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My Mamaw Marie T., the brownie lady, also makes really fantastic fudge. I’m the only one in our family so far who knows how to make it, too. I love you, Mamaw. Lilly.

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The top one percent of the nation’s money earners got thirty-four percent of the tax breaks from the recent new law. That group gives a hearty ‘Thanks!’ to all the suckers who voted for the president.

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I can almost hear people from all over the world laughing at us yet again over how Kim made our president look like a complete fool. Still, I hope we can make progress with North Korea, especially if we send a competent negotiator next time. On the plus side, Secretary of State Pompous kept tRump from giving away the farm, the president finally went to Vietnam, and, most importantly, it drew attention away from Michael Cohen testifying on more of the tRump Crime Family’s activities.

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I was raised in the Appalachians, up on the Cumberland River, up one of those hollows. And you young people of today think you’ve had it rough? A lot of us had it rough, watching Mama cook a kettle of beans all night just so we would have something to eat before we went to school. We would put cardboard in our shoes to keep our feet from getting dirty through the holes in the soles, but it didn’t help much. We tied bread bags over our feet and waded the snow. We broke the bottoms off of fruit jars and put them over a lamp so we could see to do our homework. Go out and try to find birch bark and teaberry in the winter so you might have something to snack on. I’m tired of hearing you whine, you bunch of little children who are having it so rough. We weren’t the only ones fighting poverty. Hell, there wasn’t even a squirrel in that area. They were all killed out because of poverty. We fought poverty and we’re stilling fighting poverty.

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I’ve said this before — the people who haven’t read the Bible don’t know that God has plans for His creation, which includes His children we see walking around, some doing good things and some doing bad things. Why are we here? It is because of what happened in the first heaven and earth age. One of God’s created ones, who goes by many names, became prideful and thought he was worthy enough to sit on the seat reserved for Jesus. He convinced onethird of God’s children of his worth. A rebellion came and God decided to send everyone here in a flesh body instead of destroying the rebels. God is keeping records, and the books will be opened on Judgment Day.

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Just a little bit more gravy on the biscuit there, please. And quit using leftover biscuits. Everything will be fine. Thank you now.

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I would like to leave a message to a very attractive young lady in her thirties or forties who works at a certain place: You sure are a beautiful lady. With those long dresses, your hair, you are just absolutely beautiful. I’ve really had feelings for you for a long time, but I’ve not been able to share them.

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Can you all do archive searches from the Jenkins Hospital for the year 1962?

(We can tell you the Jenkins hospital was mentioned in The Mountain Eagle at least 182 times during the year 1962. That’s about as ‘archival’ as we can get without knowing a specific name.)

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To a certain person: I don’t care how much you don’t like me. The last time I checked, the road to Heaven wasn’t through your yard. You all might act like you’re good people, but only dumb people believe you.

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Okay, everybody in Kentucky, get out your guns and strap them on your side. It’s time to play ‘Gunsmoke’ in the mountains around here. You’re going to be walking down the street in Whitesburg and someone walking up the other side is going to draw a gun and shoot you. It’s going to come down to whoever draws first, just like ‘Bonanza’ and ‘Gunsmoke.’ It’s coming.

(Happy days are here again, huh?)

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Dear Speak Your Piece: would like to say the coal business will be back. We have to have it. The Chinese for all these years, especially during the Obama years, were going full blast, mining and using all the coal they could. They really got a toehold on the world economy. Now it’s time for us to mine and use all the coal we can to try and bring back America. This is from a man who got hurt in a coal mine and is disabled for life and got no workers’ comp.

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There’s no fool like an old fool. Old Red has a right to talk about anything he wants to on WMMT as long as he doesn’t violate FCC regulations. If he wants to believe in global warming, let him believe in global warming. Just so he plays good music is all we care about. All I care about is that he doesn’t hang the phone up on me. God bless you. Bye.

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I am not going to shop at a certain grocery store anymore. They messed up when they got rid of that nice and pretty cashier.

This is to everybody in Whitesburg who is an attorney or a county or state official: We have things called Kentucky Revised Statutes and they are available on the Internet. The people here in Letcher County are getting tired of being lied to. As far as that goes, with the number of lawyers in Washington, D.C., going to jail we should bring that same action to Whitesburg and see what we can do.

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I’m calling about the 2016 presidential election and how the mainstream media told us for two straight years who would win. Their stupidity showed up after the election, but none of them would admit it. They wouldn’t admit they told us Hillary Clinton was going to win and she didn’t. So why would I believe anything they tell us? If you can’t tell the truth you have no credibility. End of story.

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This Letcher County Government Channel we have is a joke. All they show is meetings of the Letcher Fiscal Court. They don’t ever show movies about coal mining or moonshining or anything else. All they show is the same old stuff over and over.

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Of the 1,200 children who were gunned to death during the first year after the Parkland massacre, 260 were 17 years old. And the Republicans in the Kentucky legislature want to make it easier to hide guns.

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Are you still watching those faith-healing preachers on TV? Have you noticed they still only ‘heal’ grownups? Go to Luke 18:15-16. The Disciples did not want Jesus to heal those little children, but Jesus rebuked them. Why do these preachers, even the ones from around here, go down to St. Jude’s and heal little children? I don’t think Jesus is going to be proud of those people.

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I would like to thank the Letcher County jailer for letting the female prisoners out to clean up the garbage on the Whitesburg Bypass. It is starting to look good. Thank you all. Great job.

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Ring the bell, blast the trumpet, and blow the horn in honor of Elliott Matthew, the smiling newborn. Joy to the world now that you’re on the scene. Wishing a very happy first birthday to you in 2019. This is from your great uncle, the Midnight Phantom, speaking.

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Coaches at Neon, I was embarrassed for my kid to play there. My kids played for several coaches and I have never said anything to any of those coaches, but I was totally embarrassed. You were wrong for yelling at the kids, because you substituted and made the mistake. When the other team started to come back, you quit and they quit. You need to be lifting the kids up, not putting them down. You sat down and they quit. Yelling and acting crazy and downing kids is wrong. Be an inspiring coach. Assistant coaches, you need to quit or really check yourselves. The coaches acted more like kids than the kids did.

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I wonder why the Catholic Church doesn’t allow priests to be married. There is nothing in the Bible against it.

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I was just reading articles about people talking about the trash problem in Letcher County. I agree with the lady who asked if the man was able to pick up a garbage bag. We have one over here on Little Colley who is the same way. He drags the bag to the truck and tries to throw it up into the truck. We recycle, and we recycle paper. We try not to make the blue bags too heavy. If the blue bags are too heavy for some garbage truck drivers, they just throw the blue bags in with the regular garbage. The county is keeping many people from recycling just because of the way some of the garbage truck drivers do.

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I am happy to hear the county judge say they are going to clean up Letcher County. This county is the nastiest I have ever seen it in my lifetime. Among the worst places are the Dumpsters behind some of the bigger stores and restaurants. It is terrible everywhere. I don’t know how they’ll get it cleaned up, but I hope to God they do.

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I saw in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago where the county is going to start cracking down on people who have illegal garbage dumps on their property and trash in their yards. I know where a garbage dump is in the head of Adams’s Branch. I also know a certain person who has garbage all over his yard and refuses to clean it up.

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Where is her headstone, Betty?

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How come those bus drivers who work for the Jenkins schools don’t get their sick days used when they take a day off? My friend and me both took off two days about four weeks ago. They didn’t charge him two days, but they did me. I’m getting all my days used and he’s not losing any of his. I’m going to have to check on that. Thank you.

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I would just love to know how in this world the Internal Revenue Service allows people who have never worked a day in their life to file income tax and receive a large amount of money.

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I would like to express my opinion about the ‘no permit’ gun law that is about to pass in the state of Kentucky. I think everyone should call our representative, Angie Hatton, and express how we all — especially me — would like to be able to carry a gun without a permit in the state of Kentucky.

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Mr. Trump, you and your people know exactly what Kim Jong-un is doing in North Korea. He wants everything for nothing. He is a murderer of his own people. When he stretched his hand out to shake yours, you were shaking a bloody hand. I guess you’re going to have to give him a lesson in history about what happens when you mess with America. And as far as a squealer lying, how can they put Michael Cohen on the witness stand after he has lied so much? He sounds like a divorced woman. Anyway, Mr. President, thank you for what you are doing for America. You are doing a good job.

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This is to let the citizens of Letcher County — specifically Mayking — know they are about to release a cold-blooded murderer back into our community. The community ought to put its foot down and do something about having a cold-blooded murderer set loose from prison after killing an innocent man while he slept. If anyone feels the way I feel, please contact Edison Banks’s office and help try to keep her from setting foot in Letcher County to destroy more families. She’s already destroyed three families. Why let her destroy more?

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I would like to compliment the people at The Mountain Eagle for the great job they do getting Speak Your Piece to us. You do a fantastic job. Thank you. I appreciate the information about the expected year 2040 being the year of 300 million electric vehicles being in operation. That is amazing, but I really don’t consider 20 years from now being a long time. If the people take to these cars as they have the new ways of communicating we have today, major changes will happen faster. Think back to the history of how train tracks got laid. They started on both ends of the country and met in the middle.

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I saw on TV where it said for cafeteria workers to get their hepatitis A vaccine shot. Back in July 2018, a letter was sent out stating that all students, kindergarten through Grade 12, show proof of having two doses of this vaccine to be able to attend school. Do our cafeteria workers not have to do this and have their TB skin test? Jenkins has a fine school board — always putting kids first. Does the health department need to step it? Thank you.

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It’s shame that in right in the town of Whitesburg I have to drive all the way to the housing project to get to use an ATM.

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You want to hear the best band in Letcher County? Check out The Connection.

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As it is with Israel and the Palestinians, so it is with the Republicans and the Democrats. Israel is peaceful, but the Palestinians are always causing aggressions against Israel. The Palestinians shoot rockets into Israel and then lie and say they want peace, remember Yasser Arafat. They would shoot rockets and he would say he condemned the attacks, but yet all the time was loading more rockets and trying to destroy Israel. As it is here in America, the Democrats have a propaganda machine called the news media. They say the polls are against Trump, but they are liars. The lying news media caters to the Democrat Party to try to destroy our nation, but the American people know the truth about what is going on. The government was shut down because the Democrats don’t want to work with the American people for the betterment of our nation. We have people in poverty here in southeastern Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains, and the Democrats destroyed the only jobs in the area. The Democrats are not compassionate with our own people, so you know they are not compassionate with the Mexicans.

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This is the Harlan County Man. The Democratic Party today, in my opinion, is the party of distortion. Just look at what length the Democrats have gone in trying to take out our great President Donald J. Trump. God bless the USA, Trump and Israel.

I think Kentucky should pass the ‘no permit’ gun law. Thank you very much.

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To the person calling and referring to Mark 13:13: I am not the person you were referring to, but I do have a testimony. Mark 13, verses 12 and 13 teaches me that the extreme cruelty shown here is not in physical terms. It shows me the hatred and breakdown of a family unit. It does not mean we will be delivered from earthly troubles and trials. It also teaches me that true believers are saved by grace and not by words.

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Twenty years ago, immigration didn’t mean anything to me. But after 20 years on the border I learned a lot. If you had seen and heard what I have, you would be in full support of the wall on that border. It’s costing this country too many billions of dollars.

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On one level I was glad when our president told us he and North Korea’s Kim had fallen in love with each other. Maybe that will cause them to quit calling each other childish names and making threats. On another level I am embarrassed and ashamed that any American president would suck up to such a horrible dictator with all the human rights abuses he’s caused. We used to be better than this.

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I would like to make a comment about the food banks in Letcher County, two of them specifically. I assist people and provide them transportation to and from the food banks. I have to say, especially for the one in Jenkins, that the people who run the food banks need to be a little friendlier to the people using them. I have never seen such meanness and rudeness by one certain person. And some of the stuff people get out of the food banks isn’t fit to eat. I’ve seen food this year that went out of date in 2015. People are not animals. They need your prayers. They need your good wishes and good thoughts. Come on, people, let’s straighten this out. Thank you very much.

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