Teacher, students urge court to stop use of river water

A group of high school chemistry students and their teacher are recommending that the North Fork of the Kentucky River, whose headwaters lie in Letcher County, be abandoned as a source of public drinking water. Letcher County Central High School chemistry teacher Regina Donour and several students under her tutelage attended the Letcher Fiscal Court’s March meeting Monday to talk […]

Springing forward

Wild forsythia could be seen growing on hillsides in Letcher County this week, a sure sign that spring has finally

County schools will get break

A proposal to use three days of spring vacation to make up for some of the days missed because of bad weather and other problems has been defeated by the Letcher County Board of Education. The board voted unanimously last week against amending this year’s school calendar to hold classes for the first three days (April 6-8) of a scheduled […]

County worker injured

A truck driver for the Letcher County Road Department was injured Tuesday while working on a cemetery road in Gordon. Luke Craft, 50, of Mayking, was holding a pipeline so a grader could get underneath it when the front grader wheel hit his leg and broke it, said Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward. Ward said the ground was slick and […]


With a bill that would permit natural gas drilling in state parks now appearing dead for this “short session” of the Kentucky General Assembly, lawmakers already should be asking themselves questions about the proposal in anticipation it will come up again in 2010. Let’s assume for a moment that we are a state representative and ask ourselves some simple questions […]


A bill both sides support

Every politician speaks glowingly about service to country, but few see national service as an important political issue. The temptation is to dismiss service proposals made by someone in the other political party as trivial or part of some hidden agenda. When the first President Bush called for “a thousand points of light,” Democrats chuckled at the metaphor and saw […]

Retired teacher thanks lawmakers for bipartisan work on taxes, KERA

To the Editor: Although the picture on the front page of last week’s Mountain Eagle shows two local state senators, Johnny Ray Turner and Brandon Smith, with their backs to citizen viewers, the picture does not tell the truth. Not all legislation or legislators are bad. The truth is these two state senators and most state representatives and senators bravely […]

GOP’s sliding scale for self-discipline

In his essay “Why the GOP Can’t Win With Minorities,” conservative scholar Shelby Steele almost nails the half-question in the title. An African-American, Steele contrasts the “moral activism” of liberals with conservative calls for personal discipline. He notes that blacks and Hispanics often poll conservative on social issues and that many Great Society programs meant to help them were obvious […]

Praise for breastfeeding moms

To the Editor: As a health care professional and avid advocate for responsible parenting I must address a recent comment in “Speak Your Piece.” An apparently elderly woman stated she was “sickened” by witnessing a mother breastfeeding her infant in public. I, on the other hand, would like to applaud this mother. If her child was, as the lady stated, […]

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