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Your man belongs to the R.O.M.E.O. club — Retired Old Men Eating Out.

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Two Mondays ago we had a small snow. I saw the salt trucks going up and down the road and in the hollows looking for snow to salt. In the back seat was an old man old enough to be my grandpa and in the passenger seat was a man old enough to be my daddy. The driver was a fairly young man. Are those two old men on the Letcher County payroll? If they are, they need to be sent home to sit around and watch television, because they aren’t doing any work. You need to give those jobs to young men.

(Are you always such an ageist or do you just have something personal against these two men?)

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I picked up an old copy of The Mountain Eagle at the hospital emergency waiting room in Johns Creek, Georgia a couple of weeks ago and saw the article about Christine and James Fields’s 41st anniversary. Could this be the James Fields that I was stationed with at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D., in 1954? I was stationed there right out of basic training and only for a little while before being shipped to Korea. Since I was only there for a short time I only remember a buddy named James Fields from Kentucky and one guy from Crawfordsville, Indiana whose name I can’t recall. Hope this note is not a bother to anyone and if this is not the Fields I’m thinking of then please ignore this note. Also hope this does not upset anyone at the paper. This was the only way I could figure to contact Mrs. Fields. I will add that although I only had bits and pieces of the paper, I must say I was impressed with the way it was presented. Glad I ran across it. Thanks, William (BJ) Noe, MSGT USAF Retired.

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Could someone please provide me with any articles/ history surrounding the story of the woman named Madusa (sp.?) who lived back in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and had to sell moonshine to support her family? I believe her husband was in the military and was pretty much a scoundrel. I think his name was John York. There was a publication by a local author who who wrote a commentary about the poetic eulogy that was left at her grave several years later by a former customer who apparently loved her. It was quite touching. I would love to know how to get my hands on copies of that publication. Any light anyone can shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

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If you had an angel like have, you would want the world to know and would brag on her. So what is your problem? And I love her.

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Beatitudes for Friends of the Aged: Blessed are they who understand/ My faltering step and palsied hand./ Blessed are they who know that my ears today/ Must strain to catch the things they say./ Blessed are they who seem to know/ That my eyes are dim and my wits are slow./ Blessed are they who looked away/ When coffee spilled at the table today./ Blessed are they with a cheery smile/ Who stop to chat for a little while./ Blessed are they who never say,/ ‘You’ve told that story twice today,’/ Blessed are they who know the ways/ To bring back memories of yesterdays./ Blessed are they who make it known/ That I’m loved, respected and not alone./ Blessed are they who know I’m at a loss/ To find the strength to carry the cross./ Blessed are they who ease the days/ On my journey home in loving ways. Written by Esther Mary Walker in 1958.

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The same billionaire owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News Network and most of the Republican Party. How much of what we hear is one billionaire’s opinion?

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I think we have a good district judge, but one girl from Eolia stays in trouble, keeps welfare and social workers on her behind, lies to the judge and gets anything she wants done. What good is it doing those social workers to protect those children on Eolia when the judge doesn’t listen?

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If you could sit and watch all of the customers from the Jenkins area at the top of Pound Mountain buying beer at the stores up there, you would grieve at the amount of money going to Wise County instead of Letcher County. I don’t think the residents of Wise County are any less godly for living in a wet area. People are going to buy their booze anyway, so why not make a profit out of it? That’s why there are so many businesses and restaurants booming in Wise County. Think about it.

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Congratulations for the Pikeville Bears men’s basketball team for winning the NAIA championship. Congratulations.

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What’s the deal with so many Americans’ obsession with Charlie Sheen? He’s a shining example of a celebrity who has let fame and fortune go to his head. He is so mentally unbalanced it is scary. With all of the garbage on T.V. turn it off for awhile and say a prayer for the people of Japan, the countries that are in turmoil in the Middle East, and last but no least, America. God knows we need it.

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I hope that other pastors agree with the pastor who was on the news saying he wants a petition signed to keep the alcohol sales out of the restaurants in Jenkins. I hope they get the petition out in a wide area so we can all sign it. I am all for it. I think that Mr. Kincer has a right to do what he wants to, but I think he should have gone to Neon if he just wanted to do something like that. That’s where he went to school while growing up in Haymond. I don’t know why he wanted to interfere with the Jenkins area. You would think he would be more interested in the Neon area because they have less than Jenkins. Maybe he might consider that one day, too. Let’s all vote against this alcohol sales, because we have enough crimes and violence going on in the area now and it seems like with the economy so bad things are getting worse. Let’s look for the better part and let’s get out there and sign that petition. I think my pastor will probably support this, too. If we all work together, we can knock that out and not have the alcohol sales in Jenkins.

(Are you unaware that Jenkins citizens will have the opportunity in the May election to vote for or against the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants seating 50 or more? And what do you mean you don’t know why Mr. Kincer ‘wanted to interfere with the Jenkins area?’ He’s the mayor of the town.)

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Thanks to the person who called in about the political and business signs littering our highways. I will never do business with a person who litters the roads with their signs. Some of the political signs in our area are Keith Adams, John Jent, John Amburgey and Hatton. They should be made to take their signs down because they are littering.

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Millions for bankers from government funds is okay, but not one dollar for health insurance for a working person. What’s wrong with this picture?

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You know if you get on steroids to make your muscles big it will also make your penis shrink. You need to think about that.

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How come state and federal mine inspectors can draw black lung anywhere from 20 to 25 years on the job, but us fellows that work 35 and 40 years in the mines can’t draw it? Can anyone explain this to me?

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To those of you who support drug testing people on food stamps: It’s not going to do one bit of good to do that, because I know a lot of people who sell their food stamps and are not on drugs. They need to worry about that, too, not just the drug testing. Drug testing is going to cost a lot of money, and it looks like the government doesn’t have the money to do anything.

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To the 60-year-old prostitute from Blackey: You should have shot me 20 years ago when you had your chance. Now you are in my crosshairs.

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Nifty. Nifty. Sissy is 50. I love you, Sissy. Happy birthday. Love, your little sister.

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Hey y’all. Behave. It may be hard, but just try.

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I know that this is kind of silly, but I need some help from everybody in Mountain Eagle land. The store where I used to shop sold Grippo potato chips. I have hunted through all the Double Kwiks and every other store around and I can’t find these potato chips. If anybody knows a place where I can find Grippo chips, will you please put it in next week’s Speak Your Piece? I appreciate it.

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Who is the moron that keeps making the ‘ hey neighbor’ comments? You talk a big talk in Speak Your Piece, but why don’t you tell the person to his or her face? It is nobody’s business what you do on your own property. If anybody ever busted out my windshield, you wouldn’t have to run your mouth in Speak Your Piece. I would be at your door, loser.

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Would someone please tell me how two men can get married when I can’t legally even smoke a joint in my bathroom in the privacy of my own home?

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Here goes the Kentucky Power truck scanning electric meters. Boy, that has really been costing the poor people. We are paying for all of that scanning. Governor Beshear was very disrespectful when he brought some money to Knott County — not only to our local officials, but to the public in general. He didn’t want to hear about people living without heat and power. I noticed he signed some of the House and Senate bills, but did not sign Senate Bill 151 to change the Public Service Commission. He will veto that bill after the primary election. He and Jack Conway supported the PSC to grant the power company the authority to jack up the power bills and that is just what they did. We need a governor who is for our people. Remember this at election time.

(Senate Bill 151 lost the teeth it was designed to have on March 2 when the Kentucky House of Representatives approved an amended version of the bill creating a task force to study the question of whether members of the state Public Service Commission should be elected by the public rather than appointed by the governor. The original bill would have expanded the PSC from three to seven members who would serve four-year terms.)

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Did you know there is an earthquake fault line on the top of Pine Mountain? It’s called the Pine Mountain Fault Line. Check this out and look at the pictures of the cut out of US 23 on the top of Pine Mountain. It is very interesting.

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I went to a certain business a few days ago to look at something for my home and, believe me, the guy who was in there to do business with was a raving lunatic. I thought he was going to attack me right there in open daylight. Somebody needs to check on him, because he definitely has a problem.

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Don’t insist on learning somebody else’s business.

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I’d like to wish a happy birthday to two of my brothers. One of them is the infamous Joseph Hall and the other one is Wild Bill. Happy birthday. I love you.

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I was just wondering why all of the state workers in Kentucky get to drive $40,000 and $50,000 vehicles like Yukons and Suburbans. Why can’t they drive cheaper vehicles like Rangers and Subarus and vehicles like that? Why do we have to pay for them to be comfortable?

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I’m a citizen of the City of Jenkins. I have lived there most of my life and I understand this new mayor is going to put a new heating system for us people who are on fixed incomes. It is called hot air. I just wonder what the cost of this hot air is going to be.

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Someone said County Judge Jim Ward was upset with the way the magistrates voted because he is afraid

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I would like to wish my ex-boyfriend a happy birthday on April 15. I think of you often. I hope you have a good day.

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Who is Sexy Eyes? Are you talking about a male or female, and where does this person live? he would not get all of that money for his campaign from the gas companies. Ah, come on. You know he will get it. Forget about it.

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My suggestion is that they either need to take Speak Your Piece out of the newspaper or change the name to Speak Your Piece and Hope the Editor Doesn’t Have Some Kind of Goofy-ass Comment to Say Behind It. Thank you. They could call it Speak Your Piece with the Editor’s Two Cents That Has No Idea What He Is Really Talking About But Wants To Comment Anyway.

(Let’s leave the column in the paper and for the sake of brevity go with your first suggestion for a new name.)

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Promote contraceptives. Abolish churches. Open your eyes. Promote logical thinking. End Eastern Kentucky’s old-timey, outdated, absolutely ignorant, detrimentally religious mindset. Promote kindness. Promote and live by the golden rule. Promote social health. Discourage Christianity. Discourage Islam. Discourage Catholicism. Discourage all worshipping of a higher power. Think for yourself. Get with the times. There is no god, there is us. Eastern Kentucky needs to realize this. Thank you.

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People are saying that Magistrate Codell Gibson goes and tells Jim Ward everything that is happening out there. I guess that is the way things go.

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This is R.A. I’d like to say hi to my friends and family. I hope you are all doing good. I’m at Blackburn Correctional Complex, but I’m doing alright. Hopefully I’ll be home soon. For you haters out there, I see that you’re still putting things in the paper about me. I just want to say God bless ya. If I do go to hell, I’ll see you there. My state number is 179049 for anyone who wants to get the address and write me.

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Let me tell you people, Letcher County Jail is haunted. Every night about 2 or 3 a.m. the ghost comes out and plays. When you tell the guards, they kinda think we are crazy. But let me tell you people, it’s real. Please, judge, let my people go.

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To the preacher at the Hurricane Gap Church: Just keep on preaching and standing up for what you know is right. I don’t understand why some of the Old Regular Baptist preachers want to talk about him having Bible study on Wednesdays and Sunday School to teach the little children about God. How can preachers of all people have a problem with that? I will say this: I for one am proud to know the kind of person, preacher and man you are. These other preachers need to be half the man you are, a real friend to everyone. Just keep on standing for what you believe in. I hope it is OK that I invited everyone to come to the Hurricane Gap Church at Gordon. Church time is Wednesday at 7 p.m., Sunday church and Sunday School 10 a.m., and every third Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

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The origin of our beginning. God knows all; He initiated the beginning and He is the caretaker for the ending. God made Adam and was pleased, then made a helpmate named Eve. The Garden of Eden was their habitat, God proposed a plan for them to think about. Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent came and he encouraged them to be part of his game. The Serpent told Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit; then both of them became part of the Serpent’s loop. God reprimanded the Serpent that day and told him you will crawl on your belly for the rest of your days. Adam and Eve recognized they were naked that day and sin would stay with us and all must pay. God gave dominion over all that He had created that day, but Adam and Eve never realized there was a price to be paid. To read and decipher the Book of Revelations it relates to the world’s devastation.

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Round and round we go, and where we stop nobody knows. From WRVA news, Richmond, Va., March 23. Police are looking for a Hispanic male in his 20’s, with a spike haircut, who drove around a park and stopped beside two eight-year-old girls and told them to get in the car. They got scared and ran home. March 24, immigration agents along with Virginia State Police and U.S. marshals in a sting operation, arrested 138 criminal aliens. Among the charges were murder, rape and robbery. There are reported to be thousands of Hispanics in this country who are members of MS13, the notorious drug cartel from Colombia. When Mexico’s President Calderon went to Washington, he told them they were not treating his people fair. Excuse me. They could never have had it so good in Mexico, and what about the teacher who was sentenced to eight years at hard labor just for being in Mexico without a visa?

. Howdy. Brushy Bill here. People have been asking about me in your paper, and people been asking if I’m going to get too big for my britches when I get to be president. I was born and raised in Letcher County and the first thing on my agenda will be to send in the National Guard to tear down that recreation center and bury the fiscal court under the rubble. Next I’m going to hook up everyone to free natural gas. Free gas appliances exchanged for electric ones. I got a feller working on gas-powered computers already. I’m going to give back that 50 cents an acre for the mineral rights them rich fellers in Pennsylvania bought a hundred years ago. They’ve already made enough money off our coal and gas already. It’ll belong to us then. We’re not going to get in any new wars. Let Moammar Gadhafi and them work out their own problems. I’m going to move the capitol back to Oregon or Montana. You never know when Mount St. Helens will erupt again or one of those tsunamis will hit the West Coast. I’m going to move back to Letcher County just as soon as the National Guard rounds up all these crooked politicians and gas company executives and puts them in front of a firing squad. Barney and I are going to commute from here to the capitol in the presidential helicopter. I’ll call it ‘Mare Force One.’ To put folks back to work, we’ll start making moonshine. These old stripped mine hills are too poor to raise corn anymore. The ground is so poor we had to put a can of baking powder in Grandpaw’s grave so he would rise on Judgment Day. We’ll use pokeberries to make Ole Brushy Bill’s #7 Pokeberry ‘Shine. We’ll get our water from Bad Branch Falls. Don’t want it tasting like diesel fuel. When I take over I’ll get all the drug dealers with predator drones. I’ll build a dam across the Kentucky River at the narrow spot at Appalachian Marble and Granite. I’ll build all the displaced people new lakefront homes with a boat dock. Fleming-Neon will be renamed Lake City Marina, sitting on Lake Barney. Yeah, that’s a pretty name for a lake. If that bunch at Whitesburg ever gets crooked we’ll just open all the floodgates. See, I’ve already got most of your problems figured out. Vote Brushy Bill for president, a man with a plan. Paid for by the candidate.

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Kentucky’s counterdrug program eliminated. The campaign to cut off Congressional earmarks will mean amputation to the legs on Kentucky’s war on drugs. The impact of this loss will effectively curtail all missions conducted by the Task Force, from drug law enforcement support to community and educational drug awareness programs through the commonwealth. Police agencies and communities around the state have heavily relied on the Kentucky National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force for nearly two decades. Half of the funding for that task force comes from a $3 million add-on to the National Defense Appropriations Act each year. Losing that money will mean slashing nearly 80 jobs and cutting the task force from more than 80 Guardsmen, most of them veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan. Police say the loss would put more demands on local officers and more drugs on the street. Police depend heavily on the Guard, losing their support will definitely take support away from eradication of marijuana, meth labs, and various other drugs. Drug education to elementary, middle and high schools around the state teaching students about the dangers of alcohol abuse and illegal drugs will end up halted. Guardsmen conduct about 250-300 education events per year for the public on meth’s dangers, meth labs in a state that ranks fourth nationwide for meth busts. Guard helicopters helping sweep the skies each summer as authorities search for mari juana will be grounded. This year saw a bumper crop of more than 320,000 pot plants seized. If we can’t eradicate it on the front end, then it’s just that much more hitting the streets. All Guardsmen facing layoffs have been notifi ed. Numbers to call and verify: Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, National Guard, Public Affairs Office, phone: 502-352-8008; Lt. David Jude, Kentucky State Police Media Relations, phone: 502-782-1800; DEA London, phone: 606-862-4500; USDA Forest Service, Daniel Boone National Forest, phone: 859-745-3100.

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Please read if you are parent of a student in the Letcher County School System: My heart breaks for the students who attend school in Letcher County. These children are being cheated out of an education. These students miss too many days because of poor weather. We all know there are many days when school should be in session. The state needs to come in and clear out the Central Office. Very poor decisions are being made. So what steps can we take to avoid missing so many days? Don’t have a Fall or Spring Break. Don’t schedule out-of-town overnight events for students. Extra curricular activities should not come first. It is never appropriate to miss a day of academics for extracurricular activities. These are ‘No Brainers.” To whoever initiated the ‘snow packet’: What a laugh. You should be fired on the spot. I know the teachers are enjoying all the snow days. Don’t fool yourself. Anyone with half a brain is laughing at all of you, though I’m not going to blame it on the teachers. The administration is where all the responsibility is. Shame on the Board of Education. The biggest and last laugh is the snow packet. These poor students were cheated out of another day of education when the superintendent chose to take one of the prettiest days we’ve had this year and make it a practice ‘snow packet day.’ How sad. Wake up parents. Your children are being cheated. How does it feel to be paying these educators’ salaries, including the big Central Offi ce positions, for such poor effort and consideration for your children’s well being?

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Sixteen years ago on April 5, 1995, I had a beautiful baby boy. Happy 16th birthday, J.D. I love you very much. Mom.

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Happy 16th birthday, James. Love, Dad.

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Each year on Memorial Day, for as long as I can remember, the VFW and American Legion members would make their trip to the Letcher County cemeteries to pay tribute to their fallen comrades. As a child, I remember the awe I felt when those soldiers arrived in their Jeeps. The men would fall into position and the chaplain would pray and then the 21 gun salute, which would be followed by Taps. There would be another trumpet player who would answer from across the distance. What a moving tribute that was and it instilled a sense of pride in me. I was proud of my Uncle Jack and all the other men who had the flags on their graves. I was proud even though I didn’t fully understand all the specifics at that time. I am saddened by the fact the veterans no longer participate in this tradition. It is in memory of my precious Uncle Jack and all the other veterans that I ask the VFW members and American Legion members to please bring this tradition back. I hope that you know how much your service has meant to the families over the years. Thank you, and I hope that this will once again become a long lasting practice of our Memorial Day. This is written in memory of my Uncle Jack — PFC Jack W. Hughes, who gave his life for our freedom 60 years ago (April 4, 1951) in North Korea in the battle for Kwanum Mountain.



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