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Just figured I would say something about the roads on Camp Branch since everybody else is too. Yes, on the Camp Branch side of Thornton Gap they did do a good job. They actually paved the road. I have gone that way a few times, but Camp Branch through Sandlick is the way I have to travel for work, and when I go to Isom I have to go toward Colson, turning at what they used to call ‘the green garage,’ so the whole way is pretty much bad shape. See, on Camp Branch, like after crossing the triple tracks heading toward Colson the road is bad. They didn’t ‘pave’ pave the road; all they did is like just try to fill in some — not all — bad spots. It’s still rough riding. It sucks having to travel this way just about everyday. I am thankful for them fixing roadway; I just don’t know why they did real good on Thornton side but over this way they didn’t. Some of us were joking a little bit when some said that if they tore their cars up by it being so rough they were suing. But really, it does still need fixed as good as the Thornton side.

(Actually, the paving was done on the Camp Branch side. Still, we appreciate your comment and your concerns. And thank you for being a good contributor to Speak Your Piece.)

I see where the engineering company that seems to have been doing business with the City of Jenkins is already sucking up to the new mayor, saying on Facebook how qualified he is to do the job. Oh my God!

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Glory, glory, Hallelujah. A certain employee is finally out of Jenkins City Hall. After 27 years of service, or should I say disservice, this employee was given a very suitable sendoff — kicked out the back door and the door locked. A new day is dawning in the City of Jenkins.

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The Jenkins City Council balked on $2,100 for fireworks on New Year’s Eve, yet rubber-stamped everything the former mayor wanted. Even more, they sat idly by as he did what he wanted, only rarely involving themselves with decisions of which they should have been involved. The people of Jenkins re-elected all of them, in their semi-annual popularity contest.

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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, money or anything else. Which commandment is that?

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To a certain person: You better call me, and you better be talking to me about what is going on. I have heard a million different things, and you better be straight with me. You know who you are.

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Rumor has it that the first move that our new mayor in Jenkins is going to make is to hire back to the City of Jenkins those who failed their drug tests. If this rumor is true, then I guess this goes to show what kind of character Todd Depriest has.

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The way I see it, we in Letcher County sure are lucky to have all this level land the strip miners have returned to us over the years. If not for the improved land they have left us with, I can only imagine how high our unemployment rate really would be. I never knew how fortunate we were to have all this flat land to work on before State Representative Leslie Combs, County Judge/Executive Jim Ward and others much smarter than me started pointing this out a while back.

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I see that our former Jenkins mayor, G.C. Kincer (with emphasis on the word ‘former’), has returned the big new Dodge Durango that he used for free during his administration. The $ 35,000 perk that he afforded himself was typical of his self-indulgence at the expense of the taxpayers. Now, where is the $35,000 Thompson machinegun that was taken from the safe in the old city hall? Maybe the machinegun can be sold by the new mayor, with the money put into the city coffers to help pay off some of the debts made during the Kincer administration. If someone doesn’t return the machinegun soon, the legal ramifications could get ugly. This citizen and several others will not sit idly by and lose this valuable antique.

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This is Walking Tall John Hall just replying back to the idiot who needs to get his or her facts straight: First, there were no charges brought against me for carrying my gun. Second, I will continue to carry my .44 on my side, because that is my Second Amendment right. So just make sure you get facts straight before you get your panties in a wad. Thank you and have a great day.

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I thank God that He made me a strong person to stand up for what is right. I am not a victim. I don’t play a part wanting to draw attention so everyone will feel sorry for me and make me feel better about myself by saying or doing anything. I don’t need to be like that and I thank God that I’m not like that.

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I know two lawyers who took a payoff. They ought to be put in prison. I ought to call and have them disbarred.

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I called Jenkins City Hall to report a water main broken in the vicinity of the old bread store warehouse. When they checked it out, they found that it was not a municipal water line after all. It was teardrops running out of the front door of the apartment where the former mayor and his blushing bride now live. And so it goes, justice has been rendered, brighter days are ahead for the City of Jenkins and all of its citizens.

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Who was the loose cannon that threw a fit in Jenkins City Hall? Thank goodness you’re gone. You were an embarrassment to the town.

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Isn’t it ironic that during the Jenkins mayoral race, then-Mayor G.C. Kincer’s slogan was, ‘Keep Jenkins moving forward’? Well, Mr. Kincer, we took your message to heart and got rid of you and all of your political cronies who were feasting on our tax money.

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On the crime issue, I see regular lists of grand jury indictments but I never see news of a conviction. Are they all acquitted, or plea bargained, or even just dismissed? I would like to see a comparison of indictments versus convictions by a jury after a trial.

(Excellent comment. We will see what we can do to help with your concerns, especially if there is a case of someone being found innocent at trial.)

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As part of the cost-cutting initiatives of the new Jenkins administration, the City Hall payroll will be cut in half and the electric bill will be reduced to a fraction of its former amount. You see, the smile on everyone’s face will brighten every room. G. C. Kincer did not get one vote from his associates in City Hall. The real workers in City Hall resented the fact that he loaded up the payroll with friends and family. He was probably a hero in the eyes of those drones who were drawing a paycheck to do basically nothing. Isn’t it poetic justice that he went from ‘hero’ to some other type of hole in one swoop?

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Kudos to Carl ‘King’ Addington for his generous gift to the City of Jenkins with the New Year’s Eve fireworks show. This tells a lot about his character, especially in view of the fact that former mayor Kincer put the screws to him a couple years ago. After making a verbal contract with Addington, Kincer gave the contract to an out-of-state contractor for double the money. Doesn’t that also say a lot about Kincer’s character? Goodbye and good riddance to G.C. Kincer and company.

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So Mitch ‘ The Abominable No Man0’ McConnell is getting ready to have votes approving the Keystone XL pipeline, destroying the newfound health insurance of hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians, killing relations with Cuba, and whatever other horrible things he can think of. But is he doing anything to help the commonwealth’s hungry kids? Bwahahaha. The hungry don’t have good enough lobbyists or make enough campaign contributions.

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I would like to commend The Mountain Eagle, especially the originator of Speak Your Piece. That move was a stroke of genius. That column is the most read and often quoted media in all of Letcher County and beyond — more than any other newspaper, radio or television journalism. Many readers will skip over the front-page news and editorials to get to the juicy news in Speak Your Piece. Many times I have been talking local news with friends and they would be quoting a believable news item they had ‘read in the paper’. Right away I would recognize it from something printed in Speak Your Piece. Thank God for the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It is powerful enough to get arrogant, conniving and manipulative people booted out of office. Those who took the public for a bunch of fools have now, like Humpty Dumpty, taken a great fall. Keep up the great work.

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To a certain person: Why don’t you do something about that jet-black hair and come off that hill? Quit threatening people with court orders and telling people they need to repent. You need to repent for sleeping with your boyfriend.

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People who use cosmetics should be well preserved, especially people who use shampoo and soaps. They use embalming fluid in them.

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The verdict is brain aneurism. You might want to look at your life and atmosphere as to what is and has been. We’ll find out what the final verdict is. It doesn’t come from a judge in a black robe, I can tell you that.

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Yay for Christianity.

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Exercise your brain. Would you buy pieces of candy for five cents each or one dozen for $1? Add this in your head: 1,000 + 1,000 + 1,000 + 50 + 1,000 + 40 + 10. Sorry. You got the wrong answer. Try again. This is the Midnight Phantom speaking.

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To Community Trust Bank: This is in reference to one of your commercials. You didn’t help my wife and I. You helped my wife and me. Did you purposely use incorrect English in order to relate to uneducated hillbillies or was this stupidity on your part? You should thank I for bringing this to your attention. This is the Midnight Phantom.

(If the ad to which you refer was in spoken word, the mistake could have been the fault of a radio station, TV station or Internet site instead of the bank itself. If the ad appeared in written word, it could have been the fault of the newspaper, magazine or other publication in which it appeared. In other words, stuff happens.)

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It finally came out who stole my weed trimmer, air compressor and chainsaw. Now, you know whom you are talking to and you will get it back. You will come to the bottom of my hill and you will crawl on your hands and knees and come up here and apologize to me for that. I am disappointed in you, young man. I love you, but I am disappointed in you. I will take care of business and you know that. Have a good day.

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Apparently, I angered some cougar out there with my comments about the 51-year-old lady who goes out partying. Let me reiterate my previous statement: She should be home cooking dinner for her man, instead of out partying all night. You know who you are.

(On the other hand, if her man was at home cooking for her then she might not feel the need to be out partying all night. Just a friendly observation.)

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I want to let my angel know that I still love her and I hope she has a happy2015.

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Concerning the church lady embarrassing her parents and kids: Her kids are wonderful, innocent and naïve. Her parents have no shame. Like mother, like daughter. Daughter see, daughter do, if you know what I mean.

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Are criminals immune from the law? They might as well be immunized from the law seeing as how the good citizens of our illustrious Appalachian culture don’t give a damn if they are or not. If people really wanted something done about the crime rate of our area, they would petition the state legislature to do something about it. For example, you have got your letter to Speak Your Piece, now in print or published. Why don’t you cut it out and make copies of it and send a copy to each of your representatives in the Kentucky State Legislature and to Congressman Hal Rogers in Washington? You have to dream big. Send a copy to everybody.

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There isn’t any law to speak of here in eastern Kentucky for the criminals to get immune to, so you are not going to see very much prosecuting and arresting going on, no matter how much criminal activity may be going on. There is a lot of crime going on here, but money keeps it from being exposed by prosecution. Drug trafficking by four-wheelers on the public highways are the leading ‘perfected’ crimes committed. I do not see how our political leaders envision a tourist industry developing in a deteriorating culture like eastern Kentucky.

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I want to wish the bestlooking woman I’ve ever been with a happy birthday on January 10. You’re the love of my life. I don’t know what I’d do without you. I love you, baby.



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