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" 6 Thursday, February] 3, 1,99.7 ihtdmpaliy.Gatle A day for love On Target by Joe Riehards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! but the young order, and secretly married young couples to propagate growing Christian faith. Another version has it that the other Valen- tine, also an early Christian, publicly refused to worship the Roman gods. Their actions, whichever you choose to believe, angered the emperor who imprisoned the rebellious Val- entines. However, the Valentines had made many friends among the clans of Christian converts who smuggled loving notes into the dungeon. This is one of the theories on the origin of exchanging cards on Valentine's Day. Both Valentines were beheaded on February 14, by Emperor Claudius on A.D. 269. A couple hundred years later, they were beatified by the Church, and Pope Gelasius I named February 14 as Saint Valentine's Day. The way that Saint Valentine became asso- ciated with a day for lovers is not entirely clear, and there is no commonly accepted belief. One No contest. Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year - that very special day for friends and sweethearts to exchange cards, candy, flowers and gifts to show their affection toward each other. With the Red Letter day of love rapidly approaching, my curios- ity got the best of me. So I decided to do some research on just how the celebration came to be. Here's what I learned: The Valentine story actually began more than a millennium ago back in ancient Rome with the historical presence of at least two Saint Valentines. And they want to bury the hot nuke waste under Yucca Mountain for ten times that long before it becomes safe to be around any living matter. But back to my story, at this point in time history becomes a little cloudy and it becomes difficult to separate fact from legend. One of the saints of the same name is said to have been a priest in Rome, while the other was a bishop. Actually, because of the poor quality of their records, the two Valentines could have been one in the same because of the strange parallels between them. No one really knows. In any event, legend has it that Emperor Claudius II is- sued a decree - Roman emper- ors, it seems, were very big on issuing decrees to their subjects, like the one that compelled Joseph to take Mary with child to Bethlehem to register for the census. But we all know that story. This time the Emperor's decree forbade young men to marry. Probably an early attempt at population control, priest named Valentine disagreed with the the theory is that the name became associated with the ancient Euro- pean belief that birds began their mating season on February 14. English history contains many references to this popular belief. In the words of Chaucer," "For this was Seynt Valentyne's Day when every foul commeth to choose a mate." Another suggestion is that the connection came through the sound-alike similarity of the saint's name with the Norman word "gelantin, which when translated means"a lover of women." At one time, gelantin was both written mad pronounced as velantin, which perhaps led to confusion in some people's minds. Other historians trace the custom of sending cards and poems on Valentine's Day to a Frenchman named Charles Duke of Orleans. According to that story, when Charles was imprisoned in England, he wrote his wife a love poem on Saint Valentine's Day, one of many customs that developed during this time. By the 1700's. the custom of exchanging valentines had caught on. At first, they were simple, homemade items, however, it was during the next century that they became commercial and elaborate. These were the first known valentines to use Cupid with his bow and quiver of arrows to pierce the hearts of the objects of amour. Sign of the [ times- my gift to I Payrump Highway travelers ap- " proaching the junction . ,, of U.S.95  a n d S.R.160 will be greeted by a fresh di- rectional invitation, courtesy of the Kingdom, replacing the weather-beaten old one warning motorists to beware of lost Aliens escaped from Area 51 on the Test Site. Every two years we send our elected representatives o Carson City to wrestle with the state's most vital and pressing issues. Any idea what they did on the very first day of the 69th session in their newly remodeled, but still unfinished, muItl.mfll|oh legislative I building in Carson City with their new $4,000 laptop computers and plush $800 executive chairs?  Wonder no longer, my capitol sources tell me there were 32 bills on their agenda to be introduced on that first day. In addition to getting organized and passing a legislative operating budget for the next six months, among the vital issues introduced in the Assembly were: * AB32, pushed by Speaker Joe Dini, D-Yerrington, and John Marvel, R-Battle Mountain, "provides for the issuance of special personalized license plates indicating the bearers affiliation with the Masonic fraternity." Nowdon't Astro trash trucks, qJ However, I  the boys and gals who have taken up tempor " " " " r residence up north will adopt legislation, which I conside more important  Se of  Nevada: To bel, R-lats Vegas, that would