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This is the old cat killer talking to the holler honey: I’m sure you are a fine young lady and I’m glad you love your cat. Listen, where I live people set out cats and dogs at least two times a month. I can’t feed them all. I’m on a fixed income. Other than killing them, do you have a better suggestion for what I should do? I can’t feed them and I’m not going to. You have a nice day and be good to that cat. This is the old cat killer saying have a great big meow day.

. What’s wrong with our senators and our people in government? Why can’t they put a tax on gasoline so we can fix our roads? What’s the problem?

. I hear there is a rumor going around that a certain fire station in Letcher County flies a Confederate flag in its office. If this is true it is a disgrace.

. I am wondering what I can do to better my life.

. Please everyone, start calling the attorney general’s office at 1-502-616- 5300 and report what our county government is doing to our county. Seniors without meals. Come on. Let’s get together and help our people.

. How can you magistrates give yourselves a raise when there are women out here that you have laid off from work that now have no income and no insurance? I just don’t understand how you can do that. That would have brought one of these girls back to work. Shame on you.

. I’m a county worker home drawing food stamps for my two children now. I’m so happy that you magistrates got your expense check. Enjoy it.

. I’d like to wish David Moore a happy birthday. Love, Mom.

. I want to thank all the brilliant people who voted for our president, for my great raise on my Social Security check for this year, for everyone who has lost their job, for my insurance being canceled and the pitiful shape of the economy. Thank you.

. I am watching Jim Ward on the Round Table on Channel 98 and have seen him do nothing but look at his watch for the 30 minutes he has been on there. I wonder where he wants to go. Judge Ward and Magistrate Woody Holbrook, if you had any sense you wouldn’t be the judge or magistrate any

longer. This place is going to the dogs. Just look out your backyard and look at the vehicles and junk. Houses are falling down in our county and you won’t do anything about it.

. If the county is as broke as they think they are, why did they give the magistrates pay for travel time?

. As a lifelong citizen of Letcher County I would like to ask three of our magistrates — Woody Holbrook, Keith Adams and Bobby Howard — to resign their positions. You gentleman raised property tax, raised the 9-1-1 fee, raised the garbage bill, closed the recycling center, laid off county workers and combined the senior citizen centers, then gave yourselves a $300 a month raise. What were you thinking? This shows me that you do not have the county in mind. You are only thinking of yourselves, so please step down immediately so that you don’t embarrass the people of Letcher County again. Thank you.

. I’d like to speak my piece as a taxpayer of Letcher County. I think every one of you on the fiscal court should hang your head in shame for even asking for a $300 expense voucher, as much as you already make for attending court meetings. The taxpayers in this county are having a hard time even making budget needs. You are a selfcentered bunch of idiots for asking for a pay increase. You are already being paid almost $3,000 per meeting to come and sit at a meeting and bop your head around like a little rubber duck or something. I think it is a shame what is going on. The people of this county need to come out and protest.

. Why don’t they ever clean up the garbage dump beside the road at Spring Branch near Jeremiah? It looks awful. It’s an eyesore.

. You can take a greedy slumlord and put him in a suit, but he is still a greedy slumlord.

. After attending last week’s court meeting, it seems like some of the magistrates have created another mess. Letcher Countians are suffering now with high unemployment and retirees not getting any raise. Yet, the county government raises our garbage bills, lays off some county employees, closes the senior citizens centers and then they slap us in the face again by reinstating the magistrates’ expense allowance. The

people of Letcher County are suffering? Why should the magistrates not have to suffer too? Looks like we only have two magistrates that care about the county. We have one magistrate who is a fine man, but I think he needs to go back to preaching and working on heat pumps. That is what he does best. We have another magistrate who I thought was a good fellow, but I think he needs to go back to pumping gas. That’s what he does best. Then we have this one magistrate who has worked for the government all his life. He needs to get himself a real job so he can find out what he does best, because being a magistrate is not it. Then we have the county judge who stands on the fence playing both sides trying to get votes. In the next election the people of Letcher County are not going to forget these people. The extra expenses the magistrates have to pay out of their own pockets is not that much, as gas is cheaper now than it has been in years. When one bleeds we all should bleed. Letcher County needs to get away from the magisterial form of government and the ‘Ole Buddy’ system. Thank you.

. Three fourths of Kentucky Republicans say they’re going to caucus for someone other than Rand Paul. So the question becomes: Will he drop out before his own state humiliates him or is he so delusional about becoming President that he’ll stay in and subject himself to the embarrassment?

. We could have kept the senior centers open if the Letcher County Fiscal Court had any interest in us, but they’re only interested in helping themselves and blaming everything on coal severance cuts. Other counties are getting along. We don’t have any leaders.

. Jim Ward is the most hypocritical, pusillanimous excuse for a public official I’ve ever seen. He’s hiding by recusing himself from the magistrate pay-raise vote when all he needed to do to stop it was to vote no. But he didn’t have the courage to come out and admit where he stood, so he let the raise go through by recusing himself. Jim Ward could have stopped that little piece of hijacking by just voting. But he wanted it to go through and he did it in the most underhand way possible.

. Can’t something be done to curb this irrational stuff being done by the people who are sworn to lead this county? Can’t they be sued for obvious misfeasance? Eliminating the senior centers while they enrich themselves is a blatant violation of public trust, and of their sworn duties, and they must be held accountable.

. What in hell in wrong with The Mountain Eagle? At one time, last Monday night’s fiscal court action would have sparked a banner headline that said, ‘Magistrates Line Pockets as County Goes Broke.’ And there would have been a stinging editorial about the magistrates’ blatant grab at the expense of the people of the county. We need those days back.

. I hope the magistrates are out spending their $300 checking on our senior citizens like the county workers used to do.

. Hey, magistrates. How many times do you think us county workers did things for the county that we didn’t get paid for like baking

birthday cakes, buying holiday supplies, going to mailboxes, paying bills, going shopping, calling families for seniors? We did all of this for $12,000 a year and you get $36,000 and need more. I think they should lay you off and bring us back to work. Thank you, Wayne Fleming and Terry Adams, for sticking up for us.

. I read in The Mountain Eagle where the magistrates are getting back their $300 a month. They don’t do anything to earn it and Jim Ward didn’t vote for it either way because he didn’t want to vote against his yes men. I think it is a shame that Woody Holbrook and the others are after that $300 and they don’t do anything. I know that to be a fact. Thank you.

. I guess we should have known that when our garbage bill was raised and the school board raised our property tax that somebody down in town needed a big raise. Three dollars a month might not mean much to some of you people, but to people who have children who would like to have an extra glass of milk for supper that means a whole lot. And I think you all should be ashamed of yourselves — every one of you.

. I’m calling in about the water problem in Flint, Michigan. It’s amazing how incompetent the EPA is when they are involved in anything. Throw the federal and state government in on top of that, you’ve got people drawing big salaries that truly an eight-year-old could out-manage them. It is embarrassing and insulting to see how incompetent these people are. I’m glad that I live here where I have my own well. I’ve never had any problems with it. It’s a shame that people are depending on people who don’t know what the hell they are doing.

. Do you people have some kind of a problem over there again? Is this the way it goes over there at this place? You can’t call in to report anything because you people at The Mountain Eagle that don’t know what you are doing or something.

. This is to Judge Jim Ward and his yes man: Do you people think these magistrates are going to spend $300 a month in their districts checking things out? I don’t think so. It’s a proven fact they don’t spend $50 a month; the rest is in their pockets. To the senior citizens: I am 67 years old. I do not attend anything at the senior citizens program at the recreation center. Why should you people want to go to a place that doesn’t want you there? I live on Stinking Branch and this is my first time calling Speak Your Piece. Eighty people live on this creek. This is the last place they scrape the roads. If it snows 12 inches, they will come one month later to clean the road. Can you believe that? We thank you.

. If 103.9 the information station can’t be there on the worst winter storm of the season, then you ought to shut down completely. (A little harsh, isn’t it? Maybe the person(s) assigned to be there just simply couldn’t make it or had a family emergency.)

. This is what I think about the weather. We have had winter as long as I can remember. Why worry about the weather? It just exists. We need to learn to live with it.

. Our mom, Pauline

Cantrell, passed away last year on January 20 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. Our family would personally like to thank all of the staff at the home for the special care and love they gave our mom. Also, all of our family and friends who visited and showed her love and care. The Whitesburg hospital doctor and nurses were so patient in caring for her also. We thank all of you and God bless. From the Cantrell family.

. The residents at Dry Fork would like to thank Magistrate Bobby Howard for not helping get our roads cleared. He did come over here with a shovel and clean his buddy’s driveway by hand, but that doesn’t help us. Wait until the next time that he needs votes.

. On these bad snow days I used to lie in the bed and listen to music. Starvin’ Marvin would get out on bad days when the rest couldn’t get to WMMT and play music for all the snowed-in people. I miss Starvin’ Marvin.

. To the Letcher Fiscal Court: You people should be ashamed of yourselves. You terminated the senior citizen program and then raised garbage rates by 30 percent. Then you vote yourselves a $300 per month stipend in addition to your monthly salaries. You ought to be ashamed to show your faces in public. Don’t any of you, with exception to Wayne Fleming and Terry Adams, ever run for public office again. I’ll make darn sure that you don’t succeed. I have a suggestion. Why don’t you people take an all expense paid vacation to Hazard or build another recreation center? That’s a way to spend taxpayers’ money. This is the Midnight Phantom speaking.

. If the highway department grades your road, they are doing a good job. If they grade my road, they are doing a good job. If they don’t grade my road, they are doing a bad job. If they don’t grade your road, they are doing a bad job. Why can’t they grade everyone’s roads on an equal basis?

. A certain convenience store is going downhill more and more every day.

. There are a lot of twofaced people who live in Neon. It is getting pitiful.

. Why didn’t our magistrate in the Bottom Fork area clear Bottom Fork Loop? I think people here need to be considered also. I’m not a nurse but we do have four nurses in this hollow that need to work. We also have other people that need to get to work. We also have elderly people who are very sick. Why weren’t we considered to get our roads cleaned? The roads they did clean they did an excellent job on because I watched it on the government channel. The Bottom Fork loop hasn’t been taken care of. One time they did put down a little bit of pea gravel but it wasn’t anything to help. Just remember that there will be another election.

. The county road department isn’t coming down our road.

. For the girls at the store: Don’t worry about me bothering you anymore. You don’t have to run and hide

anymore. I’ll leave you all alone.

. Those tree cutters for Kentucky Power Company sure take a lot of breaks. They only work a few hours a day. That might be part of the reason why our power bills are so high.

. This goes out to two supposed to-be church members who have been caught twice in the last year drawing food stamps illegally while they work for cash. I feel sorry for their children. I do not feel sorry for them. I think the preacher up in Bill Moore Branch needs to find out truly what kind of Christians he has in the congregation.

. Help me, Jesus. Ha.

. Mr. President, you sir, are a liar. Hopefully soon, if time lasts and we live, the Lord may bless us to have a president that will stand for what is right, for the word of God. We the American people want our next president to be one that we can be proud of for doing right in the eyes of Almighty God, not as you, Mr. President, as we are ashamed of your policy of rejecting the laws of Almighty God. America’s leaders had better turn from their ungodliness and repent and undo all the wrong that has been done before God rains fire out of heaven on the ungodly. Your State of the Union address was filled with lies and you seemed to boast about the ungodly laws that were passed for men to lay with men. God calls that an abomination. You, Mr. President, have disgraced our nation. I hope that you will turn from your wicked ways and repent of your sins before it is too late.

. Is it true that a certain employee at Letcher County Central High School is married to a sex offender? If so, this man should not be allowed to continue to come and go on school property as he likes and attend all school events.

. This is the Harlan County man. I just heard NBC talking about the ‘Obama Legacy.’ Well, they sure were lying to the people. Here’s my take about the Obama Legacy. 1) Liar and chief. 2) Murderer of many unborn babies and sale of their body parts. 3) Calling ISIS the JV team. That’s murder of thousands of Christians and others. Obama did little, if anything because it didn’t fit his agenda. 4) Lies about Benghazi. 5) Putting our Kim Davis in jail because she did not want to take part in the abomination of same-sex marriage. 6) Black Life Matters movement is a lie. 7) Trying to take our guns by Executive Order. 8) Obamacare. It will fail and bankrupt the U.S. Thank God Matt Bevin is doing something about it. 9) Going around Congress to give citizenship to 12 million illegal immigrants so they would vote for his party, the Democrats. 10) Giving us 19 trillion in debt and still going up and up.

. Offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot a little pony on Millstone. Call 276-244-9810 or the Sheriff ’s Office at 633-2293.

. The magistrates knew what they got paid when the ran for office. Why do they

run if they are not satisfied with that pay? No, they get in and vote themselves raises. They should be run out of the county. They are nothing but money-hungry, grubbing crooks. If you’re not happy with your job, quit and get a job somewhere else, if anyone would hire you bunch of crooks. The county is supposed to be broke, but not for the magistrates who can vote themselves a raise and yet lay off other county workers.

. Can anything be done to block the magistrates from getting that money? Is there any way to know how much time they really put in, or can they lie with immunity and collect money they certainly didn’t earn? I don’t think at least two of them do anything for that pay but attend that meeting. I know the one from our district doesn’t. That’s pretty good pay for getting out for a while one night a month.

. The fiscal court may get away with fattening their billfolds, but they have totally lost whatever little respect they still had. Four of them will be viewed with nothing but contempt for as long as people know them. It is amazing how people will sell their souls for so little.

. Three magistrates and a judge have disgraced themselves and have insulted and slapped the citizens of the county in the face by their conniving and blatant dishonesty in generating this pay raise. I have never seen anything in the generally nasty world of politics to match this. I wonder how those senior citizens, many of whom lost their only social activity, and others who lost needed meals feel about this.

. The fiscal court pay raise was the most arrogant, selfish, irresponsible behavior I have ever seen from a government body. That judge and those three magistrates are supposed to be trying to lead this beleaguered county out of the mess they have gotten it in, but they obviously have no interest in anything but benefiting themselves, They are deplorable.

. I’m hearing everybody bitch to me about the Letcher Fiscal Court and its actions. Well, I’ve got no sympathy for you. You voted these jerks in. What’s more, by the next election, they will have come around and charmed you again, and you’ll vote them in again. You’re getting what you deserve, and I don’t want to hear you bitch.

. The basic problem with four members of the fiscal court is that they have no character. They lie freely to the county, get caught in contradictions, and then lie again. No one should have been surprised at their closing the senior centers and then giving themselves a pay raise. They have shown time and again that they have no regard for the county and are only interested in lining their own pockets and staying politically safe. This situation can’t get any better as long as these people are in office. Counties around us have faced their financial problems and are cutting back and laying people off and trying to

manage their situation instead of hiding their problems.

. Help me, Jesus!! Ha!

. Mr. President, you sir, are a liar. Hopefully soon if time lasts and we live, the Lord may bless us to have a president that will stand for what is right, for the word of God. One that will not try to deceive the American people. One that will not try to destroy our nation as you have. We the American people want our next president to be one that we can be proud of for doing right in the eyes of Almighty God. Not as you, Mr. President, as we are ashamed of your policy of rejecting the laws of Almighty God. America’s leaders had better turn from their ungodliness and repent and undo all the wrong that has been done before God rains fire out of heaven on the ungodly. Your State of the Union Address was filled with lies and you seemed to boast about the ungodly laws that were passed for men to lay with men. God calls that an abomination. You, Mr. President, have disgraced our nation. I hope that you will turn from your wicked ways and repent of your sins before it is too late.

. This is the Harlan County man. Just heard NBC talking about the Obama Legacy. Well, they sure were lying to the people. Here’s my take about the Obama Legacy. 1) Liar and chief. 2) the murder of many unborn babies and sale of their body parts, and he wants to take our guns. 3) the JV team. That’s murder of thousands of Christians and others. Obama did little, if anything because it didn’t fit his agenda. 4) the lies about Benghazi and more blood on his hands; theirs and Hillary Clinton’s also. 5) putting our Kim Davis in jail because she did not want to take part in the abomination of same-sex marriage. 6) the Black Life Matters movement is a lie. 7) trying to take our guns by Executive Order. 8) Obama Care, it will fail and bankrupt the U.S. Thank God Matt Bevins is doing something about it. 9) Obama going around Congress to give citizenship to 12 million illegal immigrants so they would vote for his party, the Democrats. 10) Obama gave us 19 trillion in debt and still going up and up. 11) even Jimmy Carter said Obama’s foreign policy is the worst he’s seen of anyone in the White House. That’s real bad. Harlan County Man.

. $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of whomever shot a little pony on Millstone. Call 276-244-9810 or the Sheriff ’s Office at 633-2293.

. The magistrates knew what they got paid when the ran for office. Why do they run if they are not satisfied with that pay? No, they get in and vote themselves raises. They should be run out of the county. They are nothing but money-hungry, grubbing crooks. If you’re not happy with your job, quit and get a job somewhere else, if anyone would hire you bunch of crooks. The county is supposed to be broke, but not for the magistrates who can vote themselves a raise and yet lay off other county workers.



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