Salome’s stars

ARIES ( March 21 to April 19) The week promises a calmer aspect. Although there might be some lingering effects of a recent job problem, things should continue to ease up. Also expect a change in a home-based situation. TAURUS ( April 20 to May 20) If you feel uneasy about a colleague’s suggestion, it might be that your wise […]

Music at Cowan

The Cowan Community Center will present East KY Tyme and the Cowan Creek Youth String Band at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 19. The cost is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Cowan Community Center. For more information, call 633-3187.

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years March 9, 1961 Letcher County schools Supt. Sanford Adams say vocational agriculture classes will be offered next year in Letcher County schools. The state is also promising a vocational school for Letcher County in 1962, which will offer class for adults and students. . Whitesburg defeated Jenkins to win […]

Car Talk

Is it better to read the manual or wing it?

Dear Tom and Ray: OK. I have two sons of opposite disposition, but who are great friends anyway. We do as much work on cars as we can to save money and maintain some sense that we haven’t been made entirely useless by today’s technology. Alexis (No. 1 son) reads manuals carefully. Tad (No. 2 son) uses them as flat […]

No money, but plenty of love

I want to thank Everett B. Vanover for his short story. After reading ‘If a house could talk,’ it inspired me to go back and relive yesterday’s memories also. Back in the ‘ 40s and ‘50s in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee, there was no retirement on a farm with eight children, three girls and five boys. Mother named […]

Spending’s not better 2nd time around

Before we take an ax to the federal budget, let’s try a scalpel. Many things done in one federal department or agency are also done in others, according to a new Government Accountability Office study. Even wonderful programs don’t get better in the duplicate, triplicate or quadruplicate. By locating and excising them, taxpayers could save billions, the GAO suggests, with […]

Saving teens from themselves

What are 14.5 percent of American teens thinking about? Hint: It’s not sex. It’s suicide. Yes, that’s actual data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency asked high-school students whether they ever had seriously contemplated suicide, and about one-sixth of them said yes. What’s worse — those numbers are going up. In 2007, 2 percent of high-school […]

Madman strategy is ingenious

WASHINGTON Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose. House Republicans are pursuing their own madman theory in budget negotiations, with a clever twist : Speaker […]

Why mothers help mothers

Surely, you and I can agree on this: No child in America deserves to live in poverty. Yet a record number of children in this country — experts say nearly 25 percent — will not have enough to eat or a place to call home at some point this year. We know this is wrong. We also know how to […]