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I take strong offense to the so- called coalminer who said that there wasn’t such a thing as black lung. I watched in horror as my sweet grandfather died a long, painful death years ago, smothering slowly to death. He slept upright in a hard chair so that he could breathe long enough to get a few hours’ sleep at a time. Then just recently, a cousin of mine who had been on oxygen for years and years passed away from black lung. He never smoked a cigarette in his life and worked long after he should have quit working to support his family. He was the most kind, loving man I had ever met and would help anyone with anything. He dragged that hateful oxygen tank along with him wherever he went — and most of the time he was giving neighbors rides to the grocery or to their doctor appointments. He even named the oxygen tank and said he thanked God for it, as it helped him. You’d best not ever get around me and say there’s no such thing as black lung, buddy. I am a female and I still think I could give you a good whipping to carry home with you if you ever say anything like that in front of me. The coal companies must really love you, huh?

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I’m the woman who told you in Speak Your Piece that Jesus loves you. My name is Vonda Hamilton and I love the Lord. I still tell people that Jesus loves them, because He lives in my heart. I thank God for your testimony that you have received Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

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I just love it when a high school dropout who hasn’t worked a day in his life tells me that scientists don’t know what they are talking about when they warn us of what it to come with global warming. The stupidity displayed by some of our friends and neighbors is downright disturbing. You can be pro-coal and pro-jobs and still believe in science.

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I’ve got cameras set up, and if you bring any more dogs to this hill above Neon I will make you sorry. You better not do it again.

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Obama is going to make sure that you don’t get black lung. He is going to take care of you. You can’t get black lung if you don’t get a job in the mines.

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I think the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department needs to go to Coon Hollow in Deane and investigate drug dealing.

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This is the old coffee break coal miner. Sorry I hurt you, fellow, but I want you to be as honest with me as I have been with you. I do not know one coal miner who is drawing black lung benefits, not one, yet they act like we are breaking the government because we are all on black lung. You go along with that? Be honest with me. I bet your uncle was a cigarette smoker, but I hope he wasn’t. Please answer. Sorry.

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I think the Whitesburg radio station needs to go back to playing country music.

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To all you good people who are supporting Mitch McConnell for re-election as U.S. Senator: Listen, he never said a bit more in support of coal than Governor Beshear did until after the jobs were gone. I say we vote against both of them.

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I would appreciate it if The Mountain Eagle would print all comments called into Speak Your Piece, especially the comments called in about wanting the Jenkins hospital to reopen. There is another newspaper in the county that we can all go to.

(If we left out a comment about your wanting the Jenkins hospital to reopen, it wasn’t done so intentionally. When did you call it in or submit it via e-mail or snail mail? What was the comment? Resend it and we’ll get it in.)

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This is to the lady who sold her vote for a bag of potato chips: If that is all your vote was worth we live in one pitiful country.

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I’m just driving down Camp Branch on my way home from work. The roads are so rough it would probably be smoother if I drove in the ditch.

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To the guy who says smoking cigarettes causes black lung: I have several cousins who never smoked and I don’t smoke. We have a cough. What is that from? The air from the dust from the road in front of my house because of the coal trucks?

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I know why so many people are so overweight. They don’t get any exercise, and most of them use a riding lawn mower instead of a push mower. Most of the people you see on riding lawn mowers are overweight, so that should tell you something.

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It’s a shame the way those poker players are doing down there. They are letting little kids come down there and play poker. They also allow young women come in there looking like they don’t have any clothes on. It’s a shame. Ladies, I wouldn’t let my men go around a place like that.

(If we were betting people we couldn’t help but bet that you have suffered a ‘bad beat’ in this poker game somewhere along the way.)

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This message is to my daughter: This is the only way I know how to get in touch with you. You won’t answer my calls and I don’t have your address, so please listen to me. My mother is not going to take care of you and your low-life boyfriend anymore. My mother is 70 years old. I live out of state and I am not there to keep her from doing this. She is paying your rent, electric bills and buying your cigarettes and groceries, even though you and that sorry thing get $600 worth of food stamps a month. What are you doing with him? He will not work. He has been in jail five times in the last six months. I don’t know what your problem is. Your little boy’s father is in prison in Pennsylvania. Why do you fool with this trash? I’m getting ready to come up there to Kentucky. You need to do something with your life. I swear to God that I will see that those babies are taken and put in a home where they will be taken care of. You can get mad; you can scream and jump up and down. My mother works every day and she is 70 years old. This is not going to go on anymore. I’m sure you know who you are, and you tell your boyfriend that he needs to get a job and take care of you all. My mother is not going to do it anymore. Okay?

( Sounds as if you are overdue for a visit and a long discussion with your daughter.)

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This is the old cat killer. I haven’t called in a while, but I am upset. These cats are driving me crazy. I’m open for suggestions.

( Treat them each to a can of Fancy Feast’s ‘Gravy Lovers.’ They’ll be your best friends for life and will never misbehave again.)

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I’d like to thank everyone involved for getting the truckload of gravels to Burdine Grade School. That is greatly appreciated. They brought them the day after I called. Thank you to everybody involved.

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Don’t ever lie to an angel or you will be in big trouble.

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I love how all of these magistrates are talking about bringing jobs to Letcher County. Why don’t they do it now?

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To a certain man: You know who you are. You are living a total lie. One of your children thinks you are cheating on your wife. That one is totally clueless. Come out of the closet while you can and stop making your family worry.

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To District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming: You are a good and honest man. We appreciate that you do not run negative campaigns like some people do.

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Attention Danny Webb: You promised more drug arrests would be made. Our county can’t wait for election time for you to do your job. Work now to clean up this place.

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To the two men in Hemphill who draw Social Security disability and work everyday: You are going to lose your disability checks. Be careful.

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To a certain person: I told you that you needed protection from demons. You’ve certainly got the people around you who are full of them.

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To a certain person: You better make sure you do all you can to keep your hands off me. I don’t want you, you old sickening thing.

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So many people say you don’t have to have money to be happy. If you get down in the rut like I have been and you don’t know how to pay your bills and then you get a check and have money to do what you want to, I believe you would change your mind. Have a good day.

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If you think I care what you think about me, you’ve got another think coming. When you talk about me, you let somebody get rest so go ahead and say all you want. It’s not going to hurt me a bit. I’m a good person and I’m doing the best I know how.

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I’m looking for a goodlooking man in his early 60s who has plenty of money and wants a good woman. Please call me. Bye.

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I just heard about the changes on the hill. Congratulations, new commander. I’ve always respected you and thought the world of you. Let’s see what you can do with that place. Straighten it up and make it what it should be. I think you are a man who has high power, dignity and respect for everything. I think you can clean it up. Congratulations, commander. I love you.

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A mistake was made in last week’s Speak Your Piece. The message was to Bobby Howard thanking him for the sign for Middle Cowan School, not Little Cowan School.

( Oops. Thanks for straightening it out.)

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I’ve always known — and most people do know — that the highway through town is a state highway. When the Whitesburg mayor said they could have Bike Nite on the cutoff from 15 going into town, how can he not realize that road is also state property. I’m not against them having Bike Nite, it’s just not the place for it. When the mayor said he wanted to have it anyway, that was set up to save face to make him look good because the election is coming up. He instructed the council to vote against it. That happened behind closed doors.

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I can’t believe how a certain couple gets on Facebook and tells lies about their neighbors. They think it makes them look good just so they can get everyone to be their friends.

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Larry Jones would have been a lot better fire chief at Gordon than the other ones. Kingscreek is a better fire department than Gordon is now. At least they have a fire chief who knows what is going on.’ I just found this and would love to comment on it. You guys say Larry Jones would have been a better fire chief for Gordon. Well when that bunch from Kingscreek was in the Gordon Fire Department our little community almost lost it because of them. The people over it now have brought it back again. And while we are on the subject, why don’t you guys clean up that nasty pigpen you call a community center? You are making it a disgrace to our community. So before you go running your mouth about our part of the community you need to look at yourselves.

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I had breakfast with several friends this morning. The conversation quickly got around to the management of our fiscal court. It was generally agreed that this court, more than any we had ever seen, is bogged down in trivia. The wood pellet scheme was quickly exposed as a myth, but the court dragged it on and on. Now the judge seems obsessed with a building in McRoberts. While I hope for the best for the people of that community, I really am not concerned about that building, and neither are my friends. What we are concerned about, and I would bet that a lot of the county shares our view, is that the county is in terrible shape and has tremendous problems. The judge needs to focus on trying to provide some leadership — that’s what he’s there for — and give some priority to some very obvious and urgent county needs.

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Reading your story of ‘Walking Tall’ John Hall, I have never laughed so hard. When I first met him he was Johnny Berger and he had came back here from Northern Kentucky driving a tow truck that he told us he owned. Several days passed and after a call from a towing company in Northern Kentucky we learned he had brought the tow truck with him even though it belonged to the company. Johnny, as I remember, was constantly telling us tales that we always found to be untrue. This time he came around he was now ‘Walking Tall’ John Hall. He said he named himself this because he considered himself to be a bad man. As for trying to become a member in the Neon Fire Department, I don’t know their qualifications but I would think after conducting a background search those results would show a person who has been convicted of theft. I would also go as far to say his training, if any, would be far less than his claim. Johnny Berger, aka ‘Walking Tall’ John Hall, please give us the name of the organization that would ask you to grow long hair, facial hair and look nasty for children with cancer.

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Step one in getting the Bike Night fiasco worked out: hire a competent city attorney.

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