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Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday.

In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net

To a certain person: Was that you at Walmart recently? It’s only been 22 years. I’d love to get together for old time’s sake. If it was you and you feel the same way, respond in Speak Your Piece. By the way, you looked great. Can’t seem to get you off of my mind. Here we go again. Let me know it’s you by telling me something that only you and I would know. Anxiously awaiting your response.

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I wonder why in the world The Mountain Eagle can’t have all of the obituaries on one place in the paper instead of having them scattered all over. I think the dead deserve better than that.

(We happen to think the dead deserve a headlined story rather than having their obituary crammed onto a single page with others. It’s the way we’ve done it since 1957, and it’s the way we’ll keep doing it as a show of respect.)

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To a man in Jenkins: When you work on your vehicle, you should put the right size britches on. When you bend over you expose your rear end to everybody coming up and down the street. It looks a lot like your face.

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I wonder if a certain woman really thinks she deserves her home after all the men she partied with when she was young.

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To a certain person: I hope you have a good day and a good life. I really enjoyed talking to you. You are always there to listen to me. You are the best friend I have. Please have a good day.

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To a girl who lives at Payne Gap: Your husband has been cheating on you for the second time, so watch where he goes.

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This is concerning the comment in Speak Your Piece by someone talking about making the county wet: The editor came back and said they didn’t make the county wet, they just made Whitesburg wet. Here is what happens as far as wet goes. For a person who drinks, no matter where they are they will find a drink somewhere like everything else. It doesn’t matter if the county went wet or dry, if a person wants a drink they will find it. I used to drink. I know. If I had to drive 50 miles, I would find me a drink. That is the way it is, wet or dry.

(Perhaps what you just described is the reason the U.S. government gave up on trying to enforce the prohibition of alcohol near the end of 1933.)

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I’d like to voice my opinion about some of the grocery stores. You go and they don’t have enough cashiers working. If I go in and I’m in a hurry, then I’ve got to just leave. They should open more, especially around the first of the month. I just came out of one certain store where one register was open and I’ve got to go to work.

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Our insurance agent thinks our drinking water causes cancer. Every college professor I have ever talked to thinks our drinking water causes cancer. How come they don’t talk about fixing the cause of cancer instead of treating cancer? What is wrong with this picture? Everybody knows the water causes cancer. Nobody can do anything.

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Percy Sledge and his band put on a great show, but the police were unprofessional. They don’t want you to move around or anything. You couldn’t get close to the stage or dance. You couldn’t even get up to get food while the entertainment was on. At other shows in Kentucky for oldies and beach music you are allowed to do that. Just watch the Letcher County Government Channel’s film of Jenkins Days and you will see people dancing close to the stage and there were no problems. I think the Whitesburg police were really unprofessional at the Fourth of July celebration. If others think that too they should call Speak Your Piece.

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This is to my mother and father: You have a son and a daughter who live out of town, but you only choose to associate with the two who live in Whitesburg. You call yourselves Christians and you go to church every Sunday. Maybe somebody ought to contact the preacher and have him pray extra hard for you. By the way, let’s not forget about my father crawling in the bed with me on my prom night.

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This is concerning the chief of police of Whitesburg. I went to the fireworks show at the city park and saw the city council members there. It was shameful that very few had T-shirts on to represent where they work and where they are from. Where were the others’ T-shirts? That’s not fair. If you buy one, you should buy all.

(Seriously? What if some of them simply wanted to wear something other than a T-shirt?)

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I saw a man yesterday in a grocery store with no shirt on and he had tattoos all over him. It was a pitiful sight. It was something else. With all of the designs of the tattoos, it looked like he had a shirt on. I don’t know why people are doing this. With tattoos and cell phones, what is this world coming to?

(just think, if you’d have had one of the cell phones you’re complaining about you could have used it to snap the guy’s picture and submitted it to one of those ‘Low Class Shopper’ photo features that show up in nearly everyone’s e-mail folder.)

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Have a good day. I love you.

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This is in reference to the comment about the woman’s husband cheating again: Can you be more specific on who it is, please?

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If the police want to investigate me about my angel, I will be more than glad to tell them. And I love the angel and I want the world to know it.

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To the two Johnson boys accused of being involved in copper theft: We owe them an apology. I would like to say I am sorry to those guys. They were found to be not guilty on that.

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I miss someone very much and I hope you are reading this. This is the only way I know to let you know I miss you and you know who this is. We lived together for seven amazing years. We had a lot of hard times and good times. We are not together now, but I want you to know that you are always on my mind and in my heart. I want you to know that I miss you.

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I have figured out a way to discourage tailgaters from driving too close to the bumper of your car: Turn your windshield washer on. When you turn it on and they’re too close it will get their windshield wet also. That will either cause them to back off a little and give you some breathing room, or will irritate the snot out of them. It’s win/win.

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A Kentucky State Police trooper named Burton, after serving his shift and only sleeping about an hour before he was called out of bed to come to Letcher County and work a wreck that involved property damage, has been very nice and shown good etiquette. It seems the entire county and state police force who normally cover Letcher County were looking for this terribly hardened criminal that had escaped from the elevator stop at the Whitesburg jail and could not leave the horrific chase. I think he had only a misdemeanor case, but one would have thought he was an escaped serial killer armed with a riot gun. However, the nice part of this is story that the state police officer from the Harlan post was nice, well mannered, and actually helped move some of the tree debris knocked into the highway by the alleged intoxicated driver that was involved in the accident. He even called the state highway garage to cut some of the tree out of the highway before another accident happened. Just thought I would write this comment since this is the way I heard the story from those at the scene. This is rather unusual, since many of the police in this county are smart mouthed and arrogant in my learned opinion. This one from Harlan deserves some praise for being the second one I have heard of or known personally in about 20 years that had some type of good quality. Oh yeah, the only other one with manners is retired now. His last name is Combs.

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While the police have little or no evidence on the black man who is being charged with complicity to the murder of his friend, Letcher County will make him pay for being here.

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A certain restaurant in Neon is a joke. It took well over an hour and a half to get a 20-minute order. There were only two girls working and I felt sorry for them. They were overwhelmed. The owner was nowhere to be seen. They owner needs to hire more help or close the place down. It was pure chaos.

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Hello. My name is Debbie Reiber. My grandfather was Charles Justice. Simeon Justice was my greatgrandfather. I have been told Simeon was involved with the Indian Bottom Church. I am interested in visiting the Indian Bottom Church. I would also like to attend services on a Sunday if the church is still holding services. I am a member of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio, with Rod Parsley as my pastor. I have wanted to visit Indian Bottom for quite a while. I hope someone can help me.

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I went to dinner with a lady the other day, but while I was out I was thinking of my son. When I got home he said, ‘I missed you Dad.’ I felt like I had won the lottery. My son, how I love him. He makes me laugh makes me cry and makes me feel so proud to be called Dad.



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