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Thank you

Dear Editor:

On behalf on the Rt 23 Cultural Heritage Network, OSCAR, and “The Story Patch” committees, I would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, and individuals for their various sponsorships of “The Story Patch”:
Paintsville Kiwanis (Platinum)
Pack & Butcher Law Office and McDonald’s of Eastern Ky (Gold)
Paintsville Funeral Home; Foothills Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.; State Farm Insurance; Century 21 Unlimited Realty & Auction Services; Oil Springs Homemakers; Johnson County Family and Consumer Sciences council (Bronze)
1ST Choice Realty; Hon. J. Kevin Holbrook; Junior Wright Auto Sales; Han Dee Mart. (Friend/Patron)
Johnson Co. Extension Service; The Historic SIPP Theater; Paintsville Tourism; KY Cooperative Extension fine Arts Program; Appalachian Community Theater; The Paintsville Herald; Floyd County Times; K-Lite 94.7 WKLW; WSIP 98.9; Johnson County Chamber of Commerce; TOUR SEKY, Debbie Tuggle Pendley, (In Kind)
Also Michael Hall, Steve Sexton, Almeda Childers, Terry Salyer, Sandra Hall, cast, parents ansd grandparents of the cast and all other volunteers. We couldn't do it without you!
This play series made up of stories from local people helps preserve our local history and culture as well as to promote and support the arts. In addition, we hope to boost local tourism and fund community and economic development efforts by creating a new source of revenue earmarked exclusively for those goals. We intend to continue this play series annually, creating a new play using new stories each year.
You are in luck! A final run of“The Story Patch: Just Like Family” will be this week, September 19th and 20th at 7 p.m. and September 21st at 3 p.m. at OSCAR (old Oil Springs School). This will be a great opportunity to see the encore performance of this very entertaining play.

Vicki M. Rice, President
Secretary, CHN
The Story Patch Board Member
Oil Springs, KY

Letters to the Editor
The real threat

Dear Editor:

ISIS terrorists and other like-minded groups have never been and will never be a threat to America. The real threat to our way of life is the gerrymandered, dysfunctional electorate coupled to the exaggerated threats hawked by our elected leaders.
“We must stop ISIS terrorists over there!” say our elected leaders. “They have vowed to fly their black flag at the White House.” Typical exaggerated statements. Only the proper nouns and verbs change with each new threat.
Imagine, if you can, ISIS terrorists driving their pickup trucks up Pennsylvania Avenue with their DShK heavy machine guns mounted in their beds, brandishing 360 degrees of danger. Yes, sir, ten thousand ISIS terrorists will force our state-of-the-art Armed Forces and our 1.4 million front-line troops to surrender Old Glory. You can take that to the bank.
Such babble has already produced grave outcomes and costly failures in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and our elected leaders are itching for history to record another repetition. What good did our meddling in the internal affairs of those sovereign nations accomplish for America or the Middle East? Any televised newscast of the mayhem in that part of the world will provide the correct answer.
Our elected leaders refuse to learn from the well-taught lessons of history. One example will demonstrate the egregious consequences of their refusal to learn. The ISIS terrorists would not be in Iraq today if Saddam Hussein was still in charge of that sovereign nation. True, he was an evil leader, but just look at the greater evils his absence has spawned, not counting the grievous blood-and-dollar cost to America and Americans.
We are more vulnerable to terrorists in 2014 than we were the day before 9/11/01. If there had been an ounce of uncontaminated intelligence among our elected leaders on 9/12/01, they would have sealed our borders so tight that a field mouse could not have crossed them unobserved or without proper documentation. Yet, thirteen years later, an M4 Sherman tank can cross our southern border at will and our elected representatives would waste another session of Congress arguing like juveniles over whether the tank has the right to stay on our side of the border; thus, clearly violating their oath of office and our Constitution. Our founding fathers have got to be turning over in their graves.
Incidentally, terrorists have more than likely already crossed our southern border and are holed up somewhere waiting for a propitious moment to make their whereabouts known.
Nevertheless, the “only real threat” to our way of life is “a clear and pressing danger” that anyone who takes the time to see can see, and that threat will remain so as long as the electorate turns a blind eye to the lawless, irresponsible conduct of our elected leaders in Congress and the White House.

Shafter Bailey
Lexington, Ky.

Letters to the Editor
Alone and scared 

Dear Editor:
As I sit here tonight, and replay all that has transpired earlier this evening, I sit alone, and scared. Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. today, I sat with a heavy heart wondering if I or my children will be beaten, burned out, or even killed in our sleep.
On March of 2014 a convicted felon was caught red-handed with a fire arm and arrested by a Mr. Mulls from the KSP, badge #842, from Pikeville. My family ws blamed for this.
It was told I had this weapon and in fact had hidden it for this convicted felon. I have not had a moments rest since then nor have my children be able to sleep or even go to school without wondering if they have a place to come home to or even if they would be attacked by these people.
However, I have made many calls to the Johnson County Sheriff’s dept. as well as the KSP in Pikeville. I was told that there was not a thing that they could do to help me.
As of tonight, KSP was called by this party again and sent on us. One of my kids was not threatened but was almost harmed. The person involved grabbed a 2x4 and not once but twice tried to hit him in the head. My son is a special needs child. We were told tonight “we can’t help you” even after this.
I feel I have spent all day wasting my time trying to end the harassment and threats. I have went to Sheriff D. Price and a few of his officers, I have went to the county Attorney’s office, a Mr. M. Endicott, and I was told, “I can’t help you Ms. Castle. You have no video or audio, so you are on your own”. After that I gave up. I feel like I’m all alone and no help.
My window was broken on Aug. 25, 2014, a report was written by JCSO Deputy Tim Clark on the damage to my home. Now we did the right thing, contacted all that I could and nothing. We are in fear of our lives, afraid to be burned in our home alive or killed.
Mentally, emotionally and now physically, I’m so tired and drained and scared. Why isn’t anything being done? People are killed everyday because of craziness. The children are afraid of being attacked as am I. These people have bad records of violence, so I feel like my rights are being stripped from me and I have no right to have any protection.
So far in the past five months we have been threatened, made fun of, had our driveway blocked, almost hit with four wheelers, and slandered on the internet. Yet no one can hear my plea for help.
Constable Bob Hyden and JCSO Deputy Clark again had to let my tormentors go because they said they had no proof. I’ve even had not one, but two of my children’s beloved pet dogs end up dead, poisoned, and could not prove who done it. I’m going to have to move from here because the County Attorney and the Sheriff’s office can’t keep them off me and my children.
I bought my own home and invested time and money for almost a 12 year period.
I was told that this tormentor will not stop and that one of my children as well as myself would be jumped and beat to death. That there was not a thing I can do about it because law enforcement can’t help me or touch them and laughed about it.
I now believe this is a true statement. I was there today, not only at Mr. Endicott’s office, but the sheriff’s office. I told law enforcement it would become violent and it did. So I feel like they are taking sides and it’s not on mine, even though I have so many calls and reports. I don’t know why nothing is being done about it. I’m having to move but I don’t have the money and this is all I have other than my children.
With this being said I feel I have no constitutional rights at all and with no help or protection. I may in the near future, as a last resort, exercise my right to protect my family. No matter what, regardless of how I feel, I’ve been lied to, denied protection and feel like that all is a prejudice against me for some reason. I wonder what a convicted felon, a person with a known menal problem and others that live around me that are known for domestic violence are allowed to harass, torment and threaten someone that is handicapped with two children with mental delays (special needs kids). How are they allowed to run free while our way of life is taken away? Johnson County has allowed it. We can’t sleep, sit outside, or enjoy our lives anymore. So with this being said I only want justice for my children and I want the right to feel safe without having to live scared.
So what I wish to know is WHY CAN’T SOME ONE HELP US BEFORE IT’S TO LATE. Do we need to be hurt? Our home burnt with or without us in it, or does blood have to be shed from us before someone will pay attention?
Do we have to pay the price for trying to be good people? Because that’s the way I feel and that so far what’s been happening.
So our judicial system has let us down and because of it we are going to end up getting hurt.

Shame on you Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and shame on you County Attorney, Mr. M. Endicott.
Ms. Dee A. Castle
Offutt, Ky.

Letters to the Editor
We are lucky

Dear Editor,
We are so lucky in Johnson County to have convenient waste disposal. For a low monthly fee, we have considerate weekly pick-up of our garbage through the services of Paintsville Utilities and Apple Valley Sanitation. How easy it is to put out the trash and have it disappear.
Sometimes we see big cities pictured on television with striking sanitation workers and the garbage piled high creating nesting places for rats and flies. How awful!
Kudos to our waste workers who are out there every day in good or bad weather giving us this wonderful clean environment! Thank them every day with a honk or a wave!
Jeanie Dorton

Letters to the Editor
Thanks to

Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Johnson County School System, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone in the Johnson County community who donated their time, efforts and supplies to make the “Back to School Readifest” such a huge success. It is evident that we live in such a giving community filled with people who value the needs of children. You may never realize how much of a difference your generosity makes for students and families as they prepare for a new school year. Close to five hundred students attended Readifest and received school supplies from area businesses, cooperatives, churches, community agencies and civic clubs. Appreciation goes to Highland Church of Christ for hosting the event. A huge “thank you” goes out to Johnson County’s eight Family Resource/Youth Service Center Directors for working numerous hours to prepare for Readifest and ensuring the success of the event. So many more students will be prepared for the first day of school because of the support from our local community.

Shauna L. Patton
FRYSC District Liaison
Johnson County Schools

We have failed

Dear Editor,
“We the People of the United States, in Order to Form a more perfect Union,” have failed our founding fathers. The cesspool in Washington is undeniable proof of a less perfect Union.
It is a waste of words to select the derelict, corrupt content in the cesspool and label it either Republican or Democratic. Both parties have made equal contributions.
George W. Bush had a Republican majority in the House and Senate at his beck and call for his first two years in the Oval Office. Instead of cleaning out the cesspool with good and proper leadership, he wasted the opportunity on a “Mandate from God” that required him to spread democracy around the world. Besides the grievous human cost, citizens not yet born will have money withheld from their paychecks to pay for his misguided decisions that produced no intended consequences other than excessive profit in oil and military-related industries.
We the people reelected Bush.
Barack Obama had a Democratic majority in the House and Senate at his beck and call for his first two years in the Oval Office. Instead of cleaning out the cesspool with good and proper leadership, he squandered the opportunity on a health-care bill infested with arrogance, incompetence, illegalities, prescribed monopolies, multiple exceptions from compliance and other special privileges that were purchased with gross amounts of money from the private sector, and the Democrats passed the bill, “to find out what was in it,” with senatorial votes illegally purchased with tax dollars that will cost we taxpayers $1.2 billion over 10 years. He even promoted the bill with outright dishonesty. “You can keep your doctor....”
We the people reelected Obama.
Congress is top heavy with 60- to 75-year old multimillionaires who amassed their wealth on Capitol Hill. We can be certain their wealth came from the only source of real money, our personal bank accounts. In return, they gave us the aforementioned cesspool and added America to the endangered list.
We the people reelected and reelected and reelected the multimillionaires despite their gutter-low job performance rating that should have terminated their employment many years ago.
Moreover, we the people stood by and let truth, integrity, and honor lose their standing in Congress and the White House. The absence of those personal attributes created the cesspool, which is simply a breeding tank for petty differences that divide and will ultimately conquer our way of life. Those juvenile-like differences do not amount to a handful of pennies on the scale of things that really matter, i.e. “the certain unalienable Rights, ... Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In the whole world, only “We the People of the United States” have the power to overrule Wall Street, K Street, and the other corporate paymasters that control the “People’s House.” We the people can reinstate our democratic Republic without firing a shot, thanks to our founding fathers!
On November 4, 2014, will we the people make a last-ditch stand and hold the ground that was so nobly won by our ancestors, or will we vote for a name only and reelect the tainted status quo, again?

Shafter Bailey
Lexington, Ky.

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