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In the matter of school test scores, may I point out to the uninformed individual who questioned the improved scores in the districts that neither of the local school districts nor any other school district in the state scores their own tests. Because of the repercussions for anyone who would ‘manipulate’ test scores, anyone would be a fool to do so. If manipulation of scores were happening, wouldn’t we all be scoring at the proficient level or better by now? Someone needs to do his or her ‘homework.’

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I watched the Jenkins City Council meeting on Channel 98, the Government Channel, and was appalled with its discussion concerning the school taxes. Compared with many affluent cities in the state, the tax rate may be relatively high, but anytime you have less tax base you will put the tax burden on fewer people. In Jenkins, more than half of population is retired or disabled and are eligible for the homestead exemption which is $36,000. Many of the homes in Jenkins were already assessed for under $36,000. Let’s take an arbitrary number, say $40,000, as the average value of all homes in Jenkins. That figure is probably high. The tax increase would be six cents per $100 or 60 cents per $1,000, which amounts to $24 per year. Now, let’s put that in perspective. That is less than one bottle of booze or one carton of cigarettes or less than one meal at Applebee’s. Will that really hinder the growth of our city to pay an additional $24 per year school taxes to educate our kids? Why would Mayor Kincer be upset anyway? He doesn’t even live in Jenkins or the state of Kentucky. Shame on all of you.

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Let’s face it, Letcher County Cougars. The coach isn’t doing any good this year. Maybe next year. You’re just not winning any games this year.

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What in the world is the matter with you people out there? Why don’t you challenge the Midnight Phantom? Please remove your mask during the Halloween season. This is the Midnight Phantom speaking.

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I’m a concerned citizen of Letcher County and I’m just kind of curious. I wonder if the local government would like an accountant.

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Any religion that tries to get you to pay 10 percent of your wages to that religion is a brainwasher and a cult. 1 Corinthians 9:18 the Apostle Paul says, ‘What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.’ Anyone that is brainwashing you for 10 percent of your money and property is not setting the example like Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul did.

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You people who are drawing Social Security disability and working had better watch yourself. Those working undercover have already got three people at a certain sawmill in Letcher County. I’ve seen the pictures. I know. You better take a warning now because they are going to put a stop to it.

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Everyone in Jenkins, Neon, Elkhorn Creek and surrounding areas, please know that the petition for the Jenkins hospital reopening is still at the Jenkins Public Library because of a very large demand. Please sign this. Thank you.

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I enjoyed reading very much about Jim Cornett’s trick he had on Halloween in 1951. I thought it was very nice what he had written about the vehicle that was left in Blackey on Halloween night.

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Mr. President, bring our troops home.

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The truck that Chris Archer was accused of using to steal from is not his truck. That truck is licensed to his wife, not him.

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I hate it about this government shutdown. People losing their homes and having to spend their savings and stuff like that is awful. When they got rid of us coal miners they didn’t give a hoot about coal miners losing their homes and having to spend their savings accounts. There are people who work at Hardee’s and McDonald’s that don’t even have savings accounts.

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This is for all of you people out there who are asking when Rodney Webb is going to get out of prison. It will be 2034. If you go on the Internet it will tell you all about what he is in there for and the release time and everything. Just look it up on the Internet and it will tell you all about it.

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To the man in Harrison Branch who lives on the hillside with all of the chickens: You need to clean all the crap up around your house. It is filthy and a disgrace.

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Kentucky school board members are required by statute to receive training in specific areas of school management in a prescribed manner through the Academy of Studies. The Kentucky School Boards Association provides that training through its annual conference, usually held in Louisville, and winter and summer conferences held in either Louisville or Lexington. Newly elected or appointed members are required to get 12 hours of training. The number of hours required decreases with each elected term. However, at no time is it less than four hours a year. Boards of education can elect to allow credit for some of these hours to be obtained at the national conference. All Kentucky school board members are paid a stipend for attendance at meetings, as are city council members. In some cases members of these boards and councils donate that stipend to another entity. I read a couple of weeks ago that Whitesburg city council members donate their stipends to the fire department.

(Whitesburg City Council members also donate their salaries to the Letcher County Kids Day Committee.)

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Well, Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks, I see you tried to convict an innocent man. Why don’t you just leave the man alone and turn him loose? The ones you need to testify were all there with the guns. They were all there with the crack cocaine. Leave the man alone and turn him loose. The jury of Letcher County found him innocent.

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I bet our forefathers would absolutely turn over in their graves if they knew what we had in government these days. I think they ought to throw every one of them out of there and go get people off the streets and put them in there. I think they would do a better job than that sorry bunch.

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To a certain person: You live at Goodwater Falls and make out like you are some kind of honky-tonker that wrote a big song, but you didn’t write anything.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward for the bridge the county is building on Linefork across Long Branch. It has been a long time coming and we certainly want to thank him very much. Every time it rains the water gets over the bridge and people get trapped in the hollow. We wanted to say thanks, Judge. The county crew is doing a wonderful job. Thanks to all of them.

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A belated happy birthday to my sister, Johnette. And happy birthday to my mother, Shirley. I love and miss you all very much. I hope you all had a good day.

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I thought when deer season opened you had to remove all feeders. On Woodrock you can’t shake a stick without hitting a feeder or a trail camera.

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This is to the woman who got in an argument with a boy on High School Hill about going the wrong way. I wish to apologize to her. I lost my temper and I said stuff I didn’t mean to say. I just had a rough day and I feel bad about it. I am sorry to that woman, whoever she is.

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Hello, hi and howdy! Q: What does Congress and Miley Cyrus have in common? A: They both like to show their butts. The ‘Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight,’ a/k/a Congress, did it again; they shut the government down. However, the Affordable Care Act went into effect anyway. Now I ask you, how stupid is that? Say what you want to, but Kentucky needs this health care reform in the worst way. You can’t be rejected because of a pre-existing condition, and you can carry your kids on your policy until they’re 26. Financial help will be provided for some. Is it perfect? No, but what is? We have got to start somewhere. Improvements will be made. Shame on the GOP. They have demonized the Affordable Care Act by calling it ‘Obamacare.’ What did they call it in the mid-90s when Bill Clinton tried to address the same issue? Does anyone remember those proposed National Healthcare cards? But I digress. I can tell you 351,230 reasons why I think ‘Rich’ McDonald was against the Affordable Care Act: Humana Health Insurance, $68,755; American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, $78,475; Kindred Healthcare, $101,500; and North Cypress Medical Center, $102,500, healthcare agencies who made contributions to the Senator. You people are not stupid. I know that you know what is going on here. It’s just one of those things in politics that makes me say, ‘hmmmm.’ Changing the subject now, it is definitely not ‘a beautiful day in Mr. Rogers’s neighborhood.’ Mr. Rogers voted to make cuts in SNAP (the food stamp program), which is now effected by the government shutdown — way to go GOP. Mr. Rogers represents the poorest county in Kentucky, and possibly in the nation. The majority of people who depend on SNAP in Mr. Rogers’s district are children. Poverty and unemployment in this district are high. Common sense tells you that it is hard to feed your kids when you have no job. I would not be surprised if there is a slight rise in the crime rate in his district. No wait, maybe that’s just a little bit extreme to say and sounds like a Republican scare tactic. I apologize. But why should Mr. Rogers care? It’s a beautiful day in his neighborhood — Washington, D.C., that is. He’s living it up in his nice, cushy office wearing his Brooks Brothers suits, eating the best food money can buy, and he has one heck of a healthcare plan. He is getting paid during the government shutdown while hundreds of thousands of government workers are furloughed. Oooh. Looks like things aren’t too good in a lot of other neighborhoods. ‘So let’s make the most of this beautiful day, since we’re together we might as well say: Would you be mine — could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?’ Well la-tee-da, Mr. Rogers, la-teeda indeed. Until next time, I’m on the inside looking out.

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Would my new cousin from Indiana who called me, get in touch with me again with your address and phone number? I have lots of information for you. Everett Vanover, 707-429-0254, or 3007 Ponderosa Court, Fairfield, CA 94533.

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What kind of person buys a dog for his children, and then puts it out in the yard in a rabbit cage? What the heck are you thinking? That poor dog is trapped in a little cage, growing bigger every day, standing and sitting on a wire bottom. How can you justify that to yourself? Rabbit cages are for rabbits — not dogs. If you can’t manage to get a doghouse (though the people who get dogs and then tie them up away from the family so they ‘won’t smell bad’ puzzle me too) then find a good home for the poor thing and let it actually step on the ground. You make me sick.

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To the guy in the yellow truck: I know you are cheating on your wife, and where you parked your truck the other day is private parking. You park on my property again I will stop and tell her plus have your truck towed. You are a disgrace. I have heard how sick she is. Find yourself a new place to hide, jerk.

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I see a lot of traffic going in and out of Meadow Fork in Millstone. I thought someone up there was on house arrest.



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