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This is to a dope dealer in Woodrock: I have ratted you out. It won’t be long until they are knocking on your door, honey.

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The Letcher County person who recently lost his wife is now beginning the new year without her. Maybe he lost her because she tired of having to wait on him and pick up after him when he finally got up in the evenings. She finally got wise and realized there is more to life than what she was living. He had nothing to offer her — not even love, because he is a self-centered person to go along with his bullish attitude.

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Could someone please tell me what happened to our first fire chief in Gordon? We had a good one and we need him back. He was honest, sincere and treated everyone equally. Can you inform us where he is today? He needs to get the job of chief again and clean house. They did the first chief dirty and the second chief dirty, too. What are they going to do with the third chief since he’s the next one in line. Thanks for letting me speak my piece.

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I have officiated basketball for 23 years in the 14th and 15th Regions of Kentucky. When I watched the game between the University of Kentucky and Arkansas I saw three of the worst officials I have ever seen on a basketball floor. I don’t know how they look at themselves in the mirror when they have to shave. I believe something has to be done about sorry officials in the NCAA. Coaches need to take action against these sorry officials.

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We need to vote out of office every Democrat and Republican in the House and Senate. We definitely need people in there who will help this country and not hurt it. America needs great change. Tell Hal Rogers to legalize hemp and quit acting like a dumb you-know-what.

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I’d like to know if the death penalty is still in effect here in Kentucky. They killed Tammy Acker about 28 years ago. Two of the three convicted killers were put on Death Row and nothing has ever happened to them. If you have a death penalty, use it. If you aren’t going to use it, have enough backbone to speak up and say you aren’t going to use it. I’d like to know that it is still there, because I think there are some fellows who need it here in the near future. I’m hoping so any way.

<i>(You raise a very interesting question. Since there appears that Kentucky may never again carry out the death penalty — even in cases where there is absolutely no doubt who the killer or killers are — then why not make better use of the multi-millions of tax dollars being spent on special housing for Death Row inmates and the funding of their very expensive and lengthy appeals? There are now 32 men and one woman — Letcher County native Virginia Caudill — being housed on Death Row at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. Four of them have been there longer than Acker killers Roger D. Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge. Only one inmate — Harold McQueen Jr. in 1998 — has been involuntarily put to death since capital punishment was reinstated in the U.S. in 1976.)

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If you want the hammer, call Daryl Isaacs. If you want a sledgehammer call Daniel Dotson, because at the end he’ll bring it down on them.

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I’m tired of teachers throwing my stuff away at Martha Jane Potter School. I’m not giving any names, but I’m tired of it.

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Is the Hemphill hooker heading for vacation in the Letcher County Jail for about a year? She is a sick puppy.

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To the Letcher County Water and Sewer District: I noticed on the reverse side of the bill you sent me that it says that you are not responsible for the U.S. Postal Service. Well, neither am I responsible for the U.S. Postal Service. You also say you are not responsible for sending me a bill. This is my response: If I don’t get a bill, you will not get a payment. So what do you think about that?

(Sauce for a goose is sauce for a gander, huh? And you’re right: If the district can say it isn’t responsible for Postal Service delays caused by its mail going to Knoxville, Tenn., before it comes back to Letcher County then why should you be held responsible if your mail is delayed in Knoxville, which is now the sorting center for southeastern Kentucky?)

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In response to the letter to the editor in last week’s edition from Jerry Collins of Millstone, I would like to say that he should call the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands’ regional office (Prestonsburg) at 606-889-1741 or 606-889-1742 as soon as possible. And if he feels like it is an emergency situation he should contact 877-495- 9552 or the Frankfort central office at 502-564-2141.

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I watched the SOAR conference on television and I want to know why I never see Jim Ward speaking up for Letcher County at those events. What is going on with that? I’m sorry to say this, but as long as he is the judge we will never see anything for Letcher County.

( The Shaping Our Appalachian Region summit held in Pikeville in December wasn’t designed to allow offi cials to ‘speak up’ for their own particular interests.)

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To a certain person: You are my angel and my Valentine, and I love you.

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It sounds like one of our officials can’t do his work for chasing after everybody else’s woman and breaking up happy homes. Breaking up his home and getting caught apparently wasn’t enough.

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To ‘Inside Looking Out’: You might as well be talking to the walls of your prison cell. Nobody cares, man. Those of us on the outside are too busy trying to replace all the stuff that guys like you have stolen from us to care the least bit about you or your problems. And if you come out worse than when you went in that’s fine, too, because we’ll just send you right back for a longer stay, maybe for life next time. And we’ve got an answer for any riot or protest, so bring it on. You can’t win, so do you time and stop your whining because nobody cares. You are the only person that can rehabilitate you. Get your GED, go to college and work your butt off like the rest of us. Maybe prison isn’t what you expected — just one more reason not to go back when you get out. It’s not my job or anyone else’s to take care of your needs. If you had learned that lesson years ago you probably wouldn’t be where you are.

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To a certain person: Remember how dirty you did Mamaw? You were the main one who got rid of her stuff and kept her stuff and got her job taken from her. You were sitting fine on the barstool. Karma is a funny thing. The only thing Mamaw ever said is that what goes around comes around. Well, guess what, Miss Ex-bartender, it came around. I bet Granny is having a good day. She has a good job and she is doing real good. What are you going to do? Take a look in the mirror. You have a good day and think about all the things you did to Mamaw while she was in the hospital.

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I’m calling about these Alpha Natural Resources truck drivers who are hauling coal from Knott County to Roxana. I don’t know why the authorities aren’t drug testing these people, because if you get on the highway they will run over you if their trucks are empty. It is just a matter of time before they hurt or kill somebody. I saw an accident almost happen with a school bus the other day. The next time I see a truck driver snort pills I am going to call his employer. This is ridiculous. And if Alpha doesn’t do something about it they are facing a big lawsuit if and when an accident happens.

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I am a very determined Democrat who is wondering why one certain party decided not to run for office and then all of a sudden decided to run. I believe this person is going to resign if re-elected and then hand the job down to the next party, which would be Lt. Brian Damron. I think that is very unfair. If he wants to run, he needs to run on his own ticket. Plus, there is a lot going on in Letcher County that is not fair. You’ve got murderers getting sentenced to 10 years in prison and then people who are charged with drug-related offenses getting 10 to 15 years in prison.

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To my dear aunt in Jenkins: I tried to call you to thank you for my birthday and Christmas present but you hang up on me. Why?

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To a certain person: Everybody knows what you have done. Everyone knows how you have lived. Everyone knows what you continue to do. What goes around comes around.

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I hear the good old city workers got their 40 hours a week back. That’s very good. I just don’t understand the entire reason behind making these working people take furlough days from the beginning. If Pimp Daddy can pay his ‘uncle’ to come to the fire department on Saturday morning and stay until Sunday evening the city shouldn’t be short on money. Or is it that the threat of fires and disasters are higher on the Saturdays and Sundays, and we need an extra hand around since there is just one fireman on during the week. But maybe the threat is higher with an accused arsonist on the fire department. And we all know The Mountain Eagle remembers that arsonist.

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Section 5 of the Kentucky State Constitution (Right of Religious Freedom), states in part, ‘. . . nor shall any man be compelled to send his child to any school to which he may be conscientiously opposed.’ School systems, therefore, do not have the constitutional right to take away the rights of parents to discipline their children. The King James Version of the Holy Bible advises in the book of Proverbs (13:24), ‘He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.’ Proverbs 19:18, ‘Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.’ Proverbs 22:15, ‘Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.’ Proverbs 23:13, ‘Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.’ Proverbs 23:14, ‘Thou shall beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.’ Proverbs 29:15, ‘The rod and reproof give wisdom but the child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame;’ Proverbs 29:17, ‘Correct thy son, and he shall give delight unto thy soul.’ Parents, if you believe bullying is immoral, then simply threaten the Kentucky Department of Education that you will exercise your rights to take your children out of school and the politics of educating your children will change. The fewer students they have, the less money the schools will receive.

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I hope one of your friends or Kentucky family sees this and tells you of it. You need to get in touch with me to let me know you are aware of this. You could have prevented, at best, a lot of this sorrow and pain. You still can. A lot of family secrets should remain secrets. However, that’s up to you. I’m sure there are things you don’t want to be known.

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The sale of alcohol has brought the undesirables into our county. Is it worth it — the loss of one of our own? Few people prosper from the alcohol sales while the rest of us suffer the consequences.



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