2019-12-25

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‘Shame on you, Governor Bevin’

One of the main topics of discussions right now is how could former Gov. Matt Bevin, during his final days in office, pardon people who were convicted of horrific murders? We, like countless others across the state, especially the victims’ families, would love to know the answer. Few of these pardons make any sense to us. One local pardon that […]

Why bad customer service won’t end anytime soon



Some of the most hated companies in the U.S. are also the most profitable. Much of this consumer resentment may stem from poor customer service. In fact, most Americans have fought with phone menus, desperately seeking a live service agent to seek a refund. In 2013, Americans spent an average of 13 hours disputing a purchase or resolving a problem […]

The older the better …

Points East

One of the biggest problems with writing a weekly newspaper column for nearly 40 years in a row now, is that I sometimes write, again, about the same old memories from long ago. The problem is that I have numerous readers who have been reading this column for as long as I’ve been writing it. I’d rather not get into […]

Feeding innovation is better than outlawing fossil fuels


The two most left-leaning presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, seem to think that a ban on fracking would help solve the climate crisis. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that has enabled a revolution in the U.S. production of oil and especially natural gas. Natural gas emits half as much of the planet-warming gas carbon dioxide as does coal. […]

Junior Johnson: 1931 – 2019

‘The Last American Hero’ dies at age 88


Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson, the moonshine runner turned NASCAR driver described as “The Last American Hero” by author Tom Wolfe in a 1965 article for Esquire, died December 20. He was 88. NASCAR announced the death of Johnson, the winner of 50 races as a driver and 132 as an owner. He was a member of the inaugural class inducted […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907

THURSDAY  DECEMBER 29, 1949  The attempted burglary of the A&P Food Store downtown in Neon Monday night netted the would-be thief nothing but a coat owned by the store’s manager, Ira Hill. According to Hill, he had been in Middlesboro spending Christmas with relatives and happened to stop by the store to fill the stoker furnace on his way back […]

Now here’s a tip!

• “Cabbage leaves go limp in freezer, making them easier to roll. This is especially helpful if you are making a big batch of cabbage rolls!” — V.W. in California • Clean and decorate a Pringles chip can to store a collection of colored pencils. Keep the lid on for portability. You can even roll up some plain paper to […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS DEC. 23-27

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Brooke and Hope agreed about their feelings towards Zoe. Carter questioned Zoe about her relationship with Thomas. Thomas informed Steffy that he’s no longer fixated on Hope. Steffy let Brooke in on her and Liam’s plan to use Zoe to find out the truth about Thomas’ feelings for Hope. Brooke confronted Liam as to […]

Gift ideas for seniors


Most of us don’t need a single thing. We certainly don’t want more cute knickknacks to add to whatever clutter we already have on the shelves. Yet this is the time of year when others think they need to give us presents. Sometimes they’ll ask in advance what we’d like to have, and we can breathe a sigh of relief […]