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I ran into a girl the other day I used to get out with a little bit; I guess you would call it friends with benefits. Those were the good old days. I wonder if she remembers those days and the black Jeep? I do. I sure do miss that.

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Why do some folks insist on trying to blame President Trump personally for the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic? He may not have fully grasped the seriousness of the coronavirus epidemic when it was primarily an overseas situation, but recall that this entire pandemic seemingly came out of nowhere with very few Americans realizing what was coming. How many folks were talking about the coronavirus last Christmas? President Trump is doing a reasonably good job of coordinating the national response to this major health emergency. This current period is a good time for everyone to stay well informed about ways to avoid being infected. Follow the recommendations of state and local health authorities. Everyone is being inconvenienced, so try to see the big picture rather than getting upset about having to do your part to help solve this health emergency. Do your best to maintain a positive attitude and not gripe about every annoyance.

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Regarding the few illinformed preachers who refuse to advise their church members to follow the practices the health experts recommend for slowing the coronavirus: Shame on them. Nobody is preventing folks from saying prayers and worshipping God in their homes or going online to listen to church services. Remember, God doesn’t require folks to sit in a specific building on Sunday in order to worship and pray. You can also take a walk and admire and enjoy the Earth that God created and be thankful for its beauty. That can be a form of worship if you allow it to be. Best regards to everyone, and stay healthy.

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Trump’s presence at the COVID-19 pressers are a rolling disaster. He is often angry, rude, impaired and racist. People see incompetence during a pandemic. The markets, acting as a noconfidence vote, nosedived as he tried to explain what a hospital ship is — ‘It’s a big white ship with a red cross on it.’

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How does the local nursing home in Letcher County still have their beauty salon open with an outside public hairdresser coming in when I can’t even go see my mom in the nursing home? Are there different rules for them or are they doing what they want? I thought the governor said all salons and barbers had to shut down right now with this coronavirus, but I called my mom at the end of the week and she told me she just got her hair done. I think it’s a shame. If I’m a threat to my mom like the governor says, then wouldn’t a hairdresser touching everyone and not social distancing be an enormous threat to her and the other patients up there? Someone needs to look into this. I don’t want the patients catching this virus. It’ll kill them.

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To a certain woman who looks just as good now as she did 20 years ago: My offer to share that bottle of Bacardi coconut rum still stands, any time, any day. Next time you see me, just ask and we will work it out so we can have time alone.

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If I wanted to get a message to the president of the United States about what to do for the common cold and this coronavirus stuff, where would I mail it to make sure he gets it? And I’m not joking, Speak Your Piece.

(The White House says, ‘If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you handwrite your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible. Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope.’ The address is: President Trump, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.)

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I’m surprised by how these people up here in Dry Fork buy pop and then drink it all up and put the cans in bags and stack them on their front porch for an eyesore. Do they think the price for aluminum cans is going up? The price is never going up, so why don’t you all just take them off and get what money you can for them. That way you can buy more pop to drink.

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According to The New York Times, the Trump administration was warned last year — in October — that a pandemic would shut down the country, and now all that Trump says is this is Obama’s fault. It looks like all Trump is worried about is the stock market and whether he can fly down to Mar-a-Lago to play golf. That’s all he does.

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I don’t see why people put on Facebook what all they had for supper when there are people out in the world starving.

(Good point, but don’t you find that looking at pictures of food — even if they’re fuzzy and dark and the food looks awful — often beats having to watch the ‘friends’ who beat each other up with their political arguments?)

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I love the way my president will call out people who are pretending to be a reporter on news shows.

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Has anyone else seen the post by the daughter of a certain pastor about having to shut the church down during this coronavirus epidemic and how hard of a time her dad is having with it and how he’s always had the doors open and how he’s such a great man? She then goes on to tell church members to make sure they pay their tithes and even gives addresses to send payment. Wouldn’t you think the church and pastor and his daughter would be more worried about the members who are not working and the businesses that are shut than his need for money? I for one am finding another church after all this. I’ve only been going there a year, but it’s been a year too long. Any man can read scriptures and call himself a pastor, but a true shepherd of the church would be worried about the flock made of church members in this trying time instead of himself.

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I just wanted to say thank you to all the Jenkins food preparers for the food they are bringing to the homes, especially to Mr. Stevens and Mr. Baker. They are so nice when they deliver. And my little grandson really enjoys seeing them come. They speak to him through the glass door and it thrills him so much that he talks and jabbers about it throughout the day. I appreciate what all of the people involved do for my grandchildren. God bless each and every one.

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To a certain person: Why do you tell people how much you love them when you are with them, but then as soon as they leave your place of business you talk about them like a dog? You are an evil person. All of these people you talk to about other people have finally figured you out. They know that if you talk about others the way you do you will talk about them too. You don’t have half as many friends as you think you have, honey. And you will pay, and you will pay highly. One of these days God will silence that evil tongue of yours.

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This fiscal court has never been very impressive in performance, but they could at least give a better appearance when they are televised. If they would dress a little more formally for just one night a month, it would show more respect for their job and the people who put them there. What about those religious T-shirt billboards? What was the point of that?

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Cowan’s neighborhood watch is a joke. Some of the people on the neighborhood watch page could be the very people stealing and breaking into people’s buildings for money to buy drugs with. You people better watch; they might just be there to learn how to get around your security cameras and systems you have in place.

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Why is the methadone clinic still open? I can’t even get to work (UPS) for the line that stretches all the way to the Hazard hotel every morning. This is the last place that needs to be open right now.

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President Trump is in Washington, D.C., on a Saturday? The world must be coming to an end. He’s not putt-putting down south.

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I’m an old person, but I don’t understand why one of our caretakers would take off and go to out of state in the middle of this pandemic. I can’t understand this. I wish someone would explain it to me. I thought the beaches and hotels in Florida were all closed down. If you have an answer, give it to me.

(Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did not close that state’s beaches until Friday, March 20.)

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God bless you, Mr. President of the United States, and thank you for being smart enough not to buy those testers that were marked up 40 to 50 percent. Now, China should be held responsible for every death that’s been caused by this virus that’s going around. We old people still have to get out. Since young people very seldom respect us, Mr. President, we senior citizens appreciate anything you can do for us senior citizens. Every woman, man, and child in the United States needs help at this time. God bless America. Damn China.

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My president said the doctors and nurses are wasting their masks. He said we have very good liquids that they can just clean them with.

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Keeping in mind that President Donald J. Trump is now saying he didn’t know about the seriousness of the coronavirus until the last three weeks, I hope you will print these words the liar-in-chief wrote on his Twitter account on February 7: ‘Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the coronavirus. He feels they are doing very will, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm and the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone. Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!’ Folks, we have a dangerous fool in the White House whose lack of action weeks ago has led us to this awful crisis we are now in. Trump didn’t cause the coronavirus, but he has totally mismanaged it — badly.

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I lived in Kentucky all my life in the Cowan area before moving away about 10 years ago. After visiting home the other day I couldn’t believe how dangerous the road has gotten on Pine Mountain and how all the houses are falling apart on Little Cowan. It looks like a slum from Detroit or something. What in the heck is going on here? You guys should be more proud of your county and take better care of it. This is a disgrace. I was so hurt and so disappointed. It broke my heart.

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To a certain bald-headed man: You are so jealous of your neighbor having friends. Well guess what, pal? Maybe you will get the coronavirus and learn a lesson you will never forget. You just don’t like your exfriend who used to be your big buddy. He thought the world of you.

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I think they ought to make all the people who work in doctor’s offices wear scrubs and masks to keep people from getting that nasty virus.

(Where would they get the protective gear? Have you not seen or heard the many news reports — print, broadcast, and online — about the chronic shortage of masks, gloves and gowns? Said reports began in January.)

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If the Democrats had a camera on the bottom of Mr. Trump’s commode and recorded him going to the bathroom they could tell him a better way to do it. Later.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: The Republican and Democrat House and Senate need to get together and help the American people. No fighting; just do it.

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How weird was the White House press briefing last Friday as Trump went on and on with that lying mouth giving false information while an expert doctor had to correct him several times about things being false. Then, after tiring everyone out, Trump ranted on and on about how rich he is and how rich his buddies are. Where in the world is a leader? People are sick and dying and he is having a campaign speech. Trump was never a good businessman, only a scammer with a lying mouth. Trump and the Republican Party are not serving the American people. Please remember that in November, if any of us are still alive.

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I like that Democrat, Amy McGrath. She’s running against Mitch McConnell.

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I think it’s pretty crazy for radio stations to be talking about ballgames that were played years ago when we have a pandemic going on across this nation. Talk about something that matters. This is ignorant.

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To the person who said, ‘If I get that coronavirus I am going to go out and kiss every Democrat I can find, right smack dab in the mouth’: And I will put you down like a rabid weasel. American people, it is long past time that we put the entire right-wing movement down, hard, fast, and permanently. These freaks have sexy dreams about turning the United States into a carbon copy of Afghanistan — and they will, if we let them. Wake up and smell the treason.

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Trump dismantled Obama-era global health security unit. The global health section of the Centers for Disease Control was cut in 2018, much of its staff laid off, and the number of countries it was working in was reduced from 49 to 10. The government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was also eliminated. Now Trump is looking for a way to lay blame for his failure to handle the pandemic.

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It’s funny how Republicans are for socialism all of the sudden.

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I’d like to wish Angie Roberts a happy birthday on Sunday, March 29 (which is Lonnie’s birthday also). She’s Jim Fields and Jeanette’s daughter. Katy Trent’s birthday is April 1 (Dad’s birthday), on a Wednesday. She’s our niece. Thank you, Mr. Stanley Pack.

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There is no point in being tested for the virus. They can do nothing for you if you do have it. There is no doctor that can heal you. There is no medicine to treat you. Read James 5:14-15. The only way you can be saved from dying and going to eternal hell is through Jesus. He is the door; Jesus is the savior and the healer. Our people need to be repenting of their sins and get ready to meet God for we are living in the last days. People need to get a hold of the real power of God that can shield them from these diseases and all these things that are coming on this earth. These dried up dead backslidden churches that are calling off their church meetings because they are afraid of a virus need to repent of their sins and turn back to Jesus. If they don’t believe God can shield them from a virus, how can they believe he can heal cancer? Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil and Jesus is the same today. He is returning soon and you better get ready to meet God.

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