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THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE THURSDAY. V'HIT ESBURG, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY AUGUST 26. 1971 Letters to the editor Why not fight? To The Editor I was amazed at the article about the Pioneer Coal Company commandeering the lana owned by Mrs. Catherine Hayes. Surely this can not ha ppen in a free country. Is water flowing through the veins of Kentuckians? Why do yea allow thi s to happen to the beautiful Kentucky land? Haven't you sacrificed enough people and land on the alter of coal? How long will you people allow your bodies and land to be exploited to gratify selfish coal interest? Surely someone is strong enough to stand up to Pioneer Coal Company and other similar coal companies. If you don't stand for your rights and the rights of your neighbors you deserve to be buned by the slime created by the strip mines. Lloyd Link Route 2 Box IE Kingston Springs, Tennessee Gas stories challenged To the Editor: I have read the opinions expressed by the "Eagle" regarding oil and gas in Eastern Kentucky with much interest. In utter amazement have I followed the reporting of your Phil Primack . In my opinion you and Mr. Primack have performed a great disservice to the people of Letcher County as well as the surrounding areas in this field. Last year the "Eagle" had an article on oil and gas leases written by a law student. This "expert" was giving advice to landowners as to what type of oil and gas lease to sign as welj as advising them on the general practices of Oil Companies and Drilling Companies. Possibly this student was qualified to advise on some of the legal aspects of a contract; how ever, being a graduate of the University of Kentucky Geology Department I cannot recall any engineering or Petroleum Geology beinglaught in the Law College. I feel that the various articles written by Mr. Primack concerning the presence of oil andor gas in Eastern Kentucky are of the rumor tyne of news and can only confuse people who place faith in your news reporting. I do wish we could get the geologist from the Kentucky Geological Survey and have him elaborate on me oil and gas deposits of Letcher County ana their similiarity to the Gulf Coast deposits. Mr. Primack finally caps all of his earlier writings when he tells of this 1800 foot thick deposit of high quality oil quietly tying there at 22000 feet below the surface -- just waiting to be tapped. Somewhere in Eastern Kentucky there may be a 1800 foot thick formation lying 22000 feet below the surface with petroleum in it, but to say that Eastern Kentucky is floating on oil! Even a Journalism graduate should know better than this. Incidentally, I enclose payment for another year to the "Eagle". Who knows, Mr. PrimacK may find that El Dorado and the Lost Dutchman Mine may really be In Eastern Kentucky. I wouldn't want to miss his exclusive report on it. smiisk l Oj (C' mm 1 AUTUMN STILL LIFE Kingdom Come School To the Editor: WILLIAM W. I SON I am writing this special letter P.O. BOX 252 at the request of others because OXFORD, N.C. I was one of the first class of seven when Kingdom Come Settlement School was started in 1925. The first worker came (The Mountain Eagle's eastern on October 4, 1924, but the Kentucky oil id gas stories first hi zh school class was held have been basd on a number in my living room, for the of specific sources, as well as first log cabin was not finished basic observations of physical by January, 1925. developments in Letcher and I watched the school grow surrounding counties. Among through the years and saw the the sources from which facts main stone building go up and figures have been derived during the Depression, when are the following; it looked like it could not be Annual Reports of the Kentucky done. Department of Mines and MinGloria Cabin was the first log erals; Minerals Handbook, U. S. building done by donations of Bureau of Mines, Department young popular trees, labor by of the Interior; publications of money and during 1925-- 2 3 the Federal Power Commission, Gloria Cabin was finished. particularly The Gas Supplies However, it was lived in of Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline before the logs had been cut Companies; text of hearings beout for windows and of course fore various Congressional comby 1926 came the basement mittees, including the Senate and furnace. subcommittee on Anti-tru- st and Children were allowed to Monopoly and the House Subcom- board in Gloria Cabin who mittee on Small Business Problived too far away to work. It lems; The Wall Street Journal; ws a proud day when we got The Washington Post; The IndeIt done. pendent Petroleum Monthly; The We had a house mother who American Public Power of many made fine home-make- rs Newsletter; Annual reports of such many girls who lived there durmajor oil and gas firms as Equiting their high school days. We able and Columbia. also had a Rev. Harold Kingon Also, extensive interviews have and his wife Grace who was a been held with fuel company ofRegistered Nurse and visited ficials as well as officials of var- in the homes up and down the ious government agencies, both hollows, many times without in Kentucky and in Washington, pay. Harold Kingon taught D. C. Editor) manual training and some boys , (Photo by Phil Primack) worked under him made top paid carpenters. Mr. and Mrs. Kingon kept the place clean with flowers and evergreens till it was beautiful. Gloria Cabin burned to the ground around 1933 or 1934 and almost burned some of the teachers and students. But before the smoke from the basement had gone out men in our neighborhood started hauling logs to build again. By the '"fforts of the people in our community and the help of the Methodist Church we had a cabin more beautiful than the first one on the same founda- tion. In World War II our school and grounds became the property of the Letcher County Board of Education. After that we had no music teacher, no manual training room. From the neglect of these things we gradually lost students from Kings Creek, Roxana, and other places that had always attended here. Then the Whitesburg school buses ran in territory that was rightfully ours. I had parents to tell me that they would rather send their children to Kingdom Come, but they couldn't get Home Economics, etc. So over a period of years with a few spasmodic bursts of painting and patching ou school was gradually let run down until many people moved out and manv of trie old citizens who had helped build the school im the beginning had passed away. I am truly glad that they do not know the deplorable state of oar community at this time. Now when old students return to look at their old home school they must bow their heads in shame. Now we hear that t here is not enough funds for the grade school that was supposed to be built last election time. There is always money for things everywhere before Line-fogets a chance at all. If Line fork is considered lawless and bad let us just remember that it could be partly because during a number of years, they have been neglected. Did you know that people who can be deceived are not always dependable? rk Thelma N. Cornett Linefork Cherokee Indians sue to halt TVA dam Plans by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to place the sacred capital of the Cherokee Indian nation underwater have been challenged in a court suit filed in Washington by a group of conserrationists, trout fishermen and Tennessee farmers, as well as the general counsel of the Cherokee na- tion. The TVA plans to fill in the area with a lake as part of a larger complex. Among the areas which would be covered are Chota, the capital of the Indian land , Tuskegee Towi., where the Cherokee, Sequoyah, spent 12 years Inventing an alphabet for bis tribe, and the Inidan village from which the state took Its name. In filing the suit, the plaintiffs contend that the TVA has violated the National Environmental Policy Act. the Flood Control Act of 193S and a number of other laws. Jon Brown, a lawyer for the Environmental Defense Fund, said, "We should no more flood the ancestral home of the Cherokees than we should tear down Lincoln Memorial or pulverize Plymouth Rock. " The suit also argues that "the right to enjoy the beauty of God's creation, to live in an environment that preserves the unqualified amenities of life, and to preserve the heritage of one of the great American Indian tribes is part of the liberty protected by the Fifth Amendment. " Aubrey Wagner, chairman of the TVA , contends that the project actually will be an economic boon to the Little Tennessee River region. Instead of the $2 million worth of farm products now produced there annually, he said, the 17,000 acre lake and surrounding area would yield products worth$76 million a year and create a payroll of $18 million. The plaintiffs, howeva, say that other issues are Involved and they have gone to court hoping to halt TVA, thus ending the long controversy over Ten-nass- the project. THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE is published every Thursday at 120 W. A MACHINE CLEARS LAND FOR A GAS LINE in the Bull Creek area of Letcher County. Main Street. Whitesburg. Letcher County, Thomas E. Gish is the editor and publisher. tage paid at Whitesburg, Ky. Subscription in Kentucky, $7 a year outside Kentucky. cents each. This is number 16 of Volume Kentucky, 41858. Second-clas- s pos- rates. $5 a year Single copies, 15 64. ee,

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