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I think Congress should not be paid. They’ve put the whole country in jeopardy by not passing a budget and letting us go over the fiscal cliff.

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You know mother loves you. Does Mother know God loves you, too?

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There are two good talk shows on two different radio stations at two different times.

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Letcher County, let’s all write letters to the president about homosexuals. The Bible talks about homosexuals. Let’s get the word out to the president from Letcher County.

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TVS Internet customers, please check the speed test on speakeasy.net and see how much speed you have lost compared to the amount of money you pay. What was $19.95 is no more. The speed that was $24.95 is no more, and if you want the speed you thought you had at $24.95 you will now pay $29.95 to barely get enough speed to upload a picture. More later, after you test.

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Happy 31st birthday SKB. We love you.

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I was reading last week’s Mountain Eagle about the miners suing their coal company for lying to them, and I just wondered if any of those guys had been out demonstrating about how great coal was during the recent presidential election. It just strikes me how the coal companies have never been willing to pay the taxes they deserve to pay because it has always been to their advantage to have a poorly educated and desperate work force enslaved by the promise of the only high wage job available to them. What I mean is that the property taxes the coal companies got out of paying in the 1950s and 1960s — largely because they bought off corrupt tax assessors and court members — would have gone to pay for better schools in eastern Kentucky and maybe we wouldn’t still be so enslaved by ignorance today.

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I hear that the county judge’s office is celebrating because Letcher County Recreation Center ‘made’ $50,000. The problem is that it costs $600,000 to service the debt. So overall, counting mortgage payments, the county lost $550,000 on the Center. Filling that gap will take a full half our current severance tax income for this year, and will likely be a higher percentage as coal and gas decline further. Eventually it will take all of it, and then all plus some. What are we going to do when we can’t find enough severance tax to cover that annual shortfall? I know the Letcher Fiscal Court voted to levy as much taxes as it will take, but with maybe 25,000 people organized into fewer than 25 10,000 tax-paying households, covering a $600,000 shortfall is going to mean those households are not only be giving up other needed projects, but are going to have to pony up an additional $60 or more a year in taxes, when things are already right. Is any recreation center more important than clean water and all the other things our severance tax used to bring, or than the $60 worth of food those recreation center taxes could have bought?

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To my beautiful niece Ginger Sutton: I just want to let you know you are loved and missed every second of every day. I am so very proud to call you my niece although you feel more like a daughter to me. You are such a wonderful mother to my great nephew Noah. He is so smart and can say anything to be only two years old, and it’s all because of you and the time and patience you give to him. From the second you were born you had me by the heart and have held on tight ever since. You are the daughter I never had and always will be. You are my sweet angel and I miss you. Not only are you beautiful, you are smart, funny, loving and caring, you are a wonderful daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, aunt and friend. You are special and loved by all that know you. Sissy loves you, Ginger. Kiss my sweet boy Noah and tell him his Nanny loves him.

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Ladies, if you’re pregnant, it is with a baby. Think about that before you let them give you an abortion and destroy a life. And to the homosexuals who say they have the constitutional right to be together: I never read that in the Constitution, but somebody said it. You might get away with it on earth, but you won’t get away with it where you are going.

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Concerning safety at our schools, they don’t even have enough money to keep janitors let alone hire someone to protect them. Yeah, I’m still whistling Dixie in the south and watching you Mr. President. I haven’t seen you do anything. You know you are going to let us go over the fiscal cliff so you can have money to spend from our taxes.

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If the two million unemployed Americans are not going to be paid, then Congress should not be paid.

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I think everyone knows what a certain nurse got for Christmas. It is something that her kind dreams about.

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Good job, LCCHS Lady Cougars, for winning two games in San Diego this week. Way to go.

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We are proud of our LCCHS band and ROTC members for being invited to march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Lots of money still needs to be raised to send these kids to Washington, D.C. Please donate if you can.

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The Letcher County Recreation Center has the best pizza in town.

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How are we going to afford to drink milk at $7 or more a gallon if Congress doesn’t do something and pass a farm bill?

(At press time Tuesday, the potential doubling of milk prices would be averted as part of the compromise that White House and Senate Republicans reached on Sunday to keep the nation from going over the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Despite some Republican House members still voicing opposition to the bill Tuesday night, the agreement was expected to be approved by that chamber, too.)

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These Bible thumpers just never learn. Nobody ever took God out of America, because America was never officially a Christian nation. The Constitution is pretty clear about that. Mike Huckabee is a snake oil salesman and his followers are fools. The idea that having orchestrated prayer in schools would keep crazy gun nuts from killing children is ludicrous. How effective was school prayer at keeping priests from molesting thousands of children in the Catholic Church?

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Again, I am glad there are beer stores in Whitesburg, but my one complaint is the banners and posters advertising Bud and Bud Light. Do we have to advertise the two most popular beers in the world? And all the cigarette posters and billboards is overkill, too. Just do your business; do your job.

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I’d like to make a comment about some idiot who admitted to being James Ray Maggard’s aunt and said in Speak Your Piece that she wanted everyone to quit talking about him. I think she has serious problems. I would like to be the one to pull the switch on him.

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My request is that for the 2013 holiday season, Dr. David Narramore bring back the electronic elves and all the sweet stuff he used to have in his window on Main Street. My child saw this year’s display and just didn’t care. Last year my child was in awe.

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That woman who keeps bringing up the water issue at fiscal court meetings is not a champion of the people, and she certainly isn’t intelligent, as some of her fans proclaim. The court members are smirking because she is making a fool of herself. The people in Frankfort just pass her around because she is a crank and they have seen a lot of cranks before. She is railing against a county judge and a water board that are not in office anymore, but who were a lot more honorable and decent than about anybody we’ve ever had in office here. She is just a gadfly who wants to get on TV. She said she had learned a lot in Ohio. Evidently she didn’t learn enough to know that Ohio and Kentucky are different states and have different laws. Maybe they fund waterlines in Ohio that connect to nothing, but in Kentucky you have to have a supply of water before they will give you money to connect lines to it. Chris Yonts, another citizen from the same community, has behaved like a leader and shown good judgment and good manners. This woman has done the opposite and is just a glory seeker.

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I want to give a shoutout to my granny, Brenda Brown, who gets The Mountain Eagle. I love and miss you very much. I hope you had a Christmas as amazing as you. You are an amazing, wonderful, young-looking, and beautiful granny. Near or far, together or apart, the thought of you always warms my heart. Love always, Ginger and Noah.

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I am appalled at the behavior of some of the fiscal court members to community citizens. They were absolutely insulting to the lady who is working on a water problem for a small community, and they are pretty abrupt to other visitors and speakers. This is not the way for the court to be user-friendly. What such behavior will do is prevent citizen participation in government, something badly needed here. A lot of people can be easily intimidated by official government bodies, not the lady working on the water problem, fortunately, bless her heart. Others can, though, and can be deprived of their constitutional right to participate. A little more consideration seems to be in order.

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Drug use is increasing and crime is increasing, and they are directly related. There is no reason both won’t keep on increasing unless there is a major change in perspective on the drug problem, and that new perspective must emphasize treatment, instead of enforcement. The attempt to curb this complicated and ever more dangerous drug hazard has almost monopolized local police, has almost overwhelmed the judicial system, and has been extremely expensive. In the case of UNITE, it has been tremendously more expensive, with almost no practical results. There are constant reports on the number of pills destroyed and on the number of arrests, but none of it has even slowed the steady increase in activity or drug use. It’s time to admit what most recognize, and start shifting all this funding away from ineffective use to treatment efforts. It’s also time to recognize the urgency of this situation and how it is beginning to influence the way of life in eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and a chunk of eastern Tennessee.

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