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To all of you people who own property the gas companies want to cross and are offering you nothing but a cup of coffee: Just remember that back in the 1800s they came through here and bought billions and trillions of dollars’ worth of mineral rights for about five cents an acre. And now they’re wanting to cross us by offering the same cheap money they gave the people back then? You can get a whole lot more out of them, because I did. Don’t let them beat you out of your money. Bye.

Why is it the gas people will come onto your property and hang up flags and put down roots without asking you anything? They’ll go around talking to all of the women in the community, but they won’t talk to the men. That’s because they don’t have the guts to do it. Have a nice day.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I want my honey to keep me happy. That’s all I want. And that I am.

I just want to warn the public that I went into a certain store a couple of weeks ago to purchase a pair of shoes. I used a debit card. Later, when I got my bank statement, there were three additional purchases made on my debit card. When I contacted the bank they assured me that my PIN number had been used. This is a warning to the public. You better be careful. When the employees of certain stores watch you use your debit card they will get your card number and use your PIN number to obtain access to your account. The bank says that because the PIN number was used I don’t really have a case.

(Have you talked to the police about your situation? They should be able to let you know if you have a case or not.)

To a certain man: Funny how things change concerning your mother whenever a little bit of money comes into play. It wasn’t too long ago that you were talking about your brother who lives out of state and how nasty his house was and how you couldn’t stay there and had to leave. It’s really odd how people can change when someone dies and insurance money comes into play. Thank you.

To the people who live in a certain apartment: You may think you’re fooling a lot of people by going to church, but we all know you come straight home and sell dope. What makes you think you’re not going to get busted? Don’t you ever stop and think about the consequences? Do you even know the definition of a hypocrite? Thought I’d let you know it’s just a matter of days. Good luck trying to keep your oldest child out of prison and your grandchild out of foster care. I’ll say a real prayer for you tonight. God bless you.

To whoever is trying to run Letcher School: Okay, let’s stop bribing those kids down there so you all can have perfect attendance. Here’s what’s going on: If you don’t miss school, some of the nine- and ten-year-old kids get an extra thirty minutes of play time outside while the other kids – whether it’s one or five – who had an appointment with a doctor or dentist get punished and don’t get to go outside. It’s not fair for them to have to stay inside and work while the others are outside. Do we as parents have to come down there on you? No kid should be punished for having an orthodontist appointment once a month. These kids have to miss in order to go to Hazard or wherever to the dentist. Some of those businesses close at three.

The adulterers in the United States – men and women – should also be given two-hundred lashes and made to serve ten years in prison for doing what they do. That’s fair. Men or women, it doesn’t matter. They should be subjected to two-hundred lashes and prison for doing what they do. It’s not right. Thank you.

Santa has always said ‘Ho Ho Ho.’ If the women who find Santa’s trademark laugh offensive weren’t such whores, they would understand it’s just tradition.

If the police think they’ve cleaned up the drug dealing in Doty Creek they are badly mistaken. Doty Creek is alive and well with drug dealers.

To all the coal companies: If you’re having trouble keeping ATVs off your mine sites I strongly suggest you hire Storm Security. I like to ride my ATV on the strip job in the head of Marshall’s Branch, but every time I try to go in there the patrol officer is there waiting to put me back out. How do they know to be there? Somebody tell me.

To the guy who wants his wife to get a job: Don’t you know it’s the man’s place to work and support his family? If you love her you will do just that.

Sometimes they ask me how I can stand spending most of my time by myself. I always tell whoever that I am never alone, I always have the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit with me – my god, my master and my best friend. They don’t lie, cheat and steal from me, although sometimes I am ashamed of some of the things I do in front of them. But when I ask, they do forgive me. I know the day is coming when the past will become the present and the present will become the future – for some the beginning, for others the end. It will be paradise on earth. Eternity begins. You better think about it.

I would like to wish Shiela Bernice Dixon a belated happy birthday. She turned 21 years old on November 19.

There’s too much speeding on the main road in Dunham. We need to have a roadblock up here.

I hate to say this, but it looks like the Cougars’ dream season has come to an end at the hands of the Fort Thomas Highlands Bluebirds – a multiple state champion powerhouse and premier athletic team. But I would like to congratulate the Cougars on a nice season. I predicted the score would be Highlands 77 and Letcher Central 6. Thank you.

To an ex-best friend of mine who is a police officer: You lied to me many times. I will never listen to you again, because all you did was make my life miserable. And let me tell you something else, pal. Your days of taking up for drug dealers is over.

I just have one question for Judge/Executive Jim Ward: When you campaigned for office you promised everybody that you were going to bring industry in to Letcher County. You have done nothing of the sort yet. Think about it, Jim. You ought to live up to your promises. You have done nothing for the Isom- Jeremiah-Blackey area.

To a certain man: You said you don’t have a relationship with any of your family, but we always went to Myrtle Beach and other places with you before we had to quit because you got so verbally abusive to your wife. Then when it got a little physical and you had to draw a pistol on her to keep her at home we had to call a stop to the relationship. Then you would go to your sister and aunt and talk about your brother and sister-in-law from out-of-state. You said they were nasty and ate up all of your food and drank four Cokes at one time. And you talk about relationship? I think you need to get your priorities straight.

I just want to let the world know that I love everybody regardless of what they do, where they go, and how they do it. And I am getting tired of being judged about what I do and when I do it and how I do and who I love. It tells you in the Bible to love another the way you would have them love you. So it’s time some people grew up and realized that. Thank you very much.

Thanks to April, Gerovene, Jenny, Carly, Brenda, my son and family, Kingscreek Senior Citizens, ARH Home Health, and Dr. Tidal for helping me to walk again. Love, Barb.

Don’t mess with that crazy woman. She has a gun. I’m afraid she’ll use it, too. Just because the lights are off doesn’t mean she’s asleep, either.

To Beavis and Butt-head at the slope: We are taking up donation for your gas problem. We hope to get you all some help soon.

This is Janice responding to the comment in last week’s Speak Your Piece which said, ‘I will always love you. Nothing can change that.’ Please call me on the phone. If I’m not home, leave a message on the answering machine. Thank you very much.

To a certain ex-landlord of ours: You need to watch who you say things to about your previous renters, because things do get back to people. Yeah, wow, we were three days late on the rent, and you had our deposit, which makes up for the days we were late, and then some. The only reason we were even late is because we had found a better place that was not infested with bugs. When we moved in all kinds of things were promised to us, like that the heat was working, and there were no leaks in the house. Well, when we told you about this you pretty much ignored us, while we were sitting in the cold practically freezing to death. Not to mention me almost getting burned alive with the faulty stove-top that literally shot flames in my face when it was first used. You sure do make a lot of false promises. Well, I guess all that extra money you have lying around gets blown on booze. You know, it is pretty crappy to do someone the way you did us, like coming in without notice and taking pictures inside of the place while we were eating dinner, just so you get another loan from the bank, which should have been used to fix the heat and get rid of the flies and bugs that continuously flew in the house due to your nasty mutts behind the house who kept the whole neighborhood awake barking constantly. I wonder if a certain official who lives near the property knows what all went on with you and your friends while you were hanging out and doing drugs beside the place we were renting? I’m sure he can see what goes on from on top of that hill. We have pictures of the place when we first moved in and then pictures when we moved out. Surprise, surprise – it was much cleaner when we left. And last but certainly not least, we had a camera hooked up outside the place while we were gone, since you seemed to loiter around up there quite often, and guess who’s smiling face was captured stealing a $2 bag of dog food? So watch what you say to people, because we all know you have a case pending in court. Another one wouldn’t look good, now would it?

There’s a house up in Westwood who has their garbage out in their street. I want to let them know that it makes the neighborhood look ugly with their trash all about. Every time I drive up through there the road is just covered in their filth. They should learn to clean up their mess.

A certain man needs to make sure the babies are his before he marries her. It’s a toss up, when she slept with five guys in one day not long before they got together.

Congressman Hal Rogers has put one of the biggest scams in history on this region with his Operation UNITE. It is filling the jails with people who should be undergoing treatment, at worst. It is clogging the court schedules. It is allowing bigger criminals to escape detection, with all the confusion. It is taking millions from better use with it’s swollen salaries.

‘The Definition Of A Scab: After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a cork-screw soul, a waterlogged brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles. When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of Hell to keep him out. No man has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with. Judas Iscariot was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab has not. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas Iscariot sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commission in the British Army. The modern strikebreaker sells his birthright, his country, his wife, his children and his fellow men for an unfulfilled promise from his employer, trust or corporation. Esau was a traitor to himself: Judas Iscariot was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country; a strikebreaker is a traitor to his God, his country, his wife, his family and his class.’ By Jack London (1906).

I know that the sheriff is arresting a bunch of people, and these aren’t two dollar drug arrests. Some of them are getting indicted, thirteen this past week, twenty or twenty-five a week or two ago, etc. My question is this – now where do they go? I never see any convictions.

Letcher County Central High School needs to be more focused on the education of the students instead of being focused just on sports.

Who was in a shoutin’ and cussin’ match in the courthouse a few days ago? It got rough when the lawyer was accused of using drugs. You could hear it all in the hall.

I sure hope some new people run for office in this county. We might could clean house if everybody would get some backbone. Never thought I would see a cross dresser or black person or a woman as president. But change is good. I still say vote for Giuliani.

What kind of school teacher would write love letters to a student? One that’s married and stupid. One that shows anybody can be a teacher. One that will be singing ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ soon. That’s what you will be singing then girl.

I think it’s a shame the Letcher County Board of Education and the Letcher County fire departments cannot let the public know there is going to be a mock accident at the schools better than what they did on November 20. I work nights and I was not aware of any of this until my wife woke me and told me there had been an explosion at the school, with many hurt and some missing. I was upset at not being able to get in touch with my daughter. I called all kinds of people trying to find out if she was OK or hurt. After an hour of doing this, all I could find out was that nobody was allowed on the school property. After one and half hours of being torn up like a train wreck I found out it was only a drill. I called the school board, and they said they let people know for over two weeks by using signs on school property and on both sides of the road at the school entrance. They said they also had it announced on the radio station for two weeks. I don’t know about the signs at the road or school, but that’s a lie about the radio and TV. I called the radio station after board told me they had advertised it, and the radio station said they got fax the day before the drill. I listen to the station all night long and I did not hear anything about it. It also was not in The Mountain Eagle. Nor was it on TV, as 57 Mountain News said they didn’t know about it, either. But boy, if it’s about sports you can start at the Knott-Letcher line and see balloons, signs, and tarps painted all the way to Whitesburg. Wake up and stop scaring people to death. Just think how many people with kids in school have scanners. And what about the grandparents and all the other kin? What if one parent like me was driving to get to hospital or school wrecked because their mind was on their kid for one practice drill that was a fake and not even real? Would that be published. Yes. The story would say ‘A Letcher County man was killed in a car wreck last Tuesday morning on the way to see if his child survived an explosion that was reported earlier that day.’ Do you see point I’m trying to get across? Think of all things, not just one. Remember it’s me working for a living and paying school taxes to pay your wages to inform people better. You waste tax dollars for sports signs, ribbons and balloons, but not on the important things. Signed one of many mad and upset people.

Remember those less fortunate than you during this holiday season.

When will Little Cowan get city water? We’re patiently waiting for water.

I agree with the guy that said the striking nurses are out for themselves, as I have taken my kids to the emergency room at the Whitesburg ARH and that is why I don’t anymore. It’s not the doctors. The RN’s were always rude and hateful and uncaring, just like the X-ray staff is. They make you feel like they are always looking down there noses at you. They show no Christian love or compassion – just cruelty and vanity.

(Isn’t it going just a little too far to say every nurse in the emergency room and every member of the X-ray staff at the Whitesburg hospital is hateful and uncaring and cruel and vain? That’s just not true.)

I would like to take this time to thank the Fleming-Neon’s PRIDE Coordinator for having someone to come and pick up the trash on the side of the road from Goose Creek to Neon. It’s shame the coordinator had to get inmates from the Letcher County Jail to do the work that the residents are too lazy to do. Apparently no one in the Fleming- Neon area has any pride in their community. They should be out there every time when there is a cleanup scheduled. People, take pride in your neighborhood.

Hello. My name is David. I am sending this message to my family and friends in Whitesburg, and the surrounding areas. I now reside in Alabama and have been in law enforcement for several years now. My mother resides in Colson where I went to elementary school. I graduated from Whitesburg High in 1985 with my best friend Clint. I have lost contact with everybody over the years due to the Marine Corps and my current job. To my mother Nancy and my sister Sheila and her husband Gary, I would very much like to see everyone. Clint, to you and your wife Cherry, I wish I could get your phone number so I could contact you. If you still do not know who I am, I lived in Buckcreek. Mother, Clint do you still live there? Call if you can. I hope to find your numbers so I can make contact with you in the near future.

To a certain married woman: I heard you found a condom behind your washer or dryer. I heard your husband and you got into a big argument about this. I was told that your husband told you the condom wasn’t his – that someone else – another person – had put it behind the washer or dryer. Lady, if you believe what your husband told you about this condom then I’ve got a bridge in London that I own and would like to sell to you.

Speak Your Piece calls about baseless warrants, unresponsive law enforcement, and inertial legal systems indicate a frustration and feeling of helplessness. Those feelings have no place in our American way of life because there is always a way of recourse under our constitution. Many of our officials over the years, and currently, got to thinking of themselves as being laws unto themselves. Nothing could be more untrue. Just look at the number of people in positions of much greater authority than the locals who have been brought up short. There are large numbers of mayors, judges, prosecutors, congressmen, governors, and others, who are in prison or have been removed from office in disgrace. On the county level, we still have ex-officials who were removed from office for abusing their trust. Anyone abused by the system has got to believe that our way of life, which many have paid dearly to maintain, will provide them recourse and justice if they persist.

I just want the people of Letcher County to know where their tax dollars are going. On Wednesday night, November 21, the van that drives the agency nurses drove the nurses to Vicco to get liquor and wine. They were in their uniforms even. ARH is paying for the gas for that van.

There is enough information on the Internet to give a general idea of how well a court system is working, or not working, and those who have concerns should study this easily accessible data. The Administrative Office of the Courts has extensive records of court performance which provide easy comparisons of how one region stands up against another. A cursory scan of these records can be very revealing and could easily be used to provide report cards. The AOC people are knowledgeable and helpful. The people and the data can only provide a pretty accurate assessment of the situation, though. The reasons for ineffective service must be determined locally.

Those of you who have been using warrants for weapons had better be making other plans. Your behavior and the behavior of the people in the courthouse who have been supporting you is becoming too well known. This is a class action lawsuit waiting to happen. Another situation that is just crying out for a lawsuit against the county is the deplorable condition of the jail and the treatment of the inmates.

The reigning power structure in this area is working in every way against the hardworking, good people they should be supporting and protecting. They consist of aging, discredited former leaders who are trying for comebacks in stature and respect, aging egocentrics who are trying to sustain their position in the community and fight off other aging egocentrics who are trying to upstage them, the last scions of corrupt political machines who are hanging on by their fingernails, and, of course, the attorneys, who are the most impartial citizens in the mix; they steal both sides blind. We have all heard the saying ‘you can’t take it with you.’ A lot of these people apparently think they have found a way around that. The only hope is that this group can’t live forever and that their successors will be more admirable. Don’t bet on either possibility, though.

We, the striking nurses, would like to thank all the other nurses for crossing the picket lines. If everybody would have came out, this strike would have been over by now.

This is for all the people what go by our picket line and holler ‘Go back to work!’ We would like to go back to work. ARH will not give us a fair contract. You need to go to Lexington and holler at the ARH officials and tell them to put us back to work.

Is it true a certain man in a position of public trust has violent tendencies and has just recently been served with a domes- tic violence petition? How did he get that leadership position? That needs to be checked out.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife keeps suggesting that the reason we have so many black bears is because they have been venturing back through the forests of Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia when the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife knows it helped turn out 800 black bears in Letcher County alone. There’s no telling how many in the surrounding counties. Now this has been done in the last two years. How many more do you think we have when female bears have two to three cubs a year? People that have lived here all their lives you can’t tell these lies to. We know where the bears came from and how we have so many now. Just like the elk, mountains lions, wolves and new rattlesnakes all came from. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife knows all about what it has turned loose in our backyards. It couldn’t turn 50 or 100 loose, it had to turn 800 loose, and knowing these mountains don’t have enough food for that many bears. These bears have no reason to fear people. They are protected more than people are. They have more rights than people do. If you don’t believe they do, just kill one and call the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and see what happens to you. It doesn’t matter if the bear is killing your livestock or tearing your beehives or tearing your door down to get you. If you shoot the bear you go to jail, pay a large fine. We need a hunting season on these bears. They are nothing but pests. They are no good for anything but to destroy your garbage cans, beehives, livestock. And they are down to the point of chasing people out of camp- sites and trying to break down people’s doors. Now how safe are our children playing in the backyard? It’s already happened all around us. You hear of people being killed by bears every day. With all these bears we have now, it’s just a matter of time before some of our children are attacked and killed. I say have a hunting season and put some fear in these bears before we have fear put in us from the death of some person.

Just wanted to tell my wonderful wife, Helen, that I love
her and miss her more than words could ever begin to say. You can’t tear apart
what God put together, but good try anyway, Letcher County, because the last
laugh will be on you. Now imagine that. The Kentucky Ridgerunner, I’ll be back.
Ronnie Litton.




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