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To all you school administrators and school board members: I was wondering what emergency plans, drills, and preparations in general have been made for our local schools to prevent mass shooting incidents, kidnappings, and violence in general. I asked some teachers and they said the only emergency plans they were aware of were for natural disasters. It is time to develop some plans for these human nut disasters. I’m sure you can get plenty of professional help, especially now, to develop and implement these plans. Practically anyone can enter any school in the county simply by knowing a student’s name or by waiting until someone else enters. I do know that some of the schools take some precautions now, but I hope in light of the escalation of these violent acts that the school officials will focus more on the safety of the kids. Also, what’s up with the speed of some of the school buses? I can’t imagine trying to keep a vehicle that size on the road at the speeds some of the drivers are driving. No seatbelts for school buses either. Anyone know why? Signed, Concerned

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Just a little warning to everyone who may be thinking about having pictures taken at a portrait studio. Do not take your children to a certain place and have their pictures taken. My daughter took my five-month-old grandson there and they took the worst pictures ever. They do not pose them. They laid him flat out on the floor in front of the Christmas scene they had. They took horrible pictures. My daughter and son-in-law were also in a picture. They didn’t do them with poses and they could stand or do whatever they wanted to in them.

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I’d like to make a comment about whites and blacks marrying. I don’t think that is right. I don’t see why people think that is okay, because God said for you to marry your own kind. A black person isn’t meant to be with a white person. It just doesn’t look right. In my opinion, if something doesn’t look right it isn’t right. Think about this.

(You do realize we are nearing the end of 2012, don’t you?)

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I think by now everyone knows what a certain nurse has been with and the reason she divorced her husband.

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Hang in there, Harley. We love you, baby.

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To all you people in Letcher County: Do you think it is fair that Harley Slone is the only person that will have to pay the price for the stolen grave plaques that were bought by Mitchell Wright? Mitchell, God will have the last say. I don’t know how you sleep at night. Vengeance is mine said the Lord.

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I think a certain woman should have told her exhusband who she had been with and what she had done before she married him.

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Congratulations to Keith Adams and the Fleming- Neon Middle School drama club on a job well done. They did a fantastic job performing ‘Annie Jr.’ It’s hard to believe that these students are just in middle school.

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I’m a senior citizen and I attend the Boone Fork Senior Citizens Center in Fleming. The building is in dire need of repair. We now see where they are repairing the Blackey Senior Citizens Building and we want to know why we can’t get repairs done to our building. We have a good attendance and we have a lot of womenfolk who come. We want Jim Ward to know that we vote, too.

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Why doesn’t the Letcher County Public School System have enough aides to help children? They need an aide to work with them. That promotes better learning. Where do all of our tax dollars go besides paying the coaches? Why don’t they take some of that away and give it to some of the aides to help the children instead of just a ballgame?

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This is concerning the nude photos on cell phones: Yes, we know the law. I think this former student has been punished enough by his name getting put on the front page. Where is the girl’s name? Yeah, I know, she was a minor. It doesn’t matter if the girl was 13 or 15, she knew what she was doing. Teenagers will be teenagers. Him forwarding the pictures wasn’t right, but give the kid a break. He is a teenage boy. Before you judge me, I have two teenage daughters so don’t. If they were the ones who sent the pictures, well … they can live and learn. That’s part of growing up. Make the child do community service or something. He’ll be all right. Maybe the girl will know not to do this anymore, too. Lesson learned.

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Would someone please respond or tell me if it is a sin to color your hair? A lot of people think it is. They think you should just let it go. I would just like to know if it is a sin or not.

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Would somebody please explain to me what makes it right for people who pick their children up at the Burdine school to carry a dang dog in there and sit and hold the dog while they are waiting on their kids? If I see this again, I am going to call Superintendent Watts. Or I may go home and get my two pit bulldogs and bring them in and see what people think of them.

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If you are not supposed to eat the fish out of Fishtrap Lake because of the mercury in the water, how is it that water from the lake gets purified before it gets into the water system? Should you not drink the water as often as you eat the fish? I wonder about this. Nobody says anything. If you can’t eat fish from Fishtrap more than once a month, then how can you drink water from Fishtrap?

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I enjoy reading Speak Your Piece, but a real turnoff is somebody who writes and takes up a whole page. They don’t realize that nobody will read it. Keep it short.

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I have a solution for the outraged citizens about the one-armed bandit. Give the man a helping hand. I’m sure he’ll have a good Christmas.

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I am sick of people like Governor Mike Huckabee and the gun shop owner in Texas who say 20 little six- and seven-year-old babies are dead because we have ‘taken God out of our schools.’ How dare you people. You are nothing but scum seeking to profit from a tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting. Baby children weren’t not being murdered in the schools in the Fifties and Sixties simply because you were forced to pray every day. No, back then hardly anyone, much less a mentally ill young man, could get their hands on semiautomatic weapons needed to carry out such carnage. I hunt deer and own highpowered rifles myself, but I’m also willing to admit that something has to be done to control these militarystyle weapons. I just cannot believe these babies were murdered in our country in that fashion.

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I can’t believe all of these mothers who take their children out in public with their faces pink and coughing every breathe. Let’s make a citizen’s arrest and notify social services. That child should have been home in the bed.

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To the little lady in my family who has been molested by a family member: They are grown now and you are grown now. You are very hurt over it, but it is not your fault. And you are blaming yourself and you are blaming even people in the family over it, which I guess to some extent some of them are responsible. But you need to watch that lady preacher on television, Joyce Meyer. She tells it openly on television about her daddy and the way he did her. Maybe I am wrong, but I think you would feel better if you would confront that person and tell them. You are a good person. We still love you.

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When you are washing a dog, a small child or an elderly person, you bathe them not bath them. And you don’t pronounce the ‘s’ at the end of Illinois.

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Surprise! I guess the principal at Arlie Boggs Elementary School really has you fooled. This is to the person who made the comment how honest he is and how good he is: That doesn’t mean he is a good principal. He’s got the wool pulled over your eyes, honey. News flash: You’re going to learn the hard way how some people are. Some people don’t think he makes a very good principal.

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The greatest gift God ever gave mankind was his son, Jesus. Repent and believe before it is too late. The kingdom of God is at hand.

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The Bible says ‘How the tree falls so shall it lie.’ If you die in your sins, where Jesus is you cannot go. Repent before it is too late or you will forever spend eternity in hell. Do you want to go to hell? I don’t.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! That is what the president says when he walks in front of Congress. That is what you are doing, Mr. President. You are putting us all in the hole. You know the platform, homosexuality and illegal immigrants. What can we expect from you? They voted you in there.

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Condolences go out to the dumb you-know-what who went in and slaughtered 20 children and six adults in the school in Connecticut. I said a long time ago there needs to be two National Guard soldiers at every school in the United States. Then this wouldn’t happen.

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I wish you all some happy holidays. I am a Christian. I believe Jesus Christ died for us. God bless America and every true citizen in it.

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There was plenty of warning to the fiscal court to avoid its frivolous spending, and very few have been surprised by the coal recession and the corresponding need to spend very carefully. A large part of the county was against the recreation center and horse trails because they knew they would be of no benefit to them, and would probably cut into money which was badly needed for other things — things like good water and community centers. The court went ahead with egodriven projects, though, and got tremendous satisfaction, no doubt, from seeing themselves glorified on the government channel for hours. Now they are seeing tremendous resentment from the shape they have put the people in. I just hope that resentment will last until election, and that they realize that ‘pride goeth before a fall.’

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This is to all the calls that I have gotten concerning the Chihuahua that was given away. The little dog is no longer available and I appreciate all of the phone calls I received. I have another dog. It is a Doberman mix. I would like to give her away, too. She is a great hunting dog. If anybody is interested in her, the phone number is 855-8229.

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While I am very pleased that we now have alcohol sales in Whitesburg, I am a little disappointed at the venues. A local big box store gave it up as an afterthought. A drugstore has a very small selection. Two small beer stores in the Ermine area appear to have been woefully unprepared. The local grocery store does a fair job. I was just hoping for a little more.

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To the public: I think someone needs to check and see if a man fell out of a wheelchair and had to lie in the floor for three hours before they picked him up at a certain nursing home.

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Good Article on the elder abuse charges. It is a crime of which most are not aware, and I was surprised to see the indictments in Letcher County. It should be the same for anyone who takes all the money from a poor Vietnam veteran, leaving him with nothing for his own personal needs and funeral expenses. Help wanted.

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The devil visited Connecticut Friday morning at that school. God help us. We need it.

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Old age is no excuse for acting badly and having no manners.

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This is concerning the recent story about Ron Mills, the state surface mining official who was fired for blocking illegal permits. It is the truth. A February 2012 permit, the state allowed parent company Arch Coal/ICG Hazard allowed to move the grave of Jefferson Sizemore, a Civil War hero. The family was outraged, especially when the coal company presented a plat to the judge of the presiding court showing said Sizemore being in Perry County and not in Breathitt County per valid deed. More interesting was when I visited all those persons whose homes and businesses were shown in the mining permit, all stated no knowledge of homes, land, businesses or cemeteries being permitted for mining. All expressed anger. Oh, the EPA also did a blanket permit for said site. The ‘War on Coal’ is a myth. It’s actually the War on People/Residents/Communities. God have mercy on us all. A senior citizen.

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Would you all please stop repeating the same thing over and over and over. My condolences and my prayers go out to Dradrick Fleming and his family. God rest his soul and God bless his family. Please stop repeating about him being an underground coalminer. James Ray Maggard, my nephew, was an underground coal miner, too, until his daddy died and his wife divorced him at the same time. He has been accused of this. He has not been convicted yet. Would you just please stop doing this? This is not fair.

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To the thieves who are stealing copper lines from Little Cowan: We have an idea of who you are and you are going to get caught and will be prosecuted. So watch your Ps and Qs.

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Dear Speak Your Piece. It looks like Kentucky gets to come in last again. Colorado and Washington and 16 other states will now make money off of marijuana. Kentucky will get nothing but more Lorcet, Percocet and oxycodone 30s.

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Happy third birthday to Gavin Tyler Guthrie, whose birthday was on December 2. Love, Mommy, Daddy, Sissy, Mamaw, Papaw, Auntie and Uncle. And happy birthday to Auntie, whose big day was December 10. We love you. From Jasmine and Gavin.

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When the Word of God says to ‘study (and) show yourself approved a workman unto God’ and this so-called preacher says no, we can’t have Bible study, would this be called a good man of God, or would this be called anti-Christ?

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Apparently the American people think that our nation has become a circus as they have elected jokers and clowns to run it.

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This is to whoever is running the former Black Mountain/ Cumberland Resources operations purchased by Alpha Natural Resources: Recently, have laid off some men and made changes at one of your plants. These men have families and it’s Christmastime. Still, one of your employees continues to use his company truck to meet his girlfriends. He also did this when he worked elsewhere. If you are going to cut spending, maybe you need to start watching this guy a little closer. Either his wife does not care or he is a good liar.

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To Candy Cane: Written in ink, sealed with a kiss, I love the woman who’s reading this./Your eyes like diamonds, your lips like wine. I’m so glad that I made you mine./If I pass into heaven and you’re not there, I’ll carve your name in the golden stairs./If you’re not there by Judgment Day, I’ll know you went the other way./I’ll gladly give back my golden wings and all the other heavenly things./And just to prove my love is true, I’d go to hell to be with you. From your loving husband.

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The sentences given in the metal marker theft case are a very good indicator of just how twisted, unfair and ineffective our court system has become. People in this area deserve better than they get in many ways, but the worst treatment they get from government must be in the way the law is administered. This problem needs a lot of oversight from somewhere.

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We have a lying organization called the ACLU that has brought reproach on our great nation because our yellow-backed, coward politicians have no backbone to tell them that the American people have freedom of religion. If that offends you, then just be offended. I can pray to my true and living God who created the heavens and the Earth anytime I please, because my God gave me the freedom to do so and no organization or any other power on this Earth can stop me. When I go to school, if I do, my God goes with me. My God is not dead. Some religions that serve dead gods can leave theirs out by the flagpole and pick him back up on their way back outside. What good is a dead god? My God is alive. My God has all power in heaven and Earth. Every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. My God still saves. My God still heals. My God will soon shake the heavens and the Earth, and you need to know my God. Repent of your sins and ask Jesus to save you so you will be ready to meet God. My God’s name is Jesus.

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News reports of drug busts often say that city policemen, county deputies, and UNITE personnel were involved. What I would like to know, and I think it’s very important that it be known to everybody, is how do the salaries of the people in the three units compare? The work and the dangers involved are probably about the same. How about the pay?

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Merry Christmas to Kara Miles and family, Jerry and Nelly Fields, Margie Sturgill and all of theirs, Gwendolyn Pack, Leslie Adams our niece, the Shorts and Paiges, Whitesburg Housing Project, men and women at the Letcher County Jail, and the ones in the nursing home. May God bless you one and all throughout the year, and bless the homeless most of all. Jesus loves you all. Thank you. Stanley Pack.

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First of all I’d like to wish all my home boys — at KSR Boo Sambo, Jermaine and at KSP, Lil Rick, also at EKCC, Moe, Paul, Mike, Dusto, Jody, Stevie — a merry Christmas. Also, I wish my Uncle Rick a merry Christmas at LCJ. I love you, dude. If you’re still there, I’ll see you in May or June when I serve out this nickel. And to all my family, Merry Christmas and have a great New Year. Also, I want to wish Amy a merry Christmas at WKCC. From J.B.



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