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In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net

If anybody needs hot guns or some good drugs, come to UZ.

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To a certain person: I guess you told a fib when you said you were going to call me at 8 o’clock. You didn’t do it. I guess I didn’t do what I was supposed to, either.

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Do not waste your money hiring a certain handyman service. They don’t finish their work, and I’ve had to hire someone to come in behind them and do repairs on top of everything else.

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To the person who commented about the traffic accidents at Pine Mountain Junction: I disagree with you about the traffic lights being the problem — it’s the drivers. Too many people think that U.S. 119, U.S. 23 and KY 15 are interstate highways and try to drive at interstate speeds on these roadways. When you have these drivers speeding above the posted 55 miles per hour limit coming into busy intersections there will be accidents. If anything, I think they should reduce the speed limit from the Ermine Double Kwik all the way through the Whitesburg Bypass area. If you really feel the need to drive 65 or 70 on these roadways you need to have your head examined. Sooner or later a car will pull out, an elk will step out, or some other obstacle will appear in your path and you won’t stop in time. Add in wet or icy roads and you won’t have a chance to stop in time for a vehicle braking in front of you. Here’s a novel idea: Try leaving the house a bit earlier.

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Why don’t today’s drivers know what those yellow lines on the road mean? Why do so many feel the need to take their half of the road right out of the middle? Nowadays every blind curve I approach I have to wonder if some nitwit is coming around from the other direction in my lane. In Jenkins it’s especially bad in the curves in front of what used to be Wyatt’s Drive In. Stay in your lane.

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Has anyone else noticed how the Ebola crisis has suddenly ended now that Mitch McConnell and the Republicans have won the election? Surely they will be able to fix the coal industry and put our jobless miners back to work just as quickly as they cured Ebola.

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Does Letcher County’s smoke free ordinance include chewing tobacco? Some county employees chew tobacco in public buildings.

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I’d like to thank the people of Letcher County who voted for Mitch McConnell.

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Hi to a Jenkins man. This is your Georgia connection. Let’s go to Florida. Let me know. You know my phone number.

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To the girl who is riding around with a guy in a gravel truck: Have you and your girlfriend been making any movies lately?

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This goes out to the guy who drives the broken down truck: Stop going to Isom to see a lady. You are a married man. If you don’t stop doing what you are doing, I’m going to tell your wife.

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A certain phone company is ripping everybody off. This month I got ripped off by about $80. A few months ago they got another $70. Watch your bills and statements.

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My child came home November 11 and was telling me how they made a child at Arlie Boggs Elementary School go to the classrooms and read an apology letter. I’m ready to take my child out of that school. I thought teachers were supposed to be teaching these children, not bullying them. Teachers need to stay off the Internet and cell phones. Quit fooling with Facebook and Instagram.

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To the girl who made the comment about someone’s aunt having her head up somebody else’s behind: The way I see it and look at it, it looks like you have your head up your own behind. You should count your blessings, because your aunt took your children in when nobody else wanted them. Knowing that they are little troublemakers sometimes, you should count your blessing. Why don’t you pull your head out of your own rear and get your kids back and stop doing drugs and staying high all the time? Wake up, girl. You are blessed to have an aunt like that. She raised your hind end, too.

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This is in response to the lady who wrote in Speak Your Piece that she thought it was her husband who has been having an affair for 17 years. He also has children with this lady. I’ll give you her initials if you respond back. I do know you and I think a lot of you. The lady that he has been having an affair with has betrayed you. I have seen her with you multiple times.

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I did something years ago and went to jail for it. I paid the price for it. While I was locked up a guy snuck in and took my wife. He married her and had a little girl with her. Well, I’ve got news for you, Mister. I’m going to come back and get her back. For all you know, I may have already gotten her back.

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Way to go, Susie Polis and city council members, for raising the Fleming- Neon water bill after the election. Somebody else would have been the mayor if we had known that a week earlier.

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This is to the person who wanted to rent one of the Jenkins School Apartments: They are so beautiful that I tried to rent one when they were first opened. I wrote several letters asking about it. Apparently the government programs funded most of the restoration, so they get to set the economic limits for the renters. There are no exceptions, even if some of the apartments are empty. It isn’t the manager’s fault. She is required to go by the government guidelines. I wish some of us old Cavaliers could rent one of the apartments as a timeshare just so we could spend a few more days there. Precious memories.

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God says do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Why can’t we do this? God bless you. My prayers are with you.

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I would like to give Mr. Ben Gish credit where credit is due. He knows how to put stuff in the paper, but he doesn’t want to put the truth in there. If somebody wants to send in pictures about their schools, the only way he’ll put it in there is if it is pictures of Whitesburg, Jenkins and Neon high schools. He doesn’t put anything in there about Letcher High School. Some people are just jealous. They had a good basketball team until they all consolidated.

( Ben Gish says he appreciates your backhanded compliment. He also says that to his knowledge, no one has submitted photos or any other information about the old Letcher High School basketball teams, but that he would be happy to run them in the paper should anyone do so.)

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I took a little drive toward Gate City, Virginia the other day. Their state road department was out cleaning trees, brush and anything hanging over the road. Looks like they spend a little money getting it all cleaned up before winter storms hit, unlike Letcher County. You never see that around here, and there is plenty for them to clean up during the summer. I guess they like for the roads to be blocked and all the tree limbs to fall out on the power lines. This only happens in Letcher County.

( We have no way of knowing for certain, but the difference may be that the Virginia Department of Transportation officials in Richmond see to it that funding for such projects is provided, while officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort do not consider such undertakings as a priority. State highway workers in Letcher County do stay quite busy cleaning out clogged ditch lines during the spring, summer and fall months.)

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To a certain person: If you don’t stay out of my life, I will get a court order against you. I can and I will.

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I see McDonald’s has a Monopoly game where you buy a drink and it has a sticker on the side that you pull off to see what it under it. You win what is under it. They had a similar game three or four years ago and the top prize was $1 million. I got the top prize and they refused to pay it.

(Why did the company refuse to pay you?)

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This is the old cat killer just answering a comment in last week’s edition of Speak Your Piece. I kind of got tired of killing those cats and, yes, I do come over to Indian Creek quite often, about twice a week. I stopped above Ray Morgan’s old mines and set out 10 cats the other day that people had been setting out on me. Have fun! This is the old cat killer signing off with a great big meow to you.

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My name is Stephen Rowe out of Yeager, W.Va., and I just want to say that I love Whitesburg. I love this community. Don’t ever give into the negativity. Always reach for the positive, and this is going to be a beautiful place.

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Thank you to those candidates who have taken your campaign signs down pretty soon after the election ended.

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Is there anybody else out there who has trouble trying to pay an Appalachian Wireless cell phone bill? Every time I go to pay my bill, inside the door is as far as I can get. Everybody’s just standing there playing on cell phones.

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Have you looked around lately? Here we are in eastern Kentucky, especially Letcher County, where unemployment is higher than at anytime in history. Domestic violence, abuse of the elderly, child abuse, drug abuse and alcohol abuse all are at an all time high. Now answer this: What are we — myself included — doing to make a positive difference? We have became a society that will let whatever go on around us just as long as it doesn’t affect us. Guess what? It does affect you. I would guess that the majority of us have been affected in one way or another by some sort of abuse or neglect. How many of us live close to senior citizens? How many of us know of someone that is in need of food, clothing, medicine, a ride somewhere, or just a friendly couple of minutes to talk? I have seen my mother give away half of what food there was in our house. My father worked all day in the coal mine, but when he got off work he would take people where they needed to go, free of charge. He supplied the car and the gas just because — as he would often tell us — that’s the right thing to do. I remember one Christmas morning a friend of mine came knocking on the door telling me to hurry up and go with him to another friend’s house because he had to give him something. This young boy was like myself. We grew up poor, yet he had to get to Bobby Joe’s house before he came out to sleigh ride. He busted through the door, pulled out a new pair of socks, and said, ‘Pal, I’ve got two pairs and knew you didn’t have any to wear out in the snow.’ Back then that put a smile on my face, but today it puts tears in my eyes and burdens me heavy. I may not make a big difference in Letcher County. I don’t have a lot, but what I do have from this day forward I will share with others. Just think if everyone in this county would do the same. I’m sure we can make a difference. No man, woman, boy or girl should be abused or neglected, and none should have to go hungry. Signed, Paying It Forward.

(Great comment. However, while our current 11.5 percent unemployment rate is awful, joblessness here is not at its highest ever. Believe it or not, the unemployment rates were much higher — nearly 30 percent — between 1983 and 1985 (it had fallen to 25.9 percent in March 1984) and through most of the period between 1950 and 1975.)

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I would like to thank each and every person for their dedication and their patriotism and their hard work in putting on the dinner for the Vietnam veterans at the Pine Mountain Grill on November 15. The food was good. The decorations were beautiful. People were wonderful and I would like to thank each and every person for their hard work. Thank you, Doug and Judy Bowen.

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The Hazard City Police Department and WYMT-TV in Hazard have shown they are the lowest of the low with the way have treated Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields. First, I can’t imagine that Chief Fields or any other Whitesburg police officer would have created such a scene if the roles were reversed and it was a Hazard officer in trouble in Whitesburg. Second, WYMT would never have been called to Whitesburg, as our cops have better things to do than seek publicity at the expense of a fellow law-enforcement officer. Shame on WYMT and the Hazard City Police, and double shame on the person or persons who couldn’t wait to notify WYMT about the DUI case just to make a good man like Tyrone look bad. Certainly the situation had to be covered, but it could have been done so with a little bit of class. Karma, as you know, can be tough.

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I know a woman in the Isom area who is mean to her stepdaughter. She called and threatened the stepdaughter’s real mother and then lied to her husband and said that the mother threatened her. What should be done to someone like that? Anybody got any good ideas? I know for a fact that police can track a cell phone call and use it in prosecution of the person making the threatening calls. Some people should think about this.

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Has anybody noticed the mistletoe on the side of the hospital in that little parking lot out toward the back? It is between the hospital and the nursing home. As you drive by you can see it.

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I would like to say that if you will respond to this I can and will put a smile on your face. I’m a 50-year-old white male just looking to meet a new friend. Please answer in next week’s paper.

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A lot of people enjoy having dogs in their lives, but with that being said there are some breeds that are best avoided as a choice of pets. Pit bull-type dogs and Rottweiler are two breeds to avoid because of their history of aggressive behavior, especially towards children. They can be in the home for years without showing aggressive behavior towards family members only to suddenly attack their owners or other family members without warning. According to Wikipedia, a 1991 study of Pit Bulls found that 94% of attacks by Pit Bulls were unprovoked, compared to 43% for other breeds. A 20- year study by the American Veterinary Association of fatal attacks on humans concluded that fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers), and that pit-bulls and Rottweilers were involved in more than half (67%) of all the dog bite-related fatalities in the U.S. during that period, with Pit Bulls alone accounting for 66 deaths. A review of the medical literature found that Pit Bulls and crossbreeds were involved in an astounding 42-45% of all dog bites. Fatalities were most often reported when children were attacked, with 70% of the victims being under the age of 10. Approximately 550 jurisdictions have enacted breed specific legislation in response to the number of well-publicized incidents involving pit-bull dogs. Already in England and Wales, the Dangerous Dogs Act prohibits the ownership of Pit-bull terriers, along with three other breeds. Be aware that dog owners in the U.S. can be legally liable for injuries inflicted by their dogs. In my opinion, those who own these type of dogs and have children in their homes are playing with fire. For heaven’s sake, at least have the common sense to keep these breeds from running wild on Letcher County roads. Those who ignore the danger from these breeds and seek ownership of them because they are cute and playful need to be aware of the danger these breeds present. The Letcher County Fiscal Court needs to discuss our local problem of so many dogs running wild in our neighborhoods. A ban on pit-bull types and Rottweilers would be a good start. I’m sure dog lovers will disagree with me, but a little common sense would go a long way when it comes to animal ownership. Owners have the responsibility not to endanger the public, especially their neighbors, with their choices. If you don’t believe my words of caution, just Google pitbulls on the Internet and read for yourself.



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