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On the big county garbage truck it says on the side ‘paid for by coal severance tax.’ The severance tax is gone. What’s going to fill its shoes?

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Adulterers, overpaid corporate CEO’s (the greedy), many University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball fans (the idolatries), frequent users of Facebook and Topix (the slanderers), and the coal and gas companies that stole our region’s wealth (the swindlers) should be just as outraged as the gay community and A&E Network appear to be by the remarks of the ‘Duck Dynasty’ man, Phil Robertson. It seems to me that patriarch Robertson was criticizing pretty much all segments of society when he was paraphrasing Paul’s letter to the Corinthians in the recent interview with GQ Magazine. While I do not believe Mr. Robertson’s comments violated the rights of the gay community, I know for a fact that his ‘Constitutional rights’ were not violated by A&E when they suspended him. The First Amendment protects U.S. citizens from Congress passing laws that restrict freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The First Amendment does not affect the rights of private TV networks such as A&E or private businesses such as Cracker Barrel, which has pulled ‘Duck Dynasty’ merchandise from its shelves, to take action against a man’s poorly thought comments that could negatively affect their bottom line.

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I am totally fed up with people allowing water to run across the roads from their house. I don’t know if it’s straight pipes, clogged culverts or what, but the first time I slide and wreck because of water across the road, I will sue them. I travel to work every day early in the morning — as I have for more than 20 years — and it seems as if this problem is getting worse as time goes by. The only time my vehicle slides is on ice-covered roads where the water is coming from houses. Be warned.

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To a certain person: You need to keep your little pickup truck in Texas, not in Virginia.

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A certain woman who goes to Martha Jane Potter Elementary School every day to take her kids to and from school better quit eyeing this older man or I’m going to tell man’s wife. She will put a stop to you, girl, because she doesn’t have much for you anyway. I think it is a shame that a woman like you would look at a man like that, knowing that your husband is working like a dog every day. If I were you, I would try to keep myself in order.

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I still love my angel a bushel and a peck and big hug around the neck. Merry Christmas.

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This is a message for all the young girls, middle-aged girls and older girls who wear the jeans with the rhinestones on their buttocks: We all know that you want to capture our attention with these shiny objects, and you do, but when you sit down on the chairs of my granny’s cherry dining room table set that has been passed down through three generations, those rhinestones cut into the wood leaving permanent scars. At the beginning I was also looking at the shiny rhinestones on your buttocks. Now, I am just staring at the scars that will never go away on Granny’s chairs. So be nice, girls.

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To a certain woman who is pregnant and getting high: It is a shame that you are allowed to run around and get high and do anything you want and there are no consequences. Maybe if you went to jail the baby would be able to survive. You would have time to sober up and the baby would have a chance. It is very sad that women don’t care anymore that they are pregnant or that they don’t know who the daddy is. God be with them.

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To a couple on Roberts Branch: Shame on you. How can you lie on your own sister in a court case by saying she did something when you drove by? She wasn’t even there and she can prove it. The taxpayers don’t pay for people to go to court and make up stories trying to get someone who is innocent in trouble. And to make things worse, you make your own son lie too. Do you realize what you are doing is illegal and you can get sued for this? Everyone knows this is retaliation. She hasn’t done anything. You are trying to scare her into dropping charges she has against your old man. You shouldn’t lie on her like this. It’s wrong in the worst way. Sincerely, a concerned citizen.

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We’ve taken food stamps away from the poor people. We have taken unemployment benefits from the unemployed. How about just one time taking billions from the ultra rich and start working on bringing the deficit down? We could send the illegal immigrants back home and let the House and Senate take a pay cut. There’s so much we could do. Either do these things or be in a depression that would make 1929 look like a big party.

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I just watched the most disturbing thing on the news about child abuse by foster parents. I think the social workers need to start keeping track of these foster parents who are abusing the children they are supposed to be taking protecting. They get paid to take care of these kids. Quit piling them up and putting them on your porch. Quit locking them in cages. Quit being mean to them. How would you feel if we tied you up and put you on your front porch in the middle of winter? Learn how to treat these children with respect.

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Me and some of the men are sitting here at the Boonefork Senior Citizens Center and the man from McRoberts who drives the blue truck comes into the center. We now know why most of the women and the workers are so crazy about him. It’s because he always gives them something for Christmas. He either gives them money or candy, and nobody else has been doing that. That is why he gets all of the hugging. We’re going to have to do something, because he is getting too much of the attention — especially at Christmastime.

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I wish the dog warden would do something about these stray dogs in McRoberts. You can’t set your garbage out without them tearing it up. People will not put those dogs up. They just run up and down the road. I wish the dog warden would come tell them to put their dogs up or give them a ticket.

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To all the people who are alone on Christmas: May God fill your heart with love and peace. And remember, you always have God. You are never alone. Merry Christmas and may your day be filled with love, peace and joy. And a blessed happy New Year.

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This is regarding the horses at McRoberts: I just wanted to say they need to be careful crossing the road with the horses. One day a car came around the curve and almost ran right into that man and that horse because they were leading it across the road. They need to look both ways before crossing.

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If one picture is worth one thousand words, Webster’s Dictionary must use the team photograph of this year’s Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team as its illustration to help define this new ‘Me Generation.’ Never has such a ballyhooed group of young people exhibited more selfishness, more unhappiness, more immaturity and more of a sense of entitlement than this bunch of babies who now represent University of Kentucky basketball. As members of our ‘Greatest Generation’ continue to die off, it becomes even scarier to think of handing the reins of our great country over to this so-called ‘Me Generation.’ Where did today’s young who comprise this new generation — from the grocery store bagger to star college athletes — get such feelings of entitlement? Is it the fault of today’s parents or is something else going on?

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Is the University of Kentucky aware of the appalling level of intolerance one of its local employees preaches on Facebook at every opportunity? If so, then why does UK permit this type of behavior to continue?

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Just days after Governor Beshear, Representative Rogers and other state and regional leaders were being praised for their realistic comments concerning the future of coal in eastern Kentucky at the recent Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), along comes Senator McConnell with this line: ‘The War of (sic) Coal is not over, not by a long shot. This president will be gone in three years, and the coal will still be in the ground. The people of the region are resilient, and we will keep fighting.’ This man should be ashamed of himself for using words he knows aren’t true just to try to get votes. Pretty much every expert in the world, including coal operators themselves, are acknowledging that coal will never again be the force it once was in eastern Kentucky and elsewhere in Central Appalachia. No matter who our next president is, Republican or Democrat, that president will not have the power to raise the prices of natural gas, stimulate the overseas steel industry, or to put coal back into the ground so that we can mine it again. Republican or Democrat, black or white, male or female, the new president will also be powerless in weakening the anti-coal regulations of the EPA. Our federal court system has given the EPA the power to clean up coal at any cost, and the federal court system will never take that power away. McConnell knows better than to give false hope to vulnerable out-of-work people, but the man would do or say anything to earn the one vote that would keep him in power. Speaking of power, why did McConnell, who has long been one of the most powerful men in the U.S. government, refuse to initiate any meaningful legislative action over the last several years that could have softened the blow on coal and helped our region prepare for this day we’ve all known was coming for the past few decades? No man has let the eastern Kentucky coalfields and its people down anymore than Senator McConnell.

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I don’t know if you will print this, because I have a gut feeling that you are a Democrat paper. But if you do, here is what I have to say: In America we are supposed to have freedom of speech. If the president can praise the gays and lesbians, why can’t Mr. Robertson of ‘Duck Dynasty’ give his opinion of them? I say that the United States has gotten so far away from the Christian life that we can’t believe the Bible anymore. We think we have troubles now; we haven’t seen not even the half of it. Mr. Robertson might be a Bible thumper, but he also spoke the truth. We had better listen to him.

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She’s now the most hated wife in Letcher County. What a heart-rending pitiful case. The Facebook messages each week by this homeloving coalminer just pull my heart out, and I feel so sorry for him. He is always saying how he loves home and his wife. This poor man, the coalminer, had to go out of state with his coal company so he could keep his job, which is four hours away from Letcher County. Each and every weekend this poor coalminer is making this trip in to spend a few hours with his wife that she doesn’t deserve. If she was the wife she should be, she would be with him. This poor coalminer is putting his life on the line for her every day, but she doesn’t care. This case has been going on now for two years. She doesn’t care to realize what it would mean to him for her to be with him. He’s proved his feelings; she’s proved nothing. She doesn’t realize that a lot of people are talking about and watching this case very closely.



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