The Mountain Eagle . . Wednesday, August 11, 2010 . . Page 5
Is dream car from high school a good idea today?
By TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI questions one at a time, cheaper to run and much •••
Gary. Do we think a 47-year- more reliable, and will han- What is the most cost-
Dear Tom and Ray: old car can be dependable dle a lot better than the effective way to buy a car?
I graduated from high for everyday use? Avanti. Tom and Ray hash it all out
school in 1963, and my
dream car was the 1963
Studebaker Avanti. Well,
TOM: So you have to
decide what you really want,
Gary. If you want to fulfill
in their pamphlet “Should I
Buy, Lease, or Steal My Next
Car?” Send $4.75 (check or
The way we were
life got in the way, and I Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years
RAY: No. Forty-seven- your lifelong dream, then money order) to Next Car,
never realized my dream of year-old cars are, generally buy an Avanti. Just under- P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, August 11, 1960
owning an Avanti. I recently speaking, unreliable. Not to stand that you’re not buy- FL 32853-6475. The Mountain Eagle is now a “tabloid size” newspa-
have been going on eBay to mention unsafe. That’s why ing a car, you’re buying a ••• per, which means the page size will be about half what
find Avantis that have sur- most people got rid of them dependent. Get more Click and Clack it used to be. The paper is also printed by a new process.
vived these past 47 years. I 35 years ago. RAY: And on those week- in their new book, “Ask Click During the past week, a Harris LTG offset press has been
have located several that are TOM: Would it still be a ends when it’s running well and Clack: Answers from installed.
rated from museum qual- muscle car today? and you’re not out search- Car Talk.” Got a question ▲
ity to daily drivers. This car RAY: In looks, yes. And ing for parts, you can drive about cars? Write to Click N.L. Combs of Daniels Branch reported a very un-
did not achieve star status, possibly on the road, too. it up to the old high school and Clack in care of this usual sight on his farm pond. About 150 white cranes
as Studebaker went out of It’s possible, if the compres- and pretend it’s 1963 again. newspaper, or e-mail them stopped over for a few days swimming and roosting in
business in 1966, and a Ca- sion is good and everything You can imagine that all the by visiting the Car Talk Web nearby trees.
nadian company produced is in good working order, other kids are jealous of you, site at www.cartalk.com. ▲
replicas for several years. that you could floor it and that the prom queen wants (c) 2010 by Tom and Ray Last year’s starting backfield and 12 other returning
But the ‘63 and ‘64 models, accelerate pretty fast. Just a ride home and that you Magliozzi and Doug Berman letter men seem to indicate that Jack Hall’s Pirates will
in average condition, seem make sure nothing’s in your still have hair. Good luck Distributed by King Features
be the team to beat this 1960 season.
to be going for between way. Like a curve. But that whatever you decide, Gary. Syndicate, Inc.
$6,000 and $13,000. leads directly to Question 3: Whole frying chickens are 29 cents a pound at the
My questions are: (1) Do
you think a 47-year-old ve-
hicle could be a dependable
TOM: Would you have to
drive this car with kid gloves
and always be fearful of age-
I’m tired A&P food store in Whitesburg. Cornish hens are 45 cents
car for everyday use? I do related problems? By JIM CORNETT I’m tired of these meth labs, August 13, 1970
not want a trailer queen or a RAY: Yes. And that would and druggies wandering Whitesburg City Council voted this week to permit
covered dust collector in the preclude flooring it and try- On Sept. 3, I will be 73 around killing themselves construction of a recreation center for young people on
garage. And (2) the Avanti ing to drive it like a muscle years old. I’ve had many too young. I’m tired of try- city-owned property next to the swimming pool in West
was known as a muscle car car. friends and family die over ing to take a leisurely drive Whitesburg. City Councilmen James Reynolds and Joe
in its day, so could I expect TOM: When you buy a the years, many younger and having to watch out Newell explained that a newly organized Whitesburg
it to still be as strong today? car like this, what you’re re- than I am. Why God has for people going twice my Youth Council is beginning a campaign for funds to build
I know I’m not. Finally, (3) ally buying is a hobby, Gary. allowed me to live this long speed. I’m just plain tired. a 60 foot by 100 foot building for youth activities.
in the vast experience you If you don’t have the time or is beyond my knowledge. I’m tired of people drop- ▲
both have with automobiles, the interest for an old-car I’ve had many close calls. ping off their unwanted
do you think I would have to The Whitesburg High School Class of 1929 held its
hobby, then buy a 1/10th I’ve been shot and very cats and dogs in my yard. reunion in Whitesburg last weekend, and all but one of
drive this kind of car with scale model Avanti for your nearly killed. I’ve been in I’m tired of the government
kid gloves and always be the graduates (the late Walter Enlow) returned to visit
desk instead. a car wreck where the car trying to take every penny with old friends.
fearful of old-age-related RAY: Right. If what you rolled three times, throwing of my retirement pay for ▲
problems? I really don’t really want is a daily driver, me out on the second roll. some foolish tax. I’m tired
want to own a money pit. Nathan Baker is the new chief of Whitesburg’s police
the cheapest, most bare- I’ve fallen out of trees and of searching for a gas station force.
— Gary bones, brand-new Nissan off of cliffs. I’ve stepped in that sells gas a few cents ▲
TOM: We’ll take your Versa is going to be safer, water over my head when cheaper. I’m tired of people The snakes and the insects had banded together and
I couldn’t swim. I’ve had begging for money to study declared war on the Sherd Martins or vice versa. This
cancer and a heart attack. the sex life of the June bug, summer the Martins have killed eight copperheads
Jeanne Kincer Channell, PSC Why am I still here? or some other stupid cause. (four in one day), four blacksnakes, and two cow snakes.
I’m tired. I’ve seen ev- I’m tired of unwanted
Attorney at Law erything and done nearly phone calls disturbing my
They also tore up three yellow jacket nests, two of them
in one day.
203 Main St., Ste. 206, Whitesburg everything I wanted to do. day by begging for money.
I’ve traveled in 40 states and A retired fireman draws August 14, 1980
seven foreign countries. I’ve more money than I do, and
Bankruptcy flown so high I could see the a phone call yesterday asked
State cutbacks in education might make free work-
books, laboratory supplies, and crayons a thing of the
Chapter 7 Chapter 13 curvature of the Earth. I’ve for a donation to the ‘Re- past in Letcher County classrooms, school officials say.
19 years of experience been to Iceland and all over tired Firemen’s Association.’ Both the Jenkins and Letcher County school systems now
southeast Asia. Besides my church, the only have $5 per pupil with which to buy student supplies
I’m tired. I hate to travel place I will donate money
Free Initial Consultation long distances. I hate going to is the Kentucky Vietnam
instead of the $20 per pupil they had two years ago and
the $15 they expected to have this year.
to the post office looking Veterans.
1-800-230-8845 for letters from my chil- I’m tired of the ‘BOOM-
DLM Coal Corp., a subsidiary of General Energy
dren, and the box is empty. ETY-BOOM’ cars and trucks
606-633-0676 I’m tired of worrying about on the road with their blar-
Corp. of Lexington, has filed suit in West Virginia against
Mountain Stream Monitors, a group which tests streams
Kentucky Law does not certify specialities of Legal Practice. someone breaking into my
I am a Debt Relief Agency, I help people le for Bankruptcy protection.
ing loudspeakers. I hope for sulfuric acid contamination; the group’s president,
house, whether I’m in it or they have fun when they
not. I’m tired of going to the the Environmental Protection Agency, and the federal
go deaf, and every other Office of Surface Mining. The suit is the outgrowth of a
store with my pistol in my word is, “Huh? What did
$500.00 REWARD pocket. I’m tired of people
throwing their garbage in
I’m just plain tired, and
letter published by Mountain Streams Monitors saying
that acid drainage from a DLM mine has destroyed more
than seven miles of native trout streams.
No Questions Asked my yard as they pass by. I’m ready to go home. ▲
Missing Dog - Miniature Pinscher Squirrel hunting season is to open on Saturday. The
My name is IKE, I A case of ‘wonderitis’ squirrel population is up noticeably in eastern Kentucky
but is down in the rest of the state.
went missing from By RELON HAMPTON are directed downward, or is
August 15, 1990
the Isom area on it because they are looking
Sometimes we get to to see if they are standing on A Letcher County grand jury has recommended that
August 1st. My wondering about this or an intended morsel of food the county government “take whatever steps are neces-
owners miss me that, and before you know it, perhaps? sary” to keep the county jail open and to build a new jail.
State officials are threatening to limit the jail to a 72-hour
very much. They we come down with a case of Ever wonder why a frog is
holding facility unless the county can demonstrate it has
are offering a re- ‘wondering-itis.’ not born with legs so it would
When we get that we are not have to grow them after it “immediate plans to build a new jail.”
ward if you help me in for a bumpy ride for a spell is born instead of being born ▲
get back home, if as we wonder through life. with a tail, or why it has to South East Coal Co. has warned more than 800 work-
We get to the point where ers they could be laid off in October as a result of the
you see me call: hop instead of walking to get
company’s current legal battle with its largest customer,
we start to wonder about around? Why a rattlesnake
Kentucky Utilities Company. Letcher County officials say
634-7574, 633-3445 Or 634-8852 things that are irrelevant to gains another rattle each
the closing would be “devastating” to the county.
survival, such as why lichen time it sheds?
Virgil Vanover, Isom, KY grows on the north side of Wonder why peanuts ▲
a tree. are underground instead The Letcher County Board of Education has dropped
We may wonder if this is a of aboveground like other plans to establish a middle school in the old Hemphill
reliable way to tell north from nuts, or why some green School building.
south if we should become beans have strings and oth- ▲
disoriented in the woods. ers don’t? Letcher County schools will begin collecting a 3-per-
We may wonder why we have Undoubtedly, all canned cent utility tax in October.
evergreen trees, which do beans you buy at the gro-
not drop all their foliage in cery are stringless since the August 16, 2000
the fall, but drop it only as it machine cuts them to the The Letcher County Fiscal Court has turned down
is replenished, such as pine, proper length before they flood insurance by a vote of four to two.
cedar, holly and so forth. are canned and have no way ▲
Is it to help the tree sur- of removing strings. U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers is praising Letcher
vive the drastic changes Ever wonder why some County for its progress in cleaning up, citing as examples
in the weather pattern, or people are lazy and some are a demonstration sewer project at Millstone and sewer
is it another one of God’s not? Why some are evil while line extensions now beginning in Whitesburg and Neon.
planned works of landscape others are not? Why some are ▲
art? friendly and others act as if The six seats on the Blackey City Council come up
Lynn Day and Ellie Webb We may also wonder why for re-election in November, but no one filed to run.
someone put cockle burrs in
have over 40 years combined experience in the florist business. all leaves on our trees do not their bed? The deadline for filing for the fall election passed at 4
“We Are Your Fully Stocked develop the same color tones We may wonder why cats p.m., August 8.
Full Service Florist” as the trees begin to weep, can climb trees but dogs ▲
• Fresh Floral Arrangements • Silk • Balloons • House and allow their leaves to can’t, or why some critters Premier-Elkhorn Coal Co. faces fines from two sepa-
slowly flutter, ever so quietly hibernate and others don’t, rate state agencies for a release of muddy water from a
Arrangements • Plants strip mine at McRoberts on August 8. Muddy water from
to the ground. and how much their me-
Located In Downtown Whitesburg. Stop In And Just Say Hi! We may wonder how a tabolism can drop to a level Premier-Elkhorn’s Mine 35 rolled off the mountainside
feathered critter such as a to sustain them while they about 9 a.m. and covered the road in Tom Biggs Hollow
Whitesburg Florist chicken can clutch a tree
limb or a similar object for
are in a dormant stage, so before flowing back into the stream.
345 Main Street — Whitesburg hours without losing its Or why some people won-
grip and falling down, or at der while others are content
633-2626 best, hanging upside down, to just wander through life
or why does a fowl always not caring if the sun doesn’t
Toll Free 866-633-2627 step back each time after it come up.
scratches. And that’s enough won-
Is it because its eyes do dering from the funny farm
not focus very well when they until next time.
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Side Dishes Including
Sweet Potato Fries
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Across From The Letcher County Courthouse American Express Accepted
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