2014-08-13 / Speak Your Piece

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Spit, spit, spit. Why is it each time I venture from my home in eastern Kentucky I feel a need for an infection control suit. Spitting in public is a nasty, disease-spreading, revolting habit. Spit is a body fluid. Have you heard that phrase in the news recently? Watch your average mountain man at any local parking lot. They get out of their truck and the first thing they do is spit. They go toward the store and they spit before entering the door. They come out and they spit again. They get to their truck and they spit yet again. If they meet an acquaintance and both are male they spit again — one to the left and one to the right. Reminds me of rituals performed by tribesmen in deep jungles. If you have the need to spit while in public, please use a handkerchief or use a tissue or the napkins you saved from the local fast food place. And please place in a trashcan for disposal.

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Hey, Mama. How come you went up there and bailed your little pet demon son out of jail again? It cost at least $5,000. I hope you enjoyed that.

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I think the people of Letcher County need to do something with our school board. Every year they jack the taxes up as high as the state will allow them. I just received my phone bill and it has gone up again. Between the state taxes that have increased and the school tax that increased, it was up $4 from the month before. We need to put people in there who know how to run things on less money.

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On the campaign trail, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes claims to support Kentucky coal. Behind closed doors, however, Grimes is an anti-coal liberal who supports the Barack Obama-Harry Reid war on coal. Like oil and water or cats and dogs, Grimes and coal just don’t mix.

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I have successfully predicted the winner of the mayoral race in Jenkins for the past 35 years. It is so easy; I simply listen to the people. I will not divulge this year’s projected winner at this time, but I will say that when the election results are in there will not be enough tissue, paper towels or bath towels in Jenkins to swab all the teardrops that will fall in City Hall.

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I have always thought that people of Appalachia were proud of their heritage and known for being straight up, but I have evidence to suggest that there are many who do not possess these characteristics. The useless scum that I am referring to are those Fred Sanford-types who feel they are going to get rich quick by digging ginseng out of season. I never dreamed that so many people would get caught in the snare ever so cleverly set by the unrealistic reality television show ‘Appalachian Outlaws.’ For some reason, the television series primarily highlighted the illegal harvesting (stealing) of ginseng and not the tradition of ‘senging,’ and it seemed they made people believe they can sell ginseng for prices approaching the price of gold. Good luck on getting $1,000 a pound out of green seng is all I can say. Even Orby knows that’s a crock. The days of the old time ‘sengers’ is over. The likes of my great uncle, who grabbed his digger with his old dog following him that still hit the woods well into his 80’s, are all but gone. The getrich quick mentality has tarnished the tradition of senging, and the sad thing about it all is that the tradition will never be passed along to the younger generations. We have people who are on disability who claim they can’t work but can scale the mountains everyday from April to the killing frost trying to dig as much of the root as they possibly can in hopes of a huge payout. They are too ignorant to realize that this practice is not sustainable. There’s a seng season for a reason. In case you didn’t know it starts September 1 and ends December 1. It is truly disheartening to know that the ‘outlaw sengers’ will kill the tradition for the old timers like my great uncle and for the next generation. From a senger to a thief, you are pathetic.

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In response to the comment about the Gordon Fire Department and the park, I want to say thank you for standing up for our community. These people don’t get paid a dime to go on these 911 calls, or clean and mow the park. It is all volunteer. I know one person in particular who will go to the homes of 911 callers just to be with them until help arrives. How many people are willing to do that? I see nothing but prosperity for this community. ‘If God be for us, who can be against us.’ (Romans: 8:31)

( Letcher County has many community volunteers who go above and beyond to make life safer for the rest of us. Thank you for taking up for those whose work benefits the community of Gordon.)

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Talk about power crazy people in Jenkins, three of them candidates from nearly the same street running for mayor. They hope that one or the other of them stays in power, but the so-called ‘high enders’ have snubbed their noses at us long enough. It’s time for a practical hard working person to run the show.

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I just saw a segment on Fox News about how federal workers have so much free time on their hands they surf the web when they aren’t busy. The guy on the news said that only in a federal job could you do that. I’ve got news for him; people at ARH do that all the time.

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I can’t believe that every time I turn on Channel 98, all I see is County Judge Jim Ward and the fiscal court. All I see is the same old junk every day. I thought the Letcher County channel is supposed to show stuff that goes on in Letcher County. Seems like Jim Ward has it so the fiscal court meeting plays all the time. I’m sick and tired of looking at him. I wish they would put stuff on that channel that we could actually watch. I would like to see the McRoberts Reunion on there. Isn’t anyone going to tape anything?

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There is an old saying that says you get what you deserve or you reap what you sow.

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When I was growing up, my grandfather said you wouldn’t be able to tell the seasons apart with the coming of the end of time. He said that was in the Bible.

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On the first day of school in Letcher County, a gentleman who came by in a gray Mustang on U.S 119 early in the morning and he was really driving very fast. A red vehicle pulled out in front of the Mustang and my automobile. Whoever the guy is in the gray Mustang with the coal miner’s tag on the back, I hope you get this message and I hope that you will slow your vehicle down. You could have caused a serious accident by the way you were driving. If you have children, I think you should at least consider them and be more cautious on the road. There was quite a bit of traffic on the road at that time in the morning transporting children to and from school. Please pay more attention next time.

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Don’t you just hate election years? Candidates who would not give you the time of day or a simple ‘hello, how are you’ or ‘hello, may I help you’, are now flashing those big yellow-tooth smiles to try to get your vote. Where do they get the audacity to ask for your vote when they snub you on other occasions?

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If that waiter at Las Peñas doesn’t stop flirting with my woman, he is going to get his.

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It’s a shame that a man in his late fifties is dating a girl just out of high school. Please, get off the needle and meth. There are more things in life than the needle. Is that the only reason you are with a man who is nearly sixty? It is embarrassing to see you two holding each other’s hands. If you don’t stop you will get picked up for public intoxication and will go to jail.

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Stop the meth making in Woodrock. We don’t need anyone else to overdose.

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WYMT-TV is so transparent that even a blind man could see through them. When Secretary of State Alison Grimes and former President Bill Clinton had their event in Hazard it took WYMT maybe a minute and a half to two minutes at the tops and they were on to the next story. WYMT then went out with Mitch McConnell all day long and were with him the rest of his trip to southeastern Kentucky. WYMT is so pro-Republican that it is sickening. Be fair. Be even.

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To Ms. Grimes who is running for Senate: I believe your president threw you under the bus from day one. Also, if you have to tell the president not to come here to help you win, that pretty well explains it right there.

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I wish all of you cat lovers and dog lovers would quit setting cats and dogs out next to my house or down the road from my house. This is the cat killer. You all are worse than I am for doing that. Shame on you people.

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I’m going to quote Mitch McConnell. He says that if he is re- elected he is going to fight and save all Kentucky coal jobs. He is in office now and has been there for 30 years. Why hasn’t he done something before now? Why start now, Mitch? My advice is ditch Mitch.

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I want to wish my little sister, Emma Paige, a happy second birthday. Love your sister, Olivia Grace. Happy birthday, Sissy.

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I want to wish my niece, Emma Paige Myer, a happy second birthday on August 18. Love, Aunt Missy, Uncle Charlie, cousin James and cousin Autumn. We love you, little Boo Boo. Happy birthday.

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I’d like to thank the Sugar Grove community and the Kingdom Come/Linefork Community Center, especially Larry, Sue, Marlene, Wanda and Bessie for all the help that you have given to my family and me. It is greatly appreciated.

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Thank you to the Kingdom Come/Linefork Community Center for all the clothing and food items that you donated to my kids and me. Thank you.

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Hey all you coal miners and coal mining families, did you hear what they showed on TV about Mitch McConnell? He said it was not his job to take care of coal miners. That was prior to us losing our jobs. If you all want to vote for him, go for it. He takes us to be a stupid bunch of hillbillies. I think we are smarter than that.

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I would just like to tell my real good friend that I work with at a certain pizza place that I heard talk that they are going to fire her if she doesn’t stay off that phone. Her man can talk to her before she comes to work or after she leaves work. Every 15 or 20 minutes he is calling down there and she hasn’t been there that long. The boss has already said that they were going to get rid of her, and I really think a lot of her. I would hate to see her get fired. That man needs to be told that he needs to stop hanging around there unless he is going to buy something. The bosses are getting tired of it.

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What is the use of having self-pay gas pumps here in Jenkins? When you put your credit card in to use it, you are only allowed to get $35 worth of gas. Then it doesn’t fill up the gas tank unless you go inside the gas station and pay cash.

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I am sick of the political rhetoric being espoused by both Mitch McConnell and Allison Grimes. I will not vote for either one until one steps forward and tells the truth. I am sick of their ‘blame game’ — blame the EPA, blame Obama, blame the gas companies for the loss of coal mining jobs. This is not the first time in history that coal miners have had to pull up roots and move out of the region or out of the state to find a different occupation. I would have more respect for candidates if they would just say, ‘ Folks the coal mining jobs are gone from eastern Kentucky and they are not coming back. Don’t waste another day of your life waiting for Congress to legislate a coalmining job for you. It’s time to retrain or relocate or both and go on with your life.’

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The City of Jenkins exists because of coal. Neon, Whitesburg and Blackey exist because of coal. I exist because I cut my teeth on a block of coal. Thank you very much. This is the Midnight Phantom.

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Dear Speak Your Piece, if you all think Alison Grimes is going to help our coal here in Letcher County, you are sadly mistaken. Oh yeah, the United Mine Workers think they’ve got it made now. Once Alison and Hillary are in they will take them out and they’re the last ones to go.

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To the man who hit and killed a woman: You have no remorse. She had a soul and feelings just like you, me or anybody else in this world. Before you take the plank out on her wrongdoing, you better take a good look at yourself and look at your wrongdoing. Plus, you better watch what comes out of your mouth, because you have a family and children of your own. Goodness gracious. They had feelings just like anybody else did and you are the one who has to live with this.

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To whom it may concern: The East Letcher Ministry Church in Neon was supposed to be there to help the poor. They take all the good stuff inside and the pastor and his crew pick out what they want. They throw everything else out for the other people. I have been told that they have yard sales with the real good stuff. I just thought that I would let everyone know what is going on up there.

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So basically you just have to get over it and don’t let it ruin your already-ruined day. Just forget about it and try to go on. You just have to look over people because nobody is perfect. Nobody is ever going to be perfect. This is not a perfect world and people are not perfect. People learn by their mistakes. Some times it is the hard ones and some times they’re not so hard and you can learn early. Nevertheless, I couldn’t care less.

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My Glamorous Blueberry: It’s been some time since I last saw you, but I just wanted to let you know I still think of you every day. Things are different now. I know you’re happy, but I want you to know the things I still feel for you. There’s never been someone drive me as wild as you did. Seeing you now only makes me want those nights back. This is only the first installment of the confession of my love for you. I hope to see you soon. Until the next, Sugarsicle.

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According to federal guidelines, if you are trying to live on minimum wage you are living in poverty. To make matters worse, our elected officials in Jenkins put a one and one- half percent occupational tax on your wages to fund a swimming pool that you and your family can’t afford to use. When these officials ask for your vote in November, that would be a good time to tell them to kiss where the sun don’t shine.

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To the elected official with the obscene ‘selfie’ circulating in Letcher County: You are a disgrace to your family, place of employment, position and community. Shame on you.

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It doesn’t seem like my sweet little niece should be two years old on August 18. time has sure flown by fast. I have watched you grow from a tiny little thing into a sweet little girl. Aunt Missy sure does love you bunches. Happy second birthday.

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Yes, we are known as a Christian nation, but do you think the God we believe in would approve of us believing the lies and propaganda that comes out of Washington and their mouthpieces? This country is basically bankrupt with millions of people out of work and we don’t need millions more to come here and be on the welfare rolls. Sure, many of these people are poor, but so are many in the U.S. By the way, would you take some of these people that you know absolutely nothing about into your home and take care of them? I have lived among them for several years, and probably know more about them than almost all the people in Washington do. I could write a big book about them and most of it would be bad. I also have a lot of Hispanic friends in south Texas, with photos to prove it.

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Happy second birthday to our baby girl Emma Paige. We hope you have a wonderful day and a blessed year. Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back a billion times.

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I don’t know why you all won’t print anything called in about the neighbors’ dog. They must have paid you not to print anything. Now she has zero tolerance for them. So when they sit on their porch and flip their cigarette butts over in her yard she will call the police. That won’t keep her from getting another dog. You can count on that.

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Big Sexy: I am glad I met you. You melt my heart. I think about you day and night. I hope you feel the same way about me. I hope we can be together soon. Love you big bunches. Your baby.

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Sweetheart, I just wanted to tell you that I love you, and I will miss you. I thank God that I met you. You are such a great person. I pray you stay on the right path and that we can meet up later on. I love you baby, please stay out of trouble and know that you will always have a special place in my heart. You’ve got my number and it’s in the book. I love you as big as the sky. Love always, your baby doll.

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Pimp Daddy: The first time I seen you I knew I had to have you. You won my heart right over. I know this isn’t the most romantic place, but honest, I’d be anywhere just to be next to you. You really make my whole day just by hearing your voice. I really don’t know what more to say, just know that I want you more every day. Love always, your baby.

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