them in case of an emergency? Also, most patients live closer to the location the dialysis center is in now. In winter the roads are dangerous to travel. The most important thing should be the dialysis patients. They have to endure a lot already.

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