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10 Thursday, May 15, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Tonopah's Butler Days -- major changes coming Recently there was a President's Conference in Philadel- phia that centered around the subject of volunteerism. While the subject was primarily centered on helping America's youth, there is certainly something to say about volunteerism as a whole. No one knows this better than Tonopab's Jim Butler Days Committee. A recent meeting was attended by a whopping five persons. Things are getting pretty rough around the edges for the committee. I attended one of their meetings last year and there were at least 15 people in attendance. Even that, according to the regulars, was considered a low turnout in comparison to past meetings. For the past several years there has been considerable discussion about Jim Butler Days. Many of those who put the event together have been doing so for many, many years. They're getting tired and no new help seems to be coming on board. Several times it wasn't certain there would be a Jim Butler Days until the very last moment. T'ne Elks, for example, have been putting on the Nevada State Mining Championship from day one. It's always the same people that do the work, One year they had asked that someone else come in and sponsor the work involved but there were no takers. Rather than throw in the towel the Elks, to their credit, continued the event themselves. But they, and others, began to complain about the community involvement and participation. And justifiably so. The regulars are getting burned out. At the end of last month the IB committee met and discussed what could he done to alleviate the problem. There has often been some talk about moving the traditional Memo- rial Day event to a different time period on the calendar. This generally met with bitter rejection. Last year's meeting was called specifically to debate changing the time of the festivi- ties. This time it was decided to change the dates for Jim Butler Days. II I I I NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing The primary opposition to this is basi- cally that Jim Butler made his gold discov- ery in May, 1900. The May Memorial Day celebration was thus historically significant. It would somehow be a shame to enter the centennial of this event in the year 2000 and not have it accurately celebrated in the month of May. Another serious consideration is the state mining events. These are, by state executive decree, to be held in Tonopab on Memorial Day. Thus, Tonopah has exclusive claim to the events  as long as they're held on Memorial Day. Nonethe- less, the committee believes that a simple change in the decree can he granted without difficulty. The committee believes that too many people have been ooped up with cabin fever all winter and the first summer holiday, Memorial Day, is the time to go camping, fishing and just plain "get outta town." The result is too few volunteers and too few locals staying in town to enjoy JB Days. There are other problems such as the potential of inclement weather, it has snowed more than once on JB Days, the inability to contract small carnivals to town on a three-day weekend, conflicts with graduation ceremonies and other activities that traditionally appear on Memorial Day weekend. Another problem that has been discussed quite often is the conflict with Bishop, California's "Mule Days" which also takes place on the same weekend. Mule Days is a huge event in that region and it's almost impossible to draw the California folks to Tonopab when facing such competition. After considering all possibilities the committee has de- cided that Jim Butler Days, 1998, will take place on the two day weekend of August 1 and 2. There will also be a Friday night street dance on Friday, July 31. And, in a roundabout way, this takes us hack to Philadel- phia. Volunteerism is down all across the country. Non-profit organizations are facing a serious problem due to the lack of volunteers. Clubs, Scouts, 4H, religious and others have to curtail many activities due to the lack of volunteer support. This is a shame and needs to he fixed. Here in Tonopab we're about to lose a valuable and historic tradition. We need help and we need it badly. Certainly we can criticize the JB committee for changing such an established date. I will truly he sorry to see the traditional date of the past 27 years change. But I won't criticize the committee for it. And before you do, ask yourself, what have you done to help the situation? We can turn JB Days around. Why not give the Tonopab Chamber of Commerce a call at 482-5839 and ask them what you can do to help. Even a couple of hours can make a tremendous difference. The American addiction to regulation benevolent, doing things that were necessary for the greater good. We bought it, hook, line and tinker! As a result we got the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupa- tional Safety and Health Admstration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and a host of other bureau- cratic monstrosities. I Changing Patterns by Richard Real 00illllilllllllilliiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!i The regulations promulgated by these various agencies have been arbitrary and unilateral...no dissent has been per- mired. A few have been effective. Most have been capricious and counterproductive. Withouteffective recourse, they have destroyed rights enjoyed by Americans for years. Inevitably, regulatory agencies tend to target minor infractions because they are easier to handle. Major offenders are usually backed with money and/or connections. They put up a stifflegal fight that the agency might lose. When the supply of small targets runs low, new "crimes " are created to give the impression that the agency is doing a good job_and to seek additional funding. Some private corporations have formed unholy alliances with selected government agencies for mutual benefit. They conspire to promote the agency's power and jurisdiction. In return they obtain preferred treatment and monopolistic pre- rogatives. In the last decade we have seen many of these agencies adopt both legal and illegal terrorist tactics to intimidate those who oppose them. Some of them have even Americans used to be fiercely independent, especially as pioneers during the westward migration. When a difficulty arose,  was no government to turn to. They cooperated and solved the problem themselves, often without violence of any kind. When the Industrial Revolution began there were some obvious abuses. Safety precautions were few...they cost money. Coal miners, by the hundreds, died of black lung disease or noxious gases. Countess others lost their lives or were seriously injured in preventable factoxy accidents. La- bor Unions were formed and, by c pressure, cor- rected many of  unsafe conditions. When most "Americans began to inhabit industrialized cities, some retardation became esseatial. High density living and heavy traffic required agreement on basic rules of con- duct. As life beemne morn hectic, people began to delegate their personal ibility to help solve community prob- lems to their government. "There ought to be a law!" was a frequent nt. And laws were passed...thousands of them. Many ure groups saw an nity to obtain their narrow objectives by g a new law. What had been cougag, afive agreements among responsible citizens for their muaml t became a morass of laws and regulons. Often these  to the special its and prejudices of a minty of our citizens. Starting around the 1930s, in the midst of a vast depres- sion, our social engineers developed new goals. They wanted to keep our country clean and beautiful and to make a rewarding and safe  available to everyone. America's greedy corporations were painted as the bad guys who de- spoiled the environment, discriminated against minorities and the disabled in their hiring practices and were careless of the safety of both their employees and their customers. The Government was portrayed as all-wise, even-handed and formed their own "SWAT" teams and conducted armed raids against citizens and companies who were guilty of nothing but ignoring some obscure or pointless regulation. Yet, other agencies violate the same regulations with impunity. All too often, state and local agencies and police units have cooper- ated with the reds in totally illegal activities. Citizens have been murdered and companies have been destroyed...yet not a single federal agent has ever been punished. As Americans we must stop denumding government regulation, It does net work, is intolernbly expensive and it is destrnying our freedoms! Government ofll- ciais are no smarter and probably more stupid than the rest of us. They are not imparaal...thay have a vested Interest In increasing their mtherity aml famling, We have granted them a monopy on the use ef force and they have severely abused it. AS the oft -quoted Pogo said: "We have seen the enemy and they is us!" People who behave like sheep will be treated like them and led to the slaughter. This includes citizens and companies who have aligned themselves in support of the federal bureaucracy, members of Congress who have be- trayed their trust in a similar manner and the mainline media who have failed miserably to keep the government in line. The situation facing is remarkably similar to that encoun- tered by ancient Athens, where freedom and democracy once reigned supreme. It was described, dispassionately, by the eminent historian Edward Gibbon: "In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life and they lost it alL.security, comfort and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted, not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsi- bility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free aga/n." b gc W ' [3 B je b, $ h z Easy, boys...Watch where you're sitting! Well, more notes on notes. Here's one I made while listening to the Prez give one of his State of Something before a conional gathering. It was one of those deals where he would say sometblng, pause to allow AI Gore to stand up and start clapping, which was a signal for all the Democrats followed somewhat reluctantly by the Republi- cans to do the same. T'nen he would wait till they all got done clapping and were again  before he would go on to some more stuff. It was while the assembled were still standing that I made my note about a thought that occurred to me, Wqmt if, while they were standing, somehow all the seat cushions were removed and replac with some good old fashioned'e cushions? rll bet them Republicans, once they caught on to what was happening, would be the first to get seated. Then here's two notes on some jokes one of my daughters told me over the phone the other day. It took me awhile to make sense out of them. One went, "A guy walked into a bar Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes and said, "Ouch," and the other con- cerned a sandwich who walked into a bar and asked the bartender, "Do you serve sandwiches?" To which the har- tender said, "No." So the sandwhich turned around and left. If you had trouble understanding them don't worry, it's probably a sign that you're normal. I've been watching the progress of the Hale-Bopp comet which is just about out of our viewing area in the sky and made some notes on where the best place to place my chair so I won't have to waste time the next time it comes by. I think the early morning phase of seeing it was better than when it could be seen in the early evening. There wasn't as much light interference from the setting sun. Also, the early morning timing coincided with some of my many visits to the outhouse. Boy, you guys with your fancy indoor plumb- ing don't know what you were missing. I bet this is how Galileo and all them other ancient astronomers got their start sitting there with the door open, wondering what all them lights were up in the sky. And last, a note about Clinton's favorite movie, "101 Donations". Have a good one.