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I see where one guy still dictates everything that’s going on at a certain church in the Jenkins area. Now, for pastor appreciation day they’ve got a guy coming to sing who had said he would never be in that church again. Now he and his whole gang just happen to be there for pastor appreciation day. This stuff should have been consulted or voted on by the other members of the church before it was allowed to happen. These people aren’t even members of the church and they’re bringing a whole group with them.

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As a former schoolteacher, I sympathize with our teachers’ concern about their pension fund. They should be concerned, but being mad doesn’t address the problem. The teachers’ retirement fund has been used as a slush fund for state emergencies, and in some previous administrations, used for political purposes. The teachers’ retirement fund is two billion dollars down and had not been funded in 19 years until recently. Teachers need an oversight council for the retirement fund, with membership voted on by teachers. No political person should be allowed to take money from the retirement fund without approval of the council. This would require more thought, but there should always be oversight and approval of any funds taken from the retirement. Teachers will need to promote and demand this needed security in controlling their retirement future.

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What’s the deal with the police allowing these four-wheelers and side-by-sides to take over the streets of Whitesburg and the roads of Letcher County? Why don’t the city police, the sheriff ’s office, and the state police enforce the law and get these hazards off the road? Enforce the doggone laws.

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They need to get rid of a whole lot more of the members of the Letcher Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, especially the ones who just hang around there and bring their women along, too. All they do is have pizza parties on the job. Is that the kind of people we need to haul our families to the hospital? Think about it, people.

(We tried thinking about it, but your words are unthinkable. It’s hard to give serious thought to someone who begrudges the fact that a few volunteer firefighters might share a pizza or two with a couple of EMT’s or paramedics.)

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My crystal ball tells me that Donald Trump will resign from office rather that having the humiliation of being fired or losing his re-election bid. He made his bed, now he will have to sleep in it.

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God bless you, Mr. President, and God bless the United States of America. Mr. President, unjustly they came against you. They really did nothing to help you run America. The Clintons, especially Hillary and all the things she did with all the things that were on her server, have had no charges put against them. They are trying to put it all on you, Mr. President, and the American people know what the Democrat Party did when they were in there. What is wrong with these people; what’s wrong with justice? God bless you, Mr. President, and you will be our next president. The only one who could beat you is the Lord Jesus Christ himself if he ran for your office.

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I have some news for Sheriff Mickey Stines and his deputies and also for County Judge/Executive Terry Adams: If you want to catch some drug dealers, just come down to Doty Creek. They like to sell their drugs in this neighborhood, and have for a long time. There for a while, Mickey Stines was cleaning up the neighborhood, but now the dealers are back to doing their work again. So like they say on ‘The Price Is Right,’ ‘come on down’ and get the drug dealers once for all.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: I think we can all guess that all the people we have elected to the House and Senate in Washington are crooked. They all have taken money from someone to get them elected. That is not going to change. One thing I think we ought to know, though, is just who these people have taken money from. And should our Congressmen and Senators continued to be able to get money from these people after we do find out who these people are? Do we want to vote for that crook or the other crook?

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I want to say something about the garbage. The people who live by the road and next to the creek throw their garbage out just like it’s a garbage pile up and down our hollows. Even worse, the county and state officials won’t do anything about it; they won’t make them pick it up and they won’t make them appear in court. If I was the one putting my garbage out by road and burning it and then kicking what didn’t burn into the creek, they would send me off to the funny farm. I think the garbage warden ought to be replaced. Dear God, we could bury ourselves in this garbage.

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To the poor misguided person who constantly sends a Trump worshiping statement each week to your paper: You are part of the Trump cult who would follow Trump over a cliff. Trump said he loved uneducated people at one of his rallies. That’s because he can tell them anything and they will believe it. They know nothing about our constitution and how a free democracy works. They are perfectly willing to throw away their freedom for a dictator who will take freedom away from them. Sadly, people like you won’t even realize what’s happened until it’s too late. Trump loves dictators like Russia’s Putin, who is Trump’s role model. He would love to have Putin’s power over the citizens so he could cut off any dissent. The first thing a dictator does before they take over the government and your freedom completely is to attack the free press and try to discredit them. Then they try to discredit the democratic government institutions that protect your freedom. Trump has constantly done that so that after a while people will not believe the truth about him. Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy and people like you had better wake up before it’s too late. I doubt if you will even understand this, but at least you’ve been warned.

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I honestly did not know the office of magistrate was a part-time job. So seriously, I appreciate the information. You learn something new every day, as they say. Just out of curiosity, do they get part-time pay? Thank you.

(Magistrate salaries in Kentucky are set by every four years, by vote of the outgoing fiscal court before the primary and general elections. In April 2018, the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted to keep the salaries now being paid to the county’s five magistrates at the same rate that was set in 2014 — $23,379 per year, or $1,948 per month. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that is ‘part-time pay’ for a position that can be quite demanding of one’s time and patience if the magistrate is a true public servant.)

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Why doesn’t the EPA come to Letcher County and take action against these people who put their garbage into the creeks and river? Why don’t they come down here and get down to the real nitty-gritty and get some of this garbage away from the sides of the road and away from the creeks? This is the reason we don’t have clean water in Letcher County. Our water, city or county, isn’t fit for a dog to drink.

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I heard a thing on the radio the other day about ordering a calendar featuring LCC and Jenkins sports. This comment probably won’t hit Speak Your Piece; they’ll probably take it out, but I’m going to say it anyway: LCC couldn’t beat Letcher Manor Nursing Home, and Jenkins doesn’t even have enough people to make a football team. Jenkins doesn’t even have a team, yet they still have a homecoming event where the girls walk down the field with the ‘football players.’ That is ignorant. Our county needs help and it needs it bad.

(Why, as an adult, are you being so critical of teenagers who work year-around to try to get better at the sport they obviously love to play? The Jenkins Cavaliers’ football season was cancelled soon after it began out of concern for the safety of the 12 or so players that were on the field for every single down of play, usually against teams from schools that were much bigger. As for the Letcher Central Cougars, you could always go to Ermine during a practice session and tell them what you said here. Couldn’t you?)

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I would like to leave a message to a very special good-looking girl who did live in Whitesburg: She was engaged to be married, but I believe that all blew out the door. But I will say this: She had dark brown skin and dark hair and has beautiful eyes. I left her a message at the Family Dollar Store parking lot near Save-A-Lot. I told her what I liked, which was the same thing I told her a long time ago when she said it was so sweet of me for saying that. Well I want to say it again: The offer still stands, anytime, anywhere you want to be together. I think we could have something very special.

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Everyone is granted the right to due process, even illegal aliens — everyone, that is, except the president.

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If you want to put some good information in your paper about the Medicare insurance plans, print something about what kind of insurance is available in this area and which insurance plans are accepted. A large number of insurance plans offered by these companies aren’t accepted by the doctors around here. So it really doesn’t do any good to try to change insurance plans, because the doctors won’t take them. No one tells you that part until after you’ve already changed.

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When a man is talking to you and cannot look you in the eye, what do you think of that? Adam Schiff can talk on television for 15 minutes and can’t look into the camera for one second.

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The rapture teaching is in First Thessalonians 4:17. However, the subject of this passage is in Verse 13. It concerns where the dead are. Verse 17 is about the future; we who are alive and remain shall be called up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Notice the word ‘them.’ Jesus is not alone. The words clouds and air don’t mean atmosphere. In Hebrews 12:1, Paul used clouds to mean people. The word air means the spirit body. First Corinthians 15:51-52 says we can’t see Jesus in our flesh body because he is in a different dimension. The ones coming with Jesus are of the remnant, meaning passed on ones such as the apostles and the prophets. The ones meeting Jesus are the elect, who are the ones who will stand against Satan.

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How about Mitt Romney hiding behind the name Pierre Delecto to put out a bunch of garbage. That’s par for the course for a politician.

(After U.S. Senator Mitt Romney admitted to being ‘Pierre Delecto,’ it was quickly pointed out that he isn’t the first politician to hide behind a pseudonym. Among those in the public eye who have hidden behind an assumed name are James Madison (Publius), Alexander Hamilton (Phocion), Eric Holder (Henry Yearwood), Rex Tillerson (Wayne Tracker), Peter Navarro (Ron Vara), Anthony Weiner (Carlos Danger), and Donald Trump (John Miller, John Barron, David Dennison). Interestingly, Madison wrote the Federalist Papers under the fake name he was using, while Hamilton hid behind his false name to criticize Thomas Jefferson.)

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This is for the new magistrate over here in the Jenkins district from the people of McPeak’s Branch, Rose Branch, and Marshall’s Branch: Would you please do something for us? You’ve been in office for nearly a year now and we haven’t had anything done. Come on, man, do your job. We need some help here. If you don’t get up and do something you are not going to be there after this term. I promise you that. Thank you.

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When you get out of your car to go shopping around Whitesburg you better lock it, because if you don’t you will have nothing when you come back. I had a lot of money taken of my car last Friday while it was parked in the Food City lot. I know who took it and I’m going to give the person one chance. Bring the money back that was taken from the sun visor and an envelope that was hidden elsewhere and you won’t go to prison.

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As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Seven wives had seven sacks. Seven sacks had seven cats. Seven cats had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?

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The Letcher County Government Channel stinks. They used to have good shows in there about coal mining and the history of Letcher County, but you don’t see much of that type of programming on there now.

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I saw a big thing on TV about Tom Wright, the former Kentucky State Police trooper from Haymond. People, where can I get a copy of that. Mr. Tom, you are wonderful. I live just across the hill from you; you know who I am. You always impressed me when I was a little boy. Thank you, sir, for being kind.

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Has everybody in Letcher County forgotten what a muffler is. I paid good money to take a tour last week and couldn’t hear half of it for the loud trucks and motorcycles and four-wheelers.

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Constable Terry Perkins needs to start patrolling in District Four again like he used to just after he was elected.

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Words written or said by Donald Trump: ‘Stop congratulating Obama for killing Bin Laden. The Navy Seals killed Bin Laden.’ ‘When the military informed Obama that they had Bin Laden, is there anyone with a brain that would not have said ‘Ok, go get him’?’ ‘Obama deserves much less credit for the killing of Bin Laden. The praise goes to our brave military and intelligence officers.’ ‘Military reps have attacked @BarackObama over Bin Laden leaks — they believe he’s just using this for his benefit. Not a big surprise.’ With these comments in mind, one would assume that Trump would take a back seat and give full credit to the U.S. military and its allies for the killing of the Islamic State terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, right? Wrong. Not only did Trump take most of the credit for the killing of Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday— ‘I’ve been looking for him for three years,’ he said — Trump also said the killing of the ISIS leader was even ‘bigger’ than the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, even though 2,977 people were killed under bin Laden’s orders on 9/11. Just more disturbing behavior from our commander-in-chief. What is wrong with this man?

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Thank you, Mr. President, and thank the Special Forces for going into Syria and taking out that piece of trash.

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Thanks to our president and our military for taking out the terrorist in Syria. I think Trump should have mentioned the names of the military people who did the work — from the Special Forces soldiers to the pilots of the helicopters and even the men who put the fuel in the planes that went over there. He can’t name them all, but naming at least a few of them would be respectable. Have a good day.

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Puerto Rico belongs to the United States. I just wonder if the island’s residents have access to our food stamps and welfare.

(Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, but they don’t get anywhere near the level of public assistance as U.S. citizens who live stateside do through programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. Puerto Ricans pay into Social Security and are eligible for retirement benefits, but are not eligible for disability benefits.)

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The more Trump debases and degrades the office of president and the United States in general, the more he shows his utter contempt for the constitution and the rule of law, the more his sycophantic accomplices in the Republican Party adore their traitor-in-chief. The former GOP is nothing more today than an organized treason movement whose only goal is the total destruction of the United States. At this point the only chance Americans have to save our country is to outlaw that malignant growth and deal with it and its treasonous supporters like any other cancerous tumor; cut it out by the roots and cauterize where it grew.

Donald Trump’s supporters must be drunk from the wine Trump made while acting in his role as Jesus Christ. It was Trump, after all, who turned on the White House lawn, looked toward heaven and said, ‘I’m the chosen one.’ Since you believe anything this liar says, do you also believe he is the second coming of Jesus Christ? Wow, what foolish thoughts some of you have. Nothing that comes from Trump’s mouth that is godly or patriotic.

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I read where someone in Speak Your Piece thinks the Democrats are not legally investigating Trump. The person who made the comment evidently is not educated on the Articles of the Constitution or how the three branches of government work. I suggest that he or she take a night course or go back to middle school altogether and learn why the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution. They feared that somewhere, sometime in the future there could be a rogue criminal president and they gave Congress the Legal authority to investigate any president. No one is above the law. Congress has oversight of all of federal government, even the president. He isn’t Jesus Christ nor is he God. An aspiring autocrat? Yes. A traitor? Yes. A commie? Yes. If you recognize Trump as a heaven-sent savior, God forbid, then the church must be full of devil worshippers and snake handlers. After this I’m so very glad that I’m not calling myself a Christian. Shame.

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I have a question for Judge Mullins. Why is the phone at your office always off the hook? Also, why is there no one hardly in your office to help us get in to see you? Judge Wood’s door was always open if he wasn’t with someone. We deserve and demand respect, and I hope you can correct these issues.

(With all due respect, we don’t remember a district judge who has been easier to get in contact with than Judge Mullins. Unless he is on the bench hearing a case or serving as special judge in another county, Judge Mullins is always available inside or outside the courthouse during the workweek. The late Judge Wood was also easy to contact.)

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We finally have a great American president. For the past eight years before Trump came into office all the Democrats tried to do was to destroy our great nation and now we have a great leader and statesman. The crybaby Democrats need to leave our president alone and let him do his job that the American people sent him there to do. President Trump did more for our nation in his first week in office than all you Democrats could do in a lifetime. I would like to say to the Democrats that are trying to destroy our nation, why don’t you pack your bags and leave our nation? We don’t need to you in our great nation. You Democrats are useless to a civilized society, so please go and don’t come back. The American people don’t want Democrats destroying our nation. We do not vote for Democrats and it would be good for our nation if you Democrats would take a long hike below the southern border and hopefully Trump can get the wall built so you can’t get back.

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The city fire department building is being used as a boardinghouse or shack job place, and the one that wastes gas in last week’s paper is the one doing it. So if we have a chief that can’t operate the fire department and can’t see what is going on him and his family clique, he needs to resign.

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