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This is for the woman with the dogs that bought the house near the lake: You are going to make a mess of it if you go ripping out all that nice wallpaper. You know who you are.

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After watching the last meeting of the fiscal court on TV I was even more amused by Keith Adams and Codell Gibson’s play-acting when they were accused of being Jim Ward’s flunkies. How could they be anything but Ward’s lapdogs when they come to the meetings wearing Ward’s campaign Tshirts and rubber stamp everything he says like trained parrots? And the whole thing with the Fleming senior citizens center was nothing but a put-up. You could almost see Jim Ward’s hand up Keith Adams backside working his jaws when Keith made a motion to sell out the Boone Fork senior citizens.

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Nearly all of us in eastern Kentucky have grown up in coal producing communities that let us prosper enough to raise and educate our children. The most honorable, hardworking, and self-reliant people in Kentucky are the industrious, dependable miners. Those who downplay coal usually are not from this area and have jobs that depend on grants or some other form of government handout. Those who get the most for free scream the loudest about things they know little about. In the 1960s and 1970s, coal was depleted and was not going to be around in the future in any meaningful way. The truth is, we have not touched 80 percent of our coal reserves and coal remains without question the most economical, plentiful resource that we have to power our way of life for the next 100 years. All coal now in the ground will be used in the future in some form of technology. Wake up, Do Gooders, coal miners are not stupid. It just appears that way to you because they work hard, make a good living, and have pride and honor in being self-reliant and independent.

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Those who bad-mouth Mitch McConnell speak out of resentment without any fact. Cheap references without facts can be used, even by the ignorant. Regardless of what his opponents say about McConnell, you can’t be around in Washington, D.C., for 30 years without having knowledge and experience far beyond any ability that a new Senator might bring to the immediate need of our national crisis. In order to win ballgames you need a Michael Jordan, not Pee- Wee Herman.

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I used to support most of what Jim Ward does because I thought he wanted to move this county ahead, but it looks like all he wants to do is create a political machine. All the courthouse employees wear his campaign shirts to work almost every day, and he hires a little boy to work in his office who makes up stories that libel Wayne Fleming.

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I have to laugh when people try to paint President Obama as a progressive when nothing can be further from the truth. Don’t take my word for it; listen to one of the nation’s most intelligent liberals tell you why liberals do not like Obama. The man I am talking about is Cornel West, president of Union Theological Seminary. He said this about Obama recently: ‘The thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair.’

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So, Colombian coal is yet another strong competitor along with cheap domestic natural gas in causing the downfall of central Appalachian coal. Can’t wait to see how Mitch ‘The Abominable No Man’ McConnell spins this into being President Obama’s fault.

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I would like to raise the concern that the public has the right to be informed when a police officer spends the night for allegedly committing domestic violence. Will this topic be covered or will it slip under the cloth of the good ole boy protection system?

(While a law enforcement officer was arrested after an incident in which domestic violence was alleged, the charge was quickly dismissed after an independent investigation by Kentucky State Police found that, in fact, the officer in question did not commit domestic violence.)

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The main reason Colombian coal is so much cheaper than ours is that they don’t have the same values we do, which in this case means fewer legal protections for miner health and safety and for the environment. If we keep Mc- Connell, Paul, and Rogers in office we have a good chance of getting rid of all these laws and making coal king again. If you agree that money is more important than health, safety, clean air, and clean water, vote Republican.

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A council member wants to be elected for another term. But, the spouse of the council member is being paid $6,000 a year to manage the alcohol sales of one restaurant in town. I think it is a clear example of nepotism.

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I find it very disappointing that when I opened my Eagle to the sports section, I saw absolutely no mention of LCCHS girls’ and boys’ soccer teams’ defeat of Shelby Valley on Monday night, August 18. Both scores were 10-0, LCCHS. Those ladies and gentlemen have worked hard and gotten no recognition for it. If I’m wrong, and it is somewhere in the paper, then I apologize for my mistake. However, if I am correct, I would just like to say, with all due respect, do better. They’ve earned it.

(Thank you for your suggestion and concerns. During the course of a school year, we try out best to provide some type of coverage to all high school sporting teams, including soccer. We had a photographer at the boys’ soccer match in question, but by the time the photos he took got to us, the sports pages had already been completed and were on their way to the press. We had hoped to print them elsewhere, but ran out of space. We will have photo coverage of the soccer teams, but it won’t be every week. By the way, we are always looking for volunteers to let us know who won the soccer matches and who the stars were. Are you interested in helping?)

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What an insult to a certain organization. Talk about scrapping the bottom of the barrel for bartenders.

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It is really disgusting that the children at Mountain Pride Apartments can’t get out and play because the grownups have to run to the office and complain. This is a family community. What else are our kids going to do put play, holler and scream? I think it is really sad that a grownup has to say something about our kids.

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Thanks to County Judge Jim Ward for cleaning up the mess across the road from Mountain Pride Apartments. We really appreciate that.

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This is to my unemployed coal mining friends out there: For 30 years Mitch McConnell has voted against extending unemployment benefits. He voted against health care for the poor. He voted against food stamps. He voted against raising the minimum wage. He hates unionized labor. He is against Social Security. He voted to raise the age required to draw Social Security. The list goes on and on. Why are you voting against your only hope of survival at this time? Are you an idiot?

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According to an unoffi cial poll of the folks at the barber shop, beauty shop, the dead man bench on Main Street and the retirees who hang out at Hardee’s, if the mayoral election were held today in Jenkins, Joe and Todd DePriest would end in a dead heat for first place with Terry Braddock third and incumbent G.C. Kincer a distant fourth. The other two candidates are probably having second thoughts about why they got in the race. This election is shaping up to be the most hotly contested and important race in the history of our city.

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To all the Sunday School teachers at Eolia Baptist Mission: I think you all need to have a class to teach kids how to have respect and be honest and watch their potty mouths.

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The first thing I saw when I turned to the Speak Your Piece this past week was how Rep. Hal Rogers hit the nail directly on the head. I’m so glad that someone thinks a lot of Hal Rogers. Do they know that he presides over the poorest district in the nation? Since he got into office, there is one district in Mississippi that is the poorest, and we are next to the poorest.

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To my good bud, Bob Alou: You are the host with the most.

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I think it is a shame that you have a Whitesburg City Council member who lives across from the Mountain Montessori School who acts belligerently in front of small children to the point of making them cry. The council member also disrespects the parents there. Everybody in the public sees it. I think it is a shame if it does not get addressed.

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This is a call about the mismanagement of the county’s funds. I just called one of the senior citizens centers and the telephone had been disconnected. This is the third time that this has happened. The county mismanages the funds and doesn’t pay the bill on time. They are screwing the county over, apparently.

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To a certain man: If you keep doing what you are doing to your little niece — which you have not done that bad yet but you are working on it — I will put the proper authorities onto your hind end. Shame on you.

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The Jenkins Homecoming festival this past weekend hit a 20-year low. Blame it on the weather, blame it on the economy, blame it on the bossa nova. Truth be told, there is a bigger problem there. How can any food vendor make their venture worth their effort when there are 17 vendors competing for the same dollar? It’s time for a shakeup. That is just one of the problems the new mayor will have to address.

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I cannot believe the actions a Whitesburg City Council member took at the Mountain Montessori Preschool on August 20. My son now fears for his safety at school. I do not think she should be allowed to storm into the school and verbally attack a teacher in the presence of students. I’m dumbfounded. I hope, Mr. Mayor, that you will reprimand her. I will be at the city council meeting to speak my piece.

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God thinks more of the atheist than he does of a lying preacher in sheep’s clothing.

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And people were saying Deputy Sheriff Gale Dean Campbell couldn’t find a needle in a haystack. He proved them wrong. He made the front page for finding marijuana. I’m proud of our ‘Barney Fife.’

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In response to the comment about Sycamore Loop, the person who called that in to Speak Your Piece doesn’t have enough guts to come to anyone and talk to them. You want to hide behind the telephone or behind the county attorney and the sheriff ’s department. If you are so big and strong, you come on out, big boy.

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Thanks for putting all of the pictures in there of Bill and Cindy Howard. I really appreciate that and I enjoy looking at those pictures.

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Have you driven from the Mayking Post Office through the Mayking Mall lately? If you have, you have probably damaged your car on those stupid speed bumps that have been put at the gate. Whoever did that needs to be sued as soon as somebody damages their car. If they wanted to close that off, they should have put up a fence instead of those ridiculous speed bumps.

(The Mayking Mall shopping center is located on private property. Therefore, ownership can do pretty much what it wishes in terms of dealing with what they see as a traffic problem between the ‘strip mall’ lot and the lots for the post office and the Dollar General Store.)

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I want to know how one person can get arrested over and over again for being under the influence of drugs, but only goes to jail but for one night and he is out and right back. What is the deal here? He isn’t on house arrest. I can’t figure this out.

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Don’t miss out. Magic Maggard will be appearing onstage at the Mountain Heritage Festival in Whitesburg. Everyone come out and support, especially the ladies.

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What is the difference between a militant and a terrorist? Are they meaner than a terrorist or not as mean? Please let me know. I’m stumped.

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I will always love and have feelings for a certain woman. I guess that is the reason that I can never have a girlfriend. I am still in love with a certain woman.

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To a certain guy: I think it is so disrespectable of you to go to a funeral and have to be thrown out by police and put in jail because you got so out of order. How low is that?

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Common courtesy is out the window. Respect, integrity, honesty, and appreciation are all gone. People don’t appreciate their jobs anymore. It’s a give- me society. I guess Obama and his people are just doing their part. Somebody’s got to be the bad guy and somebody’s got to be the good guy. Those evil scums are enabling the whole country just to give up, sit on the couch and watch the Disney Channel.

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How do people have comments that are 10 pages long on Speak Your Piece? How do these people do that? Do they call back 15 times in a row to get one comment out? That’s pretty pathetic. You should free up some oxygen for the rest of the planet. You ought to give a little longer for people to give their comment.

(Most put pen to paper and mail their comment via snail mail. Others put their fingers on the keyboard, eventually striking the ‘send’ to get the comment to us via e-mail. And there are those who speak to the answering machine for a minute, hang up, call back and pick up where they left off.)

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I don’t understand the people of Jenkins and Whitesburg who would be campaigning about Mayor G.C. Kincer and Mayor James Wiley Craft after all they work those two men have done to make their respective cities better places to live in. Are some of you people that against progress? Do you not want young people to be able to live in our county? Or are you just jealous? Please explain.

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If a certain person in the data conversion team thinks it is okay to drink all of the strawberry energy Crystal Light drink, he’s got another think coming. I’m going to talk to human resources. You know who you are.

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Somebody needs to tell the girl who was in the middle of the Jenkins football field taking pictures that she needs to get off the field. She messed up about a half a dozen plays. She was right in the way of everybody. She has no business being out there trying to sell picture she takes for a profit.

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They talk about an educated workforce being a key to progress in eastern Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky has an educated workforce. Problem is they are working in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, New York and Tennessee because there aren’t any jobs here. The jobs aren’t here because there isn’t an educated workforce because we provide educated workforces for every place else but here. Somehow they are saying stuff that is contradictory. Why can’t there be jobs if all we need is an educated workforce? Every time jobs open people come home, but we have no jobs for them to come home to. That’s the problem.

(Well said.)

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To a certain woman: I will always love you and I will always have feelings for you, but I would never stop you from having another man. That is your privilege.

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I would like to wish Destiny Collins a happy birthday on August 31. I would like to wish Megan Collins a happy birthday on September 3. I love you girls so very much. You are mommy’s babies. I love you. From Mommy.

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This to Megan Collins, Destiny Collins and Skylar Collins. Mommy loves you girls so very much. I can’t wait to see you. I love you girls. Love, Mommy.

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I was an eyewitness to a wreck recently at Payne Cap. A woman’s front tire blew out and her vehicle hit another person’s vehicle. They both got hurt. Police came to the scene. A deputy sheriff had the woman walk straight lines. She passed all her tests. He told her to say her ABC’s from the middle backwards. She told him that she couldn’t read and write and that she didn’t know her ABC’s. The deputy made fun of her and the woman started crying. The lady was close to her 60s and she was crying because he made the deputy of her. He got so mad at her just because she couldn’t say her ABC’s.



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