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6 Thursday, March 27. 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Drunk or stupid? -- I would say, "Both!" For those who know me, either personally or through this column, I don't have much tolerance for those who continue to drink and drive. Over the years, I've seen them kill themselves by their irresponsible actions, and that's bad enough, but when their dumb drinking and driving takes the lives of completely innocent victims, I have no toler- ance at all. Can't recall the number of times, I've gotten calls from either the intoxicated one or their families to help bail them out of the slammer either here or in Clark County. More often than not, I've tried to help. But no more. Might as well save the toll call, cause after what I saw up Beatty way, don't count on me, and if anyone out there is tempted to have even a little one before getting behind the wheel, I suggest reading the following true story that took two innocent lives up Beatty way last week. But before you do, let me warn you, it's not going to be very pleasant. Statistics prove the most dangerous part of any trip happens within a few short miles from home. That fact, combined with another sad statistic, claimed the lives of a local mother, Kathleen Thompson, 44, and her 15-year-old son, Ethan, while they were driving on U.S. 95 only a few miles from their home in rural Pioneer on the outskirts of Beatty. This devoted mother of eight other young children, became the latest victims to be added to the long list of grim statistics, the tragic consequence of what can, and all-too often, happens when the con- sumption of alcohol appears to have been the cause. The Prescott, Ariz. Man who was driving southbound in a north- bound lane may face charges for triggering an accident that killed the Beatty woman and her son. Claude Robert Smith, 55, remained in serious condition at Univer- sity Medical Center in Las Vegas after having been transported by Flight for Life. This tragic fatality was an accident that didn't need to happen. Smith will probably be booked on felony charges, according to local substation commander, Lt. Gus Sullivan who supervised the investiga- tion along with the NHP at the scene north of town. Next time you see one of these officers stopping someone and giving them a field sobriety test at a check point or somewhere along the road, we should thank them, the life they could be saving might be your very own. Think about it. He's baaaack-- but an a 00ology is in ordd,r Good gosh! ou'd think tile vorhl had come to an end. 1 etters and )ages-- a tongue-in-cheek cohnnn about the Totlrism Council and how )bone calls galore! "lTwre lilt' heck is Joe:"" Tono mh could use their hel ). Unfortunately, one of the snmil boxes on ! needed a  acation something terrible. Writing about the Kingdom the page caused a nice lady up in Tonopah some grief. can really lake a toll on you! I decided to reprint my most polmlar Many people didn't notice the "Re )rinted by Popular Demand" at colu nms for the )ast several weeks and at the same time allow m,self the top of the page and thought the information was current. Tono )ah's the opportu||it) to take a little break. Darl,s Smith was inudated with hone calls telling her the D.A. was Many tlmnks to my loyal Kingdon| readers who in{ uired and ho e alter her again. O1" course, the article was almost two years old. you enjoyed ,mne of the re )tints. Darl's had hoped things were quiet and her name was finally out of .ast week's re 3rint was selected I)y the stall" as one of my better the newspapers. Oops! My ersonai apologies, Darlys. How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. Did9 ! y00u 4 Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him] as well. i regi- men to you'll pay a fraction of what it costs to buy special low-dose pills, like Halfprin,by purchasing ordinary 325-milligram tablets and splitting them yourself. (Generic ISS.Pfll ctot  bout a regimen g bank... Two men approached a teller at the Harbor Bank in Baltimore with a note reading: I have a gun. Gimme me (sic) money or else." According to a witness, the teller looked at the note, which was written on the back of a deposit slip for another bank, and replied, "This is a Maryland National Bank transactionslip  you'H have to frO Super Fruits and Veggies 1. Avocado: High in gluta, thne, which boosts immundy. 2, rries: Loaded with vita, min C. 3i Broccoli: Has vimin C, more, : greater antioxidant capabiRties, 8; Onion: Look for red and yellow, not white i 9, Spinach: Contains lutein, which my be as effective as bet carotene. W! Fir Wt Prq Sn Jo