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6 Thursday, May 8, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette The things we worry about There are a variety of bills pending before the legislature that you might find interesting. AB416 is a bill that proposes to lower the blood-alcohol level to 0.08 percent legal limit for driving. This bill also increases the fines and hours of community service in sentences for drunken drivers. SB140 is a bill that would require mothers, who have just given birth, to list the father's name. (This bill died when the vote was split). There are a few other beauties also. A bill to eliminate the require- ment for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Isn't that an interesting conflict? One bill increases the penalties for DUI and another strips the need for safety equipment. Are these really the important issues facing Nevada today? If this is the best we can come up with we really don't need a legislature. Payrump is crying from growing pains and Tonopatch is crying from a lack of interest. Nye Regional Medical Center is about to shut its doors. Nye County Commissioners have been begging for state help for a long time. And the legislature is worried about getting a father's name on a birth certificate? Oh, here's another little tid-bit that comes to me from my reliable sources in the legislature. The ACLU is telling our elected officials to knock it off. Knock what off?. Well, prayer, of course. At least what the ACLU claims is denominational prayer. For example they say the words, "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ" should be banned from prayers invoked on the floor for opening a legislative session. Writes Gary Peck, executive director of the ACLU's Nevada chap- ter, "We respectfully r ,quest that these taxpayer-funded denomina- tional prayers be immediately discontinued." Well, let's get the pecking order established Mr. Peck. You do not speak for the taxpayers of Nevada. Let's put it on the ballot, Mr. Peck. Let's actually hear from our Nevada citizens. When they give you the loudest response you may have ever heard in your life then you can take your ballot and stick it where the sun doesn't shine! Maybe we could convince the legislature to actually do something useful in this session. Someone should introduce a bill to ban the ACLU in Nevada. Tonopah's "tllLe big one" It was on April 19 that the big one hit. Did you feel the ground shaking underneath your feet? If you were born before 1906 and lived in San Francisco, you sure did. We just passed the anniversary date for this terrible geologic event that killed so many and completely destroyed the "city of my dreams." Did you know that Tonopatch was a major contributor to those that were in need in San Francisco? The citizens of our northern county town sent train-load after train-load of supplies to San Francisco. The mines donated supplies and money to get the rebuilding started. Those who were experts in construction went to San Francisco, and devoted months of time, at no cost, to the City by the Bay. By the way, some old-timers claim that Tonopatch actually shook that day and they felt San Francisco's "big one." Geologists claim that it is possible that the quake could have been felt in Tonopatch in the form of a very slight shake. In special memorial services in San Francisco survivors gathered to tell their stories about the "big one." Said Corn Luchetti, age 97, "Our family stood at the top of the park and we saw the whole city burning below us. This was an honest-to-goodness earthquake. Everything shook. I mean SHOOK. Not like that little nothing earthquake in 1989." Bless you Cora. And bless the good townfolks of Tonopatch, who cared enough to get San Francisco back on its feet. I wonder if Payrump would help Tonopatch if they needed help tomorrow? How often we forget the great history of a great little town. Mining Town U.S.A. The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed." among those who On Target by Joe Riehards from the Kingdom of lVye VO'hether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! collecting a salary.