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I just read a comment in Speak Your Piece that mentioned a child at Jenkins High School being injured. My son was in the same class as him and was a witness to it all. The teacher was sitting there and she wasn’t trying to control them and the accident happened and they took the child down to the nurse’s office. My son was talking to the principal and they threatened to pull him out of his college classes if he didn’t keep quiet about this incident. I really wonder what kind of place this is at Jenkins High School. I went there when I was growing up. I thought it was a good school, but now I am definitely worried about it.

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We have been with the local insurance company for 15 years. We’ve had no accidents, no tickets and no claims. We just assumed we were getting a good rate. They raised our rates $200 more a year, so I started checking around. I beat their rates at two different insurance companies by $50 a month with no extra charges either.

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School bus drivers, could you please slow down at the bridge near the recycling center? I understand that you are big and need a lot of room, but you could slow down and respect people that are already on the bridge.

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My daughter goes to Jenkins High School and told me about the incident where the young boy was hurt during class. She was in the AP biology class with him. They took the course and passed the class, but when it came time to take the final exam no one told them when and where to take the exam. The final exam was taken two weeks after school was let out. Out of all the kids in the class, only two kids in the class were told to show up. That means the rest of class did not pass the AP class. A whole year wasted because no one from the school called any of us. The two who took the test, their parent is a teacher there. What a shame.

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People of America you need to wake up. Voting for Obama is not the way to go. Look at the past four years. Look at his record. What has he done?

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This human trash steals our most precious belongings, burns our churches, makes us the drug capitol of the country, and daily endangers our lives, and after being caught never seem to be out of action very long. If we took action to protect ourselves, however, the law would be all over us — probably because they consider us less dangerous. We can’t consider taking the law into our hands, but we must toughen up and demand more from our sheriff, our county and commonwealth’s attorney, and from our judges. We are on the thin edge of losing any semblance of civilization.

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I have a reward for a black chihuahua with a white chest. His name is Kibbles. He has a hurt hind leg. He was lost at the old Sugar Shack on September 10. He was last seen at the Whitesburg Save-A-Lot and Whitesburg walking track area. Any information leading to return or his whereabouts will be greatly rewarded. He is absolutely priceless to us. Please call 634-6910 if you have any information.

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I can’t believe how an accused drug dealer who was indicted last summer is free to go to Michigan to get himself and two other people shot. What kind of justice system do we have in Letcher County? We all know for a fact there is drug dealing going on up and down Highway 7 in all of these little hollows. Why isn’t something being done about it? The police must know who is selling it and who is bringing it into Letcher County. We need new law enforcement in Letcher County. HIDTA needs to get off their behinds and do something. UNITE needs to get off their can and start working with the state police and come in here and do something.

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It seems that certain junkyard dealers are being allowed to make a ton of money at our expense, and them and the thieves will keep it up as long as they can. Our law has given them a license to steal. Our telephone service has been off and on for years until most people have given up and gotten cell phones. Now they have shown us that there is nothing, no matter how important it is to us, they won’t take.

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To all the people who work at Cumberland River Coal Company: Do not trust the company or that little union, because they will not stand behind you.

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I just saw in one of the Pikeville newspapers that Obama is embracing coal. I believe four years ago he said he would go away from coal and find alternative fuels for our power. Now instead of sticking with his guns he is changing his mind and saying coal is good when he said it was bad for the environment. He even pulled his executive privileges with the EPA to enforce the clean air regulations that Bush put into effect. Obama enforces so much that mines couldn’t get permits renewed and now he is embracing coal as something good. It’s kind of funny how a presidential election will make you backtrack and eat your own words to get what you want. I think we all need to think about it and think back to four years of what he said he would do and what he has done, which is pretty much nothing. He did get Obamacare, but all you people out there got a big surprise. It isn’t free, is it? You’ve got to pay for it. Free healthcare? I don’t think so.

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To the person who said King James may have been homosexual: I have never heard that before in my life, but if you have evidence of that I would like to know where I can find it other than what you said. I have never heard that, but please, if you can tell me where I can find that information, I would like to look it up for myself.

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Thank you, Speak Your Piece, for the public service you provide. It is through this forum that I was able to put a certain couple in their place. It is through this medium that I communicated to them, but not with them. Now, the whole county is laughing at them, not with them. Who am I? Sorry, you are wrong as opposed to correct.

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I would like to set the record straight about the Elvis impersonator at the Jenkins Homecoming Festival. He purchased a big, black limousine in order to make a big flash coming into the city park with a police escort. That was part of his act. When he left the park he asked for the police officer to drive the vehicle back out of the park for him because it was after dark and very congested. No, he was not under arrest. Furthermore, 99 percent of the feedback about our festival was overwhelmingly positive. Most everyone said it was our best festival ever. So, the critic can count his/herself among the one percent. If you 99 percent think this festival was good, you just wait to see what we have in store for you in 2013.

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I was glad to learn that presidential candidate Mitt Romney has shown his true colors about his real feelings about working class Americans. He has never known anything in his entire life but health, wealth and prosperity. He cannot relate to how the working class Americans struggle to make an honest living. If he had spent even one year of his life in a factory or coal mine or among the working poor, he would have a different perspective about the real world. It is obvious that he has the intellect of the famous billionaire Leona Helmsley who went to prison for income tax evasion. Remember her famous quote? ‘We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes’? My views are not a matter of political bias. I have voted Democrat, Republican and Independent. I vote for the person and issues. It is obvious that the Republican Party really screwed up in selecting a presidential candidate who is determined to keep the rich richer and poor poorer. Furthermore, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner are from the same mold. I can still see them on television with blood vessels popping out of their necks screaming, ‘We have to defeat this Obamacare bill.’ Are they so out of touch with the American people that they would defeat an initiative that would make affordable health care available for all Americans? There are 60 million Americans who cannot afford health care and they want to make sure they never have it. I am not talking about lazy bums who will not work; I am talking about men, women, children and elderly people who for whatever reason cannot afford health care. Here we are among the richest nations in the world, yet we are lagging 50 years behind in health care for the masses. If you are among those who think you will never need Social Security or Medicaid or Medicare or affordable prescription drugs or affordable health care, then you need to run as fast as you can run to the polls in November and vote for Mitt Romney.

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So the seniors at Boone Fork want a new senior center like the one at McRoberts? Well, how about doing what McRoberts did — work for it? Take a leaf from Jim Scott’s book. Go to Letcher Fiscal Court meetings and make requests, investigate ways and means, look at fund-raising possibilities, deal with contractors, solve problems, and put in the effort instead of whining. Jim slaved for years and invested hundreds, if not thousands, of hours every year to help McRoberts get a place for their seniors. To snipe at the success of McRobert’s while doing nothing smacks of envy and small-mindedness, and is certainly un-Christian. After all, doesn’t the Lord help those who help themselves? And I don’t think He means helping themselves to the fruits of McRoberts’s efforts by taking what McRoberts worked so hard for.

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Grave robbery has been one of the most disgusting, reprehensible crimes throughout history, and to have targeted World War II combat veterans seems especially repugnant to me. Why is there no news about what is being done about the violations of three cemeteries? Could it be that nothing is being done? Why aren’t there statements from officials? Do they consider this to be just another runof the-mill crime, and that the outrage will die down in a few days? I hope not. Have we become so calloused that nothing arouses us anymore?

(Something is being done. A report concerning what appears elsewhere in this section.)

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How is stealing a watch and selling it to a fence different from stealing a tombstone plaque and selling it to a trash dealer? I’ll bet it would be easier to explain having the watch. How could you possibly explain having the plaque? What is happening with this atrocious situation, and why aren’t we getting some news? It’s been three weeks now since the desecration was discovered.

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To my Prince Albert: I miss you. I saw her Jeep there. I hope we meet back up soon one morning.

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Why is Whitesburg so rotten? Whitesburg has lawyers that are so rotten.

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I have a heart full of gold when I am with my angel. I love you.

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Mitt Romney is exactly right when he complains about these sorry people who don’t even pay any income taxes. I don’t blame him for being tired of supporting all these deadbeats just because he has a little money and they don’t. If you don’t think Mr. Romney is correct in what he says, just look at all the check-drawers in this county. For me, I can’t wait until November when Obama is voted out and Romney is voted in. I don’t believe Mitt can do much about the coal situation, but I am confident he will start working on Day One to cut these food stamps and welfare and other entitlement checks to these deadbeats that make up about three-fourths of the people here in this sorry county of Letcher. Take it to them, soon-to-be Mr. President-elect. Cut their checks and food stamps off and put their sorry hillbilly pill-addicted behinds to work. You have the full support of working men and women like myself. I may not be rich, but I’m sick of supporting these first-ofthe month types what little I do have.

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This message is for LCCHS football coach Paul Rains. I heard you on the radio the other day talking with Kevin Day and you said that these boys that you are coaching have very little knowledge of the game. You don’t even know these boys, Coach. You have no idea what these boys can do, and I can’t wait to see how much knowledge you bring to the game.

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Whatever happened to earrings? Yeah, that is the one — the big bad wolf who made a fool of himself in a court of law back in July.

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I would just like to make a comment about one of your columnists, Jim Hightower. He is the most uninformed, left-winged idiot that I have ever read. I believe I will be canceling my subscription to your paper.

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I truly thought I would never get over my ex-wife when she divorced me for someone else. All it took was finding someone younger than her and better looking than her and I fell in love again.

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Today. This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it. I want it to be again. Not lost, good not evil, success not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it. Be happy, think happy, speak happy. After all, we’re here for a short while. If you ruin today grieving about yesterday or worrying about tomorrow, you’ve lost a day, and today is all we really have.

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To my man: I loved you then, I love you yesterday, I love you every day the rest of my life. I’ve been crazy over you and I know it. Your friends know it too. Loving you and that IQ. What’s wrong with face to face? Proverbs, Chapter 22: A good man is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

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‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal or act to improve the lot of others or strike out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’ Robert Kennedy.

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It is a sad time in America. Our nation is being destroyed by the Democrat Party. I would rather vote for a dog than vote for a Democrat, because they stand for anything that is ungodly and immoral and for murdering children through the practice called abortion. Our nation has innocent blood on its hands. The American people had better open their eyes and realize what is going on. I will say this: The Republicans and the Democrats need to repent of their sins and ask Jesus to have mercy on them instead of rejecting God. They better be asking God to not rain fire on this nation, and the American people need to turn from their evil ways. I do not want to perish with this ungodly generation. Jesus said if we were ashamed of Him in this sinful and adulterous generation, then He would be ashamed of us before the Father and His holy angels. You are going to stand before God for yourself. This is an individual thing between you and God. If you reject Jesus as most of our politicians have and you die in your sins, then you will open your eyes in eternal hell. I do not vote for politicians that promote sin of men lying with men. I am not a partaker in the ungodliness of this nation’s politicians. I vote against sin and liars.

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Kona, your drugs better not come to my house again. Thank you.

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I would like to add my outrage to that of the other callers about the cemetery desecration. I am particularly concerned about the lack of any news about follow-up by the officials. Several callers were right on target that the way to stop all this stealing of cemetery markers, copper wire, tools, and anything else that isn’t guarded, is to stop the markets that buy stolen stuff. How hard is it to tell what a gravestone marker is? What about a coil of copper wire? The sheriff said he had talked to employees of one of the yards. What has he done since? Has anyone been arrested or even being investigated, or has all this fallen through the cracks? What about the county attorney or commonwealth’s attorney? Do they have any responsibility or does the sheriff have to start the process? We have to depend on our elected officials to provide some action to protect us from these things. If they don’t we are in bad shape.

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The Boy Scouts of America did not report 80 percent of the 500 allegations of child sexual abuse it received over several decades to police, a review of its confidential ‘perversion files’ has found. Most volunteers or employees accused of abusing Boy Scouts were allowed to quietly leave for false reasons to protect the organization’s reputation. Is this what it means on their website where it says ‘Young people need faith. There is abundant evidence that children benefit from the moral compass provided by religious tradition. We acknowledge that faith can become an important part of a child’s identity. Each of the major faiths breeds hope, optimism, compassion, and a belief in a better tomorrow. Scouting encourages each young person to begin a spiritual journey through the practice of his or her faith tradition. One of the key tenets of Scouting is duty to God’? Are they copying the Catholic Church?

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Letcher County Christians, our country in big trouble, so please pray every day for our people and our children. Drugs are a big problem and we need big help. Read Mark 11:24. We live in a world broken by drugs and its effects on genetic weaknesses. Avoid the pitfall. Don’t be a victim. Drugs are the biggest mistake of your life. Do not do this to yourself. Please say no and love yourself, OK? You don’t have to be a sneak. You can live a life full of promise. Go for it.

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I have a shadow. He sees all. He knows all. He is with me always. God makes it right. I wouldn’t have it any other way. God, give my shadow the strength to take care of me.



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