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Accident Witness

Dear Editor,
On Feb. 21, 2017, a loaded coal truck driving on U.S. 23 toward Prestonsburg or Pikeville hit a driver in a red Toyota Camry, knocking the driver into a sign, where they spun into oncoming traffic and finally went into the ditch. The coal truck driver just kept on going. He didn’t know if he had killed the occupant of the car or not. Hit, then ran.
There was a lady who stopped to help the victim, but her name is unknown. The accident occurred on the Johnson/Floyd County line at East Point.
Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information as to who the driver of the coal truck was or the company, please contact (606) 793-2835.

Arlene Nickell,

Article Content

Dear Editor,
I wanted to express my concern over the article published about Sheriff Price’s alleged conduct. I am from the area but haven’t lived there in years and have no support or affiliation with either the sheriff or the victim. My concern is with the content of the article. I would hope the victim gave explicit permission to reprint the allegations, however, even with such consent the level of details provided are disturbing. I am in no way defending the sheriff, but I would have been hesitant to publish such details for a few reasons: 1. the victim’s privacy and 2. until there is an investigation these are merely allegations. Just publishing this story with these details gives small towns a lot to talk about and given the victim’s history with the town, the allegations may be false. I am disappointed in the Herald’s reporting of the case. I think an article would’ve been fine highlighting the types of behaviors alleged but the level of detail is disturbing on many levels.

Leslie Faith Lyte
Middletown, CT

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Foreign policy

Dear Editor,
Kentucky has the opportunity to lead the world with foreign policy assistance through to production and export of coal to China. One of North Korea’s main exports is coal and China is their main customer. America should sanction North Korea by negotiating with China to stop buying North Korean coal and buy Kentucky coal instead.
This new arrangement further opens the way for more Chinese companies to look closer at Kentucky economically. Now that Kentucky is open for business thanks to Governor Bevin and our new Republican-led legislature, we should reach out with even more foreign trade.
The increased sale of Kentucky coal to China will also offset many of the hardships suffered by our fellow Kentuckians under previous Democrat rule. Of course Liberals and the bitter media will oppose relief for our working families, but that’s okay, they’re no longer in power.
We have the ability to greatly increase our exchange with major global partners such as China, Japan, and the rest of Asia. Kentucky coal can help lead the way and be our great cost-effective energy ambassador to both growing and established economies. Kentucky is ready for more international trade, and the world is ready for Kentucky coal.

Bill Marshall
Midway, KY

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Thank You

Dear Editor,
As sheriff, I have always believed part of our success is community involvement. If the community feels they are part of the solution then they are more of a part of the sheriff’s office.
On Friday, April 14 our office partnered with the Paintsville United Baptist Church on a project we had been working toward for about a year.
Thanks to community donations we provided over 60 Easter outfits to children that may not have otherwise had one. People have been bringing in outfits since last May. This community project was so successful we will continue doing it each year.
Pastor Rowland provided an Easter Children’s program and a pizza dinner. Levid Rodriguez was an outstanding Easter Bunny. Leroy and Lisa Johnson, Lucinda Castle and the church’s women’s auxiliary all made the event go smoothly by working with the parents and ensuring the outfits were the right size.
Thanks to all that were involved.

Sheriff Dwayne Price

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Worst Street

Dear Editor,
Main Street in Paintsville is probably the worst street in town.
From the landmark swinging bridge, which our city leaders neglected (along with the red caboose) to where the road joins with Euclid Avenue, is probably the worst street in town.

Marvin McFaddin
Paintsville, KY

Letters to the Editor
Contact Your Legislators

Dear Editor,
On Sunday, Feb. 8, 2017, the Lexington Herald published a report on the front page concerning the torture and abuse of an 8-year-old child by her father Julio Valladares and his live-in girlfriend, Linda Richmond.
The 8-year-old girl was catatonic, unable to move or speak, terribly malnourished and covered in bruises and sores, when she was wheeled into Kentucky Children’s Hospital in October 2014, three days before her 9th birthday.
It was determined that her father and Richmond, for months, tortured the girl to the point of death in the privacy of their home in Berea. The girl’s father, Valladares, was allowed to remove the child from public school, even though school employees twice reported the girl’s injuries to social workers.
The child was kept naked to humiliate her, made to sleep on the floor in her own feces, starved and beaten with a large leather belt. She was also forced to take cold showers throughout the day and night.
Senate Bill 181 was filed on Feb. 14, 2017 by Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones of Pikeville. Under the bill, parents who have a substantiated instance of child abuse or neglect would not be allowed to remove their children from public school without court approval.
Once children are taken from school, they often become invisible to the outside world, often to be tortured or even die. The number of child abuse and neglect reports that are substantiated in Kentucky has climbed from 9,934 in 2012 to 15,378 in 2016.
Please contact Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield on a toll-free message line in Frankfort, at 1(800) 372-7181, and request a hearing on Senate Bill 181 before the end of the current legislative session.

Tooter Castle

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