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More coal-fired power plants were shut in the United States during President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term. And this is despite the Republican’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states. Just think about that.

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If Sheriff Mickey Stines wants to find some stolen four-wheelers, he can always visit the Tooter Branch area.

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It’s a shame how the ambulance service at Letcher lets people stop by there and dig through their garbage for old wood and everything else and then take it and dump it somewhere else. That is a disgrace.

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I live on Thornton Road and have been watching recently what people are doing to the asphalt we got two or three years ago. If they’re not logging right next to the road they are building house sites out of clay dirt that will eventually push out into the road. They are pulling new mobile homes up little hills into house sites beside the road and leaving mud on the road. These people should be required to move the mud they cause to be on the road. Other people have to drive on this road, too. Thank you.

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I think they ought to do away with football games at these local schools. Why? I know several young men in their early twenties and even up into their thirties who are physically in worse shape than I am and I’m 75 years old. Those boys can’t even get a job because they have butchered themselves playing football. Yes, it is abusive and I think it ought to be taken out of the schools. Teach them how to play golf or something that will calm them down. Bye.

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We have two neighbors here in Doty Creek who think they are Donald and Melania Trump. They hop onto their little four-wheeler and drive by our house just to be nosy and see what we have in our yard. Like Donald and Mrs. Trump, they think they can bully everybody around and they think they are above the law.

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It is surprising how our recent governor, Matt Bevin, let convicted felons out of jail just so they could go back to stealing and robbing and selling their drugs. I just hope our new governor, Andy Beshear, does what he can to put a stop to this.

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They should teach some telephone manners to the people who answer the phone at Appalshop.

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Thank you, Mr. President, for what you are doing for America — and God bless you. The little girl — the 15-year-old — who is going around making speeches against climate change, she has autism or something like that and she should be in school. I was born with asthma, but I’m not out there protesting the climate. Look how much concrete is poured on this earth; look at the reflection from the earth back up. The sun is what heats the world; man is not doing it. Anyway, God bless America and God bless that little girl. And people with asthma, God bless you, too.

( For a girl who just turned 17, Greta Thunberg certainly does draw the attention of adults who don’t agree with what she has to say on the subject of climate change. Just this week, the young Swede, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, was asked about criticism directed her way by the 72-year-old ‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf, who on New Year’s Day accused her of being ‘brainwashed.’ On Monday, Thunberg replied: ‘It’s not about Meat Loaf. It’s not about me. It’s not about what some people call me. It’s not about left or right. It’s all about scientific facts.’ Agree or disagree with what she has to say about climate change, Miss Thunberg handles herself with a respect for others that is seldom seen in these divided times.)

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, AOC — attack on capitalism, agents over citizens, and against our constitution.

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I have heard people say certain schools put athletics before academics and some certainly do. Well you can’t say that about one of our county high schools. I don’t know how serious they are about academics, but I do know how serious they are about sports. Nada, none, not at all. If a school is going to have a sport, then support it. I’m not even talking about financially, because I know that won’t happen. I’m talking about coaches. Don’t just grab the first person off the street. Don’t grab someone just because he or she works at the school. There are times when that may be your only choice just to be able to have that sport. Take one of our county high school boys’ basketball teams for example. The A team has only three wins this season. One was a forfeit and one was against a home-school team. The players are not that bad. There’s a group of sophomores and freshmen coming up who are going to be really good. The B team has a winning record so far. They are the future and I believe they have a winning future. However, if there’s not a coaching regime change by the end of this season then there will be mass exodus of good players to nearby high schools. I am not a parent but I am a basketball fan and enjoy watching our local teams. I also know when a game is won or lost because of coaching. No change will come until the parents of the upcoming players make it known they want a change.

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Howdy folks, it’s a new year and a new decade — a perfect time to put to rest all the past year’s gripes and animosities. The assorted negative life events of 2019 can only be dragged into 2020 if you permit it. So start this year with some fresh and positive thoughts and outlooks. Even though it’s a Presidential election year, there is a lot more in life to focus on instead of the well-worn ‘President Trump vs. Democrats’ political arguments. For starters, take time to appreciate the simple fact that you’re alive. Not like all those folks residing in the local cemetery. Just the fact of being alive can be a magical experience if you put your mind to it. Start by taking a walk on a nice day. Notice the sights and sounds and smells of the natural world. Observe the birds, animals, trees, flowers, clouds, sunlight and other people going about. Listen to uplifting music, share a tasty meal, read a good book, assist a neighbor, sing a bit louder in church. Each one of us only has a limited number of years on this Earth. Make 2020 the year you tune in to the miracle of being a living, breathing human being. It just might make your life a brighter, richer experience. Best wishes.

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I would like to ask the Letcher County Court System how many times a person has to be put through the court system on multiple drug charges in order to be sent off? Judges, what if the person you keep letting go runs over your family or friends and kills them some weekend soon? Then how are you going to feel? Something needs to be done with these people, especially the ones who keep coming before you over and over and over. Something needs to be done and done quick before someone ends up losing his or her life.

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Thanks to our Sheriff for trying to clean up our beautiful county and arresting those he finds with methamphetamine. God bless him and keep him safe. The ex-wife of a man who was caught with meth was sent to prison for a long time because the ex got her so strung out on drugs.

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To a certain person who likes to pull his vehicle in front of people so the other driver will rear-end his vehicle: You sure do like to get that insurance money so you can use it to go around buying things you don’t need. Well guess what? It’s a new year and it’s going to be a bad year for you, because the next wreck you have you won’t be getting any money.

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I’m calling about that alien working on New Year’s Day again. That alien isn’t taking American jobs, because Americans didn’t want to work on New Year’s Day.

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I always thought the Shriners were supposed to help needy children, but at Christmastime this year presents were being delivered to families with no children. Why did that happen?

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I would like to speak my piece about two nosy neighbors on Dry Fork: Every time a car starts up or you go out to feed the dogs, they will stretch their necks out the door like giraffes. I wish they would tend to their own business. Thank you.

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What is happening to this country? At least one state has passed a law that you can steal up to $1,500 and not be prosecuted.

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Today is January 3. It is about 12 o’clock. I just saw the prettiest blonde-haired woman leave the Dollar Store in Jenkins. She went over to Hardee’s and then walked on down the street. She had an ARH shirt on. I just want to let you know, honey, that if you’re looking for anybody please comment back to me in Speak Your Piece. You are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you.

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I have a word of advice to anyone who ever thinks about moving to Little Cowan: You will never receive any goodwill from about 99 percent of your neighbors. They just do not care, no matter what. If you’re an outsider, if you’re not part of the clan, and if you’re not a family member you will receive no mercy — no kindness shown, just self-righteousness and people who believe they are superior to you. Maybe one percent of the people on Little Cowan will show any kindness.

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I ate an establishment this past Friday night. I had eaten there twice previously through the week, at midday. The food was great at midday, and always streaming hot. Well, on Friday night you could have carried the pan off barehanded. The food was horrible. I will eat at this establishment again, but not at the Whitesburg location. I’ll probably end up going to Hazard or Harlan or someplace like that. It’s sad that our restaurants come in here and start out so good, but then they turn into something so horrible. Thank you.

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I listen to all my friends who go from one church to another, and sometimes I go with them, but the teaching changes from church to church and person to person. Well the Bible, in First Corinthians 14:33, says God is to the author of confusion. Well if He’s not, then who is? The Devil? He said there would be many false prophets. Could it be that all of these churches teaching differently from one another be the false prophets? Think about it.

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The people in every county in Kentucky, including Letcher County, are feeling sick and depressed because of the time change that is killing everybody. We wish they would put the time back like it was and leave it alone. There is enough depression and sickness without the time change. Put the time back to what it is supposed to be and leave it alone.

(Things could be worse, as Letcher County was once part of the Central Time Zone, which means it would have gotten dark at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday instead of the 5:29 p.m. sunset with which we were blessed. And as bad as you think we have it in the winter months, just be thankful you don’t live at the other end of the Hal Rogers Parkway, where Central Time begins in Russell County, where it was dark at 4:39 p.m. on Tuesday.)

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One of Donald Trump’s cronies says, ‘ Donald Trump is the Chosen One.’ He forgot to clarify if Trump was the Chosen One from Heaven or Hell. TRJ

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I am sick of the lying Democrats. Our nation was almost destroyed by Obama and the Democrats. Now we have a great president, Donald Trump, who is for the American people. The Democrat Party is not for the American people. The Democrats are doing everything that they can do to destroy our nation. That being said, this pack of devils needs to be stopped. If our founding fathers of this nation could see what these heathens are doing to our nation there would be no Democrat Party for the Democrat Party is against the freedom of our nation. And, yes, in America Democrats have a right to speak their piece, but when it comes to them destroying our great nation they need to be stopped. I will say that the Democrat Party has brought a reproach on our nation. I will never vote for a Democrat again. The Democrat Party wants to bring in illegal aliens from Mexico to vote for Democrats and nothing is said about their rigging our elections by illegal alien Mexicans. In closing I would like to say to the Republican Party, stop being a bunch of cowards and fight for the American people against the lying Democrats. That is what we sent you there to do.

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To the Trump worshipper who said, ‘On December 18, 2019, members of the Democrat Party in the House of Representatives showed their great hatred for our nation and the American people. The Democrat Party is the enemy of the free nation of America’: Say that to my face, little man, and I’ll be the very last person you run your mouth about. Bank on it. And to the Trump worshipper who said he or she left the Democrat Party after more than 50 years because the Democrats are responsible for poverty and people no longer being able to say Merry Christmas ‘without a fight’: Nobody has ever had to ‘fight’ to be able to say Merry Christmas, you bald-faced liar. None of the ‘safety net policies’ started by Democrats are to blame for poverty and broken homes, you baldfaced liar. And you were never a Democrat, you baldfaced liar. The treasonous right wing should have been wiped out decades ago.

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The gun lobby’s interpretation of the Second Amendment is totally fraudulent. The language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it guaranteed everyone the right to any kind of weapon he or she desires.

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