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Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name.

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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

This is a true story. I actually saw this woman in a grocery store get a can of Vienna sausage off the shelf, open it, and walk around the store in all the different aisles eating that Vienna sausage with her fingers. She had no crackers and no bread. She must have been starved. Anyway, she did pay for the can once she got up to the checkout. It really surprised me. I figured she’d just drop it in the trashcan somewhere and walk on out, but she did pay for it. She was eating it with her fingers in the store and she walked around. I tell you this because it is unbelievable. Have a nice day.

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I’d like to know one thing. Why, Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb, won’t you close this poker house down? It has caused more trouble than a little. It caused a boy to get shot a long time ago. Please close it down. There have been accidents upon accidents. People park out there in the road and things like that. It is uncalled for. We are asking you please to shut this building down. We are begging you to shut the building down.

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I’d like to speak my piece, but I can’t speak my piece because I can’t say what I want to say because I know you won’t record it. So all I can say is lo and behold to the driveway blocks.

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I would like to say that the apartments in Burdine really need a manager who is going to step up and do what they need to do.. Also, the little girl who rides up and down on the bicycle, someone is going to end up hitting this little girl. She pays no mind. And apparently her daddy doesn’t say anything to her. The baby is going end up getting hit. When she does they can’t blame anybody but the parents.

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A few weeks ago I was in town visiting my family at the housing project. I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. Talk about favoritism. One family that has been given an eviction notice has had the apartment given back to them. Some can bring friends or family members to move in with them. Nothing is said to them. Others can’t. I couldn’t find a parking spot at all except in the street. I noticed several families have several vehicles for every family member old enough to drive. Some were told to park elsewhere or be towed. And I could not believe the dress code for the office workers. This is from a visitor.

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I thought everybody in Letcher County is supposed to pay a garbage bill and have the garbage hauled off. If so, then why should people be outside burning garbage? People can’t even sit on their porch or raise the windows in their house because of the smoke. I think Letcher County needs a burn ban year round. Haul your garbage off and stop burning it.

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To the woman in Sandlick: Let me know when you start your poker games. We’ll put the big boy at Indian Creek out of business. We’ll show him how to play poker. If he does cry too much we’ll buy him a diaper and a bottle. We’ll burp him while he is crying.

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To a certain woman: What is the matter, isn’t your lover showing you enough attention? Is that why you are so upset and you are wanting to start crap with me? Oh, well. Instead of trying to go out of your way to be smiley with me, why don’t you work on your relationship with him? I don’t fool with floozies. Thank you very much.

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I’m so sick of the selfrighteous so-called Christians getting in Speak Your Piece and acting like they know something that somebody else doesn’t know. Saying you can’t wait to see people begging and crying when they are going to hell is not a Christian attitude. If you keep that attitude, maybe you will be screaming and begging. And the truth of the matter is you don’t know and no one else knows here on earth what happens after we die. You may get some surprises yourself.

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If police officers are out in their taxpayer-funded cruisers pulling people over in traffic, the least they could do is to be dressed in uniform and not wearing short pants and T-shirts. Have some respect for the office and the people you serve.

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It appears the Neon Mafia has been expending a great deal of energy and time over the past couple of months to reach out to influence our newly elected school board members to select its choice as the next Letcher County Superintendent of Schools. While last year’s newly-elected board members have shown some independence from rubber stamping central office directives over the past six months, their failure to honestly evaluate and select the best qualified candidate applying for the superintendent position can only mean that our taxpayers’ investment of approximately 30 million dollars over the past decade in educating our children continues to be in vain. The superintendent position is the CEO of this county’s largest employer and hence the continuing role of the Neon Mafia to keep control of this position through finagling, threats and promises of favors to decision makers. If the intent of the newly elected school board members was truly to move our school board past politics and towards improving the total educational system in this county, then the newly elected school board members will select a candidate who personifies extensive classroom teaching experience and administrative experience as a principal who has clearly demonstrated that he or she can motivate other teachers to strive for greater classroom performances. If the new superintendent is one who has little and/or no classroom teaching experience and little and/or no experience as a school administrator, then the citizens of Letcher County will have to try harder in the future to elect school board members who truly have the courage to make educational decisions that will benefit our youth and our community — and not just a group of power-hungry and selfish persons.

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This is to the wise little bird who hates drugs and put the comment in last week’s Speak Your Piece: Maybe you need to look at yourself. Maybe it’s you the super troopers ought to come check out, instead of down where you are talking about. How come you know so much, wise little bird? Are you scared to put your name in there? Are you scared to let people know who you are? You aren’t a wise little bird. You are a chicken. That’s what kind of bird you are. You are a chicken.

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Remember the girl at Whitaker you used to come see who had the big, round blue bed? I wish you would come see me again. I would love to sit down and talk to you some. I’ve always loved you and I will always love you.

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To the blonde who drives her lover’s car: You should be ashamed of yourself to call yourself a Christian and do what you do. Does he know about all the stuff you put in Speak Your Piece? Does he know about your other lovers that everyone else is talking about? You have made yourself into a big joke, and that’s a fact, Jack.

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Thanks to President George W. Bush’s War for Imaginary Weapons of Mass Destruction, a lot of men will be sad this Father’s Day. And thousands of kids don’t have fathers to honor any more.

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I’d like to know how a come a little boy ran out in front of a friend of mine on a one-lane road and his parents are suing my friend, yet all this last week he was out in the same road riding a four-wheeler and a golf cart up and down the road.

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What a role model Coach Hammonds has turned out to be for the students at Letcher County Central High School. Show some leadership before your term is up, Superintendent Craft. You hired him; now fire him.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: If you people see somebody new running for State Senate or House of Representatives on the Democrat or Republican Party, let’s put a new Democrat or a new Republican in. These people that are in there now need to go. They aren’t doing anything for us. They have actually created more laws to attempt to destroy us. When something comes up you will find out they have made a law that could destroy you.

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To a certain man: Wouldn’t you like to get together just one more time for old time’s sake? We could pick up where we left off. Respond in SYP and write something to let me know it’s you. We’ll always wonder if we don’t. You’re wondering right now. We were only together a short time, but yes, it was so special. I anxiously await your response.

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To my best friend: You are the greatest guy I have ever met. You are affectionate and caring, but you are still crazy over your ex-wife. You have forgiven her and your still love her and she just leads you on. If she really loves you she would show you and not just say it. You think because she’s sick she just has a tough time. I really care for but you won’t give me the chance. I hope some day you leave her alone because I love you and my child does too.

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Have you noticed the attention that tax-exempt organizations have been getting lately? Any small church started by an individual or a family needs to be especially aware. Is your church an exempt organization? If you don’t know, then it probably is not. If it isn’t, then your contributions are not deductable. Does the pastor or a member of the pastor’s family control the church finances? This is a definite no-no. Is the financial report reflecting receipts and expenditures published monthly or at least quarterly? Accountability is very difficult without documented transaction. Does the church have a budget? Any of these concerns could cause major problems in the future.

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I have a question for anybody who would like to reply. When you do reply please say ‘In response to B.J.’ Those are my initials. Say you are a hairdresser and your best friend has let you cut their hair pretty much ever since you have known them. Then all of a sudden since they realize they are not going to get in your britches they go let somebody else cut their hair. They struggle to make it financially and you still love them as a friend. And it hurts your feelings that they aren’t letting you cut their hair anymore and then they turn around and ask you to buy a newspaper off them, and you buy it for three years running because you love them as a friend but they won’t let you cut their hair. Is it wrong to feel hurt? Am I wrong here? Am I a sociopath?

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Hey, Jim Ward. People are getting sick of seeing you everywhere. Every time you get a newspaper or look on the side of a truck there is your photo or name. How arrogant and self-centered can you be? Please, don’t send me a Christmas card this year. If you keep it up we won’t have to see your picture after next election. Please quit putting your photo in everything. We get tired of looking at your picture.

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Now, Will Smith wants to play the blame game. Where were you, Will Smith, when all of these troubles began to happen at the school board? Didn’t I hear you say that you have been to every meeting in the last 20 years except one? What were you doing, sleeping? That couldn’t have been. You were chairman most of the time. Where were you when the board created unneeded classified jobs for coaches? Where were you when the board created unneeded assistant superintendent positions? Where were you when the board created unneeded assistant principal positions? Where were you when the board created assistant positions for almost everything? Where were you when the board sent sports teams all over the country but couldn’t send the band to the inaugural parade?

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Boy, I tell you what. Somebody must have something wrong with them. Every time you trying calling them and they answer the phone, they have a hair crossed. They ought to try to get a life for theirself and act like a human being instead of an idiot.

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I’m getting tired of you putting things in The Mountain Eagle that aren’t facts. You know who this is. This is a man who lives up there in a hollow. If one more thing goes in Speak Your Piece about me you’ll go to court. You know who you are. Just keep on. I know that you cut that pot down. If you put stuff about me in Speak Your Piece, I’ll get the sheriff on you.

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To a certain woman: You have your home now. You have had it for a while. Everyone knows you don’t deserve it. Now you can have all the parties you want to have and the men don’t have to pay for a motel room anymore.

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To the parents of the little girl who rides up and down the road at the apartments at Burdine: Please watch your child. She rides up and down the toad flying right in the middle of the road. She will not move over for no one. She doesn’t watch where she is going. You can tell the child has no discipline and no one watches her. If this child gets hit, it is your own fault for not telling your child to do better.

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The L.C. Board of Education has the unique opportunity to move in the direction of improving the quality of education in Letcher County. The first step is what it has always been, the education of children should be given first priority. The next step is to secure a superintendent with proven ability and experience to ensure a quality education for all children. Then give the superintendent the authority to review all personnel in the school system, purging unneeded and unproductive positions. We have had some outstanding administrators and teachers, but we also have some slackers who need to go. Changing the direction of our school system will not be quick or easy. We do need to take the time and make the effort to see it happen. The future of Letcher County depends on the school system.

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To the blonde who commented to the blonde in the black car: ‘Honey, I’m a pillar of the community. I’m treated like a queen by my husband, family and everybody who knows me.’ You’re the one who’s a joke. You should laugh at yourself, because everybody is laughing at you. This lady has got more going on than a money-hungry, sleazy slut like you could ever have, so laugh again. When you do, it’s all about you. Ha, ha, ha.



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