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I’m concerned about people who park in handicapped parking. It does not give people a chance to use those spaces who actually need them. I’d like to know that why, when they are given a ticket, the ticket is ‘taken care of’ so that nothing ever happens. Something needs to be done to help these people.

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I’m calling about a certain doctor that works at the Whitesburg ARH. I recently went in to be treated for a toothache because no dentist offices were open and I was treated like an addict. Has anybody else ever been treated this way by an ER doctor? He wouldn’t even write me a prescription for Tylenol. He told me I was an addict because my chart indicated so, and that he could not help me even though I have been recovered for five years. He wouldn’t even write me a prescription for Lidocaine for a toothache, because of what my chart indicated. If anyone else has been treated that way, please write back in next week’s Speak Your Piece.

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We were just wondering what is going to be done about a certain used car lot in Whitesburg. You can’t see around the cars when you drive around the curve because of vehicles sticking out in the road and people standing in the road. It’s not very pretty looking or clean looking. Something needs to be done.

(Given the state of the
economy, shouldn’t we just
be happy that we even have
a locally-owned business
that is at least doing something

to give others something

to complain about?)

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To the man that throws parties at Isom: The love of money is the root of all evil. You may have fooled these people that live on this earth, but let me tell you something, mister, you can’t fool God. He knows what you are going to do before you do it. You better be careful on the ground you are walking on, because I think you have already stomped too hard on some toes. You better think instead of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. You are good at it, I have to admit. It just eats me up every time you do this. I’m going to say to you, have a fantastic weekend.

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I would just like to say that two people got killed last week at Payne Gap where that road is so screwed up. How many people have to die before you idiots put up stoplights or fix the frigging road?

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I would like to wish my friend, Izzy, a very, very happy birthday and I hope you are doing fine.

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This is to the school board: Everyone is upholding Superintendent Anna Craft and everything she does. What she needs to do is have the teachers, every one of them even down to the substitutes, drug tested so that we can see what is around our kids. There’s one that I know real well that had a little trouble with my kids. It needs to stop. Then you can thank Supt. Craft for what a good job she has done.

(Teachers in the Letcher
County School System already

are being tested for
drugs.)

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Holler girl 63, belated happy birthday on Aug. 27. I have thought about you all day. I love you and I have since we met in 1999. I care and think about you. When the woman-abusing pretty boy you are with now beats you and locks you in a closet for days like he did his first wife, I will be there for you and will help you pick up the pieces. You will always be the love of my life. I just wish you would see this. Holler girl 63, you mean everything to me.

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Talk about your irony. Wing-nut talk show host Glenn Beck holds a ‘Restoring Honor’ rally in Washington, D.C., then gets caught up in a lie saying he held George Washington’s handwritten inaugural address in his hands. Beck sure is all about honor, isn’t he? The sad and scary thing is that millions of people follow this clown.

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I was reading in Speak Your Piece about someone calling people arrogant and ignorant because of having ‘Friends of Coal’ stickers on their vehicles. It sounds like to me that this person is more arrogant and ignorant than we are because you are so dumb, whoever you are, for reading them. If you don’t like reading them, turn your head and get a life.

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I’d like to wish Shawn and Crystal Hollenbeck a happy fifth anniversary on Sept. 11. We love them all.

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I want to wish my wonderful husband, Shawn Hollenbeck, a happy fifth anniversary. I love you, baby. It’s been the most wonderful five years I could ever ask for. You mean the world to me. You always will and I hope that we are married 10 more years from now or 50 more years from now. My love for you will never die. I love you, Shawn. Love, Crystal.

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LCC football players suff ered a crushing loss at Middlesboro. I do know that several of the boys had the flu and this affects their playing of course. Having the strength to outlast your opponent is everything. Here are a few good tips to stay healthy: Eat protein at each meal at least twice a day. Steak and beef have the most protein. Milk products have all the essential ameno acids, calcium and vitamin D your body needs. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Stay away from the junk food and soft drinks. Eat a good breakfast. A good breakfast goes a long way giving you energy for the day. Eat nuts, raisins, popcorn and other healthy snacks. Take a good multivitamin. Ultra Mega Sports at GMC or Rite Aid is wonderful. Check it out.

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I’ve really enjoyed watching the government channel 98 over in Jenkins. Rick Hall does a great job overseeing this project. Who knew there were so many interesting people in this area?

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I’ve been reading on the Internet that there were so many swine flu vaccines left over, about 70 million that were unused, that they are putting these in the regular flu shot this fall. Google this, mercola.com. It always has a lot of good information. Be informed and research it yourself.

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People get out here and commit some crimes like stealing and then turn that around and rat on people that they are supposed to love that didn’t have anything to do with the crime. Now they are scot-free. I just don’t think that that is fair and the Commonwealth needs to reinvestigate. There are so many indictments on stealing. The ones who do it all end up with a slap on the wrist. So, women, don’t ever trust a man.

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If coal mining is our future and if coal is our friend, how come we are the poorest part of the United States? How come we have to buy our water at the grocery store? How can we have tourism if we are the snake eating its tail? Dig deep. Don’t strip.

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Hey, mister drug dealer. You’re not acting so big now are you? Have a nice day?

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You work at Whitesburg ARH. I rode down the elevator with you. I’d like to buy you for what you are worth and sell you for what you think you are worth.

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Hey, church boy. While you are beating the drums at church I am beating the drums at your apartment.

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Don’t you think it’s time we get a divorce before you try to get married again? Is that bigamy? Are you supposed to be living with someone before you get married? That doesn’t sound like going to church to me.

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Way to go, preacher. Did you get a few ‘no’ votes? That’ll get your plan in action, won’t it? You better be worrying about all of those no votes. It doesn’t feel good to know that people aren’t so crazy about you.

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Concerning the the comment about the Goose Creek apartments and a guy getting beaten up by the cop, I have to agree with the cop here. I feel pretty safe knowing there are a few cops left that will beat the crap out of somebody that doesn’t want to do anything but steal from people.

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Is it true they are comparing Archie Banks with Jim Ward and Winston Meade? It doesn’t matter. One is just as good as the other. Put them in a sack and there would be no telling which one would come out first.

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Is it true someone in the courthouse is making an early-morning call and meeting a certain person somewhere? Guess who.

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Well, I see all of those stray cats are running loose on Bill Moore Branch. I saw about five, pretty cats. Now, people, these cats belong to you. If you want to keep them, I am going to wait one week. After that who knows? Keep them on your house at your property.

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This is to my good buddy that wrote in to Speak Your Piece on Sept. 1 that he was looking for a good place to live in the state of Kentucky because he couldn’t find one: I’ve got one for you. It’s a couch box in my backyard. Dog food included. $250, no deposit.

 This is to the people on Ingram’s Creek who are allowing the vicious attack dogs to run in the road: You have my word that they are going to be tranquilized one by one if you don’t do something with them. They show up already fed. You take them down. That is what I exactly what I intend to do. If you still don’t know who I am talking about, I know there is a teddy bear in the house. This doesn’t give you the right to let your dogs attack people out in public. Either keep them behind that fence and close the gate, or you have my word once again that I will bring them down. This is your last warning.

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I was just wondering how we could help this person. We all feel sorry for her. She lives with her family and they use her. They act like they pay for half of everything when in the long run she is paying for everything. They talk about her behind her back. She is very down on herself and everybody knows she has been having problems for a long time. We all just think it is a shame. Instead of people helping her and loving her for who she really is, they use her and convince her that nobody really wants her but them. The person probably has hardly anything. It’s a shame when your own family talks about you and uses you. What goes around comes around. Right now we are all trying to get together to show her how bad she has been used. One of these days you are going to wake up and she isn’t going to be around or something bad is going to happen to her and you guys are going to be responsible for acting like you love her and are there for her when you let your other family member go to jail. It shows what kind of person you really are. You have been like that your entire life and now you have raised your son to be just like you. There are about 45 of your family members that are fixing to stand behind her to let her know what you are the ones using her. You are the one who needs help. I want to be there when it all comes down. You do something that wrong and it is going to bite you.

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All we want is for him to get help. His mother has a high-paying job. His father has never worked a day in his life because he says his back is hurt. She does not suspect that her son is on drugs. We want someone to help him before it is too late. The boy is going to die. He looks like death. His dad has him convinced that everyone is jealous of him. We just want him to realize how bad it has gotten. His dad has done the wrong things. I will say this, it looks bad for a man in his late fifties to run with 18- to 25-year-old boys. All of his dad’s friends are gone. He is the big shot. We want him to get help and this is our last effort before we call a family meeting. He has his wife convinced about a lot of stuff , but it is all coming out. We do not want to bury him. We’re doing this as a wakeup call. You had your life in front of you and now all you think about is getting pills or smoking pot. We need you to get help. You could be anything that you want to be, but you are going downhill. You have lost so much weight I wouldn’t have recognized you. Drugs are a bad thing. Drugs cannot make you look that bad, they can shut your organs down. You are on them so bad that if you don’t get help we will be burying you in the next six months. We have a place for you in rehab. We have it paid for you. All you have to do is say you want help. Your family is here to help you. Then you could get back into college. Nobody wants to be around you because you are on drugs.

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My grandchild just turned five years old. If a certain teacher ever tells my grandchild again that his feet stink, I will beat you.

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Before you teachers of English start playing that little gotcha game, let me say this regarding my speech about get, gat and git. I purposely made a couple of grammatical mistakes in order to see if any of you out there in Speak Your Piece land detected those mistakes. I know majority is a singular noun. Therefore we should say the majority of teachers is competent not the majority of teachers are competent. The subject is not an object of a preposition. Do we understand each other? Also, we should say the majority of teachers doesn’t know how to pronouce get, not the majority of teachers don’t know how. See, the subject and the verb must agree. By the way, media is a plural noun. The singular form is medium. I trust that this helps you and that you will follow the stuff that I am preaching. I know what I am talking about. And for those who think I don’t, since you don’t know what I don’t know, you wouldn’t know anyway. Get it?

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I was just reading The
Mountain Eagle
and I see where they have reunions. I was just wondering if they ever have grade school reunions like for Cowan school. I think that would be nice for this area. Thank you.

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I’m tired, too. I certainly sympathize with the old gentleman who wrote the article a few weeks ago. I forgot his name, because I’m old too. We must be long-lost twins because I’m tired of the same things he’s tired of. Like him, I’ve been shot all to hell in Vietnam. I’m tired of the general decline in morals, manners, hygiene and courtesy. I’m tired of the dirty, tattooed, ear-ringed inbreeds always smoking in the door at Walmart. Do they think I want their filth in my lungs? I’d rather have them spit tobacco on my clothes. At least that washes off and isn’t invasive. I’m tired of wading through wads of tobacco in the parking lots and gas stations. I’m tired of standing in line to pay for gas while some idiot scratches off lottery tickets. Get out of the line. I’m tired of seeing old people hobble across the parking lot on their walkers because some kid took the last handicapped spot. Whitesburg does not enforce this ordinance so I don’t shop there anymore. I’m tired of incompetent officials wasting millions of dollars on worthless projects while the county lacks adequate water, sewer, power grid or police protection. I’m tired of calling 9-1-1 and no one ever shows up. I’m tired of the same drug dealers getting arrested over and over and over. I’m tired of driving on the same road with drunks who have no license, tags, insurance, lights, brakes, title, etc., etc., then seeing their names in the paper for their 13th arrest. I’m tired of calling about something that breaks down and getting a recording that never gets you to your problem, or worse, someone in the Philippines or India who can’t speak English and has no knowledge of their job. I’m tired of people driving in the passing lane 45 mph with a cigarette in their mouth, a cell phone in their ear, and their head up their behind. I’m tired of people dressing so loud and vulgar. Pull up your pants. No one wants to see the crack of your behind, man or woman. I’m tired of seeing the mountains and creeks being destroyed by strip mining and gas pipelines. I’m tied of being afraid to bust a few heads for fear of catching AIDS or hepatitis, or some other grievous disease if I split a knuckle on just such people. And I hate having to come back to Letcher County occasionally. The more people I meet, the more I like my mule, Barney. Brushy Bill.

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It is a sad, sad day in our society. Everything our great country was founded on no longer exists. People will no longer stand together for what they believe, families don’t have the bonds they once shared, drugs have taken over in all walks of life, and if it’s not drugs that is your vice, there’s always money, gambling and sex. We have an addiction for everyone. Most every family you see is tattered and torn by one or all of these. Is there any coming back? Or are we just a society lost? Can we ever get back to the peace, happiness, and simplicity of a life like not so many years ago? Can we enjoy time with our loved ones without Internet or TV or iPods? All of these things we use to cover up what is really going on to mask our reality. We need to take the time out of the day to show the ones we love that yes, I love you and really do enjoy spending time with you. Though it may be too late for me, I still have hope for the rest of you, and without hope we have nothing. Please take control of your lives, don’t let your addictions control you. You never know, your next birthday you might be spending it with me. Just as I’m spending mine today, stuck, and on the way to the penitentiary. Hades.

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You know what grinds my gears? Sticky hair spray, politicians, stubbing my big toe, driving and texting at the same time, texting in a theater, loud TV commercials, intoxicated drivers, when the sign says ‘merge right’ and everyone passes on the left at Mayking, and that stupid Topix site.

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I read an article in the paper about Walmart hiring 60 more people for the remodeling. But they didn’t tell about how the existing workers are now getting their hours cut to pay the salary of the new workers. Is that where the ‘Save More, Live Better’ comes in? Why are the new workers getting 40 hours a week, when the employees who have been there longer get less hours?

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I am a single female and I would like to meet a single gentleman with good morals. This person needs to be financially stable or working. I am 48 years old, considered attractive, 5’6”, and I have auburn hair and a dark complexion, brown eyes. Your photo gets mine. You can send your response to Miss T.M.A., Box 311, Neon, Ky. 41840.

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I’m no rocket scientist or law enforcement professional, but they track guns by going to the manufacturer. There’s only one manufacturer of OxyContin and they can’t figure out how the OxyContin gets everywhere. I can’t either, but I can figure out where it comes from, the manufacturer. Of course, they don’t get hassled because they put money into political campaigns. They get rich off of it and the user gets jail time. What do you think about this picture?

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Coal mines are hiring, strip mines are shutting down. Deep mines used to be coal mines and the people who worked in them were called coal miners. Old coal miners defend coal mining, but are annoyed by the Friends of Coal and their hidden agenda —the license to devastate eastern Ken- tucky mountains.

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I don’t think law-enforcement officials should be allowed to take pictures of people killed and then show them to friends. That’s just morbid and disrespectful.

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Your article on Rev. James Johnson touched me. I sure hope he will make his goal of 10,000 pens. I did not have one special pen to send to Rev. Johnson myself, so I sent a copy of your article and a letter requesting a pen for Rev. Johnson to some pretty cool people. I send a request to several talk show hosts, a couple of sports teams, and even one request to Washington. Good luck and God bless you, Rev. Johnson. Thinking of you in Indy.

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I heard on my TV that Rand Paul will beat Jack Conway by 15 points or something like that. Things can’t get much better for those of us who actually do work for a living. Soon, Kentucky will finally have a United States senator who will put an end to welfare handouts, food stamps, and SSI disability. I cannot wait until that day. I’m tired of driving to work while these welfare-drawing, OxyContin-snorting fat you-knowwhats sit on their porch and wave to me as I go by. Oh happy day it will be. No more welfare queens, no more free medical care for others while I have to pay for mine. You go, Rand Paul. As a fellow patriot I am behind you hundred percent.

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I didn’t know that you could reserve seating at the Jenkins Days Festival. Well, as a taxpaying senior citizen of Jenkins, I was requested to move from my seat just for a certain council member, even though there was standing room only. But that is okay, because I know when Election Day is. It is time the citizens take Jenkins back from the chosen few. We need a new mayor and new city councilmen. The Jenkins Homecoming Days festival is not worth having. It gets worse and worse every year.

(Because current Mayor D.
Charles Dixon decided that four
years of often-difficult and oftenunappreciated

work at very low
pay was enough for him, Jenkins
will be getting a new mayor next
year. Reserved seating has been
available at the Jenkins festival
for many years, and the council
member to whom you referred
paid the standard $50 fee to reserve

a table for the Jenkins High
Class of 1969.)

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After hearing the phrase ‘terminal stupidity’ the other day, I looked it up on-line and found the following modern-day example: ‘Jason Blackburn, a 33-year-old state worker from Pike County, said that even though he is a Democrat, he plans to vote for Rand Paul for U.S. Senate. In fact, Blackburn said, ‘I don’t think he (Paul) could do anything to make me not vote for him right now.’ In conclusion, the site went on to explain: ‘So much the notion of an enlightened electorate!’


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