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I only ask God for one thing, and that is for you to become my neighbor.

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I hope you are very happy about what you did when you were 18 years old. You destroyed my whole life and you destroyed your life.

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It was real good to talk to my friend. I hadn’t heard from him in a long time. It was good to hear his voice and the things he had to say. Call again. Thank you.

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The leading causes of death annually in the United States: tobacco, 400,000; alcohol 100,000; all illegal drugs, 20,000; caff eine, 2,000; aspirin, 500; marijuana, 0. Legalize it. But to a certain mindset, marijuana, medical or otherwise, can only become legal when the investor class finds a way to cash in.

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The lady announcer on the Appalshop radio station does a good show, but she’s got a Snagglepuss sound that sounds awful. Lady, I am sure you are beautiful, gorgeous and a good person, but get rid of that Snagglepuss sound. Get you a bluegrass sound or a country sound or something in between.

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Anybody with a lick of sense can see through Randy Blair’s scheme to gain the office of Letcher County Property Evaluation Administrator. Mr. Blair’s spots on the radio are blatant lies. The office of PVA has nothing to do with the tax liens being sold to outof state companies. That is a legislative issue, not a county issue.

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I don’t hate you. I’ll always love you the rest of my life. I just feel sorry about what you did when you were 18 and pregnant. You are the one that has got to live with it the rest of your life. And I hope you can live with it. And I am glad you did make something out of your life even though it destroyed mine. You are a good woman and I wish you the best.

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Codell Gibson is campaigning for another magistrate in District One. Just remember, Codell, your wife is said to be planning on running for office someday, and we will remember.

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People of Letcher County, did you know that Carroll Smith and his fiscal court started this water project? They had the lines laid out and everything ready to go, yet four years later most people still don’t have any water. You’ve got a judge that is wasting money on four-wheeler trails, horse trails and a building in Whitesburg that won’t do any of us any good. You’ve got a magistrate in District Two that is telling the judge what to do and doesn’t do anything himself but be mean to people. This fall we need to send both of them to Mexico and let them enjoy themselves. And let’s get Letcher County moving again and make a place we can be proud of once again.

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He who laughs last gets laughed at last.

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Everybody in McRoberts is wondering, except for five or six committee members that are on the Betterment for McRoberts Committee, why they put up a tombstone in honor of Daniel Boone. This week they have been digging to put up one for Davy Crockett. I don’t think Davy Crockett was buried in Kentucky. I think they would have to go to Tennessee to find him. That’s sure a lot of money they are spending for Davy Crockett and he is buried somewhere else. Thank you.

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Did you think a dip in the ocean would get some of that filthy smell off of your body? I didn’t think so.

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If all you 70-year-old men want to meet a 70-yearold woman, please drive up Brass Drive. I walk every day. I would like to meet someone nice and easy going. Thank you.

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I am responding to the caller said they hope that two women get ear cancer from talking on the phone so much: That’s an awful nice message for someone to put in the paper. You ought to be ashamed of yourself to wish something like that. If it is a younger girl or an older lady, I believe I know who you are. You shouldn’t wish cancer on anybody. What if you had cancer? Would you like it? What if someone in your family got cancer? You ought to be awful proud of yourself.

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I read in the newspaper where this woman was indicted for drugging a child. I don’t know who this person is and I have never heard of the name, but I have seen it on the computer on the court dockets. She needs to be in an asylum for about 20 years, and when she gets out she needs to go to jail for the rest of her life for doing such a horrible thing.

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I can’t get over how those two members had to run people off at that special church.

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I agree with the person who called in about the mobile home dealer in London. They do have a bad attitude and they don’t keep their word. And when you say the company is in London, everyone knows who it is. There is only one big mobile home business in London. They won’t be big time for long.

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I hear Letcher County Deputy Judge Eddie Meade is not feeling very well. He looks good to me. I would like to meet him.

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You need to go back to Virginia. You’ll find out that you don’t have any friends around here anymore after everything you have done.

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I hear that Rand Paul doesn’t think the people of eastern Kentucky really believe that the abuse of prescription drugs is a problem here. If there ever has been a more dangerous person running for major elective office in Kentucky, I would hate to meet them. Rand Paul is one dangerous fool.

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Jim Ward, if you are not going to rule the fiscal court yourself, let Archie Banks and Keith Adams be the judge and see what they can do.

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Here’s a suggestion for entertainment at the Mountain Heritage Festival for Whitesburg Days: How about a mixed martial arts cage match between Magistrate Archie Banks and county employee John Lucas? John Lucas is a master of the martial arts and Archie Banks knows karate and two other Japanese words. It’s a match made in heaven.

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This mountaintop mining is destroying eastern Kentucky. The creeks are full of mud. Miles and miles of rock are pushed up on high walls. In a million years nothing will grow on rocks. The people are fools to let this happen. We are the laughingstock of the state. Deep mining will not destroy the land. If mountaintop mining was stopped, more deep mines would be mining coal.

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I knew it would happen sooner or later. The mayor has asked the city council to consider a hike on property tax, yet the mayor has no idea how much money is needed or why a tax increase is needed. How unprofessional can you get? You don’t go begging for money without a plan. I don’t think the mayor or city council has thought of diff erent ways to raise revenue for our little city. One way is to place a ‘user fee’ on prepared food. Wise County and the City of Whitesburg have levied this kind of tax for quite some time and we gladly pay it every time we buy a burger. I don’t hear anyone on the city council complain about it, yet they won’t do it here. Also, the council could place a tax on greens fees at the country club or make liquor by the drink legal. All of the above options give the people the choice of paying the ‘user fee’. Activities associated with the ‘user fees’ are activities that a person chooses to use, rather than a forced tax on property. Also, the city needs to talk to EQT at the business park. I believe all of their vehicles are tagged in other states. By tagging their vehicles in other states, they skirt around vehicle taxes and city stickers. They need to kick in their share. I’ve heard all of the same arguments before: can’t put a tax on prepared food because Hardees and The Cavalier will close down. Give me a break. All the communities around us do it and I haven’t seen one fast food restaurant or sit-down restaurant close its doors. If a four to six percent tax can close a business down, then they don’t need to be in business. And heaven forbid that we allow liquor by the drink. The ‘religious’ folks who oppose it evidently don’t look across the street at the American Legion. I do believe it has qualities of a bar. They sell liquor by the drink. I find it a bit hypocritical that none of our ‘religious’ folk have a problem with that. As far as the greens fees tax, there again, it is a voluntary tax, and I doubt seriously that golfers will stop playing golf because of a tax. I don’t understand our mayor or the city council. No one there can think outside of the box. They have every excuse in the book not to change, and their unwillingness to embrace change is killing our city and making homeowners bear the brunt of the tax burden. I encourage all citizens to attend the next city council meeting and tell them we are tired of paying for nothing and seeing no improvement in our services. I personally think we should go to the city council meeting carrying protest signs and march up and down the streets. Think about it, people, if we don’t open our mouths we deserve what they cram down our throats.

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I agree with Rand Paul that federal money shouldn’t be used for drug programs in eastern Kentucky or anywhere else. I think the drug companies should have to pay for drug programs. The OxyContin maker made a fortune off of the drug abuse. Most of the drugs come from pharmacies. Let the suppliers pay for the programs. This will never happen, because drug companies put too much money into political campaigns.

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I have a ‘Save A Coal Miner – Shoot A Tree Hugger’ bumper sticker on my truck. I attend church weekly and do not consider myself a crazed terrorist bomber. The environmentalist wackos consider me weak-minded and uneducated because I, as well as the majority of the people in this area, support mountaintop removal. Apparently the hours I spent in a classroom at Alice Lloyd College were in vain. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), which I believe stands for Kentuckians for Total Communism, and other groups advocate windmills and wind farms for energy. I wonder how they propose to construct these windmills on tops of mountains without first removing precious trees, and then leveling the top of the mountains for construction? How do they propose to construct access roads without scarring the side of the majestic mountain? Why not allow us weak-minded, uneducated surface miners to level the mountain, then proceed with the windmills? Thank you, from a disabled surface miner who was and still is proud to be known as a dumb, ignorant surface miner.

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Is Rand Paul after the drug vote in eastern, Kentucky?

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To the Christian wife who is trying to find out if her husband is cheating: I, too, am a Christian wife. My husband does not cheat on me. If he did I would send him packing. You should not pay attention, as it is most likely someone just trying to break you up. No matter how convincing they are, just laugh about it. If it were true, they would tell you directly. Thank you.

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Does anyone in the county actually use the school bus service? Now that school is back in session, it takes forever to get to work because so many halfasleep mothers are hanging over the steering wheel in their pajamas with their eyes halfway closed, driving the children to school. We pay a fortune in taxes for the buses to run, and no one uses them. MJP school is a disgrace, and there’s going to be a horrible accident there one day — and probably soon. People are parking their cars on the bypass and dragging one- and two-year-old children by the hand early in the morning to walk another child into the school. On the road. In the early morning darkness and fog. With clogged traffic. I’m sure other schools are almost as bad. Something needs to be done with the parents dropping kids off to school in the mornings. They are not being safe, and you know they would sue the pants off of the school board if something did happen.


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