2014-03-05 / Speak Your Piece

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Do you think Russia would have gone into Ukraine had President George W. ‘W’ Bush been in charge? He was never squeamish about bombing women and children. Look how well it worked in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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My family and I where on our way to Whitesburg. I had not noticed my gas hand and we ran out of gas. I lifted my hood so that I could get some help. Cars kept passing by but no one stopped. D.L. Hammonds did stop to see if he could help. I told him that I had run out of gas. He offered to take my family and I to get gas. He said that it was too cold to leave my family and he took us all. He told me that he was running for sheriff. This man D.L. Hammonds has my Republican vote. I have told everyone about how he had helped my family on that very cold winter day. I am thankful for his help. Vote D.L. Hammonds for Sheriff.

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The Public Service Commission has asked the power company for a concession in our harsh power rates. Whether it is a sincere request or a political ploy to gain time to allow things to settle down until it can be forgotten remains to be seen. Whatever the case, the concession request was caused by pressure from Magistrate Wayne Fleming and those who support him, and this pressure must be maintained so the PSC will pursue the request and our legislators will be sure they do.

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We are not going to get industry and jobs to come here until we get our house in order. Companies don’t come to areas just on a whim, They want suitable conditions to exist — stable, honest government with reliable leadership, safety for their installations and employees, and healthy living conditions. They research an area thoroughly until they are sure it is acceptable. This area would fail on every count, especially on the county judge’s leadership, because there is no hope for the other conditions if that doesn’t exist. One visit to the fiscal court would settle that.

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I’m calling to talk about the propane gas that people are getting delivered to them. A lot of people are talking about this. They are only getting two week’s worth of service out of tanks from Seco. We got a month’s worth last year. Now, all of a sudden it only lasts two weeks. I don’t think this is right. Other people don’t think this is right either. People ought to call in and complain.

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To the man who lives with his mom and sister and two dogs: Why waste your time with church since you are such a hypocrite Monday through Saturday? Really, why waste time on Sunday? Everyone knows how you have lived your whole life. Some things just never change.

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I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton for president for one reason. She is a woman and that will make history. There has never been a woman U.S. president ever. Whether people want to admit it or not, Bill Clinton was great for this country. He even got the deficient going in the other direction, almost going down to nothing. So anytime anyone has anything to say about Bill Clinton, I don’t want to hear it. Oh, yeah. He had a little scandal. What important politician or person in the public eye hasn’t had a scandal? What is in his private life isn’t any of my business. I don’t care if he had a three-ring circus going.

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It’s a shame that churches have gotten to the point that they no longer help people. They are too busy trying to go on trips. They don’t even look at the need in our community. Jesus would take care of His own people before going other places. The Bible says charity starts at home.

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I would like to know who has paid to have County Judge/Executive Jim Ward’s name and title put on all of the county-owned vehicles. I’d like to know who pays for his and Eddie Meade’s reserved parking spaces. And why does Eddie Meade always have to go everywhere with Jim Ward? He follows him in a different vehicle. Are they afraid to be out alone?

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To a certain man: Do you remember that you told me that you would never get married until you found a decent woman? Did you go nuts or something? You married a 34-year-old woman who has been married four times. She has lived with I don’t know how many men. She’ll be leaving you. It won’t be long. As soon as her boyfriend gets out of jail, she’ll do you just like she has done the others.

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Hi, girlfriend. I miss talking to you. I know you haven’t been feeling good lately. I have been thinking about you. I’m the one who called you ‘ Tater Head. I love you and I miss you.

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To Speak Your Piece: I think it is a shame that you can’t find anything else to print expect animal cruelty. You are obviously animal haters and abusers yourselves. I have kept copies of what you have been printing and I am sending these to ‘The Ellen Show.’ You are a disgrace and are encouraging animal abuse, but you already know that. Ellen has had the president of the Humane Society on her show before, I’m requesting she have him on there again to feature Speak Your Piece. You are truly pathetic. Karen Rasnake.

(First, not everyone who works at The Mountain Eagle has something to do with Speak Your Piece. Therefore, we can’t all be haters and abusers of animals — unless your definition includes our staff buying food for and feeding alley cats in downtown Whitesburg. Third, shouldn’t you be directing your anger at the person or persons who call in the cruel messages?)

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This is the old cat killer speaking to the person who is walking in my footsteps: I am glad to have you aboard, because I need help. You all have a nice day.

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Just what is a ‘physical court,’ a handball court or tennis court maybe? One thing it certainly is not is a judge/executive and five magistrates, which form a ‘fiscal court.’ Still, that’s what it is called almost all the time on the roundtable, and sometimes even by fiscal court members and their audience. How about cavalry and Calvary? Cavalry is mounted soldiers, generally used in a military context, mostly about the Civil War on the government channel, and Calvary is a Christian religious term from the Bible, but Calvary seems to be used for both on that channel, Also, idea should not be pronounced as ideal, but often is. I don’t imagine that most youngsters watch the Letcher County Government Channel often, but if they should their English would not benefit.

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Could someone explain to me why Martin Cothran, the leader of the very conservative Family Foundation of Kentucky, is so full of hate when it comes to the issue of gays having the right to marry? Is there some kind of underlying psychological reason for his conduct in this matter, or is it just his way to make money from donations to his organization? Inquiring minds want to know why thou doth protest so much.

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It’s a shame how your kin will steal from the dead even before they are put in the ground. When you go to church, does it go through your mind when you ask for forgiveness? It must not. You will get it back. Think about this.

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Without the support of the full fiscal court, Magistrate Wayne Fleming cannot do anything. You taxpayers pay him a nice salary so he should do his job. It’s not like he’s doing people a favor. Richard Yonts, you are a good and moral man, but I warn you to look out in your race for magistrate in District Five. Wayne Fleming will drag you and your family down with his ruthless lies. So just let the truth speak for itself. More to come.

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When is Gordon Fire Department going to get a good fire chief?

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This is from one of the women in Coon Hollow. Which one of us do you feel sorry for? We all are happy women. Why don’t you quit hiding behind a piece of people and act like an adult and talk to someone’s face or do you have something to hide? What a joke.

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Everybody is hollering drug bust, drug bust. Why don’t you bust the Letcher County Jail? That seems to be where all the dope is.

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I read in Speak Your Piece that the queen bee of Jenkins is planning on running for mayor. Wake up, Jenkins. This is just another tactic of hers to get her foot back in the city park for her festival.

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I think the cat killer is seriously ill. He needs some help. If he’ll come to Indian Creek, there is a certain person who will give him all the help he needs and he won’t be able to kill any more cats.

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I’d like to speak my piece about the mayor of Jenkins. He doesn’t do anything, so I just want to tell the people of Jenkins that they need to wake up and see the light.

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Where did all the indignation about the Judge’s wife come from at the recent fiscal court meeting? The judge’s wife has a public position as a state employee, and her name came up in connection with her official state functions and actions. In fact, what was said was that she had met with Perry County about the company that wanted the rushed lease change at Isom. It’s not as though her private life was being criticized. State employees’ behavior should always be open and subject to scrutiny. They have no privacy rights with respect to their job; we have an open records act here in Kentucky, and freedom of speech everywhere in the country, and that ought to include any private citizen’s right to talk about state employee actions, and any comment at the fiscal court.

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To a certain nice lady: You told me to call you. It was the next day after your birthday you called me, but you blocked your number. I know who you are, but you should have called and left your number if you really wanted to talk to me.

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After conducting an independent survey of eligible voters in Jenkins pertaining to the upcoming mayoral election we have determined that the projected winner is too close to call. When asked the question, ‘If the mayoral election were held today, for whom would you vote?’ The unofficial results are: Ernestine Flint, 1 vote; G.C. Kincer, 2 votes; Terry Braddock, 3 votes, and Chum Tackett, 4 votes. More than 300 respondents stated that they would vote for any unnamed, honorable candidate before they would vote for any of the above listed potential candidates. This is certainly stacking up to be one of the most hotly contested elections in Jenkins history.

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I’d like to reply to the comment in last week’s Speak Your Piece about illegal immigrants. How come my wife and I had to show picture identification and proof of income to get into college and get financial aid? How are they getting in without an I.D. or anything? We no longer have immigration laws. We are letting them have everything free so we can downsize government now and get rid of the immigration department. That would just be more jobs lost under Obama.

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I want to wish a belated happy sixth birthday to Jasmine Nicole Guthrie. It was on February 27. I love you, Jaz. From Auntie.

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I’ve been watching and sorting out this Isom situation and I have a question. The county judge insists that he checked out thoroughly the company that wanted to sublet the Isom site, and admitted at the Letcher Fiscal Court meeting that he knew they had no location in Tennessee in spite of what their literature said. Why then did he pass out that same inaccurate literature as a basis for making a judgment on the sub-lease, and why did he not share what he’d found with the court before asking them to vote with him instead of staying mum and trying to push the vote through in the face of very reasonable concerns by Magistrates Adams and Fleming? And why are the three magistrates who voted with him sticking with him after he sandbagged them like that?

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Wake up, people. These ignorant Democrats had full control for two years and could do nothing. They want to whine because they don’t have full control at this point. Who in their right mind would vote for Barack Obama?

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Certain employees of a certain city are buying drugs every day and are coming out to work after they do it. I think they need to be drug tested. This needs to be looked into before someone gets hurt.

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I have a comment about gay marriage. I’m sorry for those people when they die, because that is abomination in God’s eyes. Boys, I’m sorry for you.

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I have a husky that is missing and he goes by the name Blade. He is about six months old. He is black and white with one blue eye and one brown eye. He has been missing since Feb. 27. If anybody has seen him in the Jenkins area or anywhere else, please call (276) 870-3531. He is loved very dearly. He is our baby. If anyone has seen him we would greatly appreciate you calling us.

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I have always had a lot of respect for this newspaper. I do not understand why you keep printing this every week about the cat killer. It is sick. The man is sick. Please stop printing this. You are losing a lot of people reading your newspaper.

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I’d just like to know who is speaking out on Jim Ward’s defense. Politicians used to kiss the babies until they realized that the babies weren’t old enough to vote. Codell Gibson, it’s a shame that Wayne Fleming has to speak up to the highway department about bad road conditions in your district. Also, someone said that you could tell when politicians wouldn’t look you in the face when they are lying. They also stutter a lot, too. Does that sound like somebody we know, too? All I can is, boys, come election day bend over, stick your heads between your legs and kiss your behinds good-bye. My grandpa used to say that most politicians are liars. The only time they tell the truth is when they call each other liars.

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I have a suggestion. Why don’t we change the name of the Letcher County Government Channel just to Letcher County Channel?

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I would like to wish a young lady a very happy birthday. Happy birthday, Shelly Sturgill of Eolia. May God bless you with many more to come. Love and miss you so much. Have a great birthday. Love and prayers from your sister in Christ and your brother in Christ.

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Is the Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Drama going to update the information on its website? The list of board of directors still has people listed who have been voted off of the committee.

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I would like to wish two very special people a happy birthday, Irene and Stick Sergent. May the Lord bless you with many more birthdays to come. Sure do miss you guys. Have a great birthday. Love and prayers.

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I see that the county extension office got rid of one bad apple. Now, if they would just get rid of the other one.

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Facebook is so uplifting. When you are down and out and you feel as if you have lost everything that matters to you, there are always people who will step up and tell you how good and beautiful you are even though you don’t deserve it. There are people that will do that and even though it might not be true, it still makes your day.

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Would someone tell me whatever happened to UNITE? Would someone please tell me how to get in touch with UNITE?

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Would you like to meet me again in a court of law? I am ready at any time. Keep the date open. This is the Midnight Phantom speaking.

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I have 73 alarms on the wall. I have a camera on the roof. I have a guard dog in the driveway. I have a cross on the lawn. I have two eyes peeping toward you.

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Who goes around calling themselves ‘Walking Tall’? If you are going to give yourself a nickname, at least be original. Come on, now. Who is going to take you serious with a nickname like that?

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I eat at Dairy Queen quite often, but they can never get my order right. I don’t know what the problem is. Maybe they don’t hear you, but I wish they would try to listen when they take an order and at least get your sandwiches right.

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WXKQ the Bulldog, you are destroying a great mountain tradition as well as a popular public service by changing ‘The Swap Shop.’ You should change the name to the Flop Shop. I shall miss Mr. Jingles.

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I believe that God and Senator Mitch McConnell will carry us through this threatening period of U.S. history. The faith and dedication of Senator Mitch McConnell will save America from sliding toward impending martial law and dictatorship, which is always the end product of politically motivated social reform. Thank the good Lord for Senator McConnell, bless his holy name. Remember that it was President John F. Kennedy who said, ‘. . . while here on earth, God’s work must truly be our own.’ Senator McConnell is the man. Anonymous.

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Am I the only person who thinks it’s funny that the sign leading up Pine Mountain right by McDonald’s simply says, ‘Mama’? Reckon the road is really, really bad up there?

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Happy birthday for the month of March to: Cassal Boggs, Sumo Barron, Hayley Murphy at Baresta Branch, Dean Wilson at the mouth of Cowan, Selma Lou Banks our cousin, Lonnie Pack our brother, Beverly Mosier a very close friend. Happy anniversary to our pastor Joe Brown and wife Linda Brown on St. Patrick’s Day, plus there’s a whole bunch of sick people in our neighborhood. Let’s remember them in prayer. Thank you, Stanley Pack.

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People who gossip to you will gossip about you. It shows what bad character they have, regardless of how good they try to act like they are. If you listen to them gossip that speaks volumes about you. You need to think before you believe what you’re being told. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth. They are in the judgment of God. If you listen and have an opinion wrongfully of that person, you will be judged as well. Read the Bible.

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