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This is to the Jenkins School board members. I just wanted to say stay the course. You are doing the right things for the right reasons — the kids. Thank you.

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Isn’t it something that the ones crying for changes with the Jenkins School board are the ones driving the test scores down? Oh yeah, I forgot it is those stupid kids’ fault. To all those teachers trying to spend more time getting out of work instead of doing their jobs: Step up to the plate and do your job. And stop blaming our kids for your incompetence.

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They have this one particular church over on Eolia that preaches more gossip than any church I have ever heard.

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It would be nice, would it not, to have a public bus line in District Two and hear the words: ‘The Colson coach is now boarding at the Colson Firehouse for Pratt Branch, Isom, West Whitesburg, Whitesburg, Craft’s Colly, Seco and Neon. And also making connections with the Indian Creek Discount. We are looking good in the neighborhood. Thank you for going local. And have a pleasant trip. Please watch your step when getting on the coach.’ This is the M.P. speaking and I approve this message.

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This goes out to my wife, Bonnie Gibson: I love her very much and I want her to know that. I hope you love me, Bunny. Write back. Bye, baby girl.

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This is to the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion members, too: They ask for help and support for keeping their clubs open, but if they would get someone in there that would properly take care of them and run them and quit letting people have the keys they wouldn’t be asking everybody for support. They have plenty of support. They just need to take better care of their money.

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To the woman who lives up in Stinking Branch: You think you’ve got my man. You’ve got another think coming, you blonde-headed witch. You better let go of him before it is too late.

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This is in response to the comment last week about parking in front of the mailboxes in Caudilltown: Number one, it’s not called Caudilltown anymore. If you live here you would know that. Number two, it is not a federal offense to park around mailboxes. No one parks in front of them. Hey, here is an idea. Get out of your car. Walk a whole five feet. Check your mail. Get your check and head up to Walmart. Sorry that you can’t pull up to the mailbox like you are picking up your food at McDonald’s. That is exactly why it has been hit three times, because of people like you who are too lazy to drag their behind out of their car to get their mail. There is no such thing as drive-thru mail. If you want that, get a mailbox in front of your house. When I get done working on my driveway I will park there. Until then you are back to pain management options, playing with milk jugs and watching ‘Walker Texas Ranger.’ Oh yeah and by the way, thanks for the laugh.

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Fair warning, boy. You have been warned. Yours very truly, ex-United States Navy Seal.

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I just want to make a statement about so-called people who say they are Christians who put up Halloween decorations and worship Satan. They are supposed to be Christians. That is not right. They shouldn’t be doing that. That is all I have to say.

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Teachers, you need to take pictures of all of your students during this drugfree week. Don’t leave anybody out, regardless of how they are dressed or whatever because that is just being mean. They don’t understand.

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I’m wondering if you are wondering. I’m wondering if you are wondering. I’m wondering if you are wondering. What goes around comes around. What goes around comes around. What goes around comes around.

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To all you women up around Gordon: Have you figured out who that man is that was in The Eagle
the other day? I hope you never will. You wouldn’t want to find out who he is. He was a slob and he married one of the finest women that God ever put on earth. And he turned out to be a whore and then she had to take care of him. So I will have peace anymore in my heart for him. I wish I could get him out of there.

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To the good people of Jenkins: By the time you read this little message you all will have elected a new person that will try and fill the shoes of our mayor, Charles Dixon’s. And that is right, I said ‘try.’ Charles, I want to thank you, and most of all your family, for your short time as mayor. I know that you will be missed. Charles, you did what all the mayors before you didn’t do, fix the water problem. McConnell, Bunning, Rogers and you. No one else did it, because I know what you did. What goes around comes around. Charles, let’s go on a vacation, a long one. I am hoping you the very best. You’re one of the few and the proud. The eyes of Jenkins are upon you.

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These are a few of the inmates at the LCJ. We love going without hygiene products for long periods of time. It makes our stay here at this lovely establishment that much more bearable. Not to mention the wonderful breakfasts. I don’t know how many times I have said, ‘Dear Lord, I would love to have some cold gravy to put on my cold biscuits.’ Mmmmm. Yahtzee! The coff ee looks like muddy water and tastes like wet socks. And why can’t we buy tampons? Really? The women aren’t allowed to have work release or be a trustee. The only time they get out of the cell is to take medicine. Help me, Tom Cruise. Help me, Oprah Winfrey. That’s our piece for now, until next time. Alouicious, and Bartholemuel. What up 111?

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To the taxpayers of the Jenkins Independent School System: I think we can all finally agree with Chairman Narramore on one issue: the student of Jenkins Independent do, indeed, deserve better. However, when you think about school improvement you must address deficiencies from the top down. It is very easy to attempt to place all the blame for low test scores on the teachers. By doing so, the school board and administrators avoid having to accept any responsibility for poor student achievement themselves. I believe this is what Chairman Narramore and the administration are attempting to do. However, in analyzing the causes of the drastic decline in test scores for the district, the board and administration have failed or refused to take into consideration some of the past decisions they have made. A few examples: 1) Combining all three schools into one school with one primary principal without allowing the citizens and taxpayers to provide input into this decision. Just how effective, in terms of increasing student achievement did they really expect this consolidation to be? Or, perhaps their motives had nothing to do with student achievement and everything to do with power, control and personal vendettas. Think about it. 2) Hiring administrators who have no real roots or ties to the Jenkins community, who lack the ability to effectively run the school system on their own, and who seemed compelled to spend huge amounts of money to hire incompetent, outside consultants who know even less about the needs of the school system to advise them on what should be done to increase student achievement. 3) Getting rid of competent, effective teachers with roots in the community to hire incompetent ineffective teachers from other counties/ communities to replace them. 4) Allowing, with full knowledge, administrators to make decisions and implement programs which directly affect students and which clearly deviate from established board policy. 5) Assigning teachers to teach classes they are not certified, nor qualified to teach, and, 6) Hiring several coaches and a ‘Building and Grounds Supervisor’ at exorbitant salaries instead of allocating these funds toward intervention programs/ supports for the purpose of improving student achievement. How many other school districts the size of Jenkins Independent Schools have a ‘Building and Grounds Supervisor?’ These are just a few examples of how, in my opinion, the Jenkins Independent Board of Education and administrators and their decisions have contributed to the phenomenal decline in student achievement in the district. Furthermore, these are just a few of the many reasons the school board and the administration should accept at least part of the responsibility. Yes, taxpayers, the students at Jenkins Independent truly do deserve better, much better. This starts with the board members, new board members who are willing to make decisions, not for personal reasons, or because they are intimidated by the chairman, but based on what is truly in the best interest of the students.

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I am sick and tired of hearing the pious screeds of the conservative Republicans and/or Tea Partiers, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They have rallied and worked against everything President Obama has tried to do to get the economy rolling after he inherited George Bush’s mess of starting two wars while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans at the same time. Bush squandered the surplus left by President Clinton. These actions by Bush lunged the U.S. into this mess. This Bush mess can’t be cleaned up in the two years President Obama has been in office, especially with the Republican Party of ‘No’ trying to block every initiative he tries. The Tea Partiers are yapping at President Obama’s heels to undo or reduce the benefi ts that help real people, such as Social Security and Medicare, just as they did when President F.D. Roosevelt and President Lyndon Johnson respectively got these passed in the 1930s and the 1960s. They also are attacking the Disabilities Act or anything else that helps older or needy Americans. This group of ‘No,’ along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are trying to block and do away with the new health care legislation that will allow millions of Americans to have real health care for the first time. This health reform is not perfect, but it’s a start that can be improved, instead of thrown out and starting over. For these destructionists, that means never. There needs to be tax reform to make it more fair for everyone, but Rand Paul and the Tea Partiers want to throw out our tax system without any plan on how to carry out the programs of our government without taxes. Their refrain of “We’re going to take our government back,” is scary and simplistic at best, and dangerous over all. There’s been much criticism of the ‘stimulus package,’ but it has created jobs and provided help for infrastructure and services of improving/building roads, bridges, and water systems. Letcher County has been the beneficiary of these. What amazes me is how hard Mitch McConnell in the Senate has tried to block any of President Obama’s proposals — even if it’s something McConnell has himself proposed. He cares for his purposes, not the people’s. I can’t see how Kentuckians could vote for Rand Paul. He’s ignorant about Kentucky and its needs. We can realize that every time he opens his mouth. He spouts nonsense and then tries to deny or change what he’s said. He wants to cut Medicare to make the patient pay more, but he wants more to be paid to doctors. He earns more than half a million dollars a year from Medicare patients. While he’s blundering and saying outrageous things he has to back away from, he’s exaggerating and spreading untruths about Jack Conway, who I feel is an honorable man. Who can blame him for latching onto Dr. Paul’s spoken blunders?

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I do not understand why I still think of you. It cannot be explained. But I do love you and I always will. You have ignored me, hidden from me, would not speak to me nor would you speak to my family. I am not angry at you, because you cannot help your feelings toward me. Simply, you always would rather have her than me. My query is: why do I still have these feelings of love and kindness toward you? I just don’t understand. Yeah, I do understand. People always want what they cannot have. Simple. Well, life is good. I’ve been blessed with much love — I give love and receive love, and that’s what it’s all about.

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To the couple in Perry County who were sleeping in your car looking for employment in Russell on July 14, 2004: I am an innocent father of two children who are suff ering from my wrongful conviction caused by a selfish police department that corruptly pressured you into a false, fabricated testimony. If you are the Christians you claim to be, step up and do what is right and tell the truth. You have children yourselves. Put yourself in my shoes for one minute. What if this happened to you? You need to do what’s right before karma haunts you in the future. With your truthfulness, two children may have their father home. As these lies are put to an end, you’ll feel better about yourself. Pray about it, please. Do you even have a conscience?

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The Republicans were burning up the phone lines this week with their robocalls to attempt to intimidate voters. I had two calls Tuesday and several earlier this week warning me about federal penalties for voter fraud. These calls are aimed at recent legal immigrants who have become citizens and are likely to vote Democratic, and others who may be intimidated. I hope it backfires since most of the Republican base is illiterate and much more likely to participate in vote fraud.

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