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In an e-mail to Speak Your Piece, a reader criticizes drivers who do not suffer from any type of physical handicap but still park their vehicles in places reserved for those who do have handicap parking permits. The comment appears first in this week’s column.

In an e-mail to Speak Your Piece, a reader criticizes drivers who do not suffer from any type of physical handicap but still park their vehicles in places reserved for those who do have handicap parking permits. The comment appears first in this week’s column.

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I thought the real handicapped who pay for parking stickers might be interested in this photo that I hope you will print with Speak Your Piece. They may want to check to see if they can buy their own two-space ticket next year. When I took the photo I did not see a handicapped license tag or a mirror tag in the vehicle that was parked in the space reserved for the handicapped. It would not have made much difference since the vehicle was parked sideways and was taking up most of two spaces — in a rainstorm. This vehicle remained parked illegally for a while since I took care of my business in the store and went back to my home three miles away to get a camera. All of this took at least twenty-five to thirty minutes. The car was there when I was leaving from my second trip there, with no apparent rush to leave.

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I was born on Linefork, lived in Lynch, and just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your Mountain Eagle. I read it online since we live in Jackson, Tennessee. It makes me feel good every time I see the e-mail saying The Mountain Eagle has arrived. I hope to be able to see the new recreation center soon. Be proud of it. First Sgt. U.S. Army Retired Chuck Cornett, son of Mae and Gilles. God bless.

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You people might as well stop moaning and whining about the recreation center. You should have paid attention to what was in the paper when the place was being built. If you had you would know that if we can’t pay for it a special tax will be added to our tax bill so that we can pay for it. That’s what Magistrate Wayne Fleming meant when he said we have to pay for it. And coal severance taxes pay for a lot of things, including water lines.

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As part of county budget management in this time of tight finances, I recommend that the county government TV channel be deleted for two reasons: First to save money and second to remove an improper and unfair political force. This channel is nothing more than a partisan political outlet. It carries edited videos of government meetings to favor select political agendas. This is certainly unethical and is possibly illegal since it is taxpayer-financed. In any event, this operation should be deleted immediately. I realize that cable TV is not regulated by the FCC, but there must be an oversight agency somewhere and it should be looking at this channel.

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To the person or persons who use Bible verses to belittle gays and lesbians: First, it is the year 2013. You should think about joining it. Second, it is a proven fact that people like you who protest the loudest about the sins of homosexuality usually have homosexual tendencies yourselves and are afraid of where those tendencies might lead you. Sorry, but your preaching isn’t impressing anyone. It’s only making you sound like an out-of-touch fool.

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If a certain black-haired girl who lives on Cumberland River doesn’t stay away from my husband, I’m going to kill her.

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I hear the hooker has already hooked up with a preacher. That’s a sad story.

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I wonder if a certain nurse’s conscience bothers her when she takes men to bed in the bed that her exhusband bought her when she was married to him?

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I guess Grandma is happy now that she has found her a man to go to bed with. I don’t think she will ever be as happy as she was when she was 18 and pregnant.

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This is to the owner of a certain house that burned: We know what kind of person you are. You are not as godly and Christian as you pretend to be. There is a special place for you. May God have mercy on your soul.

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I went to the Jenkins City Council meeting the other night and listened to Mayor Kincer talk. All the city council did was sit there and giggle and laugh. It’s the biggest joke I have ever seen in my life.

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A yacht would be a nice thing to have, and in a perfect world everybody could have one. So would an airplane or even a car for some people, or a job paying more than minimum wage. Nice things, all. In a perfect world where money was unlimited, the recreation center would also be a good thing. But we are not in a world of unlimited money. We are in a place and time where money is critically tight, and we have to be businesslike. A business would have done an analysis of the things that could be accomplished with each dollar and what the payback would be. Under those circumstances the rec center would never have made the cut. There are a lot of things we could have done that would earn the operating costs so that we wouldn’t have a constant drain of more than half a million dollars every year of our fast-diminishing coal-severance dollars. And there are things that might, like the rec center, not earn directly, but would still be better. To give one example, think of a college education. For that $600,000 that we are paying every year for a rec center with one thousand members and users mostly from around Whitesburg, the county could have funded the college educations of a nice percentage of the county’s high-school seniors. Or maybe all of them if they went to a work-study school where there is no tuition. I’m sure others can think of things they would prefer that would be more helpful.

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Can people please tell me where all of the money goes the LCC boys’ basketball players are raising? When we go to away games we don’t even feed the players unless the parents bring food for them. Where is all of that money going?

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I was watching Bloomberg News and it reported the CEO of Arch Coal Inc. said the coal industry would be flat for the next three to five years. If that is remotely true, this place around here will be a ghost town in five years. I hope that isn’t true. I hope they are wrong. They usually know what they are talking about. That would be terrible. Five years — you can’t hold out that long. Too many Sierra Clubs and environmental groups will run you out. They already have. This administration ought to be jumping for joy. They got what they wanted.

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I agree with the person who called in and said they didn’t want to live in Jenkins. We would hug our mayor’s neck if we had one like Neon has. We have about five or six mayors over here, and not one of them will talk to you and treat you as well as the mayor of Neon does. She will talk to you when none of ours will.

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I’ve read some pretty interesting things from a few of our local fundamentalists in Speak Your Piece lately. One person said God told Abraham that He would like people who support Israel and then some whacko started going off on President Obama because he included equal rights for gay people in his inaugural address. The passages in the Bible that cover both of these things are in the Old Testament. So let me ask you folks something: Do you eat pork? Bacon, sausage, ham? That’s an abomination in the eyes of God. What about shrimp or oysters? Same thing. Any tattoos? Abomination too. Do you ever do any work on Sundays? Cut your grass, pick up an extra shift, or cook? You’ll surely burn in hell. That’s the problem with taking things too literally. Get over it. The United States Constitution is the law of the land, not the Christian Bible — King James or any of the several other versions.

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Fleming-Neon rocks. They will adjust your water bills. Jenkins won’t. What is up with the swimming pool? Like we really need it.

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The Bible says except the man be born again, he shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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This is to the individual who said we shouldn’t put anything religious in the newspaper: Why not? I mean, the lesbians and homosexuals come out of closets. It’s time us bornagain believers come out of closets and tell the world what is right.

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I am a citizen of Jackhorn. I get my water from the mountain behind the hill. We have waterlines down here and it flows the water into our house. I would like to know why people in the hollow have to come down to the higher end and start screwing around with our water and shutting the lines off and pulling the lines apart. I have muddy water coming through my waterlines now. I have to use this for drinking, bathing, washing my clothes and rinsing out baby water. This is not healthy. What they need to do on the higher end is get their own lines. Our end is already taken care of. They need to get real.

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There’s a rumor going around that this year’s festival committee has designed a T-shirt for Jenkins Days with the words ‘Who’s your daddy?’ on the front. Is this true?

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I rode with my friend one day and he drove like a fool. He said he didn’t have to worry about getting a speeding ticket because he always gets them taken care of. Is that part of the problem with traffic and accidents around here — people getting tickets taken care of?

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As I was watching the Jenkins City Council meeting, I paid attention to what accountant Rodney Welch told the council. He said the 2012 financial audit revealed that the city is on sound financial footing. The only problem area lies in the excessive loss of treated water. As a concerned citizen and watchdog group, we will wait for Adam Edelen, the Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to decide if the City of Jenkins is on financial ground.

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I had dinner at Boone Fork Kitchen. The food was wonderful. A huge water jug was filled with different colored bottle caps that made a beautiful rainbow. Thank you, Boone Fork Community Center, for caring.

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Has Cumberland River lost its ambulance service?

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To Carl ‘King’ Addington: You didn’t state in your comment to Speak Your Piece about Jenkins that you tried to bypass paying for the insurance that is required of a company shooting fireworks at public events. If you’d had the insurance you would have had the job. Before you badmouth Mayor Kincer and Council Member Rebecca Amburgey you need to state the facts to the public.

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To a caller to Speak Your Piece: You are right. It is only your opinion and no one really does care what you say. As far as the current mayors of Whitesburg and Jenkins go, the whole community thinks they had good taste for having once chosen the school superintendent as a wife. As far as the sale of alcohol in your community, which way would you rather have sold — right by law and taxed or by bootleggers to whoever wants it, kids and all?

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I’m calling about Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer. Everybody is badmouthing him. He is a good man. If everybody would leave him alone and let him do his job, he will continuing doing a good job. Everybody needs to stop badmouthing him, leave him alone and let him do his job.

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I would like to wish my man a happy Valentine’s Day. I love you. Love, Boo.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: Recently I was in a local pain doctor’s office and was talking to a patient who was waiting to see a doctor. He told me the doctor would not give him anything other than Lorcet with 7.5 milligrams of hydrocodone and 500 milligrams of acetaminophen. He had had four back surgeries and was in severe pain. He said the 7.5s were of no help to his pain and were not nearly strong enough. This is not the doctor’s fault. It is the fault of our legislators in Kentucky. The recent law they passed has placed them in the doctor’s office telling him what to do. This is terrible. These legislators need to be voted out. They have gone too far. The legislators are not pain specialists. We need to leave pain specialists alone and let them prescribe the right medicines for people who need it.

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Well Jenkins, I believe its time for us to band together as a community and see that the current mayor step down. Why are we getting grants for a swimming pool and not a grant to fix our sewage system? Recently, New Beginning Church flooded because of this. It is time for G.C. and his team to go.

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I made a Speak Your Piece comment that two prominent officials have checkered business careers, chronicled by recorded liens, judgments, and similar documents in the Letcher County Clerk’s office. These liens, judgments and similar documents are records open to the general public. My comment was neither slanderous nor libel. Why did The Eagle refuse to print it? Thank you.

(We did not refuse to print your comment. Instead, we left out one sentence of your colorful statement because we didn’t have the time necessary to walk over to County Clerk Winston Meade’s office to check for ourselves on the alleged ‘checkered pasts’ of the two officials you were criticizing. The question we’re left with is this: Does the existence of a public record naming someone in a past lien or judgment make that person discreditable for the rest of his or her life? Isn’t that what you mean when you say ‘checkered past?’)

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To the pro-gun people in this area: I talked to Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman’s top deputy again. They want to join forces with the pro-gun forces in eastern Kentucky. They are in central Kentucky. I have a meeting set up at Pine Mountain Grill at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 24. Please come and be willing to donate a dollar to help cover the cost of the room. I’m contacting other militias in Illinois, New Jersey, North Dakota and southwest Virginia. We are uniting.

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Our senator Mitch Mc- Connell is again opposing confirmation of Chuck Hagel and threatening a filibuster. Evidently, McConnell doesn’t think Hagel is quite trigger happy enough since Hagel is more interested in some diplomatic solution rather than marching our country into war or getting Israel into the same thing. I am thinking it is about time we ditch Mitch. He is opposing just about everything, and now he is threatening a filibuster of the nominee for secretary of defense. Maybe the Republicans want a Democrat nominated. McConnell is an embarrassment to our state.

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When Pud Shubert was elected mayor of Jenkins he didn’t have a whole lot to work with, but he brought progress to the town. As you can see, G.C. Kincer is doing the same thing as mayor. The town is progressing. It is a shame that one person has caused such a ruckus just because he didn’t get to shoot fireworks.

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I would like to wish Miranda and Katelyn a happy Valentine’s Day. I love you. Love, Aunt Betty.

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People, we have the Letcher County Recreation Center. It is here and it must be paid for one way or the other. I happen to think it’s a great facility and a much needed addition to our county. Some of you believe differently, and I try to respect your views. However, I’m starting to believe that some of the negative comments are coming from a very few who share a very narrow political agenda. The comments that anger me are the ones that are designed to create divides between people who use the center and those who don’t. That’s sad.

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This certain family has so much garbage lying on the road that I have to drive over top of it. Please pick up your garbage. I live in Harrison’s Branch.

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To all you people of eastern Kentucky: Did you see that beautiful picture of that eagle on the front page of The Mountain Eagle? I plead to all of you, let’s quit emptying our garbage out in our roads and streams and let’s quit emptying our commodes into the rivers. Let’s clean up and send out good food to the eagles. I think God almighty would bless every one of us if we did that.

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To Mayor G.C. Kincer: Can I borrow your lighter so I can light my firecrackers?

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I’d like to wish my precious grandson Tyler a happy Valentine’s Day. I love you. Love, Grandma.

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Sounds to me like Carl ‘King’ Addington is a crybaby because he didn’t get to shoot his fireworks.

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This is to Carl Addington: If you stir manure, all you are going to get is the stink.

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I want to wish a happy Valentine’s Day to Tomeka, John Boy, Jason, Dwayne and Jake. We love you guys.

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I want to wish Morgan and Mason a happy Valentine’s Day. I love you girls.

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This is to the man whom I am crazy in love with: Thank you for being so good to me. I love you, baby. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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A certain woman on Ingram’s Creek needs to know that another certain woman is fooling with her husband. The other woman is making her look real stupid.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to my one and only loving angel. I love you.

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Don’t you think it is funny that gambling in supposed to be illegal around here, yet about a mile and a half from the high school there is a big gambling spot?

In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net


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