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I hate that these 1,100 miners have been laid off, and that doesn’t count the truck drivers and the vendors that supplied the mines and the contractors. If you add it all together it’s more like 2,000. These layoffs don’t even make the news, but if you get 1,100 illegal immigrants coming across the border down there in Mexico it’s front-page new for three or four days. So they put them ahead of people here who are struggling to make a living. It’s a sad thing that this country has come to that.

(Are you sure you’re not confusing national broadcast and cable television channels with daily and weekly newspapers? The recent coal-mining layoffs you speak of have been on the front pages of this newspaper and many other papers in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The story has also received major play in many of the daily papers with national audiences.)

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I can think of only one thing we can give Donald Trump credit for, and that is giving the Republican Party enough courage to step out in public and show what kind of lowdown treasonous scum they really are.

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Buddy, if you had a camera taking someone’s picture stealing your ginseng and you have waited so long to make threats you are either a fool or a coward.

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To a certain person: You are in a bad relationship. I can see it in your eyes. You really are not happy. Can I tell you what to do about it? I can’t. But I know you wish you had never met that person, who is nothing but a coward.

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One of the sickest things I’ve seen on TV lately is the coverage of all these little children being held in cages in these prisons Donald Trump has created at the border. I voted for Donald Trump, but now, after what I’ve seen those little children at the border going through, I don’t think I want to vote for a man like him again.

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Does the Bible teach three advents of the coming of Jesus? I don’t this it does, as it requires that for the rapture teaching to be true. In First Thessalonians 4:13, the subject is where the dead are. They are in paradise (Luke 16). The words clouds and air in First Thessalonians 4:17 cause a problem, because people don’t know that everyone will change into their spirit body when Jesus appears. Look at Verse 16; Jesus is descending and I don’t see where it says anything different in Verse 17.

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Why all the angst over the coal company bankruptcy? Doesn’t everyone know that bankruptcy is financial genius? Just ask our president. Not to mention that he is going to bring back the coal industry any minute. He just needs to take care of some higher priorities, such as finishing his round of golf.

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To all you people out there paying tithes to these seedy preachers: Take a stand for Jesus. If you are paying tithes to these people you are short-changing Jesus 10 percent. Read Matthew 10:8.

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What married man in his right mind would send eight or 10 pictures of himself to other girls? This has shocked me. I went to school with this person, who was supposed to be a Christian. And to the other guy who is involved: Shame on you.

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To Blondie and Frankenstein: Blondie, you are the dumbest blonde ever. Your big Romeo Frankenstein has pictures of another woman on his phone. He’s even slept with that girl. Your brother has run around with this girl, too, which just shows what a lowlife she is.

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I saw that good-looking woman at the pharmacy today. She’s still there.

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The low media is reporting on what’s going on at the border. We need to get one thing straight. We never sent for these people, and they’re having it pretty good no matter where they are being kept. They are not sleeping in the desert and they are not being attacked by the coyotes. People turn this around and blame everything on the president of the United States when the Democrats just barely do enough to make them look halfway decent. God bless America and God bless the president.

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I sure hope a sweet girl had a good birthday on July 5. I wish I had been part of he celebration.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: Today I went by the Letcher County Recreation Center and cars were parked everywhere. I asked a worker at Dairy Queen what was going on over there. She said some coal mine had shut down and stolen all of the workers’ 401-K money. You know, for years these coal miners have known they could sign the UMWA card and the UMWA would take care of all of these situations. The union would make sure they had good and safe working conditions, all the medical care in the world for them and their families, and a great pension at the end of their working life. You have to have 15 years in a union mine, though. The highest wages for underground workers — somewhere in the range of $30 — is paid by union mines.

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Some of these girls and women who come from south of the border work as prostitutes and have babies. That’s all at your expense, and they get all the freebies they need to live on. If you think that’s okay then your elevator stops short of the floor.

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These men who rape these young girls and mistreat them don’t need sent to prison. Just let them get hold of a bear they think is dead. And I don’t mean one that would just bite them, either.

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To the person who thinks the head of Pert Creek is a dumping ground: You are pushing your luck. You are the one who dumped an old dishwasher and an old TV up here on a recent Friday night and you are lucky. The camera didn’t get your tag number, but today we put up two more cameras. The next time your tags will be in view. And to the little black that had garbage on it last Saturday night: That was your last warning. You never got to dump it, so keep your garbage off the head of Pert Creek.

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I saw in Speak Your Piece where it said the people who killed the white cat in Dunham were sacrificing it to the devil or doing some kind of ritual. I am still trying to figure out what they used to chop that cat in the leg. I have been reading Speak Your Piece for several weeks to see what they used to chop the cat in the leg, but they have never said. Please let me know. Thanks.

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People who really don’t know the Bible that well shouldn’t make comments about what it says. The Bible says if you change one word about what it says you will have your part in the lake of fire that burns forever, and that is hell. So if you don’t know what you are talking about you should really keep your mouth shut.

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I would like to know how a magistrate of the county can hold a job in the city. According to the Kentucky League of Cities, it is not possible for a magistrate to hold a job as an employee in the city.

(We know of no magistrate who works for a city government in Letcher County. Working inside a city is far different than working for that city’s government.)

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Taco Bell has gotten to a point where it is not doing right. When they started out their chalupas had about two tablespoons of meat on them plus lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. It was all good. Now you are lucky to get a teaspoon of meat on a chalupa. A lot of their other foods are the same way. If they want to stay in business they better straighten up.

Rashida Tlaib, the congresswoman from Michigan, complains about how about people of color are treated in this country. Yes, Tlaib, you have been badly mistreated with a seat in Congress, a huge salary, and all the perks.

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The people on the radio at Appalshop have better things to do than answer the phone. They also have better things to do than see that music is playing instead of dead air. You can call Appalshop’s WMMT-FM the Dead Air Station.

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I was sitting here thinking about the Blair lady and her lawyer from Texas who are against the prison in Letcher County. If she really wants to know anything about it she needs to get up with the people who are involved with it, the people on the Letcher County Planning Commission. She should talk with them, not hide from them. She should explain to them how water can run uphill out of Tolson Creek into Whitaker Branch. If she can explain how that works I would love to hear it. I have never seen water run uphill. If she really wants to do something she should come out in the open and talk to the people who are trying to get some jobs for Letcher County. Evidently, neither she nor her attorney knows very much.

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This is to some young man or young woman out there, maybe a sophomore in high school: Get online and find a great school that teaches plumbing. Go to that school and learn how to make a great plumber. Stay here at home and start out charging $15 an hour. In the second year, up your price to $20 an hour, and then raise it on up to $30 an hour the third year. After that, charge $100 an hour. You’ll be making more than somebody who went through law school and probably medical school.

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I would like to take a certain woman down memory lane. You were from Cowan. We went to the spring where she used to get water and took a big ride up to Fishpond Lake and then a ride over to Linefork at Big Branch, up by a gas well. Every time I see you my mind reflects back to those days and what wonderful days those were. I know you still think about it when you see me, too. Reply if you remember this. Just call me the old horseman.

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To the people of Letcher County: If you have been arrested by a court bailiff working as a police officer, check your rights as a citizen. That is not legal, and the KRS that shows that is public.

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A certain grocery store needs to make its produce manager answer telephone calls about what type of produce they have on sale.

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I wish they would come over here around Colson and clean things up. They’ve cleaned up some everywhere else. Come over here and clean up some of these drug dealers around Colson. There are more drugs in Colson than there is at a drugstore.

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I would like to respond to what is going on in our country right now. And it is our country. It goes back to an old saying I have heard all of my life — if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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There’s a Letcher County school bus parked near Walmart with a big Coca- Cola banner on it that says ‘help fill the bus.’ Fill it with what? What are we supposed to do? We need some more information.

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I would like to wish my son, Emmitt Dwayne Adams from Blackey, a big happy birthday. It is on July 28. From his mom, Jackie. I love you, son.

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Does Chapter Two in the Book of James teach that God wants more than just church attendance? Two examples: ‘But art thou willing to know, O empty man, that the faith which is without works is dead?’ and ‘Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith from my works.’ I heard Prince Charles say when his sons were small that teaching children good manners is one of the most important things parents can do. Parents have many opportunities to do good works while bringing up their children. They can teach and reinforce the values of honesty, fairness and work, teach them how to do household chores as they are able, and give them praise when they do a good job. If you do these good works you won’t regret it.

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I’m at the bridge by the old Rite Aid where they are doing work. I’ve counted nine men and five trucks. One guy is pushing a broom and one guy is holding a sign. That’s what’s going on today.

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I was wade-fishing up on Linefork the other day. It’s a beautiful place to fish up in there. Right below the Hallie Post Office I saw where someone had made the most awful mess with garbage they threw over the hill. I just wish people would quit littering like that. This is a really nice place up through here. I don’t live here but I fish here all the time. I wish the warden would find out who did this and make them clean up the whole thing. It is really an eyesore. It looks like they threw it out right where a culvert comes across the road to wash it into the creek. Please find out who did this and make them clean it up. Thank you.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: If hospice is not relieving pain for people they need to close their doors. This is the worst crime a doctor could do — not helping patients in their days. Doctors like this will not be in good favor with the Lord.

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