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The Santa Claus Train is a wonderful thing if they did right for the kids. I don’t have kids, but I am an old woman. I walked to my gate to take a picture of Santa Claus and they never even slowed down. When they are beside the road taking up money I’m not going to stop anymore. I’m going to pass them up and tell them to kiss my behind, too.

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If word that the Letcher County Fiscal Court is trying to create a sweetheart deal to provide a job for one of their voted-out magistrate buddies is true, it is wrong, morally and financially. At a time when Letcher County is No. 2 in the state in unemployment and a time when senior citizens centers are going to be closed, this action would be not only irresponsible and foolish, it would probably be illegal. This group needs to be help accountable for its actions.

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You better believe I’m scared, like the guy said. I just heard that the Regular Baptist Association Building was broken into. That’s the third break-in in the last few days. I have double locks on my doors but a big man with a big foot can kick a door in. We need protection. We need more police and more patrols. And we need hard prosecution and court action, not pats on the wrist. Any extra funding should go toward this, not providing a make-work welfare job for a defeated magistrate who by all accounts should have been defeated. Better wake up, people. Things are getting bad.

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The Christmas Eve truce of 1914 is such an inspiring story, especially knowing that since both Germany and England were Christian nations they continued to slaughter each other’s young men for another four years.

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I’m going to lay the blame for the killings over those two police officers in New York on the doorstep of the President, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and the Mayor of New York. I have been to New York a bunch of times. There’s no finer police offi- cers in the country than the police officers of New York City. They are very friendly, easy to get along with and eager to help you. They are just great people. They run them into the ground. Now, they’ve got some dues to pay.

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I just love how they are trying to patch potholes on Camp Branch. It just makes you want to laugh when you drive over them.

(It’s funny to hear the different takes people have on the same subject. While the paving work on Camp Branch doesn’t impress you, one resident called to suggest we come and take a photograph of what she called the ‘wonderful work’ that was done on the paving of the steep hill on the Camp Branch side of Thornton Gap.)

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What do you all think about the City of Jenkins giving its employees a big Christmas bonus? Oh, forgive me. Not all of the employees, just certain employees. The ones that really do the work only got a little measly ham.

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There has been a rash of crimes in Letcher County lately and I think it’s time for more prosecutions and for the court system to give this situation the importance such an urgent danger to the public deserves.

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People who matter don’t judge and people who judge don’t matter. The war has already been won by the cutest, most capable, from A to Z, conquered all. The story is over. Have a happy New Year.

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Hey, jailbird. You best ought to get them to keep you in there because there is a bad moon rising like you have never crossed in your lifetime.

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What’s the verdict? Never mind. I already know what the verdict is and I’m glad.

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Christmas Eve, 8 o’clock in the morning, and it’s so warm I’m wearing a short sleeve shirt. I don’t remember it being so warm this time of year when I walked to school 50 years ago. Now I’m left scratching my head wondering why global warming deniers don’t realize how ignorant they show themselves to be.

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Hey, Mr. Walking Tall John Hall. You might want to leave your weapon that you pack on your side at the house. If you get another charge for that, you won’t be able to sue the Letcher County Jail. Leave your weapon at home before they take you to jail.

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As I sit here by my window on a cold, rainy, cloudy, gloomy day, I see sunshine on the horizon because this week will be the end of the worst administration in Jenkins politics since the Chum Tackett era.

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Does anyone remember back when our favorite newspaper was burned? If I remember correctly, I believe it was done by two city police officers. I also wonder how many can remember what was done about it. Were any charges made? Did they just smack them on the hand and let it go? Does anyone recall if I’m right or not? Thank you.

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This is the old cat killer. I told you people that I am tired of killing these cats. It is bothering me at night. Doesn’t it bother you all when you take them down to the road, sit them out and let them starve to death? Listen, take them down to Walmart and turn them out. You are better than that. Have them spayed or neutered. You people are worse than the cat killer. You all not nice to take them down to the road, set them out and let them starve to death. Shame. Shame.

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Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not steal. Which Commandment is that?

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You need to take a close look in the mirror of your own life. Then you might see that there are a lot of things that aren’t right in your life.

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Let me tell you something. God is watching you. He knows everything you have done. While I may not be able to do anything about it, He certainly is going to. I’d repent if I were you.

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In the Great Depression and during prohibition, high class drinkers went to the doctor and to the drugstore to get medicinal alcohol. Now, the common people who can’t afford it are called druggies and the ones who can afford it are called patients. If you’ve got the money, you can get what you need or what you want. Some people take as few pills as possible. Some people take everything under the sun.

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I am looking forward to the new administration in the city of Jenkins. My advice to Mayor-Elect Todd DePriest is to hit the decks running and spin those guns around. You can easily reduce the payroll in City Hall by $100,000 a year by reducing the workforce to the bare essentials. You have had a very good teacher these past four years and you should have learned all of the good and all of the bad traits of your predecessor. Keep everything transparent and above the table and engage the city council in all financial decisions including hiring people. You have many years of experience yourself and you have many years of experience at your fingertips in your city council members to draw from so utilize all the tools at your disposal. Don’t forget, we, the citizens, elected you and the council to represent us. We, the citizens, put you in office and we can take you out. If you have to have an administrative assistant, a private secretary, a consultant and two tax collectors, you don’t need to be in the mayor’s office. Good luck to you, and if you follow my advice you could be mayor for 20 years.

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Our county is pathetic when one of our county officials and his personal companion show up where they are not wanted. Is this official’s wife asleep or what? Some of us are wide awake and can see what is going on.



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