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Well, it’s Monday night, folks, and look who’s running the Do Drop Inn in Doty Creek. It’s the pimp daddy, and he thinks he’s hot stuff. How much longer will it be before the pimp daddy gets what’s coming to him?

Dear Mr. Jones from Florida: Thank you for your letter to Santa. Sir, I wish to ask you and all who read this to join us at 9 each night for a prayer for our country. My husband was a career service man with more than 20 years before retiring. We are deeply saddened by what has happened to America. Please join us in prayer. Thank you.

Certain boys who got a motorcycle for Christmas better keep it put up if they don’t want it stolen. A certain person has his eyes on their motorcycle, and he will steal it and sell it for parts to support his drug habit. So I’m telling you, boys, keep it locked up. We all know who the rogue is.

Remember, son, anything sinful on Saturday or Sunday is sinful every day of the week. What you did and the way you did it is sinful. She’s a good woman and told you right. I’m going to say it, son. It has to be rough on her to live right while you’re doing the things you’re doing. I know you’re young still, but Satan takes all ages. I don’t want to lose you and Satan doesn’t, either. Remember, salvation is just a prayer away. Hell is just a heartbeat away. I love you.

It’s not over. We will meet again.

I enjoyed reading Jerry Collins’s letter to the editor about P.P.M. in the last edition of The Mountain Eagle. I wish everybody would listen to what he’s saying, because everything he said in the letter is true. Letcher County needs to end P.P.M. now, and I wish Jerry Collins would run for county judge/executive. He would have at least one vote — mine.

To letter writer Jerry Collins of Millstone: If you like Virginia so much why don’t you just move there?

You have talked about good people and it came right back to them. Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you. Pray and the Lord will forgive you. Happy New Year.

Someone needs to do something about the Letcher County Health Department. Every mother who goes down there with a baby has to sit and wait for hours. Sometimes the babies get hungry and sleepy or need a diaper change, and there’s no place for the mothers to do that. People who work there will go in the back and eat their lunch and sit and talk and laugh and ignore the people out front. I think that’s wrong. I’ve been down there and I’ve seen it happen too many times. I’ve reported it before and I hope someone will do something.

(Have you seen the new threestory Letcher County Health Department building that’s under construction near Whitesburg City Hall?)

How come all of my friends are vultures? They’re always down and out. They are never upbeat. They always need a cigarette or need a beer. Why don’t they get a job and go to work instead of sponging off me all the time? I know the answer: If you’re that stupid to give it to them, go ahead. I just wish I was in a better class of losers. When I loan you $30 and you don’t pay it back, that means I am $30 behind on my bills. If I loan someone else $75 and they don’t pay it back, that means I’m $75 behind on my bills. I am sick and tired of you people. Take care of yourselves.

The definition of a Kentucky bailout plan is this: Take the coal severance money from the mountains of eastern Kentucky and the coal mining areas of western Kentucky and put it in the state treasury. Coal had a banner year in 2008, and the millions of dollars that were destined for the coalfields will now be taken by Governor Beshear. This money was supposed to go for water, roads and education in the coalfields. Governor Beshear said if there were any other way to do this he would be willing to listen. Well here’s a plan, Governor Beshear. Why don’t you work for nothing like the governors of Tennessee and California are doing? Also, put the tolls back on the roads instead of taking the coal severance money.

All the name calling and hate stuff in Speak Your Piece seems mighty petty when we’ve lost a man as good as Tom Gish. Lucky for us, Pat and the whole family have the same courage and care enough about this place to keep giving us a newspaper that gives us the straight scoop on news that really matters. I bet there aren’t six other papers as good as The Mountain Eagle, and we’ve discovered that a lot of folks around the country know it. How about honoring Tom by laying off the griping and hate stuff in SYP for two weeks and call in about something that ought to get encouragement and some thanks? Let’s do it.

Face it, girl/It’s time to let go/ He’s cheating again/He cheated 20 years ago/That’s why we divorced 10 years ago/A couple of years is all he can be faithful/ You’ve been married, what three years now?/He’s been cheating since last summer/I saw them myself on his bike/Saw them on Pound Mountain/Cuddling before they drove on into Virginia/ Best you accept it now/It will hurt less in the long run.

Don’t Blame The Monkeys — Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree/Discussing things as they ought to be/Said one to the other, ‘Now listen, you two/There’s a certain rumor that can’t be true/ That man descended from our noble race/The very idea is a disgrace/ No monkey ever deserted his wife/Starved her babies and ruined her life./And have you ever known a mother monk/To leave her babies with others to bunk/Or pass them over from one to another/Till they hardly know who is their mother?/And another thing you never see/A monkey build a house around a coconut tree/And let the coconuts go to waste/Forbidding all other monkeys to taste/ Here is another thing a monkey won’t do/Go out at night and get on a stew/Or use a gun, club or knife/To take another monkey’s life/Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss/But, brother, he didn’t descend from us.’ Curious Callie.

Sadly enough, for many of you reading this now, Christmas is over, but for others, praise God, the celebration will never end. Just what is the true meaning of Christmas anyway? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV. Without John 3:16 there wouldn’t be any Christmas. As much as the world would have you and I believe that Christmas is about buying the perfect gift for that special someone, then wrapping it in papers of silver and gold and placing it under just the right tree adorned with grand ornaments and captivating colors of light, the truth is, if that were so, Christmas would never come to the poor. I want to tell you about the true meaning of Christmas, about God’s gift of love that was wrapped in swaddling clothes and found lying in a manger. Because of Him we have hope. The first Christmas gift — ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.’ St. Matthew 1:19 KJV. We read in St. John 3:17 that ‘God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.’ Having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, Jesus was to be much more than just a baby in a manger. ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.’ St. Luke 2:11 KJV. Jesus has the perfect gift for you. One that money cannot buy. It is an unspeakable gift that binds up the broken heart, brings liberty to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Only Christ can give you this gift for He purchased it with His own blood as He gave His life, that we might receive everlasting life. ‘But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth until righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made until salvation.’ Romans 10:8-10 KJV. As we begin a new year, I want to encourage those of you who are not saved to open the door to your heart as God draws you to Christ and receive His perfect gift to you — eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. In His service, Tommy Lewis.

Yes, I am a child of God; no, I am not like you. I’m not living in hope, I’m living on a promise. I have a home in heaven. I have never thought I was better than anyone else, but when you’re God’s children, you’re special in God’s eyes. So I’m sorry, but apparently you’re the one that’s no good. You really should think before you speak.

Well, let’s see here, people, what can the ‘Ol’ Ridgerunner’ bring at you today? I’ve got this here New Year’s resolution that I am trying to put into action. I am going to stop talking about the two lesbians who work in Whitesburg. Oops, just what I thought, I can’t keep a New Year’s resolution at all, never could! And here Blue just can’t seem to get on the same page. Now go figure that! But, oh well, more fish in the sea, believe it! In fact a couple have swum my way recently. One is a nurse here and I figure there ain’t nothing wrong with having a good ol’ nurse around to play doctor with! Ha! Now there’s some holiday cheer. That’s what I am talking about right there. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and hope the new year brings everyone all the things that your heart desires. I miss everyone and hope to see you soon. Take care Blue. The Kentucky Ridgerunner. Hey Cracker, would you like some squid?

Out of Egypt — Out of Egypt God’s people they did flee/With fear they were filled when they came to the sea/A mighty wind God sent, the waters did part/On dry land they crossed with joy in their hearts./The king’s army pursued them, but the waters closed and swallowed them./ Then with praise and dance God’s people thanked Him./In life today God can do the same thing./If only you’ll let Him, freedom to you He can bring./ Life’s daily troubles God can part and push aside,/God can put joy in your heart if His love you tried. C.A.C.

If anyone has the rules to a card game we call ‘Idiot’s Rummy’, please send a copy to McCool, 103 Beech Grove Lane, Lake City, TN 37769. It was played using two or more decks of rummy cards and part of the rules required making books and runs, and possibly sets with the cards. We have lost the rules and would really appreciate it if someone still has them and would send us a copy.

This is in response to the Dec. 24 comment about the music downtown. I was unaware that downtown was a booming shopping district. You act as though downtown is constantly overflowing with non-Christians spending lots of money. Please! This is a small town and the fact that Christmas carols are being played won’t drive anyone away. I suppose the TV stations shouldn’t have broadcast the holiday movies or that we should be restricted to non-denominational decorations too. Is that all right? Or we could all stop spending money period since it says ‘In God we trust.’ Don’t start this argument unless you are really ready, because I am sick and tired of people coming into my town and telling me what is and is not appropriate to keep from offending someone. I will say merry Christmas until the day I die and no one will tell me any different. Just call me a closeminded hick, I guess. Merry Christmas!

I always thought I was a nice person until now. I am so sick of people walking around with white/blue stuff running out of their nose. Before I felt sorry for these people. I really thought I could help them, but now I think they are a waste of good air. They lose weight, start looking sick and expect everyone to care. Well I am sorry, I can’t anymore. And you expect me to pray for you. Are you kidding? I prayed for years and I no longer care. How many children are sick and praying that God will let them see another day? Praying that they will have a chance to grow up just to experience life, and you and so many just toss your chance away day after day. I don’t want to hear your excuses, your reasons. I will not pray for you for something you have done to yourself, but I will pray that everyone sees you for what you are. I pray that they all see the truth.

M.A., did J.V. tell you that he gave us a tour of your house last week? It is really nice. K.J.

I wanted to say happy birthday to a certain sniggerbox on Kingdom Come Creek. Happy 85th, Granny. We love you!

The industrial/political machine that has victimized this area for so long is beginning to show cracks. We were relatively isolated from the outside world for a long time, and that was all to their advantage. Better roads, the Internet, TV, an awareness of being manipulated, and a more educated populace have all worked to cause a turn, and those who have profited from our isolation and ignorance are now swimming upstream. The FBI anti-corruption is also a big factor, and is providing surveillance that we never had before. Lots of crooks have been tumbled, but I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg.

So the judge signed an agreement to do all the environmental impact statements, etc., before starting construction on the now infamous horse trail, but started construction soon after signing it because he had some vague consent from the state to do so. Give me a break. The way I hear it there was an unholy alliance of the judge, the governor’s wife, and local politicians, who decided it would be better to ask forgiveness than permission. What they have done is to make this area look more lawless and themselves more lawless and foolish, and each explanation given enhances this impression. This is very serious business, and if their cronies in Congress can’t cover for them some way, they could be in serious trouble. The Sierra Club and those who don’t want this environmental atrocity aren’t likely to let this one die. Those involved had better hope the federal government doesn’t find an endangered species has been damaged in this thoughtless venture.

Mining and gas wells and logging provide jobs, but they should not be allowed to run over people the way law enforcement, the courts, and particularly the politicians allow them to do. Mining safety laws should be enforced and coal trucks should not be allowed to endanger people. Coal trucks should not be allowed to coat long stretches of public highways with mud and coal dust. Gas companies should not be allowed to cause twice as much damage as is necessary. Lumberyard operators should not be allowed to buy timber that they have good reason to know has been stolen. Timber theft could be stopped overnight if the lumberyard managers were held to the same legal standards as other businesses which have to screen for stolen property, such as pawnbrokers, jewelers, and car dealers. None of these abuses will be corrected by local law enforcement, the courts, or particularly the politicians, though, because they are hand-in-glove with mining companies, gas companies, and lumberyards and loggers. All the people in these illegal alliances had better wise up, though, because people are getting savvy, and there is more talk about federal investigations and class action lawsuits. There’s also more daily news of these crooks being caught at almost every level. They’ve gotten away with this abuse for so long they’ve gotten to feeling above the law, and their arrogance probably doesn’t allow them to think very clearly, but there will be a day of reckoning, and it may be sooner than some of them think.

To a certain nurse: Where have you been all my life? I think I’m in love.

I always thought that our police force wasn’t much around here, but recently when my fourwheeler got stolen I found out it’s not the police, it’s the judges in Letcher County. Thieves walk the street with just a slap on the back, when they have a rap sheet from here to Georgia. We need judges that will stand up for the people who need them, not the ones on the wrong side of the law. But, that shows how that works around here backward, if you ask me. All I can say is every dog has its day and yours is coming soon. If there is anything to the people of Letcher County, they would get for the people who will get something done with the thieves and dope dealers off the streets and keep them off, not let them out of jail because Mommy and Daddy have money. So money is the root of all evil. You got it, it doesn’t matter what you do because you’ll get off of anything you do. There is no justice for the people who need it.


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