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Would the person or persons who insist on trashing the hallways and doorways at Riverside Apartments please stop? The majority of the tenants are nice hardworking people and don’t want to pick up after you. This will not be tolerated any longer.

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How come I’ve seen nothing on the news about the guy who was nearly beaten to death up on Bo Fork on Cowan late last Tuesday evening? He was found, nearly dead, lying in the middle of the road. It happened, but it wasn’t on the TV. Are they keeping it hid for some reason?

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The Mountain Eagle showed a picture of the road broken away on Kentucky Highway 1103. One could also notice from the picture that the ditch-line is level with the road. Water standing in a ditch-line soaks under the roadway and into the base, degrading the integrity of the surface. Once upon a time they took a grader and pulled ditchlines in Letcher County. It’s been many years since I have seen that done. Maybe it’s more a problem with the highway department as opposed to Mother Nature raining in a choked up ditch-line.

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I’m calling in to ease the minds of citizens of all the counties that weren’t fiscally responsible enough to build endowments with the severance taxes they received over the years and are now having trouble paying their bills. A few months ago President Donald J. Trump announced in West Virginia, ‘The coal business is back.’ Any day now he’ll skip a round of golf and bring it back in Kentucky, too. He’s only been there a little over two years and we can’t expect him to have corrected everything yet. So, we should just get loans and keep everyone working until the severance tax money starts rolling in again.

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I am placing my faith in our young officials — Judge/Executive Terry Adams, Sheriff Mickey Stines, County Attorney Jamie Hatton, District Judge Kevin Mullins, and Circuit Judge James W. Craft II — to immediately get to work on ridding this county of the unsightly litter that is being scattered by a few but affects us all in a very negative way. Gentlemen, our former county judge/executive, Jim Ward, fought against every good proposal for a litter law this county had and promised to take care of the trash problem through ‘education.’ Apparently, Mr. Ward did not properly educate the trashy heathens for whom you men are now responsible. I challenge you five men to set and achieve goals like those being attained so quickly by the woman now in charge of our tourism commission. Tell yourselves you are going to come up with a plan to clean up the trash within the one-month timeframe it took the tourism commission to build four overlooks on Pine Mountain. You five men have been given the opportunity to be heroes in your home county. Please take it.

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I went to the pharmacist today to get my medicine. I got to see that pretty woman there, and even got to talk to her. She is really pretty.

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While sitting here watching these western movies on TV today, I was just wondering if this country would ever have been tamed if not for the walls they had to build around the forts to protect the Army and the people. Without walls I don’t think this country would ever have been tamed.

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I’m calling about Grace Closet in Whitesburg. They are supposed to be not for profit and helping the poor. How come they are charging money for this? I would like to know. Please address my comment.

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It seems like every week in Speak Your Piece there is a pack of Republican liars, religious bigots, and Trump-worshipping fools showing themselves to be idiots like we have never seen in this country before. The best thing we Americans could do is to run the whole pack of them out of this country. Tomorrow wouldn’t be too soon.

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New York’s abortion law does not allow abortions up to the day of delivery, nor does it allow babies who are born alive to be killed. You find Christian people need to go back and read your Bible, which says ‘thou shalt not lie’ and ‘thou shalt not bear false witness’ against your neighbors. The Bible doesn’t say it’s okay to do those things to people who are registered to a different political party than you. You lie through your teeth, and I’ll see you where you say we’re going.

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With all that’s going on at the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia, and with that state’s lieutenant governor and attorney general, it reminds me that Virginia’s license plates say, ‘Virginia Is For Lovers.’ Would there be anything else they would want to add to that given the situation there now? Thank you.

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Mr. Trump, you are doing a marvelous job, but you have no help on the Democrat side. God bless America and God bless you, Mr. Trump.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: There are some doctors at the Whitesburg ARH who need to back to school and learn about pain medicine. I know there is not much medicine to give out here, but learn about what it is and how to give it out. It’s a good thing.

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To a certain store: I have been able to buy a certain product you have for $2.25 forever, but all the sudden it jumped to $4 a box. Could you tell me why?

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If they want the road fixed in Letcher County they are going to have to bring the Happy Pappy crew back. They did a lot of good work. I can show you rock walls they built that are holding roads up right now. And put these jailbirds to work out carrying creek gravel and fixing these places up. Thank you.

(Note: ‘Happy Pappies’ was the slang name given to jobless fathers who participated in the federal Work Experience and Training Program (WET), which started here in 1964. There were some 300 of them working in Leslie, Knott, Letcher, and Perry counties (LKLP) at the time the program was phased out in 1967. The program was supposed to provide re-training for laidoff coal miners who had lost their jobs to automation, but most of the men ended up with duties such as cutting weeds, filling holes in dirt roads with rock, and sweeping courthouse floors.)

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Oh man, they’ll have to double-shift the meth lab on Pert Creek to get enough money to get Bubby out of jail. All of the businesses better look out. They will be stealing the ingredients.

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As a registered Democrat, I have to ask if our fellow Democrats in Washington, D.C., think that what they are doing now is going to get us more votes. I think they need to back up and punt.

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To the person who said the Republicans always gave in to the Democrats when Obama was in office: Did you ever think that might because the Democrats were right and the Republicans finally saw that? The Republicans need to get a backbone and do something that is right.

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If anyone has a problem with an employee at their local post office they can’t get along with, they can call 1-800-275-8777.

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Are there any Republicans on Mueller’s team?

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I would like to know what the deal is with all these women with hair all over their faces. I’ve had a beard all of my life and I’m now seeing women with more hair under their chin than what I have.

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I just saw on the TV where those healing preachers healed a blind dog. People, we are smarter than that, I hope. Surely God wouldn’t heal a dog and let all these little children in the world starve.

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I would like to speak my piece about property owners not being sure whether they have a clear deed to their property or not. Some of the banks are selling properties that have not been properly surveyed, nor have they had proper title and deed searches done on them. When some of these people foreclose, all they do is take the old owner’s name off and put the new owner’s name on the deed. They need to be careful and have a survey done to make sure that what they are buying is actually going to be theirs. I have just been informed about how one bank has been operating, and I’m sure this has happened to more than one person.

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I saw on the front page of The Mountain Eagle on February 6 where the state was saying the weather has caused our roads to be broken off. Did anybody else see what I saw? Look at the picture of the broken road. On the left side is 15 feet of culvert sticking out of the ground. On the other side is a ditch-line running over with leaves and other debris. I’ll bet you $50 that culvert is filled up. That is your tax dollars at work. What has happened to ‘pulling ditches’?

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Has anybody seen the new Carhartt and Duck Head shirts? The pockets are sewn onto them upside down so that highway workers can stick a shovel handle into them. That way they can lean on their shovels without having to hold onto them.

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Don’t you all just love that Acting Attorney General Whitaker? Man, he’s cool.

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To all the Trump trash calling in to Speak Your Piece: We have a liar, traitor and thief in the White House and you people are just the same as he is. You need hauled out of this country.

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To a certain woman who recently got beaten up by her no-good husband: I’ll tell you what, honey, if were you I would move out of that house and leave him with nothing. All he cares about is his drugs and stealing stuff from people and getting away with it. His friend has the same habits.

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To all the women out in Letcher County who are dealing with drug-addicted or deadbeat husbands: You keep sacrificing your lives waiting for them to get better, but they never do. There is life after that. I finally stepped out of it and found there really is a life to live — happy, breathing. You just live one time in this life, so why sacrifice it for a deadbeat druggie? You didn’t sign up for that.

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God Almighty is nothing but a coward. He’s never done a good day’s work in all His life, but I am impressed by what He has done. What I’m telling you is He has never been helpless in His life. Shame on Him.

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To the game wardens in Kentucky: We need somebody to do something about these men who are poisoning coyotes. This poison is killing all of our game, also, leaving us with nothing to hunt anymore. We are going to have to do something. We simply can’t have all this poison killing our game. I am talking about the area where I hunt, from Beefhide to Dunham. We need the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources to look into this. You game wardens get out there and see what you can do about this. We hunters would greatly appreciate it.

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You are a great actor, Liam Neeson. I have watched most of your movies. For you to have come forward to say what you said about the poor woman who got raped, we can understand your having revenge on your mind. I do advise people to take notice that most of the rapes are committed by blacks. Look it up yourselves. God bless America, God bless you, Liam, and God bless that poor woman.

(Upon your advice we did ‘look it up’ ourselves, and found that blacks do not commit more rapes than whites. Using statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that 57 percent of rape perpetrators are white and 27 percent of rape perpetrators are black.)

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You might know this, but I didn’t. I was watching a detective show that solves crimes by using cameras, DNA, and other science. This show was about a brutal murder. They had a suspect on camera, but could not locate him. Finally a man was brought in and he denied guilt, saying he didn’t know the victim. Later he came in and identified the person as his identical twin. That brother was brought in and blamed the other brother. The detectives had a fingerprint, and it turns out that identical twins have different fingerprints. The second brother was the guilty one.

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I had a lady friend in from Paris last weekend — Kentucky not France — and she was reading several of the old copies of The Mountain Eagle I had laying around the house. She got a huge kick out of Speak Your Piece. She said it reminded her of a podcast she likes called Hello From Night Vale. She said if someone could read all the Speak Your Pieces while a creepy synthesizer played in the background, you’d have yourself a podcast. Just remember to give my lady friend and me our share of the profits. Thank you and God bless.

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Hey people, this is the old Cat Killer paying you a visit. I had some cats out here around my garage and they were trying to catch squirrels and birds. Then the coyotes came in and killed and ate every cat they could. You all have a great big old meow day.

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Is a dollar worth more than a family’s love? I hope that dollar pays for both your way into heaven.

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To people who work at a certain post office: It is really none of your business who I speak to or who I don’t. And if you people don’t like it there are things than can be done to you, too, and you will find that out.

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I think it’s a shame a certain man keeps getting away with chaining animals up and starving them. One just passed away because it was so skinny it froze to death. This is happening on Eolia. Animals have feelings. They care, they cry, they hurt, and they love you unconditionally. You can’t even say that about your own people.

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Luke 4:5 says that Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. He said they belonged to him and he would give them to Jesus if he worshipped him. Reckon that means these governments today?

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As a former student at Letcher School, I would like to compliment the best teachers ever at that school — Mrs. Smith, Mr. Smith Mr. Adams, Mrs. Adams, and Mrs. Haywood. You people were worth coming to school and seeing. Thank God for people like you. We will never forget you. God bless one and all.

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