2009-02-25 E-Edition

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

February 26, 1959 A tip from a Letcher County resident led Kentucky State Police to arrest seven persons here Tuesday afternoon on charges of transporting stolen automobiles across state lines. A local resident observed the men changing auto license tags at the junction of U.S. 119 and KY 15 and notified state police. The annual meeting of the Letcher County […]

O’Reilly’s words upset student, 15



In an on-air discussion with ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer concerning Sawyer’s recent ’20/20′ segment on poverty in Appalachia, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly described Appalachia as a hopeless region whose residents would be better off moving elsewhere. Letcher County Central High School student Austin Johnson responded to O’Reilly with the following letter. Dear Mr. O’Reilly: My name is Austin […]

In favor of HB70



To the Editor : Voting is patriotic. Restoring people’s rights, including voting, after they have served their time is also part of the democratic vision. So why are we one of two states that doesn’t automatically restore these rights? In Kentucky the Governor can grant a partial pardon, but hundreds of applications have never been processed. Almost 200,000 people are […]

Senior citizens, call your legislator



To the Editor : Governor Steve Beshear has proposed cutting the state budget to make the books balance. His proposed cuts include some $3 million for home-based services caring for Kentucky’s senior citizens. Unless members of the General Assembly put the money back in, these cuts could limit personal choices for aging parents and relatives and force many into nursing […]

Our schools must not care



To the Editor : I got on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) website the other night to look up Kentucky state baseball records. I don’t know why I thought about it after all these years, but I did. I got looking through them and I noticed that my name is not on it. Most of the categories they […]

Let courts change mortgages



Let bankruptcy courts modify the terms of home mortgages, says President Obama and legislation now before Congress. Banks don’t like the idea, but it’s a good one, possibly even for them. We are talking about Chapter 13 bankruptcies, in which troubled borrowers reorganize their debt, not walk away from it (that’s a Chapter 7 bankruptcy). Judges can already restructure loans […]

Giving Detroit one more chance



WASHINGTON It was a terrible omen: At the end of November, just as the American car industry was hitting a wall, my dear Saturn was totaled, around midnight, in front of my house. Fortunately, no one was hurt. But it was the end of my 15-year relationship with “a different kind of company, a different kind of car.” Like many […]

Political Cartoon



Will Sawyer’s report lead to local action?



The ABC documentary “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” and its short followup stirred a lot of talk in central Appalachia this month. But what action will ensue? That is the question the people of the region, and their journalists, need to answer. Many Appalachian viewers of the first report had a familiar gripe, that it showed only the […]


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