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The candidates running for mayor in the city of Whitesburg need to tell the voters what they plan to do to move the city forward. What plan do they have for city-owned vacant buildings, clean water for the city, infrastructure for new water lines in the city, new sidewalks, bringing the city parks and the city swimming pool into the 21st century, and encouraging businesses to locate in the city?

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Route 7 from Isom to Blackey has always been a dangerous road. Now there is an added danger you would not expect — golf balls. While driving near the Twin Bridge area, a man was in his yard beside the road hitting golf balls onto the road. I had to slow and wait for his drive to stop bouncing in the roadway, as did a car coming the other direction. Had there been oncoming traffic nearer, it would have been a hole-inone in their windshield. You would think a person would go to a range or a field to practice their long distance driving skill.

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I believe it is true. Everybody on the Letcher County Fiscal Court would get along a lot better if the meetings weren’t on TV. They just show off in front of everybody. That’s all it’s about.

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It’s about time the public and the Jenkins City Council questioned the alcohol tax law. It is a slap in the face for a non-drinker to pay for someone else’s vices or excesses. Personally, I will drink a beer or two when I patronize a nice restaurant; I expect to pay dearly for that privilege. Has anyone considered removing the alcohol tax from the total bill and increasing the tax on the alcohol only? Arbitrarily let’s say increase the tax on alcohol to 25 percent or whatever figure would bring in reasonable revenue for the city. Think about it, folks, you would probably have an increase in patronage if the general public felt that they were getting a fair deal.

(Questions about the ‘alcohol tax law’ were asked — and answered — back in 2011, when 247 citizens voted in favor of selling alcohol in qualifying restaurants and 129 people voted no.)

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Now that President Obama and Senator Harry Reid are the country’s decision makers we have not plan or intention to have a budget to pay our debt. We as a country are equivalent to a family making $25,000 per year and spending $50,000, which is a disaster waiting to happen. How do you liberal geniuses recommend we handle this rather than cut interest rates, give more grants for needless unworthy projects, give more food stamps, and give everybody a pay raise? Free, free, free. You people want everything furnished without any obligation or responsibility or work. You better get to work figuring out your future, because you will be the first to go when since President Obama, as you may have learned by now, cares only about getting votes. He defi- nitely does not care about our financial interest. If you’re happy with the way things are now, be sure to go vote for Alison Grimes in November so that she can help Obama finish pushing through his agenda.

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I would like to say that I think it is unbelievable that in Jenkins you pay tax on alcohol even though you don’t drink an alcoholic beverage. We didn’t vote for this. This is just one thing that is going on in Jenkins, which the mayor is responsible for and the public knows nothing about. We need a mayor that will not work behind closed doors to get what he wants.

(The Jenkins City Council acted as openly as any other local government in drafting and approving the city ordinance regulating alcohol sales in restaurants that seat at least 50 people. The June 8, 2011 edition of The Mountain Eagle carried on its front page a report headlined, ‘Committee to draft Jenkins liquor law.’ The article by reporter William Farley appeared just after Mayor G. C. Kincer appointed a committee of three to examine the issue of alcohol sales in restaurants — voters had just lifted prohibition in May — and recommend which rules would be adopted and what taxes, referred to by the state as ‘regulatory license fee,’ would be collected. Those named to the committee were Council Members Terry Braddock and Rick Damron and City Attorney Randall Tackett.)

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Haymond and Hemphill, if that is all you’ve got to brag about you must have run completely out of stock. Everyone knows his sister did his college work for him, otherwise he wouldn’t have been there to begin with.

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Alison Grimes’s dad giving money from his hotdog stand to Alison Grimes’s campaign is an illegal campaign contribution, but big oil companies giving big money to Mitch McConnell is perfectly legal. The big oil companies get millions of dollars from Mitch McConnell’s bills. Alison Grimes’s dad had to work and sell hotdogs to earn the money he gave to his daughter.

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For all you people out there who are with a certain communications company: Look and see how much in taxes has been tacked to your phone bill. During the last two months a lot of taxes have been added on.

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The letter to the editor from Bill Adkins is spot-on. Folks need to cut it out, frame it and read it over and over.

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Since when has it been OK to encourage and accept bribes from your coworkers to submit simple change requests? Maybe you should bring that up with HR when you go to complain about the lack of strawberry energy drink.

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Mitch McConnell says he got his $40 million honestly. His wife gave it to him. Do you call that marrying for love or marrying for money?

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To all you unsafe drivers out there: Don’t pull out in front of fuel trucks.

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The Jenkins City Council is a ‘ yes’ council. Its members haven’t denied the mayor anything he wants. They don’t look to the long-term future, just the short-term. Now some of them are actually campaigning for him to have a second term. If I were they I would worry about my own election, especially the woman that’s on the council. It seems all she does is laugh at everything and try her best to defend G.C., who is soon to be history.

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Is Jim Ward really going to raise the garbage bills to $14 a month after January? Someone please tell me.

(To our knowledge, neither County Judge/Executive Jim Ward nor any member of the Letcher Fiscal Court has discussed raising garbage bills. Regardless, no rate hike could occur that isn’t approved by the majority of the magistrates.)

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I think you should vote Cody Sexton for Whitesburg City Council because he is determined to make things better for the City of Whitesburg. A vote for Cody Sexton is a vote to restore respect and honor to the city council.

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To a certain person: Have a good day. Go ahead and do what you want to do, but always remember I love you.

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There is a potentially simple solution to the controversy about the so-called alcohol tax at the Las Peñas restaurant in Jenkins and elsewhere. In hindsight the tax should have been referred to as a restaurant tax instead of an alcohol tax. Then, whether you imbibe alcohol or soft drinks or tea with your meal, you would still be taxed at the rate of six percent. In so doing you would remove the stigma associated with serving alcohol. The ordinance should be amended to be called a restaurant tax and enforce it equally to all restaurants in Jenkins whether they serve alcohol or not. At the same time the rate could be reduced to two percent and would generate more taxes for the city. Now, will someone shoot my proposal full of holes? Is it too simple?

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It’s been four years now, Mayor Kincer, and the lake is still covered in lily pads. It won’t be long until we can’t even fish.

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I was kind of shocked to see the school board expedition at a dance club in Lexington this past weekend. It was even worse seeing the principal and his ex-wife partying inside the club, probably on the school board’s dime.

(Were you also ‘partying’ at the dance club? If not, how did you see the principal and his ex?)

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I’ve been a registered Democrat for 42 years. I can’t wait for November so I can vote for Mitch Mc- Connell. Alison Grimes is nothing more than another Obama puppet, just like Harry Reid.

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I’m so tired of people looking at me and judging me and saying things about me that aren’t true. You better think before you say anything because one of these days it is going to come home to you. Just keep this in mind.

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I can’t wait until January when the Republican Party has full control of Congress and our own Senator Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader. At long last we will finally see needed cuts in food stamps and welfare and all these other programs that are keeping half these sorry people up in Letcher County. I hate that our coal miners are out of work, but I also don’t feel that I should have to help keep them up from now until the end of time with this long-term unemployment pay the Democrats give them. If the work isn’t here, guys, you’ve got to get up off your behinds and go elsewhere. I am a proud member of Team Mitch and I can’t wait to see the changes that will come when everyone will finally have to start working for a living.

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I would like to talk about the courthouse and all of the crooks down there. They said they were only at the tip of the iceberg when they kicked Larry Collins out of office as circuit judge. They still have those crooks running about there like maggots and they need to do something about it.

. There seems to be a conspiracy going on in Kentucky. A U.S. senator is running for re-election and is campaigning on a war on coal and blaming President Obama for causing it. The victims of this so-called war on coal are the coal miners and their families. When our miners are laid off here they are recruited to work in the coalmines of western Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia. Why is the war on coal happening only in eastern Kentucky? I believe there is a conspiracy by large coal companies in eastern Kentucky laying off coal miners to influence the election for U.S. Senator in Kentucky. In other words, a made-up war on coal is to convince people that Senator McConnell is for coal miners.

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People talk about Todd DePriest. He knows more about Jenkins that G. C. Kincer will ever forget.

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You hardcore Democrat couch potatoes need to get off the couch and vote Republican this election. Put someone in there who is going to give you a job. Quit waiting on that unlimited food stamp card and go to work.

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This is to the traffic engineer who thinks it is alright to make parents wait out by the school while their light goes from 19 seconds to now 10 seconds: That line is backing up more and more every day. You know who you are. I’m calling the mayor.

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This is in regard to the woman who lives in Ermine and has all the dogs in her yard. Someone made a comment about the dogs barking all the time. If the woman who made the comment would keep her own dog in her own yard it wouldn’t be a problem. The dog barks at other dogs and people who walk by.

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If you care about the majority of the people in our country, ask yourself this question: What is the Republicans’ plan to help the poor, the uninsured and the unemployed? They don’t have one. They do have a plan to help the rich. They give them tax credits.

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This goes to the little old woman who drives the black car in Whitco: I think you should mind your own business. It is none of your business what people do with their stuff. You and your granddaughter need to mind your own business, go to church like you are supposed to and quit popping the pills. You just need to mind your own business.

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David Narramore campaigning on abolishing alcohol? Afraid not. Citizens of Whitesburg would have to vote it out. Besides, the rumored manager to be at City Hall already sells alcohol. David Narramore campaigns on doing away with employment tax. Again he cannot, as it takes the majority of City Council to make such a change. Wake up, voters. David Narramore will promise anything to get elected.

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To Whitesburg mayoral candidate Jason Griffin: I hear your platform is getting rid of alcohol and getting rid of the payroll tax? So what money do you plan to use on running the city government? Higher property tax? Wake up, Whitesburg city residents and voters.

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To Larry Hatton, radio announcer for Letcher County Central football: You said that unless we get the kids away from the video games they are playing at home they will be fat. The Letcher County Central High School coaches must play video games 24 hours, seven days a week. They could not see their feet if they could suck their fat bellies in. The county law at the football game could not see their feet if they could suck their fat bellies in. They too must sit at home playing video games. You should not be calling people fat. By the way, you called a touchdown for Letcher Central when the Cougars did not have a touchdown. Maybe you need glasses. Video games do not make kids fat. How big is your belly?

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To a certain person: Because of your lies you have caused a breakup between two people who have been together for 38 years. It has caused a hardship on her that will shorten her life and has left her by herself in the house. You have put him out on his own by himself in a strange town where he has no one he knows. The sad thing is you also had an 80-year-old veteran put out of his own home because of a lie. That was cruel to both of them. Sad to say she is having health problems and needs help; at least he was in the house and took care of her 24 hours a day, which you don’t. You will never be forgiven unless you forgive him and ask God to forgive you for what you have done. I wonder what some of these people who read this think about your chances of going to heaven. It’s been some time that you have had to change all this for the better, but you have done nothing. In time people will know more about you and know the truth. People in southwest Virginia will really know what kind of person you are. You will wish you had changed all this, because when the additions are found out you will regret all. They will find out, and when your loved ones do, you’re going to know what lonely is.



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