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If you buy five-thousand dollars worth of food a year and paid twenty-percent in taxes it would cost you six-thousand dollars. If you are living on borrowed money at six-percent, altogether it would cost you six-thousand six-hundred dollars. You would be a lot better off if someone gave you the food.

I would just like to say thank you to the police in Letcher County. They have really cleaned up the drugs at Goose Creek. There aren’t half as many things going on there now.

I see a dirty rotten skunk from Vicco coming to Letcher County quite often. I think I know what he’s up to. I have some skunk spray and when I see his vehicle in my driveway I’m going to spray the skunk spray in his face and send him back to Perry County.

A woman who lets her ex-husband sleep with her niece is not a good person. The woman I’m talking about is also on pills. She took the last man she lived with for every dime he had. She bought every pill she could get while he was working in the mine. When she couldn’t get anything else out of him he dropped him.

And she shall bring forth a son and thou shall call him Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled what was spoken of the Lord by the prophets saying, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son. And they shall call him Emmanuel,’ which when interpreted means God with us. Thank you, Father God for being with us. In Jesus’s name, amen.

This is for anyone who is getting ready to file for bankruptcy: Be careful when choosing an attorney. Mine messed up and cost me twenty-six thousand dollars. I paid a fee of twelve-hundred dollars, but because the job wasn’t done right my home is now at risk.

I would just like to say to the small businesses in Whitesburg that if they want to enter the competition for Christmas decorations next year they might go ahead and give it up. Dr. Narramore already has it won for next year, too. Homes Inc.’s decorations rock. Narramore’s stink.

Does anyone out there know Barack Obama’s full name?

Hey, you dumb moron. It’s not the commonwealth’s attorney who does this. It’s the dumb jurors who turn the thieves away. Check your information before your long tongue gets caught up in your small brain.

To the one person who keeps calling child welfare on a certain person: Why don’t you grow up and stop calling them? It hurts no one but the kids. If you have something against the mother and the father you need to take it up with them instead of hurting the kids. It doesn’t matter if they’re gone from daylight until dark. It is none of your business.

A new energy policy adopted by the state of Ohio recently has certain energy companies allowed to drill in state parks for natural gas and oil. This is all nice if you want to consider an energy policy that will force you to see gas and oil wells all over your pristine forest and natural parks. One could only imagine if the state of Kentucky tried to pass something like this. Not one environmental group in Ohio was watching this closely. Could you imagine something like this happening in southeastern Kentucky? I’m afraid this will have a domino effect on Ohio’s neighboring states. We’ll have gas and oil wells in the Lilley Cornett Woods, the Robinson Forest, and everywhere else.

For all the people who want to jump off the University of Kentucky bandwagon: Please go ahead and get off. I need tickets to Rupp Arena. You would be giving me a chance to finally get into Rupp to see them play. There are going to be a lot of bumps before Coach Gillispie gets things going his way. This just shows you how far we have slid with the recruitment by former coaches Hobbs and Hanson. But we’ll be back.

To the Christian people: I don’t think it’s right to read this Speak Your Piece. It is nothing but trash. If you truly are living right you should read the Bible that has the truth in it. Speak Your Piece is nothing but gossip. You either live a Christian life or a sinner’s life. You choose.

(All the potential for sin in today’s world and you choose to pick on Speak Your Piece?)

I was calling in about the police in Neon. I think it’s ridiculous that if you drive just one mile per hour over the speed limit through town or up by the ballpark he’ll pull you over. Back when it was just Jeff Sparks and Henry Day and them, they were reliable officers. They would come when there was a crime, but they wouldn’t pull someone over for doing a mile over the speed limit. Something needs to be done about this.

Why didn’t the employees, mayor, and city council responsible for overseeing the Neon Water Company implement a plan before the water shortage reached a critical stage? The customers should have been given pointers on how to conserve water. This would have been somewhat helpful since very few will limit their water supply until they are forced to do so. Therefore, a limit should have been imposed according to family size with excessive use resulting in higher rates. Thank you.

It’s a crying shame that people living in the Eolia area are complaining about mining. I don’t know how you lie down and sleep at night when people know you worked in the coalfields yourself. Of course, if others supported me I could afford to quit and whine as well. We have people also getting on the radio and trying to tie using six-yearold textbooks in schools to mountaintop mining. I think this is ridiculous.

I would just like to tell my long lost love Trina that I still love her and I miss her very much. Remember the good times, baby. Thank you.

I drive a coal truck for a prestigious coal company in this area, and if I see a daggone bear in the road I’m going to run off the road to hit the bear and make little puddles of blood and little puddles of hair and maybe little hairy guts. Thank you very much. This if for Mr. Game Warden.

I know who is calling the law on me and telling them I’m shooting a gun every time I shoot a firecracker. But I’m going to call the law on them for selling drugs. So keep on calling, baby.

Radar ears up on the hill, drinking Michelob and snorting a pill. It ain’t over, you little guy. We’re watching for you next sale and your next buy.

To the guy with the minimum wage job: You need to go out and find you a good job and dump that so-called close friend who is giving you advice. All she wants to do is break up your marriage.

This is concerning the article that was written in Speak Your Piece about a child’s coach chewing and the child not being able to do so: Lady, if that man’s married he probably has sexual relations with his wife. Your child is a child and the coach is an adult. You need to learn the difference between a child and an adult. What in the heck are you thinking?

Two things for my smoking hot girl: A new car? Yeah, it’s okay. But ‘I love football’ panties are out of this world.

To the girl who slapped her so-called mother-in-law at the courthouse the other day: Guess what? I’m not finished with you. Do you hear me?

To my son: You better find someone else to be on your bond, because I’m coming off on the first day eligible, which is this week.

I would like to ask the mayor of the City of Whitesburg and the city council why people can’t have a yard sale on the bypass but the nurses are allowed to picket. Why are they allowed to stand up there and harass people and cause people to almost have accidents? These people should really get a life and get back to work. If they are so worried about their patients, why did they walk off? And if the UMWA is so worried about the hospital why did they sell it out to begin with?

Yeah right, monkey mouth. I’m sure you’ll be there with bells on looking to spot a tree to climb with the next edition of Speak Your Piece in your hand. You don’t have the guts to meet anywhere. If you did, you would contact me so I’ll know for sure you’re talking about me. All you know is to flap that old, ugly mouth in Speak Your Piece.

The unspeakable gift. Greetings, all readers. As much as the world would have you and I to believe that Christmas is about buying that perfect gift for that special someone, then carefully wrapping it in brilliant colors of silver and golf and placing it under a beautiful tree adorned with all manner of grand ornaments and glowing with diverse colors of lights, the truth is that just isn’t so. If the world was right Christmas would never come to the poor. In fact, Christmas is not about money at all. But rather that special time of year that men, women, and children all around the world should be reminded of the greatest of all gifts and that is the one perfect gift found wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Because of Him, we have hope. For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (St. Luke 2:11 KJV) He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own and His own received him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. (St. John 1:10-14 KJV) Through Christ our Lord, men and women may freely receive that priceless gift that neither mom and dad nor grandma and grandpa or anyone else can give them and that is His unspeakable gift of salvation. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (St. John 3:16 KJV) Let us not forget God’s perfect gift to us this Christmas, throughout the new year, and all the days of our lives. And may we never fail to tell the true story of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified that men and women everywhere may freely receive His perfect gift that money just can’t buy. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. (II Corinthians 9:15 KJV) Sincerely, Tommy Lewis, Gilley.

‘Merry Christmas’ to all the people at the Whitesburg nursing home, all the people there and all the workers too. Let’s see the ones I know personally are Sister Gordy, Miss Frazier, Mable Banks. Please print this. Thank you, Stanley Pack.

Walk away for W.D.: How easy it would be, after it has all been given up. All that’s been said. How easy it would be simply just to stay. Thoughts and fears, anger, smiles and tears. All that may become real, all that remains is ideas, as long as you stay. Nothing is simple anymore. Staying calm. Remaining friends all becomes a chore. Doing the right thing, searching for all the right words to say, becomes just as easy if only you would stay. Where did we go wrong, I asked, has our journey, our search for life finally passed? Is there a way for us to repair? Or has this ripple that’s come carried us away never to be as one again? Achingly, painfully, you look into my eyes and say, ‘The answer is simple, my love. We just walk away.’ Author: Lil E.

I’ve been going to Whitesburg ARH since I was a little girl. I gave birth to all my children there and have had all my surgeries there. Through the years I have taken my children there as well as my grandchildren for help when we were in need. Sickness hits a family on its own time. I’m not against better pay and benefits for anyone, but this strike has gotten so out of hand. I know some who walked out on strike and I know some who chose to stay and work. It’s sad when those who are striking pick on the ones that stayed behind to take care of the sick. It’s wrong for the strikers to act the way they have by putting signs, etc. After watching you all on strike act like you have I won’t go back to ARH if they put you back to work. I don’t want someone like you taking care of me or my family. I want to say for the record that my heart goes out to the families of those who are still working to help the sick here in my hometown. I’m praying for you. Please don’t lose faith in mankind because of a few bad apples. I’ve watched you and your families go out of your way to help children. I don’t have a good education. I only went to the third grade, but I wanted kids and a family. But I did see that all my kids went to school for some kind of degree. One of my daughters is a registered nurse who chose to work in another state. That’s her right. If she went on strike and stood outside with a sign that said ‘on strike’ I wouldn’t say a word, but if she acted like these nurses have I would bend her over my knee and wear her out.

Older people are the only group who can be depended on to vote in large numbers, and as younger voter numbers decline, the older voters become more powerful. A lot of politicians don’t seem to have made this connection. They don’t give older citizens the regard, respect, or service they give others. This may be a part of the ‘youth worship’ that is becoming a part of our national culture, or it may be that they consider them weaker and easier to manipulate than those younger and stronger. In any event, they pursue this course at their own peril because when older people see others comparable to them ignored or patronized by officials, they know that if or when they need those officials, they will very likely get the same treatment. Examples of this abound, some very recently, and they have been noticed.

I dated a girl who graduated Letcher High School in 1993. Her first initial began with a T. I was just wondering if she is still living in Letcher County and how she has been doing. If you are her and are reading this, please reply.

To all those smug managers on the hill at ARH: You have convinced all the Steelworkers and public that the striking nurses won’t be back. That shows your true colors. I would hate to think I would be such a company suck, especially for a company like ARH. You have chosen these rejects over the nurses that have been there for years. But change is coming, and some of you just may be out. You’ve trusted the very ones that will stab you in the back. I don’t know of many places that will hire mail order RNs. This might get really interesting. We will see who has the last laugh and who eats their words. It’s people like you that will be the downfall of ARH.

To all the caring scabs at ARH – the ones that laughed when several of the nurses were almost mowed down by a drunk driver and their cars totaled: You have shown your true colors. We expected nothing less of you. You said you stayed for your patients but you stayed for nothing short of greed of money. So enjoy your Christmas with your trips to Disney World and your cruises. You’ve certainly earned them, haven’t you? Just remember what goes around comes around and we will be there to share. You think we won’t be back, but you’ll see and you’ll have to work beside us.

Merry Christmas to Oma Hatton. We love you and want you to know your friendship is our best gift. Have a great holiday. We also want to wish Doug, Ruth Ann, Roland and Ellen a merry Christmas. We love you.

To certain people in Little Dry Fork: Your dogs are driving us crazy. They are killing the cats and we can’t sleep at night for them barking outside our doors. They chase every car and they are biting dogs. I have tried everywhere and called everywhere and can’t get anything done about it. So you know who you are. Your dogs are two Labs, two mutts, and one pit bull.

The actions of the fiscal court seem unrehearsed and spontaneous. This may be appealing in some people but kind of loosecannonish for a governing body. A little deliberation and thoughtful discussion may result in more effective spending than what we are experiencing. While it isn’t good to stifle free spirits, these people are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of ours, and I personally would like to see more than a few seconds spent on some of these decisions.

I see two of the finest employees got arrested. Wonder which will lose their job?

Mitch Barnhart must have something on University of Kentucky President Lee Todd for him to keep his job. I have never seen such an arrogant man for a director of Kentucky basketball, which was at one time the greatest program in the history of basketball. Sadly that is no longer an accurate statement. Yet we reward him with a five-year contract extension? What’s up with that? Our all-time win total will be eclipsed by North Carolina in two years, and we can blame Mitch Barnhart and the rest of the what-have-you-done-for-melately mentality people who ran off Tubby Smith. I don’t know about anybody else, but I have disliked Mitch Barnhart since he came to Kentucky. Remember Guy Morris? He was one heck of a football coach at UK, but they ran him off just like Tubby..

I can’t believe how much you have changed. I never thought you would be the type of person who would let another person control your whole life. You can’t talk to people, go anywhere or even think for yourself anymore. I’ve had so many people ask me what has happened to you. You don’t believe anyone but her and that’s very sad because she is stepping out on you for bigger and better things. She’s not worth it and you used to be such a good person, but now you can’t tell you two apart, you are both evil.

Is Letcher County or any surrounding county going to have a prison built?

(Plans to locate a federal medium security prison in Letcher County continue to move forward.)

‘If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.’ – Socrates. Your wealth was earned through lies, manipulation, pay-offs and through the hard work of the very people you despise and look down on. But even with all those bags of gold, you still have nothing to be proud of. And therein is the saddest part of your life story. You could have made a difference in this county and in the lives of so many people. Instead you chose to live well and become hated. Yet I can’t help but wonder, is that a comfort to you now, as you face the end of your life?

If Johnny Ray Turner runs for the state senate again, his as yet unnamed opponent will get a lot of support, and Johnny Ray will, I hope, get the scorn and derision he deserves, from the public. Power must be the most important thing in life for some people, but I don’t understand how anyone with his record could even consider asking someone to vote for him again. He was convicted of being involved in a scheme to buy votes. What worse could you do to the democratic process?

Eastern Kentucky’s efforts to handle drug abuse have accomplished little, other than to further damage the credibility of law enforcement, create suspicion and distrust of the court system, and benefit only the lawyers. It is a collective failure of the entire system, although I do think private citizens have been doing a good job in reporting. There is widespread dissatisfaction with the whole system, a system which doesn’t make any sense to the public. Young people are being herded into jails, which are not fit for human habitation and make them vulnerable to a host of diseases. Rehabilitation seems to be on the back burner – not much interest in that. From the weekly reports and complaints in the paper, drug dealers of any size are hardly inconvenienced. What people need to understand is that while there is a national drug problem, it is nothing compared to eastern Kentucky, and they need to be asking why. They deserve better than this.

WYMT’s Danielle Morgan did an excellent two-part piece on illegal logging. It was a vivid reminder of the importance of the ‘fourth estate’ in the U.S. way of life. We survive by checks and balances and the media has always provided the biggest check, all the way from Boss Tweed through Teapot Dome, Crump’s Tennessee, and Watergate. The media’s effectiveness can be measured by the hostility it creates in those who fight against the light. One of the best indicators of honesty, or dishonesty, is how those in government view open government.

I hope the person wanting more restaurants gets them someday, but I think it will be a long time before any upper-scale facility moves into this area. Any establishment considering such a move will survey the area and this is what they will see: rivers with so many straight pipes projecting out above and into them that they have fecal coliform and other pollution levels too large to measure, rivers still cluttered with tires, cars, refrigerators, and things that can’t be identified, mountains torn with mining, gas drilling, and unreclaimed logging, and worst of all, political corruption that smells worse than the rivers. I just noticed that a state legislator, who got rid of his ankle bracelet not that long ago, has announced his bid for reelection, and I wouldn’t bet against him. How appealing do you think this picture would be to a restaurant executive, or to anyone outside this area?

The letter from the person who was forced out of Letcher County 40 years ago really hit home with me, and I would imagine, with many others. It made me think of all the brilliant, talented people who had to do the same, because of economics or corruption: military heroes and leaders (colonels, a general, two admirals, a founder of the Golden Knights), a Secretary of Commerce, an engineer who was instrumental in the development of the space program, a large percentage of the teachers in Ohio and Indiana, and many others. These people got most of their education here, but never contributed anything to the area except for what they spent on visits. I think of what they could have contributed had there been an opportunity. Why does this exodus have to continue? This area has the resources, and I don’t mean coal, to become a self-supporting recreational/tourism stronghold. All that is required is that it be cleaned – of trash and litter and corrupt politicians – and that a little vision be exercised.

Drug abuse enforcement is unbalanced and is putting a terrible injustice on a large part of the younger people. They are being jailed, mistreated, and kept in conditions that subject them to an assortment of diseases for minor drug offenses. Meanwhile, major dealers carry on, in full view of their neighbors and their neighbors’ children, seemingly free from any consequences.

To the boss of a certain coach: If something is not done
this coach is going to get Letcher County in trouble. When was the last time you
saw the way he does practice? He tells us parents we can’t watch – that we have
to sit in the lobby. We are the ones who put our money in your pocket. Think
about that.

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