If you want to keep First Amendment rights, then use them

“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Most people associate that ubiquitous phrase with fitness and exercise, or a learned skill like bike riding. But it applies to our First Amendment rights, too. There’s a perfect example of using those rights in order to not lose them that made headlines last week, and it has to do with getting […]

Session’s best bills have been ignored in favor of Bevin’s

Friday may be the end of the workweek for most of us, but this past one turned out to be the start for the General Assembly, since that’s when Governor Bevin called legislators to Frankfort to kick off a special legislative session. The topic at hand is one that has dominated the legislature’s agenda since the beginning of the year: […]

Drug price gouging: An American story

To be American is a wonderful thing most of the time. There are moments, however, when it is downright humiliating. Can you imagine a more pitiful scene than a busload of Americans traveling 815 miles from Minneapolis to a Walmart in London, Ontario, Canada, to buy insulin at a 10th — a 10th! — of the price charged in the […]

10 days at Uncle Jim’s

In mid July of 1956, I was ready to enter third grade and my brother, Keith “Keeter”, was all set to become a first grader when we were ready to enter the hallowed halls of Blair Branch Grade School, a few short weeks later. In the meantime, we had 10 days of vacation to enjoy at our Uncle Jim and […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1909 A 14-page edition of The Mountain Eagle, the largest in the paper’s nearly two years of operation, with each of its three sections entitled “Industrial Edition.” Noting that aside from the logging of much of its large virgin poplar and black walnut trees, “little progress” has been made since Letcher County was formed in 1842 from […]


RECAPS: JULY 22 – 26 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Hope contemplates whether or not to go through with her wedding to Thomas after Phoebe’s interruption. Upset, Flo begins to drink. When the ceremony is complete, Thomas tells Liam that he is Hope’s husband now and that there is nothing Liam can do to change that. Liam overhears a […]

Moments in Time

• On July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin set up more efficient colonial routes and standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight. • On July 22, 1933, American Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennett Field in New York, becoming the first aviator […]

Strange But True

• It was 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who made the following observation: “My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.” • When the movie “Grizzly Adams” was filmed, the grizzly bear that played the title role was paid $9,000 a day, plus an extra $15,000 for performing its own stunts. I wonder if […]

Now Here’s a Tip!

• To test the seals on your refrigerator and freezer, close a piece of paper in the door. If you can pull it out easily, it’s likely that your seal is loose. Clean or replace door gaskets for a better seal. • To clean the microwave, try adding the juice of half a lemon to a cup of water and […]

Yonts family holds reunion

The family of the late Faris and Ada Collins Yonts of Whitesburg, held their bi-annual reunion at Mc- Cormick Creek State Park in Spencer, Ind., the week of July 7-13. Of the 11 children of Faris and Ada Yonts, only four are still living — Marie Yonts Mercer and Harold Russel Yonts, both of Indianapolis, Ind., Duane Yonts of Little […]