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Given the current state of University of Kentucky basketball — one win in the last 10 games played away from Rupp Arena (including an opening-round loss to Robert Morris University in the NIT); getting your behinds handed to you by North Carolina, Michigan State and Baylor; and a won-loss record of 29-15 since the 2012 NCAA title game against Kansas — one should be forgiven if he or she thought Tubby Smith was still the head coach of the Wildcats instead of John Calipari. Actually, the records of Smith and Calipari at UK aren’t all that different so far, as each had a national championship and an Elite Eight appearance. And while Calipari has an additional Final Four appearance at UK, Smith never lost an opening-round game in the NIT. Does what I’m saying mean I am anti- Calipari? Not at all. I am very happy Coach Cal is at UK and have faith he will have this current team in Final Four shape again in March. If not, so be it. What’s happening with the Wildcats shows just how tough the college game can be, no matter who your coach is.

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This is to the little miss goodie two shoes who wants to get on Facebook and make comments about someone being a sperm donor and a deadbeat: Let’s go back in time a few years and maybe you can get a reality check. I remember when we first started dating that you didn’t have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of. Your hair was orange from sulfur water and you even had to borrow clothes from your friend to wear out on a date. The way I remember things, and I’m sure anyone who knows both of us will surely agree, when we married I put you in a new home and we had the best of everything. I worked 60 to 70 hours a week in the mines to make sure you and my daughter had the very best. I also put you through school and got you a job when you finished. I had bought you a car, but that wasn’t good enough either. You had to have a new SUV. It was a constant fight until you got your way. Then one day you came home in the yard and there sat a practically new S-10 Blazer. It was a nice one. You began to accuse me of cheating when you were the one stepping out. I remember giving you $100 to go to the grocery store when you came home with no groceries and $40 of the money was gone. You told me you were visiting a friend from work, but I found out a little later that you were at the Seventh Sons clubhouse buying another man beer with my money. Was that how you showed your appreciation? Until our separation, my daughter and I were extremely close. I happened to come home one day to find that you had stripped the house and even had taken the silverware. You also managed to catch me gone from work and stole the lawnmower. You just didn’t want me to have anything. I guess that is why you gave it to your daddy. Even though I received joint custody in our divorce you managed to make sure I never got to build a relationship with my daughter. If I planned something you would plan something more exciting. There was always some reason she couldn’t visit with me. Nobody in this world is perfect. I can honestly say that I have never spoken out against you or tried to embarrass you. She is all grown up now and I still love her as much today as I did when I first held her in my arms. So take a minute, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you have always done the right thing. I don’t think so. I will always love my little girl until the day I die.

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Matthew 24:50-51 says “ The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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You reckon everybody knew that one of our elected officials was such a home wrecker?

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I wish I could go to the dime store like I used to many years ago and fill up those little white bags with candy. Man, those were the good old days. I miss that candy.

(Weren’t those ‘maple nut goodies’ to die for?)

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If you need to do community service work, you can stop at a certain firehouse and the guy will sign papers saying you did community service work when you didn’t do any community service work.

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Man, why doesn’t the state highway department clean out the ditch lines? There’s water running across the road everywhere. The ditches haven’t been cleaned out in forever and that water is going across the road. The state needs to get on the ball and clean out some of these ditches, especially on Sandlick and Little Colley. They are supposed to do that through the summer.

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I agree with last week’s caller — why would an atheist fight against God? Why doesn’t he just go on with his own life and live it the way he wants? Just like with all of these different religions, they disagree with one another. One says one thing, one says another, and they get very argumentative. Why should the Baptists care what the Catholics believe? They are basically all the same. Why care what the other fellow thinks? Move on with your life. Be good to your neighbor. Love your family.

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This is one of the nosy people in Letcher County. Channel 57 in Hazard reported several days ago about a person being found dead on Pine Mountain. I never did hear if it was a man, a woman or a child. The TV news hasn’t said anything and The Mountain Eagle has not printed anything. Last I heard, no other information has known.

(The case to which you are referring involved the suicide of an elderly man whose body was found Dec. 5 near the top of Pine Mountain, at the overlook near the entrance to Little Shepherd Trail. The man was from Floyd County. While it has been The Mountain Eagle’s policy not to report deaths by suicide, we should have printed something about this case because the death occurred in a public place. The body was discovered by a young couple who were visiting Letcher County from Ohio. WYMT-TV in Hazard initially reported the incident by saying a shooting death had occurred here, but that more information was not available. While we can’t speak for the decision makers at Channel 57, we assume they chose to abandon the story after learning the death was caused by suicide, as complete information about the case was available later that Thursday night.)

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Status quo, status quo. Has someone out there learned a new word here in eastern Kentucky and wants to use it to make themselves feel like they are educated? How come this town can’t be brought forward by the mayor and city council? Why can’t they bring family-oriented businesses to town? We want businesses that have good moral character with patrons that don’t throw beer bottles and beer cans out in the street and scream and holler all night long. The people in the city who built this city have to put up with people from out in the county coming in here, getting drunk and screaming. We want a business that doesn’t cause the number of those drive drunk to triple.

<i>(With all due respect, why would you say that people who visit Whitesburg from ‘out in the county’ are throwing bottles and cans on Main Street when you know that isn’t the truth? Also, in most communities that have moved from ‘dry’ to ‘wet,’ the number of drunk driving arrests has fallen significantly. Do you have any direct evidence that drunk driving has tripled in Whitesburg? If so, would you please share it?)

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Belated happy birthday, Alexander Elizabeth Marie. May God bless you on your birthday and each and everyday. May He bless you, lead you and guide you. Happy birthday. You are special and you are loved by a lot of people. We love and miss you. Kiss- kiss. Love and prayers from two people who love you so much.

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Merry Christmas, Isaiah, Alexander and Jeffrey. May Santa bring you all lots and lots of presents. I pray that you guys have been good and not naughty so you will get lots and lots of presents. Hope to see you all soon. Look up in the sky for Rudolph and I’ll be waving. I love you all. Bye.

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Suboxone is being sold cheap at a certain trailer, but they won’t sell Lyrica anymore. I’m mad.

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I would like to wish Jon Michael and Taylor Fields best wishes on their wonderful new addition to the Fields family. Leslie Michael Fields, we love you and are praying for you.

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This is to the people with the horse in the barn in McRoberts: That horse deserves a better place to live. It can barely move around in that barn. At least it had room in the yard to move.

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The Blackey Head Start let the kids play outside Thursday when it was 27 degrees with a wind chill factor of about 20 degrees. Are they crazy?

(Did the children complain or were they happy to be out playing?)

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This is to the woman who lives on Coon Hollow: Whoever put that in the paper, I hope it happens because I have waited long enough. I have wanted you for a long time. I am coming after you. Signed, I really care.

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It would be nice if I could get a word with the cheerleading coach every once in a while. Every time I try to talk to her there are a certain two or three girls who are always there and won’t leave. If it isn’t the girls, it is a man who is also a teacher at the school who has no business there. I would like a word with the coach every once in a while if you all don’t mind.

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I have a quick question for all of the intelligent readers out there. Somebody is bound to know this. Since I have never owned a new car, I’m just wondering how long a temporary plate is good. There is a priest in Jenkins who has been driving around with temporary tags for six and a half months. I didn’t think they lasted that long and I just wanted an answer. Thank you.

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When I ask members of the Whitesburg City Council who is responsible for the financial mess in the City of Whitesburg, the reply is ‘you’re just trying to play the blame game.’ Well, asking who is responsible is not playing a blame game. It’s called accountability — something Whitesburg has not had in the last few years.

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You have to wonder who is paying Senator Mitch Mc- Connell to fight tooth and nail for keeping the huge subsidies for big corporations while cutting food stamps for the poor, almost half of whom are children and over a third of whom are elderly and disabled. Mitch works hard to protect the interests of big agriculture, but what about the farmer? Wonder who is paying Mitch?

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When will the Letcher County Board of Education and the Jenkins Independent Board of Education get together and start talking about a merger of the two school systems? Surely the residents of Jenkins won’t continue to tolerate a tax rate that is 60 percent greater on real property and 40 percent greater on personal property than the rest of Letcher County. And the Letcher County board can’t afford to lose students like they have been doing for the last 10 years. So a logical solution would be to get together and start moving toward a merger.

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To Neon residents: The Neon fire chief will not let a felon who has had his rights restored back on the fire department. He has not been convicted of a felony in more than seven years, even though that is the way the application states. He has had training from Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, Greater Cincinnati International Airport, Kentucky Technical College, Cincinnati Fire Department, OSHA, and so on. This refusal would be easier to understand if others convicted of felonies also were not permitted to be associated with the fire department.

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Knott County Central basketball this year is very good. They have a very good team, but they have one of the sorriest radio announcers that’s ever been heard. If that is the best they can get, they need to shut down the radio and let Hazard or somebody announce the game. What they have in Hindman isn’t worth a pewter button.

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The Letcher County man who recently lost his wife will soon be spending his first of many Christmases without her. He needs to wonder why she was no longer satisfied with him. Maybe it was due to the way he took her for granted. Maybe it was the way he was rude to people. He needs to look at a number of issues, but with his attitude he will not do that. He is right and everyone else is wrong.

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Hello, kids. Santa is watching you. Merry Christmas and happy New Year. This is your friend from the North Pole, aka the Midnight Phantom.

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I read the Lexington Herald-Leader Sunday and it was talking about the school in Eolia. The principal is going to have to stay at school and learn how to do his job and make sure the children’s education comes first instead of all of these road trips.

(So you’re saying that ‘road trips’ like the one the Arlie Boggs Elementary students took to Frankfort earlier this month to visit the governor and learn how their state government works are not educational? Really?)

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I thought the job of an aide was to help the teacher, not be the teacher. The aide in a certain classroom at Jenkins Elementary does most of the work. Ask any teacher at school. I would like to move my child to the other room because they are ahead and being prepped for kindergarten, not just being baby-sat. Someone needs to check on this situation unexpectedly.

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Can someone tell me why a male teacher is at cheer practice, competition and out to eat with the cheerleaders? Sure hope he doesn’t plan to go to state. This is not a good example to our very impressionable young people.

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There are many topics that get discussed in this section of the Eagle, some true and some false. This is a response to the person under great consternation because of the criticism by some of our judicial system, which consists of Judge Samuel T. Wright and Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks. They are both elected officials by the citizens of Letcher County. These officials take an oath, and it reads something like this: ‘I will faithfully execute to the best of my ability the office of Circuit Judge of Commonwealth’s Attorney according to law, and so on, and so on … so help me God.’ Well when these elected officials turn criminal after criminal out on the streets after being charged with heinous crimes such as sodomy, incest, rape, or even attempted murder, they do not have the community’s welfare and protection in mind. These two elected officials have on numerous occasions done so without the presence of a jury because the criminals always plea-bargain to a lesser charge and time. That’s another notch for the prosecutor in the conviction rate instead of taking it to trial and getting these scumbags the maximum for their sadistic acts they have done to little children. So to the ignorant imbecile who apparently has no experience at all when it comes to how the judicial system here in Letcher County works by trying to extenuate the exterior of how the Letcher Circuit Court, prosecutors and jurors do their jobs: Whoever you are, you’re apparently not for improvement because Letcher County is in southeastern Kentucky and it is in the highest percentile rank for sexually abused children and women in the state. This is sad in many ways, but that woman and child could be ours. Look at the case of Ariel Castro, who held three teenaged girls who were friends with his kid in a sex slave dungeon for 11 years, and even impregnated the little girls and fathered a baby while the mother was in captivity.

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Merry Christmas to all the Mileses on Big Cowan; the Fieldses on Cowan and Kingscreek; Freda and our nephews and nieces, Chelsea Hill; the Helton family, all the Meades and Roarks as well; Mary Lucas of Camp Branch; Erma McIntosh and her family on Bald Mountain. Thank you. Stanley Pack.

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Greetings in the name of Jesus. Seeing as this is the Christmas season, I would like to let everyone know the reason for the season. Jesus came to save sinners. Mary conceived of the Holy Ghost and brought forth a son and His name was to be called Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins. The only one that can save us is Jesus. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. The only way a person can escape eternal hell is by repenting and believing in the name of Jesus and being born again. When you have Jesus in your heart you have life. Jesus is the reason for the season.

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