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I read about Jenkins Schools failing the No Child Left Behind test. The school board said ‘you can’t look back’. Yes, you can look back and should. At some grade the students got behind. I don’t mean to pick on teachers, but at some point these kids were not taught. If nothing is done they will struggle the rest of their lives. The parents will have to speak up and get some changes made. Be nice but firm. The schools are funded by our tax money, so we parents do have a say. If need be, get the state involved. These kids need to be brought up to their grade. Parents can help or other kids will help with them. In each class there is a natural learner. They are the best teachers in the world. Yes, you can have their books come home with them. Books are paid for with our tax money. If you parents sit back and do nothing your child will be behind forever. Please get some help for them and get after the poor school board. I’m not saying all teachers are bad, but in at least one grade a teacher let them down.

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I was so glad to hear that Lisa Caudill is running for Letcher County school board member in District 5. I think she is the lady. She always gets things done. I think she is the very one that protested three years ago at Letcher to get those classrooms back together for those students. That’s when the boys and girls were being separated in the classrooms. She got all of that changed back for those students so they would receive an equal education.

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I want to wish Cheyenne Renee Roberts of Little Colley a big happy birthday on Oct. 5. She will be 10 years old. From her grandma, Jackie. Thanks.

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I miss you, Homer J. Smallwood. I can’t wait until you get home. I love you. This is your angel.

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I’m kind of like everyone else. I enjoy the Mountain Heritage Festival, but I wonder if this year was just about politicians at the festival. I didn’t see anything interesting this year. Letcher County Central High, we love you and all, but I’d imagine you had eight or 10 booths. I think it should be more for the people than the politicians.

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This is to Jim Ward: What’s the deal with your name plastered all over county vehicles? Those are not your vehicles. Those are ours, the taxpayers.

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I want to wish my nephew, Jimmy Lee Blair, a big birthday. He is from Chaves of Hazard. From his Aunt Jackie.

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I was just reading the interesting article in The Mountain Eagle about all of the stealing in Letcher County because of drugs. Well, when they do catch somebody, they don’t get anything done to them. If you are a big-time drug dealer you can get out of it. If you are a little fellow, we’ll be on to you. If you steal something, you can get out of it if you have money. If you don’t have money, you are just a hurting. That’s my piece.

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I just wanted to warn everybody that there are rats at Colley Gap. So look out, people, and if you have any cheese, throw him a piece out when you drive by.

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Anyone that lets kudzu vines grow up the side of their house covering their air conditioner, DISH satellite and going up the power pole is sorry and lazy.

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America has been the most blessed nation on this earth, but America as a whole has turned its back on God. The problems we are facing now did not start in Washington. They started in the church. The churches today do not have the power they had when they started in the Book of Acts. Many churches today are not much more than social clubs where many members come to ease their conscience from a week of living ungodly lives. Think about it.

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I am calling to express myself. I know of this woman, she is in the 20- or 30-year-old range, who draws disability and has never worked a day in her life. She has three children. They all three get welfare and she also lives with the father of these children. She is not married to him. He works every day and he gets a disability check. Then they get food stamps and vouchers. I would like to know how come this has not been checked into. I reported this myself as a good citizen. That takes away from our older citizens. There’s no reason they have nothing to eat every month and do without their medicines just to buy food because someone who is big, sorry and lazy doesn’t want to work and lies to get some kind of assistance.

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Have you noticed how white some people’s driveways are with gravel now just because someone wants their votes? I’ve always heard they couldn’t gravel or pave all the way to the last house in the hollow. For example, look as you go up Camp Branch Mountain. Gravel all the way. I know the judge has to wonder where all of this gravel is going. I don’t blame the District Two magistrate for being scared of losing the coming election. I was going to vote for him until I found out how he had treated certain people. I was always taught to be good to people and treat people as you would want to be treated. Our grass cutters are very important to us. They help keep our roadways clear and our hollows so we can see around the curbs. The comment Magistrate Banks made was they don’t need a raise, they are just grass cutters. Our county workers couldn’t even get a 25-cent raise. Our veterans should get an apology from him for the bad things he said to them. These bad things will come back to haunt him.

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I want to wish my brother, Stanley Ray Coomer, a happy birthday on Oct. 5. He is from Hazard. From his sis, Jackie. Thank you.

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To my piece-of-trash neighbor in Neon: Lady, you need to clean your trailer up. You are making all of us look bad over here. You need to take care of your mother more than what you are doing. We hear her screaming and crying at night. One more time we see her come out with bruises on her, we are going to call welfare on you.

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I don’t know anything about carpentry or electricity, but if you want something broke or lost, I am the man.

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Offering a $200 reward for lost dog, black lab mix, 1-1/2 years old. Answers to Puppy. He did have on a camouflage collar. He’s been missing from the Isom area since Sept. 18. Please help us find our family pet. Call 633-2657, 335-0455 or after 4 p.m., 632-9457.

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This is to the young lady that left the Whitesburg hospital and went to Jenkins: I saw where you are single again. I just wanted to let you know that I think you are good looking and you are hot. Maybe one day the right man will come along and will sweep you off of your feet.

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I went to the Mountain Heritage Festival to talk to the candidates to see who I was going to vote for. After seeing who some of them had working in their booths, I made my mind up. I am voting for James Hubbard.

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To the lady who couldn’t get her water turned back on: Remember, God is in control, not the City of Jenkins or Mayor Dixon. God will take care of you.

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To the City of Jenkins: If you vote for Todd you will have the same thing we have now. Mayor Dixon did not do anything for Jenkins.

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Technically if you are a woman you couldn’t be a rich man.

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Every taxpayer needs to remember there are three school board members running for election. Their successes are a $90,000 basketball coach and a $60,000 football coach, both with losing seasons, the football coach’s $75,000 job for his wife, and at least five boardowned vehicles for employees to drive home, some as far away as Perry and Floyd counties. Remember this when you vote.

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I’m calling about the people who are crying all of a sudden about coal mining. I have a couple of things to say. I have a brother that’s worked close to 30 years in the mines. He has been hurt a couple of times very, very badly and he has always gone back to the mines because he is a man and he provides for his family. You babies are crying about the mines because it is dirty. You all don’t want the coal, then you call and have your power turned off . Put those windmills in your yard and let’s see how long you can stand it. If you don’t want to do that, then shut up.

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You are out running that mouth again, saying that everybody that ever worked for you stole from you. You are even calling other businesses in town and telling them that. I for one worked for you and I never stole anything from you. Neither did anyone else. Evidently you have a guilty conscience and you don’t trust anyone. I’ll tell you one thing. You better shut that mouth.

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Correction. It’s Ridge Runner, not Ridge Rider. Just so the person knows who I am talking to. Boo-hoo.

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To the woman who lives up in Stinking Branch: You think your man is home when you go to the so-called doctor, but he’s not. He’s in bed with me.

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It makes me sick to my stomach when I read comments from callers who refer to strip mine workers as coal miners. I have nothing against strip mining and am glad those workers have a job, but they are not coal miners. Coal miners risk their lives underground every workday in one of the most dangerous occupations known to man.

 To the guy that lives up on Sandlick Gap: How about a date?

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When you judge, condemn, criticize or talk about another human being, this does not define who they are. It only proves what you are.

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I have often wondered why this administration has lost all hope in everything. I can see why. They want to spend additional money on interstates, airports and railroads. That is not the real reason for this call. The real reason is we didn’t learn any lessons from the bridge mishap in Minneapolis. We didn’t learn any lessons from Katrina except for the death of many Americans that lived in New Orleans and the rebuilding of the levies. So my main comment this week is this: What happened to rebuilding our dams, our levies, so forth and others on the Mississippi River and Ohio River that could create jobs for Americans laid off on the unemployment lines right now? The Obama administration has missed the boat, this time alone and many other times for not creating jobs that would not only benefit people that are unemployed but for the safety of all Americans that live in these areas. Too many times have we had natural disasters that could be avoided. In other words, President Obama needs to start looking to new advisers rather than his current ones.

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We saw you at the festival. She sure was looking good. Were you trying to show her off or what? How brokenhearted she will be when all of the story comes out.

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The people of Neon would like to thank Daryl Gibson of Saluted Creek for all the hard work he put in to tearing down one of the oldest buildings in Neon. Also we would like to thank Carol Gibson of Loves Branch and T.J. Parsons of Beaver Dam and Mike Collins of Isom for all their hard work they put into it. Thanks, guys. Neon looks a little better.

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I am calling in regard to the person who made the comment in Speak Your Piece talking about Adam and Eve eating an apple. From what I know and from what I have read over the years I think you are mistaken. I think one of the two ate an apple from the garden.

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I would like to know how being intoxicated is calculated. I know that .08 or higher is for alcohol but how is medicine calculated? Is it blood or a urine test? They may not have any calculations. They may look for opiates or marijuana or do the walk-the-line test.

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God forgives and I don’t. You will pay.

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I can’t believe the school board gave approval for buying the assistant superintendent a $40,000 Ford Expedition. She should have to drive her own vehicle to and from work. The rest of us have to. This is how our property tax and utility tax money is spent. Someone from Frankfort should investigate how the school board and superintendent spend our money.

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This is to Mrs. Ridge Runner. I’m coming closer. I’m moving across the mountain. I’m going to have me a good time this winter.

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Luke, I’m watching you on channel 98 and we are so proud of you for what you are doing on the rescue squad. We’ve known you since you were a little pup. Keep up the good work. You are doing a great job. All the rest of them are too, but we know you more than we know the rest of them. You are doing a great job and we are proud of you.

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I think the Jenkins school system should consolidate with Letcher County because the officials in charge of the Jenkins schools are ridiculous on their taxes.

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I am in the process of preparing a manuscript for publication. The title of this nonfiction book is ‘My People.’ It involves murder, sexual immorality, mental retardation, deception, betrayal, lies, gossip and all the seven deadly sins. This book is about all the members of a family I know and have known. I shall portray he kindness and gentleness as well as the bad and the ugly, for that’s the way it was and that’s the way it is and that is the way I am telling it. The first chapter covers seven generations. I am donating a signed copy to the Lillian Webb Library and to the Harry M. Caudill Library. The reason for writing this book is a selfish one. I am out to get revenge on all members of this family who have done me wrong. The author of this book is the M.P., and I am he. Warning, if and when you read this book prepare to be shocked. This is the M.P. speaking. Thank you and good day.

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To R.A.’s mom: You want to go around blaming everyone for your son being in jail. Look in the mirror. You wouldn’t let him live with you. You picked a man over your blood. So who is really to blame? What about your daughter you gave away? What is going to happen when she finds out the man who raised her is not her real father? So who is to blame? Dear old mom.

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This is to banana head and hernia man. I just want you two to know that you don’t control the highway and you damn sure don’t control me. Anytime you wish for a confrontation, just let me know. Bellow it out, baby, and I will bellow back.

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What grinds my gears: skeletal women, big women in Spandex, white SUVs, cars with no headlights on in early, foggy mornings, druggies and drunks on welfare and SSI.

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This is R.A. replying from the LCJ: I’m doing real good here at the jail. I’ve got three hots and a cot. I’m a lot better off here in jail already. At least I don’t have to worry about my so-called friends being rats and running to the courthouse to put me here. Did all of you from Thicket Branch carpool when you came and told on me? Seems like you may need to get you a charge so you can come and visit. It’s a lot better than your house, Moo Cow. At least here you wouldn’t have to put up with all the dog poop and pee. You wonder why your arms are covered in scabs. Maybe it’s got to do with the way you live. For now, certain people’s mothers, daughters and wives are safe from my friendly charm. But I will be back out there soon, and what goes around comes around. So all of you think about what I’m going to do to pay you back. As for ponytail, my momma has done packed up and left him. So I’m going to go for now but not forever.

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To the wannabe lawyer questioning why the prosecuting attorney chose to charge the defendant who shot the boy in the head with a .22 rifle with first-degree assault instead of attempted murder: It could be because we have an experienced prosecutor who knows the law. The two charges fall under the same class of crime, making the penalties for attempted murder and first-degree assault the same, no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years in prison. The diff erence is that you must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant shot him intending to cause his death in order to get a conviction for attempted murder. With first-degree assault, you only have to prove that the defendant shot him intending to cause serious physical injury by means of a deadly weapon, a much easier burden of proof, and one for which many of the ‘temporary insanity’ and ‘intoxication’ defenses available in an attempted murder case do not apply. These statutes can easily be looked up on the Internet or at any good library. Assuming you are able to do this, like I did, you can look up the statute for murder at KRS 507.020, for first-degree assault at KRS 508.010, for the classification and penalty range of the diff erent degrees of felonies at KRS 532.020, and the statute for criminal attempt at KRS 506.010(4)(b). The next time you get the urge to run your mouth about things you know nothing about, remember how ignorant you must feel now. Hopefully you can learn from this and will always remember that it is far better to keep your mouth shut and have people wonder how smart you are than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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I am a proud coal miner’s daughter and wife sending a message to the educated tree hugger: You should get off your soapbox and get a master’s degree in a profession that pays more money and not worry about what everybody else makes. Coal miners do get paid well, but they also risk their lives every day to provide people, whether appreciative or unappreciative like tree huggers, with electricity. By the way, coal miners I know can read and write and are probably more educated than you are with your big master’s degree. You are just ticked off that you are not making the money you think you are worth, so leave the people alone that are working hard and making the money they are worth.

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It truly makes me sick to read or hear advertisements that people use God to try to get what they want. Hiding behind God, using His name for personal gain has in the past and will once again prove that self-indulgence will only lead to destruction. Politicians in Letcher County count on the voters to suffer from a certain degree of memory loss. My memory has somewhat diminished, but I do possess enough to know when the truth is not being told. Working in the coal mine has always been dangerous as well as stressful and a health risk. I as many others have worked hard, worked long hours for lower wages than we should have in order to feed, clothe, educate and care for our families. Our government has made it too easy for companies to get out of paying wages, debts to suppliers, and to a certain extent taxes, royalties, fines and I’m sure there are more. All of a sudden they seem to find renewed faith in God, hoping He will get them over this hump in the road. I myself have been taught a lot about face value in that a bad check has no face value, an unpaid invoice has no face value, nor does the signer of the check or the person that owes for services or products that they received and didn’t pay for. A person once told me that if you change the color on a door, it still remains just that, a door. If you dress a wolf in sheep’s clothing in Letcher County, it becomes a politician. I truly believe that God has no desire to be involved in political campaigns as He so often is.

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For those who like our healthcare system: You should be aware when you work you have health insurance, but when you get sick and lose your job, you have no health insurance unless you’re wealthy enough to pay for it out of pocket when you aren’t working. People say this is a Republican form of healthcare.

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I just want to say that I love space and that America does, in fact, own the moon. U.S.A. forever.

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The so-called business located in downtown Whitesburg has to go. It’s the eyesore of the entire town, and we’ll never be the tourist town we aspire to be with the likes of junk cars, etc. Not to mention the overflow on Tunnel Hill. And as far as the economy is concerned, if they are selling anything, I doubt that it’s cars. Just check the nasty black truck sitting out front. It’s only been there for how many months.

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To the voters of Letcher County: This man running for district judge was in the coal business. He leased a mine from Blue Diamond Coal Co. while the Blue Diamond workers were protesting because the court had voided their contract. This man running for judge gave the workers at Blue Diamond pure hell. Any coal miner that would vote for this scab is not a real man. James Hubbard, payback is hell.

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I received a request from a local radio station for my contribution for the fall fund raiser. Since my money is earned by working on a mountaintop removal site, I’m sure they don’t want it. Surface miners, remember the management of this station is trying to put you out of work. So let’s return the favor, and donate to some organization’s Christmas fund. There are needy children who will appreciate it more.

(Marcie Crim, general
manager at non-commercial
WMMT-FM in Whitesburg,
said paid staffers at the
mostly all-volunteer station,
attended the ‘Appalachian
Rising’ rally against mountaintop

removal mining
in Washington on Sept. 27
because they ‘plan to do a
news story on the event in
D.C. as we also plan to do a
news story on the pro-coal
rally that occurred in D.C.
on Sept. 15.’ In a message
sent to all of the station’s
volunteer programmers after

the Sept. 27 rally, Crim
said WMMT staffers ‘were
in Washington covering a
newsworthy event, as did
WYMT-TV out of Hazard.’
Continued Crim, ‘ … we as
a radio station must try to
cover all news that relates
to the people of our region,
even if some of our listeners
or programmers think we
shouldn’t. If we choose to just
cover the pro-coal rally or
just the anti-MTR march we
wouldn’t be representing all
of our listeners fairly.’)

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I think all of us taxpaying, mayor-voting citizens on Maple Street are going to rally together and just stop paying our sewer bills until we can actually flush our toilets, drain our sinks, and get a breath of fresh air without puking. Maybe we should force the good ole mayor to live here for a day or two and see how long it takes to get this stench gone.

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At the FACES of Coal rally in Washington, D.C., we arrived in Union Station, walked in an orderly fashion down Delaware Avenue to Russell Park. There we asked our elected officials to consider our requests to be permitted to continue to work and provide for our families. God blessed us with a beautiful day and after the rally we returned to Union Station in an orderly fashion and returned home. I am proud to say that no one in our group was arrested or behaved in a disorderly manner. The politically correct environmentalists seem to know what is best for us, and the wants of the minority overrule the wants and needs of the majority. I am thankful that our forefathers aren’t alive to see the demoralized people we have become. They would have banned together and all tree huggers would have been escorted out of our mountains, and probably not in a politically correct manner.

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To The Educated Tree Hugger: I agree with your remark that coal or no coal the power will still be on. The low electricity rates we have now will increase by three times, but the power will still be on. The people living on a fixed income will have to decide whether buying their medicine, buying food, or paying their power bill is more important in that month’s budget. This, I’m sure, is no concern of yours in your lofty, self-appointed, position of prominence due to your master’s degree. You whine and cry about miners earning more money than you do. Get over it. A miner enters the mine everyday not knowing if he or she will ever see the light of day again. A surface miner climbs onto his or her machine not knowing if he or she will ever climb down at quitting time. They do this because it is a way of providing for their families that they have chosen, and would not trade jobs with anyone for any amount of money. I challenge you to provide documentation of your claim that a very high percent are illiterate. In more than 35 years of mining, I may have worked with two-dozen miners who were unable to read and write. As to your education, were you born with a silver spoon in your mouth? Was your father a miner who worked to provide a better way of life for you? Or were you raised on welfare and educated at taxpayers expense? Don’t misunderstand me, I’m sure there are many hazards in your chosen profession. I shudder at the thought of ink stains on your hands and clothing, not to mention the dreaded paper cut that should qualify you for hazardous duty pay. Thank you from a disabled surface miner. Keep on stripping.

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I am glad to read about the man in Jenkins having problems with his water too. I hate it that they are treating him so bad. They should be ashamed. I know a girl that paid half of her deposit to get her water turned on. So tell me, what is the diff erence? I had a problem last

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winter. My water line froze up. All I asked for is some names of men that could help me to dig for the water line. He turned his back on me. He did not offer any help, so I got in my car and went on down the road with hurt feelings. I get down the road and what do I see? The men that we pay were clearing the steps off at the church the mayor attends. I do know that a church is private property. Taxpayers should not have to pay city workers for that job. Mayor Dixon, all I asked for is some names. What was so hard about that? I live by myself too, and every month they have on my bill that I used four- to five-thousand gallons of water a month. How could that be? I just do not understand at all. Then you cannot drink the water because it is so bad. It hurts me all the time. I get very sick. It’s been more than two years since I drank any of their water. So how could my bill be so high? Get it together.

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I hope everyone is preparing for this coming winter with heat, food, water and a battery radio. Strip mining makes an ugly mess when it is over. Out west, the coal industry puts the land back as close as it was. Why not make the coal industry do the same here? Why don’t they require the coal industry to make the water runoff go the same way as before, put some small hills there, and plant trees and more trees? It will cost a little for the coal industry and maybe a few dollars less taxes. Maybe they could get the high school kids together and have them do the planting and watering of the trees and bushes. The state may give the trees for no money. The work will be for the young and their future. It seems like adults sit around and complain while doing nothing. People can still have a job and the kids will get the beauty back. Kids, adults can be stubborn, greedy and lazy. No one else will do anything about the problem. It’s up to the younger generation. Start a trend. One top at a time the world will hear and see what the young can do.

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This is to the so-called father who said getting married would make his son grow up: For your information your son has been married going on three years. Your sons grew up when you left them and never looked back, but the loss is yours because I have four beautiful granddaughters and two beautiful and successful daughters-in-laws and two very grown up and successful sons. You have never met your granddaughters or even know your daughtersin law. So tell me who needs to grow up. Everyone has lost respect for you. You didn’t even go to your own father’s funeral or visited with your mother before she died so don’t talk about growing up to my sons. My sons are great leaders on their jobs and in their communities they are successful in everything they do and are respected greatly all to the thanks of their great uncle and their uncles who taught them what they know in the workforce. Your sons probably thank you for showing them who they don’t want to be like. Grow up and become a man like your sons because you sure aren’t one now.


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