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I understand that it’s been a terrible winter and that money is tight with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, but it’s becoming dangerous to drive from Hazard to Jenkins, or even from Whitesburg to Jenkins, and the roads in question are US 119 and Kentucky 15. So that’s not even to mention the other ones. Dodging the potholes is like running a slalom course, and if you hit one, it feels like the engine has dropped out of your car. It may be taxpayer money that’s used to fix roads, but those same taxpayers are paying high prices for front-end alignments and for burst tires and broken equipment on their cars. People are starting to run out of patience. And as much of an inconvenience a it can be, I would be grateful to see some actual resurfacing get done this summer. It’s becoming dangerous as well as expensive.

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What a wonderful time I had with Aunt Mary. I love our visits. You are a wonderful person. I love the family history stories you tell. What a precious gift to pass on to generations. You have been the most loving and caring aunt. I’m so glad you are mine. I wish we lived closer, and one day we will with Jesus. Love, your niece Sue.

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Is it any coincidence that the first person to pop out of this campaign’s clown car of Republican contenders actually looks like one of those creepy clowns without his makeup on?

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It is clear that President Obama has waged a war on coal, and we as coal miners must fight back. Get the facts from a new book from philosopher Alex Epstein that reveals the truth about climate change. Coal has little to do with it. The book is called ‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,’ and is an exposé of facts versus fiction about climate change. Also, we in this area must support coal organizations to try to bring our jobs back, such as Friends of Coal, Coal Mining Our Future, the Kentucky Coal Association, as well as national organizations such as The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Industrial Progress. We must also stop supporting and start opposing groups that are bringing coal and this country down, such as the EPA, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Contact Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell and other politicians and have them defund the EPA.

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According to some of my relatives, the cougar has always been present in eastern Kentucky. Our Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers have lied for years about the cougar, wolf, and black bear. They had to quit lying about the bears after they became so numerous they were being seen everywhere. Not too long ago a man killed a grey wolf in Kentucky. He said he mistook it for a coyote. Our legislature should protect certain species just now increasing their numbers. The wolf and cougar need to be put on the no hunt list. The cougar killed in Bourbon County posed little threat to the people or pets of Bourbon County. If one has ever been on a cougar hunt out west you would never go again. The animal is treed by hounds, then sits on a limb offering no aggression until the hunter shoots it. One of the most pitiful sights you will ever see. Those Fish and Wildlife officers that killed the cougar in Bourbon County should be so ashamed of themselves. For God’s sake, some woman’s little dog that was barking scared the cougar up the tree. Left to its own devices that cougar would have helped control the deer population in the area. We were promised by Fish and Wildlife a DNA result indicating if the cougar was born in the wild or if it was an escaped pet.

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I was reading the article that Mr. Welch writes and saw pictures of former classmates and myself. Mr. Welch was my teacher and a mentor to me. He got me interested in retail and I was hoping that you could pass this along to him that I am a store manager now for Walmart in western Kentucky. I owe him a great deal of gratitude for providing me with the guidance and confidence to pursue my career. If I had to pick one teacher that made a difference it would be Mr. Welch. Sincerely, Cristi Honeycutt.

(Thanks for writing. And congratulations on your job! We’ll make sure that Mr. Welch sees your comment.)

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I hate to disillusion our people who are waiting to get a job when the federal prison is built in Letcher County. It doesn’t matter whether it is built at Roxana or Payne Gap, it will still employ the same number of people who live in Letcher and surrounding counties including Wise County, Va. If you are unemployed and/or unemployable now, you will still be in the same boat when they start hiring unless you upgrade your education and/or trade skills now. You must understand that this is not a poverty program. The federal government is spending 10 years and 10 million dollars to make sure the project is done right. They will be hiring only the best of the best. That means that they may screen 10 applicants to get one. If you are among the chronic unemployed that means that you are not looking or you are not willing to relocate or you don’t have the job skills. The spinoff and trickle down effect will mean more minimum wage jobs at the fast-food restaurants and other retail stores. Good luck.

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If a person wants to wear badge, carry a gun and have sirens and lights on their car, then that person needs to go to the academy and become a police officer. Constables serve papers. Didn’t the legislature almost get rid of this office a few years ago?

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This is to the bum in Letcher County who filed bankruptcy because he owes everybody money. You will pay every dime back that you owe, because your girlfriend’s son and daughter are going to know. The family is going to know what kind of person you are. You will pay every dime back, because you will be in court pretty soon.

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I think it is a shame that these social workers here in Letcher County can go and remove kids from their parents. How do we know that some of them don’t do the same things they accuse other parents of doing? Social workers are supposed to bring families together, not tear them apart. This is from a very angry grandmother.

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I saw on the news where the average child today going to college only reads at a sixth-grade level. What a shame. Back in the 1960s I went through school with straight Fs. I could beat that on its best day. Why should the American taxpayer have to pay for something like that? What a shame.

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To a certain person: Happy birthday on April 2.

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People, it’s been over 6,000 years since God started this stuff, which I have no problem with that. It’s been thousands on top of thousands of years since anybody has had any prayers answered. Don’t go off the bat about that. I know you can get in the back alley somewhere and claim that God answers your prayers. Let’s bring it out in the open. Like the blind man, they said let him speak for himself. Let’s get Him to come out in the open and identify himself. I think it would do the good people of this world’s heart wonders if they could really see God do something besides nothing. Promises. Promises. Promises. Where is His promise? People got tired of hearing the little boy cry wolf.

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It’s the first time in a long time that I picked up the newspaper and read about a constable out working and doing a job. I saw where Constable John Amburgey was working. That is what a constable is supposed to do. Good job, John. Keep it up, buddy. You are doing good.

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I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he be the garbage man, the president of the university or the principal of the school. I try to treat everyone the same. I don’t hold special, private luncheons behind closed doors. I don’t buy shirts for a selected few. I see why nobody likes you in the school anymore. You’ve been in their shoes and now you have moved up the ladder a little bit and now you have authority. You’ve got to be careful when you climb a ladder whose hands you step on because there is only one way down. Good luck.

I certainly wasn’t bragging when I put on Facebook that I got my wife a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day. I was just simply saying it was the first time in years I was able to afford to do something like that. Then you had to throw it in my face with a $40,000 truck for your wife’s Valentine’s gift. That doesn’t bother me at all. I guarantee that my wife and I have a better relationship than you and yours, especially what I hear about her and her job.

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Every time I go to certain beer store the employees are always outside smoking. They are never in there doing their jobs. You can’t tell the assistant manager about it because she is always out smoking, too.

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I hate Hardee’s new hot burger. That is the worst burger that they have ever made.

(The good news is you’ve got other menu choices, and you can save quite a bit of money on them by using the Hardee’s coupons that appear regularly in The Mountain Eagle.)

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Why is it that the gay people want these churches around here to put their stamp of approval on what they are doing? I’m not gay. I’ve got friends who are going to condemn me just as bad as the gay world, but I don’t go around here pestering these churches trying to make them accept me and my friends. I think the gays feel guilty and they just want somebody else to put a stamp of approval on what they are doing.

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I think a way we could solve that $10 fine is to just shut Whitesburg down.

(Wouldn’t it be simpler just to make sure you’re not violating the two-hour parking rule? .)

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I want to make a comment on that Kentucky vs. Notre Dame game. Notre Dame might want to have a flashback and remember a few years ago when they played Alabama in the football championship. They said it was the Golden Domers against the Mobile Homers. How did that work out for Notre Dame? It was 38-0 at halftime and the Notre Dame coach said the only way they could beat them was if Alabama didn’t come out for the second half. Lesson learned there. They might want to take some advice from that West Virginia player who said he was going to beat Kentucky.

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That little constable drug my nephew up the road by the neck. Buddy, your day is coming. You don’t even need to be a constable. You aren’t fit to be a constable. You will pay for the way you treated that child.

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To whoever keeps leaving little notes on our vehicles like a little girl: Listen, honey, I’m not jealous and I know that he wouldn’t cheat on me so you aren’t going to cause problems. You know who this is.

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If a certain restaurant in Neon doesn’t get some different workers on morning shift, they may as well close down because those who are there are running all of their customers off.

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We are not locals and we speculate that the jobs a federal prison would bring to Letcher County are sorely needed, but the problem is the federal corrections system is going in the wrong direction. State after state is reducing its prison population because of financial concerns, but the federal government keeps expanding its. There are hundreds of federal crimes that exist solely to consume our tax dollars to prosecute them. Terrorism or threatening a federal official should of course be a federal crime, but the vast majority of the rest of the crimes should be handled by the state. The point of the SOAR initiative was supposed to be to bring in economic opportunities besides building more prisons. We are facilitators for a grassroots prison reform group, Pure Kentucky, and we strongly urge you to tell the Bureau of Prisons that we do not want a new prison built here in Kentucky.

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Why is it that the poor man has to pay for what he gets, but the county will come and pave right to a rich man’s two-car garage?

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This is in response to Steve Brewer’s Struttin’ Time article in the March 4 Mountain Eagle about wild boar season in Kentucky. First off, Mr. Brewer, there is an open season for wild boar in Kentucky. In other words you can kill them throughout the year wherever you can find them, no hunting license needed. You also stated that the reason Fish and Wildlife officials did not want them in the state was because of the destruction they caused to farmland. However, forestland is destroyed by these non-native animals even more so. Anyone who has witnessed a mountainside uprooted and torn apart by a hoard of wild pigs could see this unless they are completely illiterate or blind. They can destroy huge, native plant communities that provide habitat and food sources for native wildlife. Their activity in streams reduce water quality, causing huge amounts of turbidity and bacterial contamination that affect aquatic life in a bad way. Being an exotic species not even native to this country, they outcompete many game animals such as deer and turkey. In areas where they roam often, ground nesting bird eggs can be completely wiped out. Ground nesting birds include turkey, grouse, and woodcock. Don’t even get me started on the erosion problem they cause. No, Mr. Struttin’ Time, I for one don’t think we need to promote any kind of hunting or release of these feral hogs in our state. Rather, we should continue a shoot on sight whenever and wherever.

( For the record, Mr. Brewer corrected his mistake about the legality of wild boar hunting in Kentucky in the following week’s issue.)

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That narcissist, evil stepmother will get her just reward. I’m watching you. You have a hardworking husband, good-looking, good father and nice home. I would appreciate him. I hear every word you say about his child, his family, and how well you and yours are living since you married him. Why does he keep someone who has caused nothing but trouble for his daughter? You lie constantly to everyone about her, even your own family. I will let all know you never spend weekends with them. You spend his money all day on Saturday and Sunday with your daughters and mother. Why does he keep you? I sure need a good man. Watch out. It would be cheaper for him to pay child support on one than keep up three more. I know every word you say. Remember, I spy. I know every place you go. Your stepchild is never included. I know what you spend. Guess how? Maybe I should inform Social Services on you again. They didn’t do their job the last time. Remember, I’m listening and watching.



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