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This is a man from Pratt Branch: The reason I do what I do concerning other people is because every time I call somebody up and need a ride or something I’m always turned down. That’s the reason.

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These people got caught up in the same new tire scam that’s going on in this one business that I got caught up in. It cost them $700 for a set of tires they didn’t need.

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I would like to congratulate the Letcher County Wolves on their recent victory. But what some of the members of the community would like to know is why only three or four guys are featured on the Letcher County Wolves coach’s show on TV. There are several people on the team that make big plays but are never shown. Justin Gilley is a good player and has never been on the show. And how about that Sexton guy with the big hit of the game? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him on the show before. We’ve got Brandon ‘Beef’ Gentry, Christopher Kyle Sexton, Mike Tolson and others who have never been on the show or mentioned. It’s the same old guys on the show all the time. I think the coach needs to recognize some of these other players.

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I have an experience to share that makes me question the new ATV trails in Letcher County. Being a resident of Tennessee, I am a retired Air Force major. Along with my brother, who is a captain and pilot in the Navy stationed in Charleston, S.C. and two of his friends who are also pilots, we were riding the trails of eastern Kentucky while visiting our grandfather in Pound, Va. We all love the mountains and very much enjoy riding the ATV trails and watching the wild game and meeting those we contact during our adventures. This has been an annual event for four years and it has been great until this year. We were on a trail running from Pound through Pike County up through Longfork and into Letcher County. We had been on these trails for two days, beginning our third, and were needing some supplies. Our maps showed a trail going into a town called Neon and indicated the town was ATV-friendly and had gas, groceries and other supplies. We decided this would be our best option as to our present location and made our way. Coming from the trail we came down a gravel hollow road and saw to our right a Marathon gas station which we would need to travel approximately 150 yards on the highway to reach. Thinking we were doing nothing wrong we continued. While getting off the ATV’s we were approached by a police officer in a car marked as Fleming-Neon Police. The young officer exited the car and his first words were, and I quote, ‘What the hell do you all think you are doing?’ Explaining, or at least trying to explain, my brother and one of his friends began talking. The officer asked for our driver’s licenses and where we were from. Trying to answer his question I was told to just shut the (blank) up and that he could take our ATV’s and take us to jail. Jesse and Al walked on into the gas station and the officer asked if he had told them to go in and turned and motioned for them to come back out. We were told by this officer to get our gas and not to go anywhere else but back out of his town and if he caught us there again we were all going to jail and he would sell our ATV’s for junk. I have heard of these types of police in small towns, but this time we met face to face with an ego junkie. We have learned a lesson and find the information on the trail maps indicating ATV friendly towns needs to be updated. Al kept the officer’s name but has since lost it. We highly recommend that while enjoying the beauty of eastern Kentucky and the fellowship with friends during trail rides to stay out of this officer’s town because he made it very plain he doesn’t want you. Major D. Mullins USAF Ret., Johnson City, Tenn.

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I just wanted to say happy Father’s Day to the greatest daddy anyone could ever have, Charles E. Hensley. Thank you for everything. Love, Betty.

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We recently moved to the Deane area of Letcher County and wonder what is wrong with a certain older lady at a certain business. If she doesn’t change her attitude we will stop going there. She has a worse attitude than anyone who lives up North. She’s in a bad mood every day.

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I want to let The Mountain Eagle know how much I enjoy the comic strip they started putting in the paper and also to let the Fields woman know how much I enjoy her column. I remember talking to her when she worked at the Walmart in Greensburg, Indiana.

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According to so-called experts, the cause of nearly everything is known yet we look for a mystical cure for cancer when the cause maybe known. Don’t drink the water, eat the food or breathe the air around you, because we live in the cancer capital of the country. Look at the cancer center at the Pikeville Methodist Hospital.

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Friends of Coal behave like blind patriots. Last year they celebrated two people getting fired at Appalshop. I knew them personally and they were friends of coal. How’s that for irony?

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The wife of a certain man on Flat Gap has been accusing him of sleeping with me. He did sleep with me, but he just hasn’t told her yet. He is hot and I will have him again and again and there’s nothing she can do about it. Eventually he will leave her for me. I hope how soon that day comes. His wife is nothing but a two-timer and a pillhead. She takes all of his money and spends it on other men. She’s just a nasty little winch. This lady knows who I am and if she’s got something to say about this she can come and say it to my face. This is to you, honey. I will have your man again. Ha ha.

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The Fleming-Neon City Council woman needs to check into the police officers driving their cruisers home from work every night. That costs a lot of money in gas and might save the city some money. They also need to check into the officers favoring certain people for no reason.

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This is in response to the lunch lady being in danger of losing her position if she doesn’t stop chitchatting: If certain people who work in the school system can’t keep their mouth shut they need to stop working there. They need to quit complaining so much about the school and about other workers. Thank you.

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School lunchroom workers do not need to be around students talking about coworkers, teachers and personal problems. I believe the school system needs to clean out a lot more than one or two employees. They need to treat their job more professionally. Maybe they need to get rid of the ones who have been there a long time and seem to be tired of their job.

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I don’t know why you would want to go to hell with me, because in hell you don’t have any crooked courts. And with no cops on the take for drugs you would really be in a fix.

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To a certain woman: I hope you will always remember the party you said your best friends threw for you when you were 18 years old. I hope it was worth it and that you never forget it.

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Hey little brother. You turned tail and ran in Vietnam. You caused half a million people to get murdered and slaughtered because you were a coward. I don’t mean this for all Vietnam veterans, because a lot of them are good men. But you were a coward. You turned tail and ran. Shame on you. For the ones of you who fought: I owe you my life.

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Everybody knows how you got Honey and what you did before you had her.

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To a woman at Smoot Creek: I think you need to keep your fat tub-of-lard behind out of people’s business and stop putting stuff in Speak Your Piece trying to start trouble with other people and calling the doctors, police and welfare on people before they start knocking on your door. And believe me, you will get paid back. Good-bye.

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The answer to the riddle from long ago about the Mayking biker is Little Joe.

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I will work odd jobs for $7.25 an hour and I have three phone numbers where you can reach me …

(Sorry for not printing your phone numbers here, but what you’re calling in belongs in the classifieds section. If you still want it to appear in the paper, please call Pam Walker at 633- 2252. Thanks.)

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On the average, a teenaged meth head is expected to live seven years after he or she starts doing the drug. The dummy has already been on it for five years. I’m afraid when the next two years are up all the supporters who have been giving the hee-haws will be giving the boo hoos.

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To the editor: Under The Mountain Eagle banner is the volume and number. What does that mean? Thank you.

( This week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle is Volume 104, Number 15, meaning that we are in our 104th year of publication since our founding in 1907, and this is the 15th edition of the current year. After 37 more weekly editions of Volume 104 are printed we will celebrate another birthday and change the volume to 105 with the number beginning once again at 1.)

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I was in the gifted and talented program long before there was such a program. I was the valedictorian in college. I scored the highest ever scored on the G.R.E. I am a member in good standing of Mensa. I fought in two wars. I fought in the war on poverty, where I received the distinguished trash picker’s award. I fought in the war on drugs and received the medal of valor for hallucinating on Cloud 9. According to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, I’m too sexy for my bloomers. I’m also a very humble and modest person. Go out and buy yourself a lemon and tell them the M.P. sent you.

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If they don’t get some nice girls and guys at Subway in Cumberland they are going to lose business. I don’t know who I should tell this to, but the Subway boss needs to know people are being treated rudely by someone there now. I don’t know why they hire these little young rude girls. If they have video cameras in there the boss should replay them and watch just how the workers treat their customers. I am one who is never going back to that Subway. There is one very nice girl who works there. Her name is Kim. I thank her for treating customers like they should be treated. Thank you.

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Grandma is single now. I guess she feels like she’s 18 again.

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G. C. Kincer is a class act. He’s among the nicest people I’ve ever met. Jenkins is fortunate to have him as its mayor.

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Apple cider vinegar helps to keep heartburn under control. Mix about one or two tablespoons in a glass of water. You can put honey in it and take just before a meal. This has worked wonders for me. Soda helps induce heartburn, so don’t drink them with your meals.

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Kentucky is number one for lung cancer in the nation and number two for colon cancer. We have rampant diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, and a high rate of autism in this area. One surgeon I talked to said all he did was take out gallbladders. Letcher County is in the bottom 10 counties in the state for poor health. Why is this and what can we do? We need to take some drastic action to change this. Let me suggest a few tips for improving your health: Eat meat and dairy organic if possible. Meat has all the complete amino acids your body needs and so does dairy, including Vitamin D and calcium. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Limit your fast foods, processed foods, and diet products that have chemical products in them. Get yourself some highpowered vitamins, exercise, get an hour or two of sunshine, and have a positive and spiritual lifestyle. This should bring some great changes to your life for the better.

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To a woman on Turkey Creek: Don’t you have anything better to do than talk about people on Turkey Creek? All it boils down to is you are jealous because your daughter- in- law is your way to her father-inlaw because of her. She is standing in your way of his money. And as far as social services, they have nothing to hide. People like you drawing food stamps and checks is the reason her husband has to work every day. How do you know they don’t have bankroll? You need to clean your own back door and stop worrying about their back door. As far as the drugs go, you need to stop and think what you do and what your family.

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To that young lady on the front page of The Mountain Eagle hugging that other girl and crying: You may not like that picture, but as an older person I think it’s beautiful because you were really pouring your heart into it. That’s the beauty of it.

(Contributing photographer Chris Anderson did capture one heck of a picture there, didn’t he?)

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The Whitesburg High School Class of 1962 will be having a picnic June 25 at Fishpond Lake, starting at 1 p.m. The cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of food & drinks. You are welcome to bring a dish. For more information call Dean Wilcox, (606) 633-4567. Hope to see you there.

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I checked Topix out the other day. Man what a website. How can they allow people to be so mean on there? A lot of things they say may not even be true about a person, but still a lot of people get on there and badger the heck out of someone. You know some people are hurt easily. How would you feel if a thread you either started or a comment you made on a thread affected someone badly and caused them to hurt themselves or something. Here’s something else: We don’t know what another person might soon be faced with in their life. A lot of us go out there and don’t think about it or just don’t have a heart. What we say to them or do to them can either make it a little better or a lot worse. It takes a lot more muscles to frown than to smile. We should treat everyone as a friend. Some people are just so mean. Maybe smile and say hello to a stranger on the street. Make a tourist feel at home here. Don’t get so grumpy when someone makes your order wrong. Trust me, there’s a whole lot of worse and major things to worry about than griping someone out over something like that. Sometimes it makes you wish these people that don’t care could walk in someone else’s shoes for a while just to see.

I have nothing to do with this case, but I was reading in The Mountain Eagle where a man shoots a man twice and gets two years probation. Now where is the justice in that? We need the attorney general. Where is he in all this? I spoke my piece.

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I was watching the Jenkins City Council meeting on the government channel and the man who was sitting by Mayor G.C. Kincer kept clicking his ink pen. That is very irritating when I am trying to listen and I keep hearing that pen click.

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I am a concerned citizen of Letcher County. We have one of the prettiest lakes in eastern Kentucky and I have talked to two magistrates about opening up that lake for swimming and they came up with different excuses. I don’t see what the problem is. There was swimming before when they first opened it. You have to go to Virginia or Knott County to go swimming and that is one of the prettiest lakes we have. It’s beautiful up there. Open it for swimming and let the public enjoy it. If it is an insurance problem there isn’t insurance at Carr Creek Lake or in Virginia. Swim at your own risk. A sign is all you have to do. That would be a good thing to do in the summer.

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I just want to thank the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department for getting the little terror in Haymond. We wonder how long he will stay in jail this time and how many kids were saved this time.

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A 31- year- old woman got five years probation for all kinds of drugs. She got caught shoplifting. That broke her probation, but she is out running the roads. What did she do to get out of that? People will start wondering about things like this.

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This is to a certain person in Whitco. You think you have these neighbors scared, but you don’t. You better be watching your back. You will be the one who is scared, because these neighbors are tired of the way you are treating people around here. Don’t worry about your neighbor. Worry about yourself.

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Hey big mouth. You are just like your mama — all mouth and no action.

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To whoever is over the carwash at Jenkins: Please start making sure there is soap in the brushes.



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