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Are we still getting a Taco Bell in Whitesburg? If so, when are they going to start on it?

. The Letcher Fiscal Court should seriously look into getting a natural gas franchise started in the county. Instead of buying gas off the two power companies that serve our county like we are having to now, why can’t we heat and cool our homes with the natural gas that’s already being produced by the many gas wells that are in the ground here. Why doesn’t the fiscal court see about getting gas lines run to everyone’s home? That would greatly reduce our monthly electric bills.

. This is a person-to-person message. You mocked a crippled person. You made fun of a blind person. You put down handicapped people for things they could not help. How does it feel now that the chickens have come home to roost? I feel sorry for you. I am praying for you. What goes around, comes around. May God forgive you. Bless you my child. Good day.

. WWES parents, please don’t cut line in the drop-off lane. It’s dangerous.

. What would you think you were made to let strangers come to live in your home? These strangers don’t speak English, but you would still have to let them eat your groceries and use your furniture and utilities at no cost to them. Furthermore, they could tell you what to think, say or do. You couldn’t talk about your God because they don’t believe the way you believe. What would you think if you had to take care of the criminals and give them the same things you give the ones in your home? Now, consider what is happening in your larger home, the U.S.A. There are millions of uninvited strangers here getting the benefits described above. There are thousands of criminals in jails and prisons getting the benefits described above at no cost to them, but at a tremendous cost to the taxpayers. What do you think? <i>(With all due respect, here’s a question for you: Shouldn’t we be spending our time and energy worrying about the real issues we face here in Letcher County instead of something that has no effect on our region whatsoever? After all, our high unemployment rate has nothing to do with people who don’t speak English, nor is it caused by those who do not practice the same religion. Also, Letcher County’s jail is in no danger of being filled with immigrants, legal or illegal.)

. To a very special girl:

One of the best days of my life came in March 2005 when the Lord blessed me with you. Time has gone by so fast. It seems like yesterday you were in diapers. Now, you are in the fifth grade. Happy birthday, my girl. Granny has the 11-year-old possible. Happy birthday, Kiera Isaac. From Gran, Papaw and Dozer.

. This goes out to a certain woman: You sure picked you a good man. No, I take that back; you picked a hypocrite.

. It’s amazing how they put a distillery in Whitesburg and it’s just a tourist attraction. When you drive by, you don’t see any moonshine being made or anything. I thought the distillery was supposed to bring jobs to the county. That was a big lie just like the prison. Looks like Jim Ward and the county magistrates have done nothing but lie. (Rather than just driving by and forming an opinion, maybe you should walk inside the Kentucky Mist distillery and see for yourself the hard work that does go on there. And why criticize the distillery for being a ‘tourist attraction?’ Also, how is the proposed prison ‘a big lie?’ The federal government announced February 23 that it will spend $444 million to build the prison at Roxana. Did you expect it to be built in less than one month?)

. Why does The Mountain Eagle not put any photos of Letcher High School graduates in the newspaper? It is always Whitesburg this and Whitesburg that. (It is not ‘always Whitesburg this and Whitesburg that,’ as The Mountain Eagle now carries a feature about the old Fleming-Neon High School and would love to carry similar features about the old high schools at Letcher, Kingdom Come, and Dunham along with one about the earlier days of Jenkins High. Writer Bennett Welch volunteers a large amount of time and effort to compile the Whitesburg and Fleming-Neon features, and we thank him very much for the tremendous job he does. If you know of anyone who would might volunteer to do columns on graduates from the other schools, send him or her our way.)

. I don’t distinguish between Chicago and Syria, except there is less killing in Syria.

. To the little old lady: Don’t you know there are cameras watching you take chicken out of the kitchen and other items out of the cold cases? Don’t you know that if I see you doing this they are also watching you

on camera?

. A certain person likes to try to take over somebody else and not let him talk to his family. That’s a shame. I thought a man shouldn’t let a wife come between family members. It doesn’t seem like he has the nerves needed to stop it.

. You are talking about 60-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy. We don’t know who it is. If you know about it, you need to do something about it. Don’t blame the rest of the world. It is your obligation.

. If you don’t like the pictures of me drinking moonshine, then you should turn your head. If you are as close to me as you say you are, you should have come and talked to me personally instead of putting it in a public newspaper. If you do decide to come and talk to me about it, please don’t come on Sunday, because I’ll be running another batch of liquor. Thank you.

. I saw the guy in Jenkins that was caught performing a sex act on himself in front of two young girls. How does guy keep getting out of this? He was charged in the 1980s, and he is still a pedophile. This needs to be stopped before someone’s life gets destroyed.

. I have a request for Jimmy Stallard. Please take back over your store in Jenkins. We need our little store back. You had really good sales and kept the store clean. Please consider it. Thanks.

. If I was Donald Trump and I got to be president, I would redirect at least one small nuclear weapon on Chicago.

. I know two or three drug dealers who come to Long Branch in a white car to sell their drugs. Stay in Whitesburg, you trash.

. I love to visit a certain restaurant, but I think it’s time to clean the rafters, the heating and cooling ducts and the curtains. There is dust hanging off of everything in the place. It needs to have a good day of cleaning. Maybe some new tables and chairs would be a good thing, too. The restaurant also needs new menus. Let’s do some spring cleaning.

. I saw a log truck coming out of Pert Creek at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night. I figure that whoever has the timber rights must have gotten their logs stolen. Might want to check your property to see if your timber is still there.

. Everybody knows there a certain person who has a moonshine still operating in the south of Blackey. How come the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t done anything about it? In the Jeremiah area, there is a lot of drugs and alcohol going around, especially on Saturdays and Sundays after hours. Why haven’t they busted these bootleggers and drug dealers?

. Someone needs to check into the manager of a certain store taking beef jerky and splitting it with other employees.

. A motion was recently led in federal court challenging the right of Ted Cruz to run for president. The judge threw it out. I have official documents from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove that he is eligible. If you are thinking of voting for a Republican, I can tell you for sure that he is your best bet. But the choice is up to you. I have followed his career since before he ran for the Senate. I am thinking of the future of this country and our children and grandchildren. Ted Cruz has proven that he will stand up for your rights against the status quo. However, if Trump gets the nomination, I will vote for him. Mainstream media and the bureaucracy are against Cruz. If one candidate

does not get enough delegates, I believe that the Republican Convention plans on choosing its own nominee. (Republicans in Letcher County and elsewhere in Kentucky already chose a Republican nominee — Donald Trump — in a caucus held March 5.)

. Folks, I hope and pray that you all use your brain this coming election. If you want another four to eight years of Obama, then vote for Hillary. You know she is a white Obama with boobs. This country can’t stand another term of him. Thank you.

. Seriously, how much difference is there between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler? 1. They both yell and wave their hands a lot. 2. They both have a group or groups they hate. 3. In fact, they both hate anyone who is not like them. 4. They both are extremely jingoistic. 5. They both have delusionary followers who believe all their lies. 6. And for both of them, their most distinctive physical characteristic is a patch of unusual hair. And since Donald Trump was born one year and one and a half months after Hitler’s death, The Donald might be Der Fuehrer. Something to think about.

. To Speak Your Piece: For more years than I care to remember I have anxiously looked forward to turning on my radio on Thursday and Sunday nights because that was when I got to enjoy my favorite radio programs with Paul Morris as host. A while back with no warning, my bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music was stopped. I waited for three weeks and then called WXKQ-FM radio station thinking that Paul might be ailing again because, like myself, he’s had a rough time healthwise. However, I was informed that he wouldn’t be on the radio anymore. They didn’t volunteer any information and I didn’t dare ask. I would feel safe in saying that he had spent 40 years or more playing the only kind of music I will listen to. Some of the junk they play on today’s radio programs is just that, junk. I can’t enjoy the music I love anymore. I have no use for a radio because I don’t like their format, schedule, or whatever they go by. I don’t like their Round Table, or Square Table, or any other kind of table the station offers. Some of what they call modern music sounds a lot like someone with a bad bellyache or an awful bad toothache. When some of my grandkids start playing what they call music I retreat to my room and hibernate until it is safe to come out. I am a hillbilly and proud of it, and proud of the first music to penetrate these hills of home. Paul Morris must have been doing something right, keeping a program alive as long as he did. There will never be anyone who is able to accomplish what he did and have the listeners he had. When he ran a commercial people listened with both ears. Thank you.

. Mitch McConnell is such hypocrite! I wonder how he’ll feel when Hillary or Trump is our next president.

Do you think he would support any nomination either of them would make? Of course, if Trump is elected, Mitch will probably move to Canada, or China.

. What is happening in Letcher and Perry counties when you can’t get anything done can do nothing to stop the terrible exploitation of a brother, uncle, and cousin? What is the state or federal law that allows the abuse of a disabled Vietnam veteran who is incapable of caring for himself? The vet was found living in the crawl space under an old rented coal company house. After being found half dead, starving, and so weak he could barely stand, he was taken in by a brother. When the brother died several months later, the vet’s bags were packed after the funeral and left on the porch. Since then, his lady friend has been getting his full monthly income of $3,600 per month. She refused to take him to Johnson City Veteran’s Center so that she could continue to get the money and she took him to her house and put him in a locked basement. When he refused to give her his last $400 he had in the bank in January she put him out beside the road with no shoes, dirty pants, no underwear, and an empty wallet. A postal employee recognized him and called 911. A priority one veteran, he is now in the Veterans’ Center at Hazard after being transported there by a nonrelative, but certain others keep checking him out of the center so they can take his money.

. Hillary declared at a political rally on March 14 — and this is the quote — that ‘We are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Destroy an industry and a livelihood for many Letcher County families, all for the sake of votes from another part of our country? (Here is the full text of Hillary Clinton’s comments

on coal. The comments were voiced during a ‘CNN Town Hall Meeting’ in Ohio on Sunday, March 13: ‘… I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business — right Tim? — and we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories. Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.’ In a March 15 letter to pro-coal U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Clinton said, ‘I was mistaken in my remarks,’ telling Manchin, a Democrat who supports her candidacy, that she ‘wanted to make the point that, as you know too well, while coal will be part of the energy mix for years to come, both in the U.S and around the world, we have already seen a longterm decline in American coal jobs and a recent wave of bankruptcies as a result of a changing energy market — and we need to do more to support the workers and families facing these challenges.’ U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky criticized Clinton’s Town Hall comments via Twitter: ‘I won’t let her do it. I am running to right for Kentucky and to stop national Democrats from killing more coal jobs.’ Senate Leader Mitch Mc- Connell of Kentucky, who pledged during his 2014 re-election campaign to quickly to put coal miners back to work, said Clinton’s comments ‘underline the need to stand up for hardworking, middle class coal families.’)



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