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The simple life is the only way to live. Give me a 16×24 cabin, free water from an auger hole, a wood burning stove, ‘coal oil’ lamps, a small garden, fruit trees, a few chickens about the yard. No rent, no mortgage, no utility bills. Just a couple solar panels to keep a cell phone charged and recharge batteries for the radio. I’ve lived the rat race lifestyle and you can have it. If you can be $50,000 in debt and be happy then I say go for it. But if you want peace in your life, homesteading is the only way to go. And there’s no better place to do it than right here in Letcher County.

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I was watching the latest meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court on TV and heard the guy who has the sole source contract to buy the county’s scrap metal. He was telling the Fiscal Court why the county shouldn’t give other people a chance to compete. One of the things he said was that he couldn’t give his best price if the county competed. Well, maybe somebody else could if they had a chance. I can see why he would want to keep it solesource, but why would the fiscal court agree with him instead of at least testing the water? I don’t care what the county attorney says, the court needs to consider all options.

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I keep watching on TV about UNITE busting all of these drug dealers and rounding them up in these other counties, but you never hear about Letcher County rounding up any drug dealers. Why is this? There are like six or eight major drug dealers located within two or three miles of the courthouse. I don’t understand this.

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To my ex- wife who hooked up with that Freewill Baptist preacher: Listen, the Lord is going to hold you accountable. You gave $3,500 of my money that you hid from me when I trusted you. You even bought him a van. You are going to meet your maker one of these days. I don’t know how much money you had in the bank. The only thing I am going to say us God have mercy on you because you are deep down a good person. Did you do me wrong? That is between you and the Lord. Have a nice day.

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Since the old man who drives the blue truck from McRoberts is back full-time at the Boone Fork Senior Citizens, we men don’t have a chance with those women down there. Those women were tickled to death when he came back. You could see the smiles and they are still smiling yet. I think it is a shame that one man can hog all of the women like he does. I don’t know what it is about him that makes him get all of the women at the Boone Fork Senior Citizens Center. It seems like he has them under his fingernails and it is just that way every day.

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To the people of Jenkins, Neon, Elkhorn City, Elkhorn Creek and Pound, Va.: This will be your last chance to sign the petition calling for the reopening of the Jenkins Community Hospital. Please sign at the Jenkins Public Library. This hospital is desperately needed. Please do your part to help this happen. This would also provide much-needed jobs in our community. You deserve good health care also.

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This is to the big-mouthed idiot who put the comment in Speak Your Piece about the judges and the prosecuting attorneys not helping the children and letting people who shot someone in the back get off scot-free: It wasn’t the judge and the prosecutor who let them off. It was your stupid jurors. If you are so smart and think you know so much, why don’t you attend some of the court hearings. You’ll find out just exactly how hard those people work. There are a few good jurors, don’t get me wrong. In fact, there are a lot of good jurors. However, some don’t have enough sense to get out of the bed in the morning. So thank you anyway for the unkind piece that you put in.

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A man with a white dog uses the front yard of the tourism building in Whitesburg for the dog’s restroom in the morning.

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A YouTube audio of the teacher telling the kid that the kid should be homeschooled discloses a widely known fact. That is that Pike County and the bigger schools encourage poorly educated parents to educate those who don’t do well in school just so they don’t drag down the test scores of others. This has been a common practice for many years. Home-school your kid if your kid doesn’t do well in school and the school system won’t say or do anything. Just don’t drag down test scores at the bigger schools.

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My grandson scored very poorly when tested in a Pike County school and was encouraged to go elsewhere. He went to a neighboring county school. Within two years he scored distinguished on all parts of the CATS test because the teachers there were interested in teaching.

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About a month ago or so it was written in The Mountain Eagle’s ‘The Way We Were’ where some company wanted to hire only white women for a high dollar price. That would have been around 65 years ago. I’m a white man and that makes me sick that black women couldn’t apply for those jobs back then. What a joke the United States of America is and has been.

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Want to know what is really going on in America? Read the book, ‘Zenith 2016’ by Thomas Horn.

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When Mayor Craft took office the Whitesburg City Council cut the families of city employees off the city’s healthcare coverage, stating the city couldn’t afford the expense. The council did vote to keep the mayor’s family plan intact. Under the city’s charter the mayor isn’t entitled to any health insurance. I really wish The Mountain Eagle would cover these stories a little more.

< i>( The Whitesburg City Council’s decisions on health insurance matters affecting city employees and city officials are and always have been covered by The Mountain Eagle. In fact, The Eagle has had a reporter present at nearly every meeting of the Whitesburg council since the paper was founded in 1907.)

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I was going to stop at church the other day in Burdine and go in and visit a little while, but the pastor had all of the handicapped parking spaces blocked. He got what he wanted when he got speed bumps there. Now he’s got the handicapped sign and is parking in front of it. Either add some more handicapped parking spots or get out of the way, Pastor, because people need to park there.

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A scooter and a lawn mower were stolen from the Jenkins area. The scooter is pearl white with a blue seat. If anyone knows anything about this, would you please contact the Jenkins Police Department? We would appreciate it very much.

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Do Mayor James Wiley Craft and County Judge Jim Ward think they are the President of the United States and President of Whitesburg by using all of that money and spending money they don’t have? Don’t they know we are in hard times? Both think they are the President.

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Mitch McConnell has sure flip-flopped. Five years ago he hated the filibuster, but these last five years he has loved it. He couldn’t bear to let democracy work now. Hal Rogers just doesn’t call it a filibuster but puts secret, anonymous holds on practically every nominee for a judge. That way the Senate has no chance to vote or even discuss a nominee and we folks will never know. It didn’t have to be that way, but Mitch and his buddies wouldn’t give up the gridlock so the Senate changed the filibuster rule. Good thing, but Mitch Mc- Connell is still in a tantrum.

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My wife had health insurance a few years ago and it cost us $250 a month. It was a $2,500 across-the-board deductable. We couldn’t afford it and she has been without health insurance ever since. We owe the hospital $10,000. I don’t know what is going on in those Republican states, but I know what is going on in Kentucky. My wife is now getting health insurance at a reasonable rate with real coverage. A lot of the insurance policies we have had, just like my health insurance that I get through my employer, aren’t worth having. God bless you and have a nice day, Obama.

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It looks like the whole crowd is back down here. They must not be scared. They must have their diapers cleaned. It’s a shame that they try to tell you how to run your place. People like that need to stay away. By the way, it’s someone else’s place. Don’t try to control it. If you can’t do that, please act like a human being. Don’t act like a baby.

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To the writer who asked the question, ‘Why can’t the police do something about it?’: The police can’t do anything about it because the drug problem is under the control of the UNITE Program, and they have to spend a lot of time — about six months to a year — investigating and gathering evidence in the case before an arrest can be made. Unfortunately, by that time the drug dealer has moved on to a new location where he/ she establishes a brand new business in most cases — probably next door. If county sheriff ’s deputies were to arrest a drug dealer the county attorney would not try to prosecute the case anyhow, because of the judiciary article set to law in 1975 which snatched our local judiciary power from local and county governments. County governments have to be careful in what they do in this day and time, because the Kentucky state government can abolish a county government if it wants to. County governments exist for the benefit of the local people who live there. It’s right in the constitution.

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Sorry to hear about Charlie Miles passing away. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. He’ll be sadly missed. Thank you, Stanley Pack.



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