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In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net

This is to some of my in-laws: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined the maximum safe load capacity on my butt is two (2) persons at a time — unless I install handrails or safety straps. Since you arrived sixth (6) in line to ride my butt, please take a number and wait your turn. Have a nice day.

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I would love to thank the two fellows who helped me when I wrecked my car on the back road of town on February 9. I really appreciate it.

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I commented last week about corruption in Letcher County and was wondering if The Mountain Eagle was too lazy to do investigative journalism or just didn’t care. I think now I have my answer when The Eagle responded by asking if I called the police. Well I never thought of that one, because I’m just too darn stupid (sarcasm). If you’re satisfied with being some little hack rag of a paper, that’s fine, but we live in the most corrupt county in the country and you absolutely won’t report on any of it unless there’s an indictment. I’ll give you a tip so you can be journalists like the big boys. When you get a lead on corruption, follow it until it takes you to another lead. Eventually you will find there’s a group of local politicians that are strong arming and robbing us blind. Just a reminder — they came into power because of the people’s indifference to corruption. Please don’t be indifferent to crime. This county is your home, too, and I’m tough on The Eagle because I expect more from the people we depend on to provide us with information. I’m happy to see the fluff pieces, but what should really be in the headlines is the county’s ongoing problem with voter fraud, strong arming and embezzlement. Just do some research. Interview some of our local government employees or set up a tip line for corruption and you will never have a shortage of stories to run in your paper. Thank you and I hope you will consider my proposal. P.S. It’s totally your choice if you want to make a stand, but starting March 1, I will be sending tips, evidence and witnesses to the Lexington Herald-Leader and all local newspapers. When your paper falls behind in reporting it’s going to look pretty bad.

(Here’s hoping you send them a better ‘ tip’ than you’ve sent to us. Blanket accusations of voter fraud and embezzlement does not qualify as a tip.)

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In response to the comment in Speak Your Piece on February 2 about Green Acres Cemetery: I also have family there, but I am not complaining. This is the worst winter we have had in years, so let’s not condemn them yet.

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I guess you could call this a warning. There are two dogs on Little Cowan that come to our house and a neighbor’s house and crap just wherever the pain hits them and then go back home. None of us have dogs and don’t want any. The rest of you aren’t going to have dogs either if I catch them at it again.

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Concerning the comment about the kids going hungry if parents are drugtested before they can get food stamps: Well, if the parents are on drugs, don’t you think the kids are going hungry anyway? We are the people who have to work to pay for these food stamps. We have to have drug tests. So yes they should be drug tested. This would possibly get rid of the drug use. This is the smartest idea the state of Kentucky has ever had. I hope they pass this bill, because everyone should be drug tested — especially if they are on state- and federally-funded programs.

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Everybody talks about the death tax on millionaires and bleeds tears for them. However, if the worker dies the bank takes 10 percent and the government takes 20 percent of their 403 plan and maybe their 401 plan. Also, the credit card companies, the first month they die, they hit the family with late fees. Nothing is said about the poor workers’ death fees.

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I found the comment and calculations about power bills interesting in last week’s Speak Your Piece. I think it would be interesting to find out if any of these add-ons were actually accounted for in the rate increase. I would also like to know the total amount they collected for school taxes. Can you give us some calculations on the increase in school taxes? I believe this would amount to a considerable amount of money. I read last week our superintendent was concerned about the budget. My total add-ons were $58.79. School taxes were $19.32.

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I hear that EQT (Equitable) gas company has paid for the road on Bill Moore Branch about five times, but the officials in Whitesburg had taken the money and spent it somewhere else. What would you do to find out about that?

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I only one who thinks this now, but a certain store in Whitesburg is not worth walking into anymore. We need a new store in our area. It would bring us jobs. Plus, it would give us something else to chose from besides that store. We need to get some new stores in our area. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Whenever Speak Your Piece, all you have to do is read one comment and you will have read the whole page because all you hear is power bill, power bill and cocaine, cocaine, drug deals. That’s the whole thing.

(No one is stopping you from commenting on something other than those subjects you just mentioned.)

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I would first like to personally thank the principal of Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, Mr. Yonts, for doing a wonderful job. The kids are happier, the staff is happier, and he is trying to control the issue of folks going in and out of the building through the gymnasium doors. I am grateful. Thank you so much. You are wonderful. I am so glad you are making the safety of our children be the first priority and preventing smoking on school property.

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This is for the person who is talking about Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward and Childers Oil being back in Jenkins: Are you on crack?

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Watch out for the big, bad man at Carcassonne. He will ride over your mailbox when you are not looking.

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This message is for TVS Cable out of Hindman: You have a lot of customers in several counties in eastern Kentucky that don’t have a convenient place to pay their bills. Why don’t you all please put an envelope in your bill when you send it out? It would be very much appreciated as long as you don’t increase the bill any.

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I am a young man. My name is Jonathan Anderson. I live in Wise County, Va. I was just recently discharged from the U.S. Army after serving in Afghanistan. I was reading The Mountain Eagle a couple of weeks ago and saw where people were calling about Green Acres Cemetery, so I came over and checked it out. My grandfather is buried there and we have relatives there. I completely agree with the one person who called in about the garbage and the flowers. I drove up to the mausoleum and could not believe the shape the road is in. It is broken all to pieces. The flagpole is heading off the hill. The building in the back is cracked and looks like it needs painting. I know there is a fund. I have never seen so much garbage blown around. The Dumpster is full. It’s unbelievable. I know someone needs to pay more attention to these people. You need to respect the dead. I’m going to contact the Attorney General to see if something can be done if I don’t see some improvements. This is just so bad. I went over and served my country and came back to something like this. It was sad. I would appreciate if the owners would please do something about this cemetery.

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To the person who said, what’s on my mind would probably take a good hour’: You need to be more specific about who you are talking about. And if you aren’t, it is clear that you are just a fanatic and you are exaggerating all of this stuff about this person. Not to make you look so bad and to be such a pathetic person, if I were you I would give more information. You are going to be labeled as an idiot who likes to lie on other people if you don’t.

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I wanted to call Speak Your Piece to wish my husband, Randy Hardin, a happy Valentine’s Day. I love him with all of my heart. From his wife, Jenna Hardin.

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This is to my two girls, Angel and Heather. Happy Valentine’s Day! Mommy Jenna and stepdad Randy love you girls. Love you, Adam, Blair and Harley. We love you, too! Happy Valentines Day!

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I was in a restaurant in Jenkins the other day along with our newly- elected mayor G.C. Kincer, Magistrate Wayne Fleming and one of the council members. I just sat there and listened to them talk. The first thing I heard them say is they are going to build a beach on Jenkins Lake. They’re going to move Myrtle Beach up there, said Mayor Kincer. Next thing I know the council member said he is going to move the New York Yankees to play baseball in Jenkins. Wayne Fleming said he was going to move the state capitol to Jenkins. I just sat there and listened to all the things they were saying. They remind me of an old general years ago who dreamed all the time, Major Cooper. Dream on, folks, because that is what you are doing. Dream on.

(As the old saying goes, ‘no dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.’ We don’t know about you, but we don’t want our elected officials dreaming small.)

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Does anyone out there know when the next CNA class starts? Could you please respond in next week’s Speak Your Piece? The class doesn’t have to be in Whitesburg. It can be anywhere. I need to take a CNA class.

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This is regarding the man who lives with a woman on Turkey Creek. You can do so much better. I have heard through your family that you are treated really bad. If you were with me I would treat you very good.

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I sure would like to speak my piece. Friday makes six weeks since my son got a warrant for two old skanky things that were whipping on him and caused him to have surgery twice. I don’t know which law has got that warrant, but I think it is a rotten shame that they can’t go pick those two up. They are out scot-free and do what they want to do. Yet they can beat up on an innocent person. Whoever’s got that warrant, I hope you enjoy that $80 he paid out for those warrants because you sure aren’t going to serve them.

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Conservatives are con artists. Privately they say they don’t believe in democracy. Publicly, they say America is a republic and not a democracy. In a democracy, the man with the most votes wins, but according to the conservatives the best businessman should win. Conservatives worry more about stability than they do freedom. Conservatives are trying to take away the direct election of U.S. Senators and give it to the states. This is nothing new, but just confederate political theory. They are still rehashing the issues which caused the Civil War.

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To the person who commented about the person telling lies: It sounds like someone I know. I was wondering if it is the same person. Would you let me know what they are lying about? And I will let you know if it is the same person I have known a long time.

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I don’t know what they are putting in the gas, but it is destroying my car. And I think they need to lower the gas prices because I am going to have to go buy me a new car soon. Thanks a lot.

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Need anything filled at Jeremiah? Take a ride on Sycamore Loop. That is all you have to do.

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The charges you according to the size of your house. There is something wrong if your power bill is more than your income. I don’t want a payment plan. They are copying this from the gas company. You never would get them paid. You’d be paying the same rate, same monthly rate year round and they would end up taking your property. I think we need a representative from eastern Kentucky on the Public Service Commission. People can do without electricity, but they can’t do without food and medicine. People are struggling from the hardships of the economy. The Democrats gave the PSC the okay to grant the power company the power to hike the monthly rates. They’re not keeping the right-ofway clear like they said they would. We need a new PSC if they are against the people. We need representation by the poor and the working class on the PSC. They are only interesting in serving the needs of the big utility companies. Mountain residents are tired of being harassed, robbed and treated like second-class citizens. Everyone is not a pillbilly. This is enough to turn people to drugs. I don’t want to see people suffer. People shouldn’t have to sit in the dark. I think the PSC commissioners should be elected rather than appointed. It is not that we are using more kilowatt hours. The point is it is a substantial rate increase. I knew when they started scanning the meters what they were up to. People know how to save money and conserve energy. They don’t need to be told.

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To the person who made the comment that someone was telling lies everyday and had a multiple personality, couldn’t tell the truth and was using people: Oh no, that is all about you. I don’t lie. I don’t use people. Everybody knows me through and through. It is a shame that you are not woman enough to say this stuff to my face. Then I would really tell you what I think of you. Anyone that would make such a long, stupid comment repeating themselves over and over, you are the one who needs help.

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So they caught the old boy buying stuff to make meth. He’s gone through all you judges down there for the past 15 years. I don’t know what he knows on you all, but he knows something and you won’t do anything with him.

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We would like to wish Carl Boggs a happy birthday on February 17. We love you, Uncle Carl.

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This message is for a selfloving opportunist: I wish you would take an honest look at yourself and realize that you’re not worth what you think you are. You work a dead end job with a useless degree and think that you’re a sophisticated New York socialite. Well I’ve got some news for you; you live in a very poor region, you come from a poor family, you never were much to look at but your looks are fading quick, and at your age I doubt you’ll ever be able to conceive. And your job could be done by a welltrained monkey. So why is it you think you are worth so much? Every man you have dated or shown interest in has two things in common: they come from money and are tall and skinny. You look for men like shopping for a car — they are all interchangeable as long as they meet the criteria of looking like your first and being able to totally support you. You know this is true because you’ve admitted you just wanted someone who earned enough money that you could sit at home and do nothing. This could have happened several times for you, but they just didn’t meet your standards. Even men you claimed that you loved you gave up because your family doesn’t approve or you weren’t willing to live where they wanted to live. You are a selfish person and you know it. Now that you got what you are looking for I am just waiting for it to go belly up. I’ve seen so many people live their life the way that you do, and no matter how much they try to justify their actions and fool themselves, it all ends the same. You will live an empty life.

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Whoever spoke about Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward’s secretaries are wrong. They are fine. It’s the senior citizens’ directors and secretaries. They need to clean that house and we’ll be all right.

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I am a citizen of Letcher County. I thought these school buildings that we have put so much money into are owned by the taxpayers. How can the county and the city sell buildings and buy buildings for taxpayers to pay for? I just don’t understand it. We don’t have any say-so. When they sell these buildings, where does the money go? Does it go back to the taxpayers? What do they do with it? How many times do we have to pay for buildings? We paid $2 million for the old Jenkins High School building and now they want to sell it for $35,000. That doesn’t make sense to me. That is taxpayers’ money and I don’t see how Jim Ward and these people can do taxpayers that way and sell these schoolhouses.

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If you want to know why our water is being contaminated so often look no farther than the politicians you elected. They owe too many favors to enforce environmental protection laws. Who knows how long we’ve been bathing in and drinking the city water before we were warned. It’s sad what we allow to happen to our community.

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I rode my bicycle through your window last night and stole your honey cornbread. It was delicious. By the way, did you use buttermilk in the recipe? This is not the first time I have done this and it sure as hell won’t be the last time. This is the M.P.

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Dear Coach Calipari: When Tubby Smith was having problems he always called Bob Banks to work things out. And look what it did for Tubby. It can do the same for you.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to my sweet loving angel.

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It’s a damn shame when man suffering from cancer is smothering to death and can’t see a doctor in the emergency room because there are so many patients waiting. ARH hospital, you need to either step it up or shut it down.

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I’m calling about the recent diesel spill. This is two years in a row that this has happened. It puts such a burden on everyone it concerns. This puts a lot of people in Whitesburg and surrounding areas in a bad situation. You have to go haul water in. The hospital is operating accordingly, but you know it is putting a burden on them. Also, what about the dialysis patients? They are having to go to Pikeville, Paintsville and South Williamson. You know that is a burden and these people don’t have a lot of money.

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I want to make a request to NASCAR. This is the tenth anniversary of the death of Dale Earnhardt. For the fans, I think they owe us to put that black #3 on the Goodwrench car and let it run three laps around that Daytona 500 just before they start the race. I think they owe it to the fans to see that black #3 Goodwrench car one more time, and then I believe we can start to let go of it. I am a diehard Earnhardt fan. I would just like to see that car one more time. There probably wouldn’t be a dry eye in that place.

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Happy anniversary, Ben and Ashley.

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I would like to please ask the man who drives the Blazer to quit driving by my daughter’s house throwing out Styrofoam cups with dirty language on it. We know it is your handwriting and it has been a long time since you were divorced. You are remarried to someone who says she is calming. Well, please don’t make me take the cups to her as she will know your handwriting as well. Get over it. You are an old man. Quit acting like a teenager.

Kentucky Power Company, you said the reason the power bills are so high is because of the cold weather. Well, last winter my electric bill wasn’t this high. I have the same appliances I had last winter, never added any new appliances, and have used about the same amount of power. What’s it going to be when summer set in, because the weather is so hot people are using a lot more electricity for fans and air conditioning and such? I’ll bet that’s what you will say, and I saw your tips in last week’s paper on how to save. I’ve thought of more tips I’m going to use. I’ll sell my refrigerator and buy an ice chest with plenty of ice; sell my stereo and get me a radio that plays off of batteries; sell my electric stove and get me a small Coleman stove like campers use until summer, then I’ll set my outdoor grill up and use it. I’ll get plenty of charcoal and lighter fluid. Next I’ll exchange my automatic washer for a wringer type and sell my clothes dryer and start hanging my clothes on a clothesline. My deep freezer and hot water heater I’m selling. I’ve already had my phones disconnected, because I couldn’t pay my bill because of the high electric bill. Now it looks like DirecTV is next to go. So after all of this, my light bill should go way down. If it doesn’t, you all can take your electricity and shove it. I’m sick and tired of dishing my money out to these crooked companies. I’ll go back to using oil lamps and coal stoves. Country folks can survive, and I will. Power company, put that in your pipe and smoke it. to serve God, not man. Man cannot serve two masters. If we don’t teach our children, or anyone else for that matter, in our Sunday School or Bible study, someone else will teach them and it may not be the right way. Why are there so many churches in this county with such few members? Should a preacher not be apt to teach also? Why don’t you give a reason someday for not having Bible study or Sunday School? Some people need to hear why they should not bear false witness, or you need to love your brother whom you have seen be good to your neighbor. God will cut your work short for lording over God’s heritage.

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‘Our Tree.’ We weren’t there a lot to go camping. We went there a lot to get away to where we wouldn’t have to baby-sit, but we would always get found. Ha, ha. I once made you a frame of our tree. You’ve been on my heart lately. I would love to hear from you. Your friend.

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Whitesburg smelled absolutely horrible today. The smell of sewer was so strong you could actually taste it. How disgusting is that? It was so strong that it made you gag. People might call Neon ‘Rat Row,’ but at least it doesn’t smell like feces.

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The way the CNA’s are getting treated at the nursing home is a disgrace. The CNA’s do 95 percent of the work down there and a certain boss doesn’t care about them. The CNA’s go through a lot — they are the ones that are around the residents 95 percent of the time. They have a hard job, and making them wear white is stupid. They can’t keep them clean and their superiors stay on their backs about keeping their uniforms clean. One says white looks professional. How’s that when they get stains all over them? I would love to see this one supervisor and a bunch of other ones work a hall and then maybe they would start having respect for the CNA’s. And what is the deal with the CNA’s not being allowed in the nurses’ station? They have nowhere to do their books or hall sheets. They are the ones who are on their feet from the time they clock in to the time they clock out. The nurses just sit behind the nurses’ station laughing and going on when they could be up helping pass trays and answering lights. That is called teamwork. This would be a better place to work if everyone would help out and act like adults.

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I want to know what the heck is going on with the bridge at Mayking. They come and work a day or two, and then you don’t see them for a couple of weeks. It’s apparently not the bad weather as they’ve worked in the worst weather we’ve had. Are they working on more than this job? The traffi c there is a real headache, and it’s only getting worse as people are getting frustrated by the long, drawnout process. Come to work and work every day until it’s done. We know that you have to work on the other side of the bridge if you ever manage to get the first side repaired. Who do we talk to so as to complain about it? This has gone beyond ridiculous.

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I heard on the news that

Bible class could be taught in school for students who wanted to attend. I think that would be a good thing. I really wonder why some teachers who are in the educational system that are preachers would not want to teach the Bible in their churches. The Bible tells us to study to show ourselves improved — a worker, a student, a laborer, to learn

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You Whitesburg High School 1972 Homecoming parade and watch the 1979 Whitesburg High School Graduation on YouTube. The address for this video is Whitesburg 1972-1979 or www.youtube.com/ watch?v=g3j6XvXL49g.



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