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Do you or anyone you know get prescription drugs, Social Security checks, or anything else that is important and timely delivered by the post office? If so I hope you remember which party is purposely making your life difficult.

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After the young man was killed by an animal attack in Knott County, I commented in Speak Your Piece about it likely being done by wild dogs. The latest edition of The Mountain Eagle confirms I was right. I said then, and I say now, that people have been setting unwanted dogs out for a long time. I see stray dogs roaming around in the woods quite often. They have learned to survive without humans. People who own dogs enjoy them and dogs are great companions. I have dogs and I consider them family. However, a big problem exists in the area of lack of affordable spay/neuter services for dog owners. Even at reduced rates, many people cannot afford it. In many places away from here, reduced fees adjusted to income are available for people to get their animals fixed. Therefore, unwanted dogs and puppies are abandoned beside the road to fend for themselves. They become feral and quite dangerous. The tragedy of the boy being killed is a terrible consequence of too many feral dogs in the area. Coyotes generally will not breed with the common domestic dogs but the environment created by unwanted dogs has introduced the coyotes to opportunity. What you have are coy dogs that have evolved. This species is a whole different ballgame, folks. I spend a lot of time in nature and the woods and have observed these animals. They are cunning, resourceful, and very unpredictable. Currently, sufficient food is available for them due to wild game thriving here. And, they tend to shy away from humans and populated areas. But, make no mistake they are opportunistic. And the pack mentality is strong. I hate to say I was right and genuinely feel bad for what happened to the boy. Efforts should be made to help people get their dogs fixed. Spay and neuter projects are badly needed. Options should be available for people to responsibly control the birth rate of their pets.

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Well, they still held the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally out in South Dakota. The bad news is they didn’t require them to wear a mask. The good news is they took a poll and over 73 percent of them vote Republican. South Dakota’s governor also gave them all a mandate; they could either wear a mask or drink a gallon of bleach.

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I see everybody else in the county got apples from their trees this year, but I didn’t get a single apple out of mine. That’s because a certain person sprayed my trees when I wasn’t around. This person also gets into my mailbox when I’m not around. Keep on spying, because sooner or later it’s all going to come to a head for you.

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I just want tell you Hillary and Obama and Biden supporters that keep calling President Trump a traitor, that you must be dumb. Did you not see the Mueller report? No collusion with Russia after spending $40 million of taxpayer money. The truth is our President Trump is a pillar of truth. You Democrats are so foolish you would not know the truth if it jumped up and bit you on the behind. You Democrats need to stop watching fake news. Watch some Tucker, Hannity, and Ingraham Angle on Fox News. Only a fool would watch CNN and MSNBC. These are the biggest liars you will see on TV. And the idiots in Harlan and Whitesburg with their little signs, what are they thinking? You suckers. God bless our President Trump and our nation, Israel and our police. The Harlan County man.

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To a certain person: I see you are enjoying the stimulus money you stole off me.

I just found out that Trump’s new executive order for the payroll tax cut means that people who are drawing Social Security will lose $27 because that tax won’t be collected. That’s the kind of Republican president we have. I hope all of you who voted for him are proud of him while the people who need their Social Security checks are getting stabbed in the back as usual.

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I was at the Letcher County Recreation Center and saw they were not wearing masks. That place needs to be shut down.

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What about a 74- or 75-year-old man throwing a temper tantrum because he can’t get his way? He acts like a nine-year-old.

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People used to enjoy listening to ‘The Swap Shop’ on the radio, but they don’t put it on anymore because of this stupid coronavirus. Now people have to go to Facebook or Twitter to post their junk for sale and their cars that don’t run.

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I saw on the news where they had 21 shootings in Washington, D.C. If Washington is trying to catch Chicago, they are going to have to start shooting and killing more people. I’ve never seen where anybody in these cities lost an election because of the number of people who were shot and killed.

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I never believed Trump would propose defunding Social Security. However, this morning I heard him on the radio saying they should defund Social Security. He called it a tax cut, but it is defunding Social Security. Just like our gas tax pays to pave the roads, the payroll tax pays for Social Security. Lord help me and most of the other older people around here.

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I like the way these so-called Christians can tell the biggest lies that have ever been told. We have one here who acted like he was looking for work but was drawing a check the whole time. Then he turned around and said he had to go and get his son some money for his birthday. That turned out to be a bunch of bull, too, just like all these coal mines he supposedly worked in was a bunch of bull. He will die someday and he will have to answer for all of his lies.

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Mr. Trump, thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. Nancy Pelosi, the American people know what you Democrats have done. They know you want to give the illegal immigrants stimulus checks when other people are doing without. You all get it together there. A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there, put a trillion dollars into the hands of the American people. Put some money into the hands of the American people. Just as soon as the Republicans take back the House we will get to go around you people. God bless America.

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The post office is secure enough for millions of Americans to send taxes to the IRS every year, secure enough for the government to mail out $1,200 stimulus checks, secure enough to send credit cards, medicine, passports and driver’s licenses, but not secure enough for ballots?

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Open the schools up. I’m tired of hearing these housewives cry about having to watch their kids.

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I wish ‘The Young and the Restless’ would hurry and get back on track with the real program instead of these old reruns. I love to watch that program, but every two or three weeks they say they have a new episode coming on, but that new episode is right back to the same old bologna — the same old thing that’s been played before. I wish they would get back to the real thing and get it started right. Thank you.

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I have heard so much lately about all that Mitch McConnell has done for Kentucky. We sure did not hear this a year ago. And if he had helped Kentuckians I would have been drawing my husband’s black lung benefit. I got a letter telling me to sign up for it, but then Mitch blocked some of the widows like me from drawing the black lung. I feel like the mining companies donated large amounts to his campaigns so they would not have to pay the widows and some miners. I believe this.

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How can the meteorologists keep their jobs when they are wrong every day on the local TV and radio stations? We try to plan our garden work and different things according to the weather forecast, but they are always wrong. They have not been right in so long I can’t remember.

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Well, again today the news said Governor Beshear was going to insure all black people. It didn’t say a word about white people.

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Anybody else old enough to remember when Republicans went around claiming executive orders were unconstitutional? It was a long time ago. If you aren’t at least four years old, you wouldn’t remember. They are much quieter about them now for some reason.

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The number of COVID cases in Kentucky and elsewhere were getting too high, so they took the number counting away from the CDC and gave it to Trump’s White House and the numbers went down. Trump’s White House would not under-count, we know that, and the CDC would over-count. The CDC is run by doctors and the White House is run by people interested in getting people back to work even if they die.

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Last week a caller asked where the right to protest was in the Constitution. The First Amendment says, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ You’re welcome.

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I can’t believe the mothers of little children out there who get on Facebook and say they want to pull their hair out or shoot themselves on account of those little children. If they didn’t want them then why did they have them? I think it’s sickening that a woman would say that about her little children. I have three children. I love all three of mine and I was a good mother and I took care of mine. What’s wrong with you ladies out there who want to get shed of your children and put them on somebody else? Also, you mommies who wear hot pants up to your hind-end and show everything you’ve got make me sick.

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Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter. People, why don’t we get together and stop this singling out because of skin color? None of us can help what happened years ago. We weren’t even conceived at that time. And our little children and grandchildren do not need to live through a time like this. So let’s all try to be united as one and keep America free and beautiful. Let’s enjoy every day as we get it, because we may not be here tomorrow. Thank you and God bless you all.

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God bless you, Mr. President. We disagree on some things, that’s for sure, but that’s why you are president. One of the things we don’t agree on is sending these children to school. Arrangements should be made for these children to stay at home. They needn’t be exposed to this death that’s creeping around us all. They will bring it home, wipe out the old dudes, and kill the babies. It’s just stupid to put children in a confined space where this virus could be. We don’t know enough about this virus to know what it really does. Maybe in 10 years we might know something about it. People, keep your children at home. I don’t care if you’ve got just a third-grade education, that’s better than your child being dead. God bless America.

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A friend keeps calling and urging me to buy a computer. He explained about the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, etc., and said that with Google you can find anything. I said OK. If Google can find a truthful and honest Democrat politician, call me and I will buy a computer. It’s been about three and a half weeks now and he still hasn’t called back yet.

I think we are starting to hang family pictures in our church now. Should we all bring family pictures and hang them up, or is this just for those with certain last names? Are we serving Jesus or are we serving the pictures on the wall? They need to be taken down, each and every one.

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No need to worry about your vote being counted. You can probably vote as late as July 2021. The Democrats will move the goal post again.

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I watched ‘ Meet the Press’ on Sunday and it was so disgusting to see what’s going on and what they are saying about Mr. Trump trailing in all the polls. They have Bernie Sanders on there talking about how Trump is undermining the post office. It bothers the heck out of me the way they bad-mouth the president. He is going to be our president, he is our president, and the left can’t do a darn thing about it. Those ballots will get delivered.

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To you idiots here on Dry Fork who are driving those motorcycles, four-wheelers, and cars through here all day and all night at 90 miles an hour: Don’t you have any respect for others? One of you idiots is going to cause a wreck that kills a family or child or elderly person. I bet you quit this pretty soon, because I’m calling the cops. I mean it. I’m tired of it. You can’t sleep at night and it’s horrible during the day.

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Donald Trump is upset over the unemployed people getting $600, but every weekend he has Air Force One fly him to New Jersey to play golf for two days. That’s not cheap, given the cost of security, but he’s not worried about that. The other thing that bothers me is this payroll tax cut he wants. If that happens there will be no funding for Social Security, which is what I live on. Now he’s slowing down the post office, which has already affected me because I get a lot of my medicine through the postal service. I have emphysema and black lung and I have to have that stuff.

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Donald Trump doesn’t care about the poor. He wants to defund Social Security and he is trying to wreck the post office so people can’t vote by mail and will have to go to polling places to vote. A lot of people don’t want to get out in this stuff and I am one of them. If I catch COVID-19 it will kill me, but he doesn’t care. He does anything he can to win. I think he’s one dirty person, I really do.

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Looks like the governor needs to come to Letcher County and have a few words with Isom Days Committee members. We have been really lucky so far with the virus and we sure don’t need a big gathering of outside people coming here and infecting all of us. Is holding this festival worth taking a chance on killing friends, neighbors, or maybe even a close relative?

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The United States is now a Third World country. Just watch the vote count in the coming presidential election.

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What’s on my mind is a little dark-haired gal who used to live on Sandlick. I told her once that I would like to take her on a ride. Now I hear that she may be a little lonely. Just remember, that ride offer still stands anytime you want it. You know who I am.

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I think Trump is doing the best he can and I think he is a good president. If he runs again I will vote for him again. Bush was the sorriest president we ever had. People better wake up. They wouldn’t have gotten $600 if Bush had been in there. I would vote for Trump seven times if he runs again.

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To all you ginseng diggers: When I see you parking beside the road and getting out with your little hoes and going up the hill, you will come back to find four flat tires and all of your windows knocked out. So go ahead and park; I can’t wait. Have a nice day.

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Please tell me, what is Appalshop doing for young artists and young filmmakers? They seem to only show and promote films from decades ago. Those films are important and wonderful pieces of art and social commentary, but they have no worthy heirs. Where are the new films? What exactly is Appalshop now doing to promote the Appalachian region? Appalshop is one of the only attributes Whitesburg has to offer, but other than the Seedtime Festival there is nothing worthwhile that they have produced or promoted. Art has no place in Appalshop. Their grant writer must be the James Patterson of grants, because public and private money has flowed steadily into the coffers, but they’ve produced little to nothing in the past 20 years. I was under the impression that some kind of product or positive activity was required by the grantors, but Appalshop has hemmed and hawed and produced nothing. I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate representation of uselessness than an organization that has as its crown jewel an outdoor space for bands to play. Seedtime and Appalshop used to be ubiquitous examples of the best of Appalachian culture and art. Their AMI program is lovely and deserves funding, but the Appalshop brand never quite escalates anyone to any place except uselessness. I know I will have many detractors, but board members have made this and many other points clear. I love the inclusive and beneficial nature of Appalshop, but they really need a change in structure or values. They are not what the founders believed in. I am one of them, but the structure that is in place is worthless. The current employees and motive is a slap in the face to the people who struggled and worked so very hard to make Appalshop a ‘thing.’ The Appalshop is an incredible foundation. The founders are, and were, wonderful and progressive people who do not deserve what the institution has become.

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With one party being so stingy when so many people need help, I wish we had a president who knew how to make deals.

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A person commented in last week’s Speak Your Piece that ‘nowhere in the articles of or amendments to the Constitution does it give the automatic right to publicly march and protest. If I am wrong, show me.’ He or she should actually try reading the Constitution. Start with the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to ‘assemble’ (i.e. ‘march’) and ‘petition the Government for redress of grievances’ (i.e. ‘protest’). While you’re reading, you might also look up the Ninth Amendment, which states that ‘The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.’ In other words, just because it’s called the Bill of Rights doesn’t mean that those are the only rights people have. One of the reasons for the American Revolution in the first place was that the British government refused to listen to the Colonists’ grievances. So if you support that British type of government, don’t call yourself a patriot, because you’re not; and don’t call yourself a constitutionalist if you can’t be bothered to actually read the Constitution.

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Hello everybody. It looks like the Biden gang are gearing up for the new reality show called, ‘Let’s Destroy the USA.’ It’s funny since old Joe has been hiding in his jail cell he calls his basement, but we will give him the benefit of a doubt. Got the little woman to load up the cooler with some cold ones, along with popcorn and other stimulants. This is going to be starting Monday, the best reality show since the Obama series, and will be this century. Everyone is invited to come and have some laughs. Well, it’s time to hit the sack. Enjoy the laughs with this, and come 2021, Mr. Trump will be back for more serious business. Trump 2020 to 2030. Thanks.

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