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I know a couple of people down around UZ who need to quit acting like they only have one son and one grandson and start treating the rest of them equally. I don’t know what they have against them, but evidently they have something against them.

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Why is David Robinson a member of the superintendent search committee? Isn’t he a prime candidate for the job?

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I think all of the coal miners in Letcher County need to swing by the courthouse and shake Mr. Ward’s hand for letting their jobs go out the door and for him letting the gas companies come in here. How is he is a good supporter of the coal miners when he is an EQT man?

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Big Bub is just waiting on a certain boy to get down there from UZ. He is waiting. Have a nice year.

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We need a county judge. The one we have is more worried about the gas company than coal companies. We coal miners would still be working if Jim Ward would have been like Carroll Smith. What I am saying is that the gas company paid Ward’s way in. Folks of Letcher County, let’s not forget when all of those newspapers went missing when election time came because all of them “sold out” and you wondered what that paper was about. It makes you wonder.

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To William Banks: You have no clue what you are talking about in your letter to the editor. That’s just cheap jabs at Magistrates Wayne Fleming and Terry Adams, who are the best Letcher County has ever had. That’s life. These guys want to take up for the poor people. That rec center has turned into the country club.

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I think the federal government needs to come in and run our state, not to mention our county. We have two people who run this place who have no business being in the positions they are in. I want to start with the county.

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The recreation center reminds me of the three-room school I went to. No money, no eat. That’s the way the recreation center is. No pay, no play. They have turned people down. Signed A.M.P.

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This is a spokesperson for the nosy neighbors in Whitco. If the people that are calling in complaining about cops being called on them would quit selling drugs and blocking the road and doing all the things they aren’t supposed to do, people wouldn’t call. Maybe they should move out of Whitco.

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People in Letcher County are whiners. They want to whine about kids going hungry. If they do go hungry, it’s because parents misuse their funds. If they have cell phones and can afford those cigarettes and can afford a car to ride they can afford food for their children. Wake up, parents. It is time to stop whining.

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This is to a certain person who draws S.S.I., but is out making $35 an hour and making fun of everyone who draws checks. I think something should be done about this. You know what I mean, hoss?

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This is to a certain hotlooking man: I live in Apartment 409. If you want to get together with me, meet me at the laundry mat Thursday at 5 p.m.

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I’m just wondering if anybody out there has ever gone through McDonald’s and gotten what they ordered. If I go through there, nine times out of 10 my order is wrong. You may ask why I keep going to Mc- Donald’s. That is where my kids like to get their food, so I keep going back and keep getting them to correct it. They really cannot get orders right.

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Millstone Methodist Church would like to extend a very heartfelt welcome to any lost person, to anyone who is looking for the answer, or to anyone who is looking for a church. Come give us a try. We have an excellent youth center building for all the youth and Sunday School. We have great adult Sunday School classes and we have great preaching. We have a great band we believe that you would love to hear. They can play almost any gospel song you like. You can sing with them. Come give us a try. Give God a try.

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I think the kids who make good grades should get in free at the recreation center. That way everyone has a chance to get in and it will make kids want to have better grades.

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I am currently seeking house and outside springcleaning positions. I am a fast and steady worker. I will do outside yard work, lawn and garden. I am a very respectable, honest and clean person who is child- and pet-friendly. I am trained in taking care of the elderly. I will work by the hour or the job. I have references, so please contact me anytime at (606)-335-2967.

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I wish that some of these people who get on the Swap Shop wouldn’t call every day like it is a ritual. It’s boring to hear the same people call about the same things every day. I wish the Swap Shop would tell them to call once a week.

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When that old man in the blue truck pulled into the Boone Fork Senior Citizens Center, all of the senior women’s livers quivered. They were tickled. It was a blue ribbon day at Boone Fork. This man hadn’t been to the center in two weeks and that is all the women talked about. I think it is funny that they don’t talk about us or say anything good about the other men who go to the center. They just make over him just like he is made out of gold.

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We miss the old mail carrier we used to have on Route 7 on the lower end. They would carry the mail and it would be at your house by 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The mail carrier we have now comes anywhere between 10 a.m. to noon. We can’t really rely on our mail. If the old mail carrier is listening, we really miss you. We want our mail back at 8:30 a.m.

(Closings and staff reductions in postal sorting centers elsewhere is the reason your mail runs later than it once did.)

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When someone calls in and says something good about the rec center, you all print it gladly. When somebody says something bad about it, you won’t print it. So don’t bother to send me no renewal of your frigging paper. Got it?

(We ‘got it,’ but you forgot to leave your name. By our counting, there were already two negative comments about the recreation center in this week’s edition before yours made three.)

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Do you suppose the next thing we hear from the Letcher County Board of Education is that they have already held a budget work session that was not announced? Surely, Chairman Kiser knows better than that, yet the board has been known to do many things in that past that they knew at the time was wrong. A prime example was to create high paying classified jobs for select coaches. I can go on and on about unethical actions of the board, but who wants to hear and who cares? Nobody.

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The Mayking/Millstone/ Thornton Post Office desperately needs a drive-thru window. Or better yet the front door can be widened to the lobby so some customers can drive into the building and get their mail. I’m so tired of walking around three or four cars crowded around the front door to try to get into the post office, and yet I am elderly and I park in an assigned parking spot and walk into the lobby. I need the exercise. These young people who run in and get their mail don’t seem to need exercise. Probably something else we might do is put a sign up on the posts in front of the post office that say ‘park here, stupid.’ But they would have to be able to read and write in order to understand that. Could the postmaster give us a little help please?

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I want to give a big shout out to my boys up in LCJ in cell 111. Hang in there, guys. Watch out for those flirts up that way.

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Do you think the federal government has any values at all when a 15-year-old child can go into a drugstore and buy over-thecounter abortion pills or when a 12-year-old child in California in some counties can make a phone call and condoms will be delivered to their door? Isn’t there a law concerning statutory rape? Immigrants that are coming in can come in as tourists, students and businessmen and just stay here in the United States. Nobody is checking on it.

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I appreciate the NRA keeping the people’s rights to have guns, including those who are mentally ill and crazy and criminals. They all need their guns. They say the mentally ill can still have knives. The thing of it is you can outrun a knife, but you can’t outrun a gun. Fools with guns are dangerous.

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This is in response to the idiot who said kill thy neighbor’s cat in May: It would take a lowlife, scum of the earth, very sick person to even think something like that. You are really sick. I would like to put you in a cage with a lion and just see how mean you think you are.

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It has come to my attention that two or three people out there would like to consult with me. Do you really think I am that gullible? I know this is a ploy to invade my privacy, to harass my lines of communication and to access my password. It ain’t going to happen, baby. As H.W. Longfellow said, ‘Dust thou art, to dust returneth.’ Beware the Midnight Phantom.

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Here’s a taste of how the sequestration is affecting Kentucky: In Henderson, Head Start is ending its program a month early. In Lexington, Ceradyne, which manufactures ceramics for body armor, laid off nearly 100 workers. In Newport, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is closing its eight locations for low-income families on Fridays. Be sure to thank Senators McConnell and Paul for saving us all the horrible taxes we would have had to pay to provide safety nets for these kids and poor people and bulletproof vests for our soldiers.

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This is to the May cat killer or should I say the piece of trash: Let’s see how brave you are. Why don’t you put your name in the paper so everyone knows who you are? I’d like to see you try to kill one of my cats. And that gun would go where the sun don’t shine. Put your name in the paper and let’s see how brave you are.

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That angel man needs to repent before his soul is forever lost and quit lying to his angel. Angels know when you are lying. If your angel is that special, you need to drop everything and go be with her.

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Why did you not print my comment concerning bowlegs, ugliness, midgets, bald faces, deformed heads and lard butts? The Midnight Phantom would like to know.

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This is to the person who complained about someone who is living on Social Security disability: One person is allowed to make up to $900 per month before taxes are taken out. Also, there is a ticket to work program, so nothing illegal is going on. If you want to know if you have enough to have a Form SSA-1099 filled out, it is if you make over $600. You need to check into the laws, taxes, rules and regulations before you start kicking someone’s name around. Otherwise there is going to be trouble for you and your family. What about your husband who drew unemployment and still worked for cash on the side? Isn’t that illegal? I think you need to start questioning yourself and the things that you are doing before you start pointing a finger. It doesn’t matter if they go to church.

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The power of love is precious, priceless and everlasting. You are my angel and I love you.

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Hey, garbage man: Do you think I give a flip what you and your big, fat ugly neighbor think? Both of you can kiss what I can’t.

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Two of our little towns in our county are hiring little children, little skinny boys and little tiny girls about four feet tall to protect us as police officers. First time I need protection or any of my family members need protection and these little children can’t handle it and someone gets hurt, I will file a lawsuit against their city. And I’ll have the family file a lawsuit against the city if any of them get hurt because they don’t have any protection. When a 300-pound man is beating you up what are you going to do? What is going to happen when there is a bank robbery and somebody needs real protection and there is nobody that can do it? We need to get some protection in our cities. That means we need to hire some men or some women who are big enough, strong enough and experienced enough to protect us. We don’t need to hire children. You are wide open for a lawsuit.

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I agree with Rand Paul. I don’t think people should be allowed to vote for U.S. senator. It’s just a waste of time.

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This is a question from the people of Bill Moore Branch directed to Judge Jim Ward and Magistrate Codell Gibson. We’ve got a gas line crossing up here at the mouth of the hollow that has gotten so rough we can’t even get our vehicles across. It’s never been fixed since the gas company put the line across three or four years ago. The other day they brought maybe a fivegallon bucket of blacktop up and put it in one little old hole. I am just wondering if we are substandard people up here that don’t deserve a road. Why we can have three inches of blacktop around Fishpond Lake when no one actually lives up there but we can’t even have a decent road to our homes up here? What have we done with the money that the gas company gave us for putting the crossing in down there? Where did we spend it? Why can’t we get our road fixed back to the way it was? If anyone knows the answer to these questions, please post it in Speak Your Piece. The people in Bill Moore Branch need to attend the next fiscal court meeting and ask these questions in person to our magistrates and judge and find out why we can’t have a decent road to drive on. I would like very much to have our judge, magistrate and EQT tied to the bottom of my car every time I drag it through the road where EQT tore it up. Then maybe they would help us in getting it fixed.

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If you want to ruin the rec center, go ahead and turn it over to the ‘public’ and you won’t have anything in a year. They will trash the bathrooms and the pill heads will drop their kids off in the morning and won’t come back. If you want to get a preview, go up to Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap and take a look at all the vandalism that has been done there. The county does a pretty good job of cleaning it up on Monday, but go up on Sunday afternoon.

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We live completely across the county from Wayne Fleming and his district, but he has helped our community solve major problems more than once. There is probably not a neighborhood in Letcher County that hasn’t benefited from his hard work during his 15 year tenure on the Letcher Fiscal Court. He is hard-working (60 to 80 hours every week, and always on call), smart, and compassionate — truly a magistrate for the whole county. He is highly regarded by state government and is frequently called on to advise them, and we have been rewarded by his close relationship with them. He is deserving of all our thanks and praise for the work he has done and will continue to do.

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Attention: I, David Dinsmore, will no longer take care of your gravesites at Maggard Cemetery at Partridge, other than a few who have families there and have paid me to care for them. Thank you.

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To the person who says May is ‘kill your neighbor’s cat month’: Do you have pets? Do you have a dog? How would you like it if someone killed your pet? You are a moron and an idiot. If I caught you in my yard, May would be ‘shoot the cat-hating moron month.’

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I left a wallet stuffed with money at the Harry Caudill Library. It was still there when I went back. Can you believe it? Honest people.

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When was the last time a Letcher County school superintendant was hired away by another district? Or maybe the question should be, has it ever happened? If so, my memory fails me. We hire our own with no experience. They serve until they are fired, not re-hired or retire. What does that say about such outstanding leadership? Green as grass, not to last. Maybe we should put this procedure in writing so that other districts could adopt it if they so desire. Do you think we would have any takers?

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Letcher County Child Social Services does nothing to prevent child abuse in this county. You can call and report it, send letters reporting it, yet no action is taken. It’s a shame when a woman and her children have to live in extreme fear on a daily basis because of their abusive husband/ father. Social Services needs to go to Big Cowan and intervene before something terrible happens. This has been reported several times and nothing has been done to stop it.

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Spring football practice for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders should not include being cursed and called names. Our children shouldn’t have to be abused in order to play sports. There are many of us who will not let our kids play for this reason.

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This is to a man on Cowan: You don’t work a job, yet you have money to burn. I wonder how that works. You abuse your wife and kids because it makes you feel like a man when people fear you. You are not a man. You are a coward. I’m not sure how you sleep at night.

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Hello, hi, and howdy folks. Friends, it has been a long time since I’ve written to the good old Mountain Eagle, but something has been going on here lately and I just can’t keep quiet about it anymore. Those who remember the letters that I used to write to Speak Your Piece know that I am not bitter, I just see things and try to point them out to you. So would you please indulge me? There is a certain politician — let’s call him ‘Rich MacDonald’ — who is running for reelection. The election isn’t until next year, but he’s been running political ads on TV since February. Folks, I think the man is nervous and he’s ‘running scared.’ He knows the jig is up. The Republican Party didn’t fare too well in last year’s elections, including the ‘big one.’ The GOP is in a tailspin and is desperately trying to transform itself and Rich is a big part of the problem. Rich has got to go. He is more of a liability than an asset. Rich likes to portray himself as a man of the people, but don’t be fooled. He’s just a man who is out for himself. Rich MacDonald has lost touch with Kentuckians. He has nothing in common with the people of the Commonwealth. Now friends, that man thinks that you all are dumb and just plain stupid, but you know and I know that you are not. Rich thinks that spending millions of dollars on TV to spread negativity will influence you. He thinks that you’ll believe anything that you see and hear on TV, especially if it is played over and over. That’s an old Nazi tactic created by Joseph Goebbels. Wait, I’ll credit this tactic to his political advisors, well they’re copping it. Folks, I know that in my heart you won’t be so easily manipulated or let them insult your intelligence like that. Rich MacDonald tries to link Obama to everything that’s going wrong. He tries to connect all who oppose him with Obama. That’s just not true. Obama isn’t perfect but he’s not connected with anything that Rich is trying to label him with. Rich is just being a demagogue and appealing to the fears and prejudices of people to keep his seat in the Senate. You don’t need to sling mud to run for office; leave the mud slinging to the pig farm where it belongs and stand on your record. What truly makes a politician successful is making society a better place and representing your constituents to the fullest. Mr. MacDonald keeps harping on liberals talking about the ethnicity of his wife. Well, what those two or three people did was and is wrong. It was cowardly and dirty politics, they should not have done that. Ms. ‘Wow’ is a highly intelligent and driven woman. She is extremely competent and has served this country well. However, Rich was heard in a recorded conversation making jokes about anybody who would dare oppose him in the upcoming election with his ‘Whack-A-Mole’ analogy. Even worse, he and his henchmen, oops, I mean political advisors, were laughing at Ashley Judd’s struggle with mental health, and they were going to use that against her had she decided to run. Mr. MacDonald, get rid of your advisors. Well friends, Ashley Judd was born right here in Kentucky. There are many other Kentuckians who struggle with mental health issues; I wonder if Rich MacDonald and his advisors are laughing at these Kentuckians too? I wonder if they are laughing at the fact that the mental health agencies that serve many of these people face bankruptcy due to the fact that the people who work these agencies are forced to contribute more to the Kentucky Employee Retirement System (KERS). Folks, in 2014 these employees will have to pay 40 percent of their wages toward their pensions. Now add on to that insurance, light and gas, rent and oh yeah, kids. There’s no way that these agencies can stay afloat. What is Rich Mac- Donald doing about that? Surely he can do something. He’s the most powerful Republican in Washington. Yes, the handwriting is on the wall. The man who said that it was his goal to make Obama a one-term president is in danger of losing his seat in the Senate. But don’t you dare fret for Rich MacDonald. If he should lose his seat he has more than enough cash to fall back on from his corporate coffers. He’ll land a job as a highly paid lobbyist making 20 times more money than what he makes now. Then there’s millions to be made from his memoirs and lecture tours. Yes friends, old Rich MacDonald is going to be fine, just fine, e-i-e-i-o. Until next time, I’m on the inside looking out.

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