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					                                                                                                                                                    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,
                                                   Car Talk
                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                  a pound.
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
                                                                                                                 you say?”
                                                                                                                     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.
                                                                                                                 to speak.
     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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      Steak        Salmon
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       Side Dishes Including
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