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To a woman at Whitco: Does the doctor know what you and your granddaughter are doing with your medication? If I were you, I would keep count.

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To the Jenkins councilman who said he didn’t understand what he voted for when the alcohol food tax was approved: How many other votes have you cast without knowing what you were voting on? If you aren’t sure what you are voting on then you should resign. The people of Jenkins voted the alcohol tax on when we voted to approve the sale of alcohol. We do not want this tax repealed.

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This is to a Walmart employee who stands and checks people out: What concern is it of yours what somebody else says? You talk and spread gossip when somebody else comes in the store. This is from somebody who cares, and you just better watch.

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I hope the voters in Jenkins will remember the newscast on WYMT one year ago last August when the mayor went against every citizen who signed a petition to reopen Jenkins Community Hospital. We need a hospital, not only for the wellbeing of our people, but also for the jobs. Check out your mayor’s response on your computer at www.wymt.com. His response was shameful and disgraceful.

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Attention all retired teachers: Remember that Mitch McConnell was no help in getting death benefi ts from your spouse’s Social Security. I would hope that Alison Grimes would help take care of this.

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Why has the Jenkins mayor hired someone to oversee the liquor tax for only one restaurant? Is it true that there are 69 city employees? They are running over each other at city hall. Instead of hiring so many unneeded people at city hall, why don’t you give the police officers and the hard-working sanitation workers a raise? Stevie Joe Litts would be a much better mayor.

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Attention, Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward: Your workers are not treated fairly. This is from a previous county worker. Some workers are paid wages of a site managers’ position when they are not site managers. They start work and not are put on six months’ probation. They get paid right off just like they have been there for years. One good worker was run off from Boone Fork. You’ve lost another one. Time you do something or you are going to lose the election.

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Can someone please tell me how to apply for the job of mayor pro-tem in Jenkins? In the past it was an honorary position whereby a person was appointed by the mayor to act in his place in an emergency when the mayor was out of town or out of sorts. Now it pays $500 a month just to sit behind the mayor during the city council meetings. Wow! That’s pretty darn good pay to do nothing. The city must be in pretty darn good shape financially to squander the taxpayers’ money for such a position. That is just one of the positions that must be abolished when the new administration takes office in January.

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I’d like to know who is going to be in charge of the Kingscreek Fire Department when the new vote is taken — the same one has been there since it has been built?

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Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward said that water lines are accessible to almost all of Letcher County. He has forgotten about Cumberland River. Furthermore, there is no need for him to campaign for our magistrate Bobby Howard on Cumberland River.

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I read in the newspaper where Judge/Executive Jim Ward wants us all to work together to ensure a bright future for Letcher County. If he really feels that way, then why is he trying to put a certain small business out of business?

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I got my letter from Republican headquarters in Frankfort. I am a Republican. I am going to do what good Republicans do. Stay home. Mitch McConnell is going to cut my Social Security. I’m 65 years old. I don’t want my Social Security cut. I’m not going to vote Democrat. I’m not going to waste my gas to go vote for Mitch McConnell to cut my stupid Social Security. I may be a fool, but I’m not that big of a fool.

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I am confounded that Senator Mitch McConnell keeps promising to take away this vital benefit, the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare provides citizens the opportunity for healthier, longer lives. Capping at 20 percent what insurance can make on policies, investigating medical fraud, publishing medical fees and paying providers to keep people healthy rather than just treating symptoms are part of the law. Most importantly, the law protects consumers from being denied coverage or dropped for serious illness. Private enterprise plays a large role. Investors such as I have seen stock values climb. Health insurers, drug makers and pharmacies all benefit. We in eastern Kentucky regret the reduction in coal mining employment, but we know that no substantial increases in coal production will happen, even if the EPA’s rules were abolished. It’s time to build an economy around something else. Health care is part of that something else.

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What turned out to be a $150 electric bill for what power I used this month ended up being $293. They put a whole page of B.S. all the way down the page. So my $150 electric bill is now $293 because of all of the red tape. Enough is enough. What do they think people are made of — gold?

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The Mayor of Whitesburg imposed an employment tax on people making minimum wage who are barely making it. I know for a fact that a few years ago they introduced recycling into the city. Please tell me why his sanitation workers are throwing the blue bags in the back of the garbage truck. That costs more money to dump. That raises the dump fee. Also, they lose the money that they would make from selling the pasteboards. If the city is so broke, why are they wasting so much?

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The race for Whitesburg mayor seems to be turning into more of a mudslinging contest than a clean race. I only know one candidate. David Narramore can play the nice, sincere, friendly candidate for only so long. I hope the citizens of Whitesburg have more sense than to elect him.

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Hey, stupid, you need to get your facts straight. Whitesburg mayoral candidate Jason Griffith never once said he was against the sale of alcohol. The socalled newspaper in Cromona made that up. I can’t say that paper had to make a retraction because he didn’t say that to begin with. They can’t say he was misquoted because he didn’t say that. The Cromona paper is so pro-Narramore they stuck their neck out and said something that Jason Griffith was supposed to have said but never did say. I’m not even sure they should even be allowed to have a license to run that paper up there. In the next issue, they tried in a roundabout way to admit that he didn’t say what they claimed he said. If you want to know the truth, I wouldn’t advise you to buy that paper.

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I see where someone has put my name in Speak Your Piece and is slandering me. I got news for you, lady. I know who you are and I know exactly where you live at the foot of the hill from me. You lay off of my granddaughter. Yours won’t come stay with you because they don’t like you. You’ve got no right to talk about anybody. Why don’t you go back to where you came from? No one in Whitco cares a thing about you. Yes, I go to church. I go to church to try to get my children saved. I don’t talk about people. I have no reason to talk about them. I don’t want to read anything else from you about my granddaughter or me.

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This is Jenkins City Councilman Rick Damron. I’d like to clear up something that was in the September 10 issue of The Mountain Eagle. The headline above the article implied that my sister and I were trying to shut down the Las Peñas Mexican restaurant. Nothing can be further from the truth. Fact is, we eat there frequently. We’ve had several gatherings there. We love the food and staff there. I encourage your readers to visit the restaurant and enjoy good food in a fine family atmosphere. All we are trying to do is stand up for what we believe in and remove the alcohol tax from food. Doing away with the tax, which was never intended in the first place, is just the right thing to do. In contrary to what one other Jenkins council member said, Whitesburg is the only other place in the state that I can find that charges an alcohol tax on food, and we unfortunately patterned our ordinance after theirs and we didn’t catch that. All I’m trying to do is fix this so people aren’t forced to pay an alcohol tax on food, even if they didn’t purchase any alcohol. Thank you.

(Thanks for your comment. The headline for the story to which you refer said, ‘Proposed change could endanger Jenkins liquor law.’)

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This goes to a lady who lives in Whitco: Looks like you and your granddaughter would mind your own business and keep your noses out of other people’s business.

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People want to blame the druggies for stealing. I don’t have any problem with the druggies for stealing. I have a problem with otherwise good and honest people who buy stolen stuff. I worked at a coal company one time and this guy came on the hill and had a truckload of roof bolts. He offered it to the owner at a real cheap price and the owner ran him off the hill and told him to get off his property or he was going to hurt him. If people wouldn’t buy stolen stuff, people wouldn’t steal. When you buy stolen stuff, you are encouraging theft. The people who buy the stolen stuff, it’s their fault, not the people who steal. If people couldn’t sell stuff that is stolen, they wouldn’t steal.

(No disrespect intended, but it would seem that based on your argument the problem is 50/50. If thieves didn’t steal, stolen goods wouldn’t be available for others to purchase.)

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Mitch McConnell is going to take health insurance from my 62-year-old cousin who was a 30-year coal miner. Mitch McConnell is going to take health insurance away from my wife who works every day. Mitch McConnell is going to take health insurance away from my friend’s dad who has health insurance now because he worked for 30 years and he got laid off. Mitch McConnell was going to save his coal job of my friend’s dad who was laid off and he didn’t do it. If you are out of work from the coal mines and don’t have any health insurance, does it matter if Mitch McConnell is going to get you a job 10 years from now?

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To two certain people: Both of you could have avoided all of this trouble you have caused your mom and me. What you did with your lives has changed two other lives and made your mom’s life harder for her. You have two weeks to change things or call me. If not, I’m sure there are things in your life that have happened that you don’t want people to know about. You did a terrible thing and you must be held accountable. Don’t ignore me.

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Jenkins councilman Rick Damron said he was misled by the city’s alcohol tax ordinance even though he was a member of the threeman committee that recommended it to the full council for a vote? What a crock. As Damron never tires of reminding us, he has served on the city council longer than anybody. He is an engineer, and therefore should be able to understand a simple ordinance. I’d say either he didn’t bother to read what he was recommending, or bought into it he and others decided they wanted to bring Mayor Kincer down. I have voted for Rick Damron every time he has run for Jenkins council, but no more, as he seems to be getting backward in his thinking.

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Vote for Renee Campbell for Letcher County coroner. She is a great person who is honest and would do a great job.

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I would like to tell a certain lady at Yonts Fork that she should beware, because someone is watching her.

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To the two ladies: Which one of you all got the old man? Let me know in next week’s paper.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: I read The Mountain Eagle headlines about the ‘controversy’ that ‘erupted’ at the Jenkins City Council meeting last week, and wondering why they would want to close the restaurant. I couldn’t wait to watch the meeting to see what it was all about, expecting to see fireworks like the old Neon City Council meetings used to be. I was disappointed. There was no controversy about the Mexican restaurant and no one wanted to close it. The lady even said she loved it and did not want to close it down. She just thought it was not right to charge an alcohol tax on food if she didn’t buy alcohol. I agree with her on that. However, there were other more interesting facts that came out watching the meeting that were not even mentioned in the paper. It appeared the mayor wanted Don Amburgey to turn over all funds from his amphitheater to be administered by the city, like he doesn’t trust Don. I remember Don from the library, and I would trust that man with my life savings. I wouldn’t trust the City of Jenkins with my lunch money. I am also upset that Jenkins used taxpayers’ money to donate to groups outside the city, apparently without asking the attorney or the council, even as the city attorney was saying it was not legal. I don’t live in Jenkins, but my kids go to school there, so that made me upset. I think someone should check into that. What is the charge for violating the law like that? And whom would you charge?

(As was mentioned earlier in this week’s edition of Speak Your Piece, the headline pertaining to the September 10 meeting of the Jenkins City Council said, ‘Proposed change could endanger Jenkins liquor law.’ The headline did not contain either of the words ‘controversy’ or ‘erupted.’ The headline was accurate and was based in part on a comment made during the meeting by longtime Jenkins City Attorney Randall Tackett. Here is what Tackett, who is not known for hyperbole, said: ‘If we separate the tax on food and alcohol, we may lose the right to sell alcohol by state law.’ We take seriously our obligation to headline stories accurately, and this particular headline was in no way misleading. As for the rest of your comment, our report did mention the action taken by the city council in relation to the Little Shepherd amphitheater. Our report did not include any mention of a controversy over a donation to an out-of-city organization.)

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Hallelujah. The polls are showing that Mitch Mc- Connell will kick the lady candidate’s behind in November, and I couldn’t be happier. With McConnell leading the Senate that will soon be held by patriotic Republicans, it won’t be long until there is no more Social Security, no more Medicare, no more Medicaid, no more Obamacare, no more unemployment compensation, and no more workers compensation. All of these socialist programs, many of them started by that awful Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was president, will finally be put to rest once and for all. And that means the sorry, checkdrawing ninety-percent of Letcher County people will have to finally get out and get a job or starve to death. I for one am tired of paying the taxes that keep these food stamp drawing and welfare scamming sorry bunch of ignorant people living the life of Riley while I have to work everyday. Signed, a proud member of Team Mitch.

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Would someone on the Whitesburg City Council please write an article and tell us why the city owns so much land it is not using? Given the budget crises the city has created and the taxes to pay for them, it seems like the city could use the money from selling them off this property in a transparent manner and having the new owners pay property taxes.

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Hmm. Given the huge resurgence of black lung disease, maybe we need a federal agency with safety regulations and inspectors to enforce them. Just a thought.

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A few reasons for loss of coal jobs: Downstream and downwind from coal power plants the incidence of cancers and other diseases are greatly increased, thus the EPA steps in. Mine company owners, stockholders, and utility owners, do not wish to adapt plants to be cleaner (it reduces profits), yet they ‘convince’ us it is the fault of President Obama and the EPA. The cost of mining coal — mostly deep coal is left — is close to six times greater here than out west. Again, it reduces profits. There are hundreds of gas wells here and the cost of gas is substantially less than coal, gas is cleaner than coal and is owned by same stockholders of coal companies in most cases. Stockholders of coal companies and some miners ran the United Mine Workers out of town for some temporary gains, now long gone. This brought increased profits not shared with miners. Our career, everlasting Senators and Representatives have not been looking out for their constituents, but looking our for their own bottom line and the bottom line of the utility suppliers through donations. We need term limits for these guys so they can go back to their ‘day’ job when finished. Only time you see Mitch McConnell is when he needs votes to sustain his personal bottom line. Has he really looked out for us? I say again, the reason for loss of mining jobs is greed — not by the President or EPA, but by corporate mine owners and our elected officials living off their money. Save Coal? By all means! But let’s not allow ‘we the people’ to be the burden-carrying scapegoats.

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I’ve been following this thing with the food and alcohol tax at Las Peñas in Jenkins. Here is a suggestion for those who are offended by it: Don’t go there. No one is forcing you to eat there and it’s not the only restaurant around. You can always go to a place that doesn’t serve alcohol and eat if you are so offended by it. The attitudes of some of those who complain the loudest and their fellow tax-hating Tea Party pals seems to be that because they don’t like it, it shouldn’t exist. The world doesn’t revolve around these people.

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I think Mayor G.C. Kincer made two really good points at the last Jenkins City Council meeting. One is obvious; either you want to keep the city moving forward or you don’t. Some obviously don’t want to move forward, but long for the old days back when Bethlehem Steel ran the town. Well, Bethlehem Steel isn’t there anymore. The other good point Kincer made was that if people don’t want an extra tax on food, then let’s have another local option election and vote the town completely wet. Package stores, no food rule, and beer in grocery stores and convenience stores. You’ll get a lot more tax revenue that way and the money will stay in Jenkins instead of going to Pound and Whitesburg. It may even attract some new businesses and new jobs. You aren’t stopping people from drinking and it’s been a longtime fool’s game to believe that Jenkins is somehow holier than others by being dry, or just moist.

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So, our mayor lets the Bible thumpers from one church tell him what to do? What about the will of all the rest of the people?

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Just to put the rumors to rest, I just saw a document on official City of Jenkins letterhead that shows as of September 2, 2014 the City Administrator was still an employee of the city. Now tell me who’s in the inner circle together. Sounds like another vote splitter to me. People, you better pay attention. This just shows how desperate some are to remain in power.



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