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Well I just got my Mountain Eagle, and what a good one it is. I just read about the death penalty verdict the jury gave to Troy Triplett in two minutes in 1936. Where are people like that in this day and time? Those spineless three that killed Dr. Acker’s daughter are still living 27 years later? Boy, don’t we wish we had men from back then on our Letcher Circuit Court jury in this day and time. How are those filthy pigs Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge being allowed to live 27 years after the jury gave them the death penalty?

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To a certain person who works in Whitesburg: I see you’ve got a neighbor. I hope you know you can’t trust him. He’ll use you for everything you have. And that’s a fact. He’ll also tell lies to you about his other neighbors. If I were you I would back off. He thinks he’s a natural born stud, but he’s a low-life drunk.

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I think all the coal miners and every other Letcher County citizen needs to swing by the courthouse and thank Jim Ward for putting us in the hole where he’s a gas pro. Since the gas companies took over, he’s the man. I hope Wayne Fleming beats him if they run against each other for judge. Personally, I don’t think there will be any competition. Fleming will beat him easily. He is the only one you see on Channel 98 who has any sense at all. Thank you.

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Is there a number in the phone book to get in touch with UNITE. I know a woman who works every day of the week, but still draws SSI and other benefits and gets away with it. She claims she has arthritis real bad but she’s out here lifting heavy rocks, big chunks of wood, and coal right in front of everybody in broad daylight. This person thinks she can get her neighbors to feel sorry for her, but it’s not going to work for long. Her hind-end will get caught.

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I’m just calling to let people know that I think they ought to be watching the actions they do in front of other people, including what they say. You can be accused and not be wrong. In the society in which we live, even the police cannot tell the truth. You will be held accountable. Even if you’re right they’re still going to punish you for some reason. People need to be aware that the police don’t always have taking care of other people in their best interest. They can lie and get by with it.

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So let me get this straight. The Letcher County School Board has no problem spending $10,000 on football helmets to protect the students’ heads, but they refuse to spend $15,000 to fill their heads with knowledge so they can get jobs at the new federal prison? There is life after football, people.

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I would like to know why they let all these bears loose but then don’t put anything up on the mountains for the bears to eat. Now they come down and get into people’s garbage and strew it all over the place. I think the state needs to plant stuff for the bears to eat.

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The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office is supposed to maintain order and make sure no one interrupts during the Letcher County Board of Education meetings. Then the sheriff ’s office sends Deputy Valerie Breeding, who disrupts the meeting by shouting at her opponent during the presentation for the new law and justice program at Letcher County Central High School. The new school board chairman, Robert Kiser, was too afraid to call Mrs. Breeding down. So I guess it’s up to the sheriff to try to control Deputy Breeding.

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The Letcher County School Board chairman wants to control the hiring of teachers now. Isn’t that against the law?

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I was reading in Speak Your Piece about some people being accused of not taking care of their cats. Those cat owners better be glad they don’t live in Laurel Fork or Craft Branch, because there are some people there who will make away with your cats. They took some of mine. They think I don’t know who they are, but I do. I hope they can live with their conscience each time they go through the church door at night. Those cats were very dear to my grandchildren. Thank you.

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There is no war on drug dealers in Letcher County, especially in the Adams Branch-Doty Creek-Blair Branch areas. They are allowed to get away with whatever they want to get away with. When you try to get the state police or sheriff ’s department to do anything about the problem they say it is all just hearsay. What’s going to happen when somebody brings in some video footage and shows the police what is going on at these parties? Will they be ashamed of themselves for not doing anything about it? And if the sheriff ’s office, especially Lieutenant Brian Damron, thinks they know who this is, they are wrong. This is someone Lieutenant Damron let a rogue steal from before. He said he would take care of the job. Payback is coming. You’re going to lose your job, pal. You’re going to the unemployment line just like everybody else in Letcher County is right now. Thank you.

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The Letcher County School Board wants a teacher who does not have a criminal justice background to teach criminal justice in the new program in our high school (and vocational school). How about the fantastic idea of having the school resource officers teach this, which leaves our children unprotected? That’s what our resource officers are for — to protect our children; not to teach criminal justice.

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The Letcher County Board of Education has become a joke. The new board chairman’s only objective is to get rid of Superintendent Anna Craft and anyone associated with her — also known as witch hunt. The other new school board member, Ms. Boggs, is there only to keep the Arlie Boggs Elementary School open and to ask stupid questions.

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To the blonde in the black car: He’s no angel. The proof is there. Check for yourself.

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After reading this week’s paper, it looks like we have a county school board of Dexter the Mad Scientist trying to lead the Three Stooges into the 21st Century with our kids in tow. This is going to be an awfully good show. It’s going to be funny.

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At the recent Letcher County School Board meeting, the board members hit a new low. They showed a total lack of ability to reason and make decisions. They refused to fund a teaching position for the new law and justice program — a program that would be a new avenue into the job market for many students. Then the board members decided to enter into a useless, needless, meaningless and totally worthless court action to appeal the Kentucky Attorney General’s opinion about the board’s violation of the law governing closed meetings. This action will waste much more money than the $15,000 needed to fully fund the teaching position. Surely Board Attorney Darrell Hall advised against this action. If not, he should be removed. Is there any way we could remove all five board members and start all over again? Educating children will never be a priority with this school board. Maybe it’s time to ask the Kentucky Board of Education to look into the management of Letcher County’s school system again. Thank you.

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To all the magistrates of Letcher County: I would just like to hear one of you magistrates mention in a fiscal court meeting that Letcher County needs a burn ban — not just in the fall and spring, but year-round. That way people could at least sit on their porch or open their windows at night without having to worry about choking to death on someone else’s smoke from burning garbage. I thought everybody was supposed to pay a garbage bill and have their trash hauled off. If so, why should they have to burn garbage?

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Thank you, Letcher County School Board, for not wasting our money on funding a mere $15,000 for a classroom teacher. After all, classroom teachers are only the heart and soul of the educational process. Thank you instead for wasting our money to save us from the big bad Attorney General. We wouldn’t want any outside intrusion. I don’t know why you don’t go ahead and just ignore the law, because that’s what you usually do when you don’t want to obey it. Any day now I expect the Letcher County Board to ask churches, civic organizations, businesses and the general public to provide money for educational resources, especially textbooks. Isn’t that why we pay taxes, so we can take care of those things? And please, Superintendent Tony Sergent, would you tell the board members why the school system has a contingency fund?

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I work at a certain restaurant. The other days these coal operators came in and had a meeting that I took care of for two hours. When they left they did not even leave a ten-cent tip. So let’s take it from there.

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This is coming from a concerned citizen. I think we need to vote in all the new classes at Letcher Central High School and vote out Robert Kiser. Thank you.

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This is to the new superintendent of Letcher County Schools: I sure hope you are more strict on enforcing smoking areas. You can go to most schools and the employees are not in smoking areas. They have made their own. Several are in front of the lunchroom doors. My kids can smell cigarette smoke in the lunchroom. If you look at the cameras you can see the employees smoking rather than working. The school is paying for them to smoke. Then when I have to pick up my children from another school, you can see the employees smoking at the buses while telling kids good-bye. I always thought it was a law for schools to be smoke-free. Hopefully you can change what is going on. Thank you.

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The great, late radio commentator Paul Harvey first broadcast his ‘If I Were the Devil’ monologue in 1965. He updated it to this version in 1996. What he said then still rings true today. By the way, don’t fall for the fake Paul Harvey commentary about the devil if you find it in your e-mail inbox. This is the real deal: ‘If I were the prince of darkness I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness, and I’d have a third of its real estate and four fifths of its population. But I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee. So I’d set about however necessary, to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve, ‘Do as you please.’ To the young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince them that man created God, instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is square. And the old I would teach to pray after me, ‘our father which art in Washington …’ And then I’d get organized: I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and visa versa. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil I’d soon have families at war with themselves; churches at war with themselves; and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellect, but neglect to discipline emotions; just let those run wild, until before you knew it you’d have to have drugsniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing; I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls — and church money. If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who want it, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would convince the young that marriage is old fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus, I could undress you in public and lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I would just keep on doing what he is doing.

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