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Thank you to Run for the Sun Sponsors

Dear Editor,
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Riceville New Bethel Free Will Baptist Church Youth Group. We would like to take this opportunity to thank God for blessing our youth group with an amazing 2nd Annual Run for the Son 5K Walk/Run. Our race was held on Saturday, Sept. 17 on the Dawkins Rail Line Trail.
We want to say thank you for all of those who took the time out of their Saturday to fellowship with us by volunteering to help or by participating in the race. Our youth group appreciates each and every one who helped make it such a success. We also want to give a special thank you to all the businesses and people who made a donation. They include: Modern Electrical; East Ky. McDonalds’ ABC Chiropractic; Conley Tire; Backstage Hair; Barber Mike Jarrell; STP Trucking; Rock N’ Rollers Hair; Thrive – Nicole Caudill; Capital Tire; Barber Travis Tackett; The Blanton Sisters; BOCA Drilling; B&B Distributors; Attorney Toyray Adams, Dairy Queen; Ferguson Excavating; Fiesta Place; Wm. Wade Smith, Inc.; Tracey Hamilton – APRN; John and Wendy Chafin; Thrive – Kara Powers; Prestonsburg Giovanni’s; R&L Paving; Big Sandy RECC; Attorney Jonathan C. Shaw; and State Farm Agent Paul Pelphrey. Thank you again to all our sponsors!
With the success and fun from our Run For the Son 5K, we would like to invite everyone to join us next year. Once again we appreciate everyone who helped in any way, and may God bless each of you.

Love and Prayers
Riceville New Bethel Youth Group

Passing of a legend

Dear Editor,

The American Legion Post 119 of Paintsville, Kentucky would like to salute a deceased comrade, Ray Perry of Louisa, who passed away Saturday, Oct. 15
During WWII, Ray was commander of the famous Navajo code talkers. Navajo Code Talkers served with the 6th Marine Division in the Pacific as well as with parachutists and Marine Raiders.
The Navajo Code Talkers participated in 17 Marine assaults on the Solomon Islands, and assisted the Marines with taking Pelieliu. They served a key part of the U.S. forces taking Iwo Jima, directing troops during the entire operation. During the two days following the initial landing, they had six area nets working around the clock sending and receiving more than 800 messages.
There were 421 Navajos that completed the Code Talker school, and it was thanks to their efforts that American and allied forces were able to win the war in the Pacific.
A Japanese general after the war admitted that cryptographers had not been able to decipher even one message.
Ray Perry will be missed by all.

Donald Lee Castle
Post 119
Paintsville, Ky.

Power corrupts

Dear Editor,
I just wanted to reiterate on the old saying that power corrupts, life is not fair and liars is a liar is a liar.
Here we have a Republican candidate that has no respect for any human person by belittling our President. He refused to serve in the military during the Vietnam War; and made fun of an American Muslim soldier who gave his life and was honored with the Medal of Honor.
He brags about how great of a business person he is by not paying taxes and bankrupting his companies five times. He has personal business and companies in China, Russia, OPEC countries, and even Mexico.
I agree with all these items and sayings, because it’s us working and retired senior citizens that are footing the bill.

Thank you
Pete Herrera
Van Lear, Ky.

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Thank You

Dear Editor,
The Kiwanis Club of Paintsville would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kentucky Apple Board for their hard work and diligence in helping us make this another successful year in raising funds for the children of Johnson County.
Throughout the year, along with our annual fund raising kettle corn sales during the Apple Festival, we have worked with the school’s resource centers in providing over 100 pair of shoes to the children of Johnson County.
We have also participated with Camp Caleb, Key Club, Project Prom, Readyfest, school sports organizations, Department of Community Based Services and many more youth established programs. Paintsville Kiwanis Club also keeps the Kiwanis Trail maintained and helps with the Paintsville Lake clean-up so that our children will have safe areas for their recreational activities.
Once again, thank you Apple Board for your hard work in helping us, in helping our community.
If you would like more information about the Kiwanis Club of Paintsville, we meet every Wednesday at noon at the Ramada Inn.
Kiwanis Club of Paintsville

Combat veteran thanks the children for defending the flag

Dear Editor,
Recently it’s been reported that a schoolteacher threw the flag on the floor and stepped on it in his misguided attempt to teach students about freedom of speech.
I’d like to thank the students that walked out of the classroom when the teacher stomped on the flag, and I’d like to thank the student that got out of his seat and picked the flag off the floor.
I’m a combat veteran and I have friends that died fighting for that flag. Veterans that I know feel that the flag represents those young soldiers that died fighting for that flag and the freedom it represents. Throwing the flag on the floor and stomping on it is an insult to those soldiers that died fighting for freedom.
It’s clear to me that those students had a better understanding of what that flag represents than the teacher did. So, thanks again students for defending the flag and those that have died fighting for freedom.

Lannie Ray
Varney, Ky.

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How we spend reflects who we are

Dear Editor,
Faith communities across the Commonwealth are preparing for their annual stewardship campaigns – a time when individuals and families prayerfully reflect on what we have been given, what we have to give, and how we can use it to support wholeness, joy and abundance among our neighbors and in our communities.
Along with the budgetary commitments that come out of stewardship campaigns, the inner work that gets done bears fruit. We become more aware of and grateful for what we have, more generous and responsive to each other, and more capable of working together toward a common vision.  
Of course these fruits do not belong to faith communities alone. Stewardship is a central concept in our public life, too. As Kentuckians, we have the responsibility and privilege of looking more deeply at our state budget as a reflection of who we are, what kind of state we want to live in and what we are doing to get there.  
Though Kentucky legislators are not currently negotiating a budget nor heading toward a budget session of the General Assembly, the Budget of the Commonwealth is a living document – daily reflecting our priorities and commitments as the people of Kentucky, impacting real people in real time across our state – and we should examine it as such.
What do we learn when we look more closely at our budget – at how we are spending what we have?
· We spend more each year on tax breaks – a huge share of them going to those at the very top – than we spend through the budget on education, health, public safety, programs for elderly and disabled Kentuckians and other budget areas combined.
· Our investments in K-12 education are still 12 percent behind what they were before the Great Recession, once you account for inflation, and disparities between districts are growing.
· Investments in higher education have declined by over 30 percent since then, making college less affordable and eroding important programs including supports for degree completion.
· Kentuckians trying to manage disabilities, mental illness and addiction cannot access the underfunded services they need.
· We are falling short on our commitment to our teachers, social workers, officers and other public servants, not only by underfunding the pensions they have earned, but by failing to compensate them well for their important work.
Our budget is a moral document. Our tax expenditure report, the side of the budget we spend through tax breaks, is also proof of our priorities. Even though we are not currently negotiating a new budget, we have the opportunity to take a long, hard look at what these documents say about us.
We have the opportunity to build support for solutions that bring the way we spend in line with the state we want to create. The Kentucky Council of Churches has joined with many other groups across the state to call on our leaders to clean up our tax code so that we can invest in a stronger Commonwealth for all Kentuckians. Visit to learn more.
It is never too late to become better stewards, to put our long-term common good ahead of the shortsighted interests of a few. We can equip our children with a great education, commit to healthy families and communities, care for each other in times of need, and invest in beautiful parks, state-of-the-art infrastructure and a well-trained workforce.  Let’s work together to make our state’s budget represent the vibrant state we want Kentucky to be. 

Peggy Cecil Hinds, DMin
Interim Executive Director
Kentucky Council of Churches

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Thank You

Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Kentucky Apple Festival Board of Directors and myself, I want to send this letter to personally thank the individuals and businesses who supported the 50 non-profit organizations during this year’s festival. By doing so, you helped these non-profits meet or exceed their budgets for the upcoming year.
A debt of gratitude to the following: The Johnson County Public Library, Bev Scarberry, Paul Pelphrey, Advanced Auto Parts, Dr. Randall Mann, Dr. Dustin Devers, Bruce Ritz, Danny Hamilton, Williams Floral, Bill Holbrook, Dwayne Price, Rick Ratliff, Gary McClure, Sally Holbrook, Wildcat Adventure Rentals, Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center and staff, Sandy Daniels, Johnny Lemaster, Joe Collins, W. R. Castle and Rockhouse Volunteer Fire Departments, Maggard’s Security, EQT Corporation, U.S. Bank, Citizens Bank of Kentucky, Mike Blevins, The Paintsville Herald, Our Lady of the Mountains School, P.D. Pelphrey, McDonald’s of East Kentucky, WYMT Television, EKB Television, Mountain Enterprises, Apple Valley Sanitation, City of Paintsville Sanitation Dept., Kentucky Power Company, BSCTC Skills USA students, Jerry Price, Allen Central ROTC, Pepsi Cola Bottling Group, Kenny Wright, Kenny Mullins, Salyer Law Office, Osborne, O’Bryan and Butcher Law Services, Richard Meek, Paul B. Hall Wound Healing Center and Highlands Foundation.
If you know any of these businesses or individuals, please give them a standing ovation.
The board and I look forward to working with each of you again in celebrating our 55th annual festival in 2017. If there are any individuals or businesses wishing to join this group next year, please feel free to contact me.
Again, I wish to say thank you. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

Ray Tosti, Chairman
Kentucky Apple Festival, Inc.

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The Mayor of Paintsville vs. the Democrat Candidate for President

Dear Editor,
There is an old saying, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And then, there is another saying, “Life is not fair.” And a third saying, “A liar is a liar is a liar.”
Articles in The Paintsville Herald on Wednesday laid out the federal case against Mayor Porter, United States vs. Robert Porter. The mayor was convicted on several federal indictments, with sentencing in January. It is a shame that an otherwise respected and honorable man would be found guilty of financially enhancing himself and family through the misuse of his office. “Power corrupts.”
Mayor Porter’s investigation took federal FBI agents and federal prosecutors to work and present the case, which only took the jury four hours to deliberate.
Now, let us turn to the corruption in Washington DC. Where are the indictments? The democrat presidential candidate has committed crimes against the nation.
I would see Porter as being a misdemeanor offense compared to the capital offense of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
No one died on Mayor Porter’s watch. Hillary was directly responsible for the death of four men in Benghazi, then lied to America about a video being the cause (by the way, the movie director was arrested and imprisoned for making an anti-Muslim movie, political prisoner). Now, it has come out that Hillary named an Iranian nuclear scientist informant in one of her classified, but unsecured emails. It is speculated, that email led to the arrest and death of the scientist by the Iranian government. That email was among the thousands of classified emails on her private server where other CIA operatives and deep-cover informants were named, as well as other national secrets held. That server is suspected to have been hacked by WikiLeaks, Russia, possibly China, and possibly others.
Porter enriched himself with thousands of dollars from office misuse. Hillary and Bill grew their wealth by $200 million during Hillary’s tenure in the senate and as secretary of state, not counting the millions in pay-for-play donations to their family charity.
Hillary delivered knowingly false testimony to congress about the Benghazi debacle, and then false testimony, under oath, about her personal server and emails contained on it once it was discovered.
In violation of a federal subpoena, Hillary had email evidence destroyed instead of turning the emails over to the house committee investigating Benghazi. Obstruction of justice.
Though Mayor Porter’s crimes are apparently significant enough for federal involvement in our little community, his crimes pale compared to the high crimes committed by Hillary. Porter has been convicted while Hillary gets a pass from prosecution by a politicized Department of Justice and FBI, and she is free to campaign for the next president of our nation instead of being behind bars. “Life is not fair.”
After all is said, the community still respects Mayor Porter, despite his misdeeds. However, I will never respect a criminal-in-chief, if she is elected to the highest office in the land. “A liar is a liar is a liar.”

Michael Whitten
River, KY

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