Blaming Obama’s America 1st

WASHINGTON Can we govern ourselves in the next two years? Do Republicans have any interest in accomplishments that might even indirectly benefit President Obama? These questions were hanging over this week’s meeting between the president and congressional leaders, an encounter that could set the tone for the next two years. Grounds for optimism are thin. The most striking aspect of […]

Please pat me!

A revolt is apparently growing at the grassroots level — being fanned by politicians and rightwing talking heads — against the new procedures being used by the TSA to ensure that people with bombs and weapons don’t get on airplanes with you and me and our loved ones. If you ask me, it’s ridiculous. The revolt, I mean. Are people’s […]

Nuke threat not partisan issue

By FROMA HARROP The recently leaked diplomatic cables reveal both Arab and Israeli horror at a nuclear Iran. Last year, Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, evidently told the American ambassador that the world had 18 months or less to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, warning “any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.” Bahrain’s King Hamad sent a […]


Loose bolts may be cause of major excitement

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: The engine on my ‘97 Pontiac Bonneville FELL OUT while I was driving 55 miles an hour yesterday! Luckily I am fine. Had it happened mere seconds sooner, I would have been in a lake, as my steering and brakes were rendered useless. So, how could this happen? I heard a loud CLUNK first, and thought […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years December 1, 1960 Final 1960 census figures put Letcher County’s population at 30,102. Populations of individual towns are: Fleming, 670; Neon, 766; Jenkins ,3,202; McRoberts, 1,363; Seco, 531; Whitesburg, 1,774.  As a result of the U.S. census report of Letcher County’s population, county magistrates stand to receive pay […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) At this time you might want to resist that otherwise admirable Aries penchant for getting to the heart of a matter quickly. Keep in mind that a delicate situation calls for patience. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your aspects favor more diplomacy and fewer direct confrontations when dealing with a relationship problem. Avoiding […]


RECAPS – 11/22-26 ALL MY CHILDREN Æ Angie overheard Amanda talking with Jake and learned that Jesse knew the sex of her baby. The jury was ready to deliver its verdict and Jackson was concerned. Krystal and Tad had to share some devastating news to their friends. Angie and Jesse shared the knowledge that they’re having a girl. Kendall lashed […]

Jypsi to perform here Saturday

When country music superstar Keith Urban first heard the Jypsi single “Mister Officer” he said he went out and “bought it immediately (and) played it relentlessly to everyone and anyone who’d listen. It’s just so insanely fresh and fearlessly original. I love this band.” Music lovers from Letcher County and surrounding areas will have the chance to see just what […]

Famed cellist Eggar here Dec. 6

Has performed with Beyonce, Ralph Stanley, The Who and Coldplay

Famed cellist, pianist and composer Dave Eggar will perform in concert in Whitesburg early next week in support of his new album Kingston Morning, a portion of which was recorded in Big Stone Gap, Va., with bluegrass music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley. A musical prodigy as a child, Eggar has worked with artist ranging in style from rockers The Who […]

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