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I have a problem. I’m too disabled to work and I can’t draw enough Social Security to live on. I can’t raise pot because of the thieves, can’t bootleg because of the police, and the coronavirus is going to kill us all. What in the world is a man supposed to do?

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Well I see the rec center is back open. That’s good for some people I guess, but the ironic thing about it is for years all we heard at the fiscal court meetings was ‘close the rec center,’ or ’sell the rec center,’ but now that the person who was saying that can do something about it you never hear about closing it or selling it. Politics I guess.

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To the caller in the June 3 edition of Speak Your Piece who said Donald Trump who gave us the $1,200 in stimulus money: There is no way you could be so poorly informed that you really believe that it was Donald Trump who approved the stimulus payments. With all due respect, if you really are that dumb you’ve got real problems. The stimulus money came to us from the CARES Act, which was written by, introduced by, and approved by Congress. In case you don’t know, Congress is made up 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 100 members of the U.S. Senate. That bill, which again was written and approved by Congress, was then signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The president is but one of 536 men and women who are directly responsible for the CARES Act becoming law and we the people getting our stimulus checks. By the way, this message is coming to you from a person who voted for Trump in 2016. I have yet to make my mind up about 2020. Thank you. Remember, facts do matter.

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I’m calling about the administration of Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams and the magistrates. We’ve had about 30 months of this administration and they will be replaced. Nary one of them is worth the office they hold. They have done nothing for Letcher County. I was there for Memorial Day to visit my family’s cemetery. What I saw was a disgrace to Letcher County and that won’t happen again. In my 70 years of visiting Letcher County, this was the worst condition the cemetery roads have ever been in. I have a lot of family in Letcher County. There is not one magistrate today worth the job they hold. Nor is the county judge. They all need to be replaced and I will help get that done.

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To a certain person: You told our granddaughter that I was always the talk of the town. Well you must not get around too much. The people are actually talking about you and your married girlfriend you’ve been dragging around for five or six years now.

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Dear Christian Trump supporters: If Obama had held the Bible upside down and backwards you would have called him the Antichrist.

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After Trump’s failure to heed the briefings by Intel agencies about the COVID-19 virus we now have over 109,000 deaths. This loss to family members, many of whom also lost their incomes and businesses, are leaving people frustrated at the Republicans for not removing him from office in January. We are left hanging to decay with a toddler wearing a dirty diaper and crying that ‘everyone is mean to me.’ Now we see a president calling for the military to combat with the very people who pay his wages after we were again forced to watch and hear of innocent black and brown people being killed in front of our faces by criminal police. Our American people being gassed while holding peaceful protest in front of the people’s house, not Trump’s house. Old Mitch and Trump and their foot soldiers have to leave this year. America is being controlled by Putin and some people are oblivious to that fact.

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I just read about a very questionable statement by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who said there can be only one real way to end racial violence and racist behavior — for all people to ‘turn to God and accept Jesus Christ.’ Only then, according to him, will folks truly love one another and experience a definite end to humankind’s problems. According to Patrick’s so-called logic, a person who subscribes to either no religion or to a non-Christian religion cannot fully love their fellow men and women. His way of thinking separates people into ‘superior Christian believers’ and ‘inferior non-Christian and non-religious folks.’ That arrogant and divisive way of thinking is actually a major cause of humanity’s tendency to engage in racism, inequality, warfare and other political and social violence. In the United States non-religious and non-Christian citizens have exactly the same constitutional and legal rights as Christian citizens. Please think about this and do your best to support the ultimate equality of all people, even if their beliefs, customs and lifestyles are different from yours. Thank you.

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Jesus would not have been crucified if he hadn’t ‘broke the law.’

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To the lifelong Democrat who commented that he or she voted for Trump in the last election: I looked at how prosperous we’ve become since Trump was elected. I’ll pass on another term.

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A question for those of you who think it’s a good thing to have a reality TV star create and oversee three simultaneous crises: If you needed a triple coronary bypass would you hire a plumber?

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To the so-called lifelong Democrat who accused non-Trumpers of being part in a Pied Piper effect and said that Trump is the only qualified person to be both president and commander in-chief since Franklin D. Roosevelt: By saying that you are disrespecting the flag you wave and the uniform you claim to have worn.

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We Kentucky fans should be very proud of our top two coaches, John Calipari and Mark Stoops, for the support they have shown the black community and society as a whole after the murder of George Floyd. I am so happy we have good people like Cal and Stoops representing our state and flagship university instead of those coaches who seemingly put up with racism, like the guy at Clemson — Swinney — who did nothing about one of his assistants using the N word. Thank God we have coaches like Cal and Stoops instead of Mike Leach at Mississippi State and Tommy Tuberville, the ex-Auburn coach who is trying to become a member of Congress. I don’t have enough time here to talk about how bad those two are. Go Cats.

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Why would a 20-year-old be thrown to the side like a rag doll? Are you stupid or what?

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I’m making a comment about all the looting and rioting that was going on. I’m 71 years old and I used to sit on the porch and talk to my grandmother when I was a young kid. She used to tell me how my grandfather belonged to the KKK. Now I’m watching these idiots burn the American flag. If they don’t like this country — black, white, or whatever — put them on a boat and send them away.

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President Trump’s hat says MAGA, but I think he actually meant MAGGOT.

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Is it the apocalypse or is it the beginning of the tribulation? Or is it just one white man killing a black man? We watched that man die and we know who did it, but we can’t blame the president of the United States for these tragedies. Blame China for the pandemic and blame people who are restless and tired of the way the police treat them for the protests. Yes, the Democrats are thriving on this, but it wouldn’t have mattered who was in office, this would have happened. God bless our president.

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Sam Wright is running for re-election to his seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Years ago, when Sam Wright was the Letcher Circuit judge, we needed him to be in our corner when we were going through some child custody problems with a man who had beaten our child. He had the opportunity to award us fifty-percent custody and put this other man in jail, but he was not there for us and our family has suffered for many years because of that. Now he’s asking for our help to be re-elected. I’m sorry, but our family will not be there for him this time. Thank you.

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I wish we had Joe Biden running the country now since that’s what these liberal Democrats have been wanting. We need to get him in there and get prosperity back like it was when Biden and Obama were in office. Let’s get rid of that wall down there on the southern tip of the country. Just knock it all back down and get rid of those security guards and tell those people in South America, ‘Come on in, the door is wide open. Get you a backpack and haul in all the cocaine you can get. We’ll have a check waiting on you and government healthcare insurance at no charge to you. Better times are coming.’ Thank you.

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Why in the world does our fake president keep announcing that he’s given us the best economy in the history of the solar system when we’re actually in yet another Republican recession? Is he really that stupid or does he just think we are?

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Appalshop doesn’t even care enough about its own radio station, WMMT, to have the music playing in the background when you call there.

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To all you Trump haters out there: I bet you took that $1,200. If you are the person you say you are you should send it back.

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Hey, President Trump, look out the window. Do you see all those protesters? Those are the real vicious dogs you spoke about. You’re no leader; you’re a joke and you always have been. I hope those vicious dogs ‘bite’ you when they get out and vote later this year.

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I sure do miss President Obama. He would have made a speech early on in the George Floyd matter and calmed the people down. But this orange man now in office makes only inflammatory remarks that make everybody mad. Now look at the mess we’ve got. Thankfully, people are going to remember all that Trump has done in November.

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To a certain smart-mouthed thug: You said you didn’t want anything to do with our neighborhood again, so why do you and your chubby girlfriend keep coming back?

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Some people who caused the recent destruction were paid by people who seek a one world government. They think it will end wars. Some want to destroy the United States and replace Christianity with their religion. Some are just happy to break doors and windows and steal. These are the labor pains for the new world age coming in this generation. Everything will work into God’s plan. He is in charge.

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Dear Speak Your Piece: I saw something in the Internet that literally made me sick. Ted Cruz was on YouTube saying the U.S. government gave China more than $76,000 in 2019 to start tests on that coronavirus from bats. They accidentally let the virus out. When it first happened I thought, ‘Oh God, Trump will nuke China for sure.’ But no, we are as much to blame as China is. I now look at our government like I looked at Adolf Hitler’s government. We are just as bad. I don’t know who in government did this — Democrat or Republican — but they need to be hanged by the neck for the highest treason every committed.

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Mr. Trump, thank you for thinking about the flag. Now I’ve never been to a flagburning, but I guarantee you I could heave a brick at one of them who is burning it. I think it should be illegal to burn the American flag. Our soldiers fought for that flag, and to dishonor it is a disgrace in my book. I thank you, Mr. Trump, for giving consideration to signing an executive order against flag burning. I’ve got a big flag on my wall and I have a sign that says it’s very special right under it.

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I’m calling again about the four women in the Letcher County Jail who aren’t able to do anything besides lie on the floor. Where are the programs to help them get out of jail or to get their schooling? I don’t think this is ever going to happen for Letcher County.

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Letcher County has lost a very wonderful young lady who touched a lot of hearts. I got acquainted with the Adams family years ago at the racetrack on top of Pine Mountain and watched Tayler grow up. She and her family were always great to me. I will be praying for them. This is definitely a terrible tragedy. Heaven’s gain is our loss. My heart breaks.

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I’m calling about all the trouble going on. I don’t know why Trump doesn’t go ahead and release the military and get something done about these people. He needs to show them that this is America. Turn the citizens loose on them if you have to, Trump. Let’s get something done. We don’t want them coming here and destroying stuff.

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To a certain lady in Isom: When you get out and tell tales to all your brothers and sisters about something you don’t know — saying that a dad is mad at his daughter — you are sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong. One of the Ten Commandments is ‘thou shalt not lie.’ Well you told a lie when you got out and told people that I was mad at my daughter. If you want to know something, just come and see me. You know who I am and I know who you are.

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No doubt we had some good and well-meaning people out protesting the death of George Floyd, but you don’t go all the way from Chicago to Atlanta with ball bats and Molotov cocktails and bottles with the intention of taking part in a peaceful protest. It is not peaceful when you cause destruction and injury.

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President Trump seems to have forgotten one important thing — black lives matter. Not only that, they do know how to vote.

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God bless you, Mr. President, and God bless the United States of America. I listened to what General Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and a couple of more said. Isn’t it in the oath that members of the military take now that they can fire upon citizens if so ordered? Anyway, that is something for the public to think about. Mad Dog took his oath 50 years ago. I hear it’s changed. We love you, Mr. President.

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Who does this governor of Kentucky think he is? No Jenkins Days, no swimming pools opening? That’s insane. They know that all viruses nearly stop in the summer heat. This virus may be gone forever.

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I wonder why Trump is building a fortress around the White House? Is he afraid of the vicious dogs protesting?

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To the man who served during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations: Thank you for your service to this country. You honorably served; Trump did not. He ran like a chicken. His father spent a fortune to keep him out of the service five times. Trump spouts patriotism, which we all know he really isn’t patriotic. He spouts religion, but if you walked up to him and asked him to quote Genesis 1:1 I’ll bet he couldn’t tell you what it said or even name you five books of the Bible. If you watched TV the other night you saw what Marine Corps General James Mattis — a four-star general — said about Trump trying to divide us. Every word General Mattis said was true. Do you still think Trump is so qualified? If you do then you closed your mind and eyes. You don’t see the lying monster that everyone in the Pentagon, Congress and America see.

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I never realized we had so many racists in Letcher County.

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I love Speak Your Piece. I live over here in Cumberland and I can’t wait on Wednesdays for The Mountain Eagle to come to the Black Bear Market over here. I read every word of it.

(Thank you for the nice compliment.)

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Donald Trump may be orange-colored, he may wear a wig, and he may wear lifts in his shoes. But I’ll tell you one thing, if I were gay I would look for a man just like him.

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I’m a white man and I wouldn’t spend one dime on watching sports after all the athletes apologized to the blacks. And Drew Brees, you’re a big letdown, too, to the white man and 90 percent of the blacks.

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It’s been nearly two years now since my mother fell at home and broke her hip. Now it’s going on four months since I last saw her because Letcher Manor won’t let me in to see her on account of this stupid coronavirus. I mean it is real stupid. This isn’t right. Today is my mother’s birthday and I miss her a lot right now. I can’t see her but I can talk to her on the phone. I know she is okay, but it is not right that I can’t go and see her in person because of the stupid rules about the coronavirus.

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The mainstream media have these economic advisors. The day before last week’s jobs report came out they were all saying that unemployment would reach 20 percent with another 8.5 million people out of work. The next day the report came out and found that 2.5 million people were put back on the payroll and unemployment had dropped to 13.3 percent. I said to myself, ‘If you’re well-educated you can’t be that stupid.’ They are either ignorant or they don’t know what they are doing. Members of the mainstream media were stunned when that report came out.

(While we don’t want to take up for the talking heads on TV, leading business publications are now reporting that last Friday’s jobs report for May was in error and that the unemployment rate should have been reported by the government as 16.1 percent instead of 13.3 percent. Pointing to what it called a ‘glaring, misleading error,’ Forbes said that in making the report the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics ‘mistakenly counted about 4.9 million people as employed, although they were unemployed.’ The Bureau told Forbes it was aware of the mistake, but that it does not correct erroneous reports ‘for fear of the appearance of political manipulation.’)

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This beats all I’ve ever seen. I talked my girlfriend into coming here all the way from Ohio just so we could go to Long John Silver’s to get something to eat and then drive back to the top of Pine Mountain to eat at one of the lookouts. I’ll be darned if we didn’t get back up here and there’s not a single picnic table on the place. Nowhere but Letcher County.

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This is the old cat killer calling my old buddy J. Ray up in Indiana. When you come in for the family reunion let me know ahead of time and I’ll make us a great big old pot of cat soup. You have a great big old meow day, brother.

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I’m calling in about the soap operas that come on TV every day at 12:30 and last until 2 — ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and ‘The Young and the Restless.’ I would like to know when they are going to start putting the new programs back on there. I really enjoyed watching them. I don’t like watching what happened way back in the past; I want to watch the one that are supposed to be on there now. Please put those shows back on there the way they are supposed to be.

(Current reports say that filming for CBS-TV’s ‘The Young and the Restless’ and its sister soap ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ could resume by June 22 as regulations related to COVID-19 are lessened. CBS recently renewed ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ through the 2021-22 TV season, which will be its 35th. ‘The Young and The Restless’ has been renewed through the 2023-24 season, which will mark its 50th year on air.)

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For a certain divorced man who suddenly moved in with another woman: You are not married but you claim to be a preacher. My Bible teaches me that what you are doing is called fornication.

To the people who uphold this: You are just as wrong as him. I don’t like to bring religion into anything, but this is ridiculous.

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God created man in His image — intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.

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Can somebody please tell me why there is a shortage of toilet paper and paper towels?

(Because of disruptions to the paper supply chain resulting from ‘The Great Toilet Paper Panic’ of March 12-13.)

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What began as a brush pile at a certain home on Premium is now being piled up with garbage and is beginning to look like a trash dump. It looks like the county, state or somebody could do something about this and not let it get so junked up right beside the highway. Thank you.

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Today is Monday, June 8, and our governor just said on television that he is going to cover all expenses for black people who get COVID-19. You white people are on your own.

( Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Monday the state has set a goal to provide health insurance to ‘every single individual in our African-American communities,’ and that the goal could be accomplished through a combination of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance sign-ups.)

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Over 110,000 people dead, and counting. To those of you who said you’d rather die than vote for a woman, well, here we are.

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This is for all the people questioning God’s word: When you die and face God at judgment you will learn the truth about the Holy Bible and God’s word. At that time if you have not accepted Christ as your savior, hellfire awaits you. I don’t want anyone to go to that place. Please read Romans 5:8 and Romans 10:9-10. Accept Christ as your savior. God loves you.

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In the movie ‘Forrest Gump’, his mom told him, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’ Doesn’t that statement sound true to Donald Trump and his two oldest sons? Wouldn’t it be a shock to everyone if, during one of Donald Trump’s news conferences as he is calling down a news reporter, that one of them stood up and told Donald Trump it’s time for him to keep his mouth shut and his bowels open?

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