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Notable Kentuckians who left us in 2008 added up to many



One of the best annual features on television is the salute by CBS’s “Sunday Morning” to notable people who died in the year just ended. This space, as a chronicle of Kentucky politics, seems overdue for a similar presentation. Each year, our state loses from its public life dozens of people who made a difference — often for good, sometimes […]

Lessons learned



When I was younger, New Year’s was a time fraught with frantic uncertainty revolving around the seemingly critical questions of whether I would have a date and-or something to do. Having nothing to do on New Year’s Eve and-or no one to do it with seemed a fate worse than death, or close. For some years, the problems were solved […]

GOP can’t broaden party’s appeal by moving to right



WASHINGTON The message sent over the weekend may have been unintentional, but it was nonetheless powerful. While the candidates to chair the Republican National Committee prepared for a debate on Monday sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, a Reaganera group, the Democrats leaked word that their next national chairman would be Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia. The message: While Republicans […]

Mortgage thieves return



First come the shady operators, then comes the collapse, then comes the bailout, then come the shady operators. That, too often, is the sad history of financial meltdowns and their cleanups. The closing days of the Bush administration offer the familiar spectacle of bad actors descending on a government program fat with new money and starved of oversight. The object […]

Says community deserves own ambulance



To the Editor: This year the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department worked to have its outreach program and it was truly blessed. The members worked to get clothes and other items to give to their community. At Christmas, they worked very hard to get toys and treats for the children from wherever they came from to the fire department. The children […]

Graveyard Hollow, a good place to live



Everyone asks me, “Why don’t you write something about Graveyard Hollow?” Okay, here goes. We moved from Marlowe to Graveyard Hollow (you can call it Westwood, but I never will) in August, 1944. World War II was still going on. It was the end of the Great Depression. I am the son of Curt and Thelma Cornett. My dad worked […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

January 8, 1959 A new science laboratory costing about $12,000 is to be installed at Whitesburg High School. Bert Combs, Prestonsburg, was in Letcher County Monday campaigning for the Democratic nomination for governor. Lieutenant Governor Harry Lee Waterfield was scheduled to visit Letcher County today behalf of his race for the Democratic nomination for governor. Dr. B.F. Wright was elected […]

This guy’s got junk in his blood



Dear Tom and Ray: My boyfriend is a great guy but is prone to procrastination (or so his family has warned me). It’s come to my attention, as I try to find a spot to park when I visit his home, that he is accumulating LOTS of cars. Here’s the inventory of vehicles: a VW bus, two Saabs, an Isuzu […]

Now here’s a tip



• Keep a coffee can or two filled with kitty litter in your car. You might need it for tire traction or even to scatter in front of you on an icy walkway. • Go Green Tip: Check out the Web site www.rbrc.com to find where in your area you can recycle used rechargeable batteries, like the ones from electronic […]


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