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I love the way the University of Kentucky Wildcats ran up the score on Auburn. It’s about time their opponents learned that when you look up the term ‘good sportsmanship’ in the UK Dictionary of Basketball, it says ‘What’s that?’ My only question is why didn’t they do that against Duke and certain other teams they’ve played this year. But especially Duke.

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I have the perfect solution for the gun problem. Let’s just make it a law that when a U.S. citizen turns eighteen years of age the federal government is required to issue him or her a semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round bullet magazine and a lifetime supply of proper ammunition. There should also be a law requiring every citizen to carry an automatic rifle at all times so that we can protect ourselves and others from the bad guys who would do us harm. This way we would all be on a level playing field.

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Concerning certain goings on in Neon, we can read between the lines and see what is going on between a certain woman and a preacher. You don’t have to be born yesterday to not know what is going on. She gives everybody a mean look, and I think we ought to let the people know what is going on.

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In response to the person poking fun at the way we talk: There is an ‘s’ on the end of Walmart if you are going to two Walmarts or three Walmarts or four Walmarts. And it is called a wasper if you are from here. You have issues. You say you are a city person and you live in Letcher County, but I guarantee that you weren’t born and raised here. You better pray nobody finds out you are the one making fun of our Appalachian slang, because that is precious to us. That’s our culture. Mountain folks don’t take kindly to folks like you who think you are mightier than thou.

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I agree with those who say the county can never prosper with corruption, but I do not agree with some of the complaints about law enforcement. I went through last week’s paper, and from looking at the number and range of indictments it looks to me like enforcement and prosecution are doing a pretty good job.

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I had a ginseng patch. A friend of mine knew about it and told his friend. His friend came and dug my ginseng patch. I know who the both of you are. Think about it. You both would be best by leaving this country. Boo.

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People were wondering about the Hemphill hooker. She is the same person who stole her mother’s diamond earrings to buy drugs with. She is paying for it now.

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There are some referees in Letcher and surrounding counties who are being discriminated against because of the people who are doing the scheduling. I know a couple of referees who hardly get any games at all and they have had their papers for quite a few years. The people who do the scheduling should treat all referees the same, not just pick some out and be good to them. Treat them all the same.

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I’m looking to watch an elderly person, day or night. I’ve done it before and I have a lot of references …

(Sorry to cut your comment short, but what you phoned in is an advertisement. It would cost you only $8 a week to run it in the classified section, which is read in as many as 6,200 homes. If you are interested in letting people know you’re for hire or have a service to provide, please call Pam at 633-2252 to make arrangements on getting your word out.)

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I have to speak my piece to this person who is putting down the way we speak. If you are so proper and don’t like how we speak here, why don’t you move up north? I think you are a rude and disrespectful person who doesn’t have anything good going for you, so you get off on putting us down for the way we talk. I feel sorry for you. As for the Walmart comment about there not being an ‘s’ on the end of Walmart, there is if you are going to more than one Walmart. You are wrong and I feel sorry for you.

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To the man who was in Walmart on Sunday, January 13 between 3 and 4 p.m.: I do hope you are feeling better and that you have gotten over the flu. It was nice running into you. I wouldn’t mind it happening again.

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You would think that a certain woman would be ashamed to go into a church house with everyone knowing that she took seven men to bed one night when she was pregnant.

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This is a person from Bill Moore Branch. I would love to pay honor to Miss Minnie Belle Kiser. She did everything she could to take care of her neighbors. She would be washing clothes and my mom would send me down there to ask her to take her to take my mom to the store so she could buy food for her young ones. Minnie Belle would shut her washing down and come take my mom — and a whole lot of other moms — to the store. She was a precious person. And Savannah Rose, what a wonderful person she is. I want all of you people up and down this hollow to know that we still remember you. We remember the backbone you put in us and we love you for it.

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I know of a certain person who runs back and forth to the doctor during the week and plays sick just so they can get free medication and free painkillers to sell on the weekend and make big money. By the way, since you like to burn lights all the time, who pays your electric bill for you? We know you don’t ever pay bills. We don’t ever see you in the grocery store buying groceries, or at the bank paying bills. So you have someone doing it for you. Enjoy your special life while you can. Bad luck is just around the corner.

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This is for the person who said he or she can’t believe all of the ‘lemonheads shooting down the kids’: You probably shouldn’t use that sentence with what has been going on lately. It’s not very politically correct. Anyway, you ought to go and have your kid be a party to the destruction of this nation — to the cancer that is eating it from the inside out. It is brutal.

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To a certain woman: Everyone knows your ex-husband deserves better than you. You are trash.

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To the operators of the new bakery in Whitesburg: Welcome to Letcher County. I just wanted to let you know that many others and me appreciate your opening a new business that provides excellent food. However, if you expect me and my wife to return many more times you need to decide exactly what days and hours you are going to be open and stick to that schedule. We drove 10 miles from the Isom area on Saturday morning prepared to have a good breakfast, only to find that you weren’t open yet because you apparently had changed your hours. This was very disappointing to us. Please adopt consistent hours and let us know about them through an ad in the paper.

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I want to respond to the person who said America shouldn’t help Israel. Well you are right, little buddy. God told Abraham he would bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him. So the United States does not want to be on the side against God, I promise you that.

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I want everyone to know certain man from Vicco is a rat. Everyone needs to know and be aware of him.

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That’s the stupidest term have ever heard — lemonheads. Apparently, you are an idiot who supports Barack Obama with all he has done. Those kids need to be entertaining someone other than Barack Obama, idiot.

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If Rick Hall wants to show something decent on the government channel, why doesn’t he show some things that are going on at the Letcher County Extension Office about animals and gardening? There has to be something else he can show besides those same two programs. I have seen them so much that I am sick of them.

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The nursing home needs ice coolers fixed at all stations, but instead of fixing ice machines that have been broken down for three years they are putting up all of these fancy plaques. Who cares if there are four candleholders chained to a wall? If the walls were painted and clean, that is all that matters. They also need to fix the lights above the beds that don’t work either.

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To the retired lady: We know you are sneaking around with an old man twice your age. It is obvious. We see your vehicle everywhere. I wonder what your husband would think if he knew about that.

(A retired lady sneaking around with a man twice her age? So 60 really is the new 30, huh?)

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I just recently read in the newspaper that the Neon water company has decided to give us all a rate hike. I wonder if we are going to get a better quality of water, or better quantity, because the quality of it is horrible. The quantity for the last two days has been zero, so something tells me there is something wrong with this picture if they can still allow a rate hike. There is something wrong and I think this definitely needs to be investigated.

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If President Barack Obama took a stand against child molestation, Fox News would find a way to explain to you and me why he was wrong. And this is a white man speaking.

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Everyone thinks it is so great that a certain woman has found a man who doesn’t know who she has been with and doesn’t know about all of the parties where she has performed.

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I saw where a certain person is out of the psychiatric ward and back in the Letcher County Jail. What happens when he gets out of jail? Does he get to go back and live in Blackey next to the Head Start? The school has already lost some kids because parents don’t want to send their children there because of him. I think it should be a stipulation that when he gets out he is allowed nowhere near that school. We don’t care where he has to live, but we don’t want him living near our kids.

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I just want to say that I love how the older generation is always saying how in their day they weren’t afraid to work, and that nowadays nobody will work. Well, where are the jobs? A long time ago a man could get a job with his word and a handshake. Now they want you to fill out a whole book of papers and take a pee test and have a background check. You also must have an education today. You must learn how to use a computer. And then after you go through all of that, they still might not hire you. They make it too difficult to work. I know a lot of people who are willing to work every day if they just had the opportunity. So maybe we should stop making it so hard to get a job. And then they have this new thing called an occupational tax, where you actually pay taxes if you do work. So it is much easier these days not to work. In my day, many people drank, smoked pot and did cocaine and other street drugs and still managed to keep jobs and have professions. These new drugs people are getting on make it to where they can’t work. It turns them into zombies, and they are getting it all from a doctor or a pain clinic. It seems like a person can’t have a problem nowadays that there isn’t a pill for it.

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I realize there is a drug problem. Most people realize there is a drug problem, but the way they deal with it is inept. Some people buy medicine at one drugstore because it is cheaper and buy the other medicine at another drugstore because it is cheaper there. So what do they do? The drug people investigate when most of the medicines bought aren’t even the bad stuff. They spend money investigating these petty people, but the major people they don’t have time for.

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I don’t know who it was that said Subway was cheating us on sandwich length, but I went to Subway the other day and took the sandwich out of the plastic wrap and measured it. The sandwich was barely 10 inches long, and that is counting paper and all. Everything is costing more and we’re getting less.

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A bunch of us got together and had a good talk. We have come to the conclusion that there are three jobs in Letcher County that are useless — dog warden, garbage warden and superintendent.

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I got the big, fat rat from Parsons Branch, and he doesn’t eat cheese. You know who I am talking about.

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To a certain woman: When we first met a long time ago I thought we had so much in common, but that was before I found out what you had been with and the things you had done. Now, I know you are just filthy.

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People gripe because mental patients won’t take their medicines. When I was in the mental hospital, they coerced me into taking the stupid medicine. I didn’t want to take the stupid medicine. I don’t like the stupid medicine. When I got out, my family said I had to take it or else. So I agreed to take the stupid medicine. A couple of weeks ago I lost the stupid medicine and I went to the drugstore and they said they couldn’t give me any because there was a law against it. I thought that was odd. I found the stupid medicine and I took it. I want to quit it but they won’t let me — not the doctor, not the psychiatrist nor the people around me.

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When you get to be a certain age you get to where you aren’t afraid to say things you wouldn’t say when you were young. Most of us don’t care who drinks, smokes, or does pills as long as they don’t annoy us or get on the highway and run over us. We don’t care as long as they don’t come around bumming us for money. The justice system is just a moneymaking racket. They don’t care what people do as long as they make money off the fees and fines. If you don’t have money, you go to jail. If you have money, you get a good lawyer and get out and walk the streets. A lot of people respect drug dealers more than they do drug users. I feel sorry for the users, but the drug dealers are the ones who should be dealt with.

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People do nothing but talk about me. I guess they have nothing better to do, I suppose. But if you’ll read the Bible, people were against Jesus. They talked about Him and put Him down, but God is all we have. People need to think about that. How would you feel if someone was talking about you?

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It is so sad to see socalled Christians who think those who practice the oldtime Baptist faith are the only ones going to heaven. They make it so plain they will write their own Bible in their minute books and mention the names of churches and associations they won’t accept members from without rebaptism. If one of their preachers goes to a church and preaches in that church, the leaders of that association will exclude them. They will write laws and lies in their minute book and put their pictures in the book. I thank God for Speak Your Piece.

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Why is it that the harassment, bullying and fighting is allowed to increase so rapidly at Letcher County Central High School? I hear of violence of some kind going on there daily, yet it seems to go unchecked. A few are being allowed to disrupt the lives of many students. Some of the teachers, and I could name a few, do not even try to teach. My child tells of one female teacher that has not even tried to teach her class anything. What the students do learn is on their own. I have written to Frankfort with my concerns. LCCHS has a zero-tolerance policy for fighting, bullying, drugs, alcohol, firearms or any type of weapon on school property, and this needs to be enforced. Now, before things go too far, the board of education needs to make some real changes for the safety of our kids. Students are being allowed to roam the school and not go to classes. Students leave school grounds without the parents being notified and return in time for dismissal. I have driven through the parking lots during school hours and have seen boys and girls in cars smoking and other things. Don’t wait until it is too late When tragedy strikes all the rules in the world will not change the past.

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I would say that there will be many more mass shootings since almost all the doctors except the ones who aren’t arrogant and scared to write nerve medicine have now taken people off their nerve medicine after they have been taking it for years. It seems evident something is wrong with people’s nerves in Perry County already. I would even say that the doctors who are cutting off people will need bulletproof vests before long. If the doctors are too scared of the political crooks and government embezzlers telling them how they can prescribe, then they all could put in $50 each all across the state of Kentucky for an attorney to plead their case in front of whomever oversees this and get their right to write back, and to be a doctor again. The Hippocratic oath has become a hypocritical lie. Un-doctored panic anxiety disorder will lead to public panic anxiety disorder real soon. Wait for it?

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Shootings, shootings everywhere and not any kind of gun has ever been anything but an inanimate object that can’t walk or pull it’s own trigger. One would have to be demon-possessed or absolutely psycho — not just minor psychosis as we all have — to shoot kids and innocents. Here is a solution that no police and politician wants to debate and especially a sorry one-sided idiot like CNN’s Piers Morgan, who should be deported. Seventy-five percent of all gun violence and shootings are gangrelated and involve drugs. Why don’t the police do their jobs and annihilate the street gangs first, then the politicians could legalize drugs and that would solve the thousands of Americans and foreign deaths on the borders. The people who want to do drugs will always do them as the always have, there just won’t be any killing involved unless they kill themselves. Of course this will never happen because it will put the embezzling politicians out of a job along with a great deal of unneeded police. Or then you could use the police to help prevent other crimes like rape, domestic violence, etc. However, these kinds of crimes don’t involve confiscation of property and money, so they probably wouldn’t do them anyway.

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Politicians calling for gun control is so much in the news today. Guns are not the problem. The problem is we as a society have let decisions be made for us instead of making them ourselves. If we look at this realistically we can make a change for the good. When a child shows signs of aggression, depression, lack of interest in social contact, etc., we as the parents need to act quickly. We must not only seek mental health care, we must act responsibly by removing the ability to gain access to any type of weapons that can be used to do self harm or harm to others. Remove the guns, knives or other things that can be used to harm others. Make the parents responsible for policing their own home and take responsibility for their actions or lack of actions. During my childhood years we were taught respect, and if you was a slow learner you kept an awfully sore behind. Firearms were a part of home, but were not kept where we could get them without my mom or dad unlocking a metal cabinet, and they were the only two who knew where the key was kept. My elder siblings didn’t even have that information. A child that showed any type of mental issues was treated and watched closely by the entire community. Nowadays most people don’t even know the neighbor kids’ names. The devil never misses church or school. He has perfect attendance at both, yet we let politicians kick God out. Busting a little rear end never killed anyone. Bring it back and we will see changes. Having God in school is in no way choosing one religion or belief over another. All religions have a god they worship. If the politicians can sit in Washington and yell out there must be separation of church and state, then every one of those politicians that says they believe in God should be removed from offi ce at once. No one should be allowed to make laws preventing the worshipping of God in any public or private place and say they are believers. No one has that right. What happen to our freedom? What has happened to the rights of parents to control their children? If passing laws would in anyway help our country, then by the number that have been passed I figure that we should have been living in a perfect world one-thousand years ago. Don’t try to control guns; let’s work on controlling those who have access to them.

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People are frustrated, and many of their complaints against the law in this county are justified, but they are too broad. We have dedicated people, in dangerous positions, who are doing their best for us. The sheriff ’s office and commonwealth’s attorney’s offi ce do a good job.. They are approachable and responsive and seem very aware of their responsibilities to the public. There needs to be a realization that they don’t have the freedom to take actions against lawbreakers that many of us would like to see. They are limited by higher law, from state and federal regulations, in what they can do. Many of these limitations were designed to protect civil rights. If some of these regulations become excessive and, in many cases I believe they do, people should object to their state and federal representatives, and not take out their anger on those who are governed by them. If there are authorities not doing their job, and I certainly think this is also the case, they should be reported to the appropriate oversight officials, and they should be rejected at election time.

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This is to the church on Madison Avenue. As a member of this church, I, along with many others, disagree with a decision that has been made. Knowing that times are now very difficult and getting worse each day, it is necessary to make changes and cutbacks. However, we feel that one change was made without careful consideration of all circumstances. Brenda has faithfully served this church for twenty-seven years, many times going above and beyond the job description and hours allotted her. She did this out of the goodness of her heart without grumbling or asking for extra pay. As one of God’s dedicated servants, twenty-seven years is a long time serving one location faithfully. Realizing now that she would have been able to retire in only two to three more years, we are asking you to bring her hours back up to full time and allow her to obtain her retirement. After such a long dedication, many of us feel that it is Biblically and morally wrong to now pull the rug out from under her, especially knowing that the funds are obtainable. Surely we can afford this child of God a couple more years to secure her future in such drastically unstable times. After all, aren’t we here to do God’s work? This error in decision must be corrected. We feel this decision was made without prayer and seeking the guidance of God. Satan works feverishly to get into each of our lives and decisions so he can destroy everyone of God’s children. Please, let’s not be the ones that allow him to enter our lives. We pray you, our leaders in faith, seek God’s guidance in this matter. We have, and this is our response to you. It is never too late to right a wrong.

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In the December 26 issue, someone said in Speak Your Piece that President George W. Bush used Social Security tax dollars to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I do not know the caller’s age, but I am seventy years old and know a little about the Social Security system. In 1935 when the Social Security system was established the receipts were put into a special account separate from the federal budget account. It remained like this for thirty years and had accumulated a large dollar amount. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a visit to eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia to declare what he called the ‘War on Poverty.’ He saw the Social Security account with a huge balance and started borrowing out of it, issuing IOU’s by the federal government. This continued after Johnson left office because the Democratic Party controlled both houses of the legislative branch of government from 1960 until 1994 and prepared the federal budget. That was a way to insure getting votes by the Democrats by giveaway programs. In 1976 when Jimmy Carter was elected president he could not balance the federal budget because of high unemployment, high inflation, and high interest rates and the Democrat Party’s failure to rein in spending. So Carter transferred the Social Security Fund’s account balance into the federal general fund. That was to make it look like the Democratic Congress and Senate were balancing the federal budget. This ended the separate account for Social Security receipts. They were deposited into the general fund where it was spent for anything the Democratic Party wanted and included in the federal budget. Remember when Al Gore ran for president in 2000 and was going to take Social Security receipts and put them in a ‘locked box’ to preserve them? That should let people know there is no separate Social Security Trust Fund account. So to set the record straight, all presidents since Lyndon Johnson spent Social Security dollars in their budgets, not just George W. Bush.

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How is it possible for a certain child-sex offender to be allowed to live in Letcher County again as if nothing ever happened? He ruined my life forever and several others, and the state of Kentucky has failed us all. Beware. He was released because of blindness. His eyes didn’t hurt me; his hands hurt me. Keep your kids away from him. He will hurt again, and no one will protect your children except you. DNA evidence wasn’t enough for Kentucky to put him away.



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