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I think it is a shame that a candidate for magistrate in District One wouldn’t have run, but his wife has made him.

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Eastern Kentucky’s dear friend Mitch McConnell is going to wipe the floor with his Republican opponent, Matt Bevin, next week. Then in November he will send that awful woman Democrat back to the kitchen and bedroom where she and other women like her belong. We’re tired of the liberals, especially these liberal women.

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To Joe: I hope you read this or someone you know will read this and tell you about it. I have been sending these notes for you for the past month and I guess you or none of your friends or family has seen them to tell you. I want you to call me so that we can take care of this matter. I’ll give you two weeks to respond. If I don’t hear from you, then I will post a few things in this paper that will make you wish you had gotten in touch with me. The time has come to be honest and truthful. You could have prevented a lot of pain and sorrow. I hope you do the right thing.

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I found a real nice cell phone near the mouth of Buck Lick. If anyone can describe it, they can call me at 335-1290.

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Congratulations to Brent Vance, the new barber in town. I think you do a wonderful job. A lot of folks are talking about how well you are doing. I wish you great success. Guys, if you don’t have anywhere to go, Brent goes a great job. He is a nice guy. I wish him all the luck in the world.

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To the family who lost their son, husband and father: I pray God will comfort you and give you peace and love. My prayers go out to your family. God bless you all.

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I think the worst thing you can do as a parent is turn your children against the other parent or step parent. Just because you don’t like the other parent or stepparent or are jealous of them doesn’t give you the right to badmouth them. That is really bad. You are being selfish. Your children should come first.

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I saw where Randy Blair is running for PVA as a Democrat and he has been a lifelong Republican. The PVA we have is doing an excellent job. Nice try, Randy Blair, but remember that the Democrats got you, buddy.

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Don’t these men who marry men and these women who marry women know that if they don’t change they will not get through the pearly gates? They can get forgiveness, but they do need to read the Bible. There is no way they were born that way. I know that God did not allow them to be born that way. That is a lie. They can still get forgiveness. Everybody can get forgiveness for what they have done.

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Attention Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb: You arrested the Snake Man and were quoted in the newspaper saying that you would be arresting more. What are you waiting for — the election to be over? Come on. You have been in there for 12 years now. It definitely it is time for a change in this county.

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Coal is not your friend. Statistics prove that living in a coal mining area results in more illness and shorter lifespan than other areas. If you mine coal, you are subject to accidents and coal-dust related illness such as black lung. Your friend, the coal company, has fought against all safety measures and encourages your co-workers to cheat on reports and repairs. If you live downwind from a surface mine or even a coal-haul road, you and your family are inhaling dust and residue from every blast and coal movement. These contain not only coal, but also nitrates used in the explosives. If your drinking water comes from a lake, pond, river or reservoir in a mining area, it contains these same chemicals. Kentucky’s legislature voted last year to allow mines to release up to 100 times as high an amount of proven cancer-causing elements than the EPA recommends. But according to Mitch and his buddies and Big Coal, it is the EPA that is the enemy. Just ask yourself, ‘Which side is looking out for the health of all citizens?’ It’s not Big Coal and their pet politicians.

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‘ My Old Kentucky Home’ is the official song of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is beautiful and sweet. Every time I hear it, it makes me want to cry. May you have the blessings of God’s grace.

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I was reading the article about the mine group that wants to roll back the rules that were implemented to limit the amount of coal dust in coalmines. It makes me sad to know that a good number of coal miners will be so job-scared and desperate as to go along with the National Mining Association to try to fight against a rule that has been designed to protect the health of coal miners, but they will. They will because the coal operators use scare tactics and propaganda to turn them against the very agencies that are trying to protect them, and by protect them, I mean to protect them from the coal operators. This is the reason coal operators still like to hire the miners right out of high school, or after they drop out, because they don’t have the educational level to understand a lie when they hear it. Once the union was busted in eastern Kentucky, it set the stage for this kind of manipulation by the industry, and they have been ruthless and cynical in using it. They will portray MSHA as being another agent of the federal government that is trying to put a dent in their livelihood, just like they portrayed the EPA as evil when they are just trying to create a livable environment with water quality standards that will allow the miners and their families to have safe drinking water. If you can’t drink the water, you can’t live. The operators have played on racist fears of having a black man in the White House and a lack of understanding of science to get miners to work against their own interests, and Mitch McConnell is their guy. He doesn’t care if you are gasping and wheezing with black lung when you’re 40, just as long as the fat cats are living in their mansions and funding his campaigns.

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On selection day, I do hope Randy Hall beats Randy Blair. Randy Hall has been PVA for many years. He is one of the best people that I have ever known. I have known him for close to 40 years. Wayne Fleming is also one of the best men that I have ever known. My name is Debbie Potter. I do not hope that Danny Webb wins the sheriff ’s race; I do not. I just do not feel that he has done what he has said he was going to do this time and I hope that he gets beat. You don’t have to put my name in there if you don’t want to, but if you do that is fine. I don’t care. You all have a nice day.

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I have asbestos on my lungs and I was reading in Speak Your Piece where this guy says there is no such thing as black lung. A Cleveland Clinic doctor told me if you have a wet lung you will get asbestos on your lungs and if you have a wet lung you will get coal dust on your lungs, which is black lung. And that caller from last week can cram it, because I think the doctor knows more than he does.

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Let’s see now, poor pitiful Randy Hall just needs one more term in the PVA’s office so he can get his retirement from the state. How many times has Mr. Hall told us this same line of bull? The answer is every four years. It is beyond time for a change, and that’s why I’m voting for Randy Blair.

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This is the person who spoke his piece about black lung. Perhaps I was a bit harsh, but I do know women, widows and orphans who are doing without money. I don’t care if they have to get on welfare, they need to be fed. The only thing I am saying is who really caused this black lung, R.J. Reynolds tobacco or the coal companies? R.J. Reynolds caused more of it than the coal companies ever did. If I hurt anybody I do apologize for it and ask for your forgiveness. Anyway, think about it. I never did smoke and I never did chew. That’s what I am saying. Coal companies shouldn’t have to pay for what R.J. Reynolds has done.

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Vote Renee Campbell for coroner. She is a decent, honest, trustworthy person who treats people with respect.

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It’s a rotten shame when a candidate for a public office goes into an incumbent’s office and threatens the jobs of the workers that are already in there. No vote here from anybody on Rockhouse, Randy Blair. Don’t go threatening the jobs of the workers if the incumbent is going to run against you.

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I’d like to say thank you to Luther Tackett who works for the Letcher County Jail Inmate Program. I’d like to thank him for all the work he does for the public and the community, for being a man of his word, and for keeping our cemeteries cut and cleaned all over Letcher County. Thank you very much.

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I think Wayne Fleming will continue to be a good magistrate. He has done a good job so far.

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To the person who commented about a certain candidate wearing a work uniform: At least he isn’t in a suit or a uniform that your tax dollars pay for. As far as him riding that raggedy motorcycle, at least he isn’t riding around in a vehicle that your tax dollars paid for. This is pathetic. You are a coward or you would say that to this man’s face. He is a good, honest man.

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This is to the guy who has worked 44 years in the coal mine and says he is in such good health: I had my uncle die of black lung and he died a pitiful death. Just because one person doesn’t get black lung, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a true disease. It is disrespectful that you called them a liar, because you are calling my dead uncle a liar. Maybe you spent too much time on your coffee breaks underground to worry about catching black lung. I guarantee you are one of those guys who laid out with a doctor’s slip all the time.

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To a certain person: I saw you at Walmart the other day. I hadn’t seen you in a long time. You looked so good. It’s all I could do to keep my hands off you.

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Jenkins Hospital needs to be reopened. It is a shame to see a newly remodeled hospital sitting idle. Many lives could be saved there. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to get to another hospital. The recent tragedy in Jenkins may have had a better outcome if this hospital were open. Please have some compassion for the people in this area and please reopen this hospital. People’s lives actually depend on it.

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If you want to see a good-looking truck driver go to the Dollar Store at Mayking on Tuesdays. The Pepsi truck driver is good looking. He is very friendly, too.

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Danny Webb, what are you doing running for office again? Retire. Go to Florida. It is real nice there during the winter.

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People in District One, let me tell you what can of magistrate you have. There is a bridge at Hancock Drive that is ready to collapse and fall in the river. He has had about 10 calls and he won’t even come and look at it. I guess it is who you know before you can get something done. Maybe we can get something done after the election.

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Randall Adams came to my door campaigning for sheriff and handed me a bag of potato chips. I got to thinking that he was trying to buy votes. Isn’t that against the law? I called the Attorney General’s office and reported him for vote buying. They laughed when I told them that he was using potato chips.

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I thought people running for sheriff should be law-abiding citizens. Randall Adams is tampering with people’s mailboxes and buying votes with potato chips.

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I would rather the old Jenkins High School fall in than become a place for people to sell drugs.

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Thank you Magistrate Bobby Howard for all of your help in getting us a memorial for where the school at Little Cowan used to be. It is time for a school reunion this year. Thank you so much.

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I read Neal Yonts’ pamphlet talking about Wayne Fleming taking jobs away from Letcher County. I drove by his house in Dunham and I don’t think one of those people out in his yard has a green card. How about that?

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We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day and Presidents Day. Why don’t we have Son’s Day, Daughter’s Day and the Midnight Phantom’s Day? Thank you very much.

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It seems like Randy Hall is always lying. He even lied about not running again this year. I wonder what else he is lying about.

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If you want your loved ones beat up or arrested by a certain deputy, vote for Danny Webb for sheriff. This is from a mother whose son was handcuffed and beaten.

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Too bad elections aren’t every year. You might actually get Randy Hall in offi ce two months out of 12, which is better than two months out of 48.

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Randy Blair is not a liar. He does what he says. If he gets elected, the tax will not go up. He will try to help the poor people as much as he can. He can do a lot better job than what they have in there now. I think everyone should vote for Randy Blair. He has my vote and my family’s vote. I live at Payne Gap and we will vote for Randy Blair.



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