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12 Thursday, May 22, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette North vs. South-- All this North vs. South talk can become frustratingly old. Funny, bow it's always the "North" and the "South." My brother sent me an e-mail note and reminded me of a few other disputes. They all seem to be north vs, south. Cripes, we could go back to the Civil War on this issue. Reno and Las Vegas are constantly battling against each other. Reno thinks Las Vegas gets too much attention and too much of the pie in the State Legislature. Actually, Reno has some pretty serious fiscal problems. Many of the large casinos there are not making good money, if profiting at all. Reno also has an image problem. I have a soft spot for Reno, since my wife and I were married there in 1963. We have been present for all three changing of the arches. I don't care too much for the current "Biggest Little City in the World" arch. What I like less is all the bums and panhandlers walking up and down Virginia Street. Nope, don't like Reno anymore. But then, I couldn't give a hoot for Las Vegas either. Every time I enter the expressways of Las Vegas I'm convinced that I've accidently turned unto a speedway track and someone, somewhere, is leading the pack in first place. Here's a really good one for you. Upper Michigan. What a fascinating place. Many good folks of northern Michigan want to form their own state because they believe the big cities of southern Michigan, the lower peninsula, take all the it happens all over the U.S.A. money, get all the attention from the legislature and all the state services. Sound familiar? There has been a move for years to break off and form the State of Superior, so named after the greatest of the Great Lakes. NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing Upper Michigan, and I spent a lot of time in that beautiful portion of the state, is very unique. Politically, it belongs to Michigan. Geographically, it belongs to Wisconsin. Geologically, as part of the Canadian Shelf, it belongs to Canada. Talk about an identity crisis; So, when we turn our attention back to the problems of Nye County and the south county vs. the north county, it can be pointed out that we're not particularly different than many other places. Places with much larger problems and concerns than our own. I was down in Pahrump about two weeks ago. What a pleasant experience it was. I was there to pick up 5,000 copies of menus for the Station House Hotel/Casinod had arrived early so I decided to run over to the Mountain View Casino and have a bite to eat. Not having much time, I was concerned when I saw a large line. The hostess handled the line quickly and efficiently and had me in a seat in no time. I, again always expecting things to go wrong, decided to have the breakfast buffet since it would be faster than being waited on. It was fast, but the waitress, Leslie, was at my table as I sat down asking what rd like to drink. I ordered coffee and was flabbergasted to discover later that there was no charge for the coffee. I always thought the Station House in Tonopah had the best price on coffee at 50 cents. I happen to know from experience that most of the other places in town ai'e pretty darn good also. I don't usually get a chance to get over to the Mountain View portion of town. I'm glad I did I had a really great day and it started there. Thanks folks! Pahrump is a nice town. I like it there. I hope they can keep the spirit shown by the employees of Mountain View Casino as the town continues to grow. You won't find this kind of personal service in Las Vegas or Reno. How about it Pahrump? Why not come on up for Butler Days in Tonopah and let us show you our hospitality. Maybe some of us can come down to Pahrump for Harvest Festival and enjoy yours. f, 1 To 11 in tl and I. Her tion [ the rem anc fe& at ' stal ] tha bol qu wh For the sake of the children By Richard Reul Sometimes it seems that every new law, every new govern- ment program, is to protect our children[ The politicians appear to have written we adults off as unregenerate or are wary of trampeling more of our civil liberties. But our children remain fair game. No longer do the politicians trust parents to raise their own kids. Our schools fall miserably to educate but have achieved new heights in regulation. Johnny can no longer bring his penknife to school and Mary must forego herMidol tablet for cramps. An unfounded accusation by a spiteful neighbor can frequently result in your children being taken from you by a state agency. Child bike riders must wear helmets and fre- quently otld safety gear. The current attack on tobacco use targets our children, but indirectly constrains young adults by demanding ID for the purchase of cigarettes. Senators Orrin Hatch (R) and Ted Kennedy (D) have jointly proposed an ambitious federal program to finance health insurance for kids by drastically increasing the cigarette tax. The threats to children, we are told, are everywhere ! All TV programs must be made child-safe. Children are hounded by ritual, satanic child abusers in day care and by pedophiles on the Internet. Lead and asbestos poisoning and Attention Defter Disorder are deemed endemic. Student sexual activity is a growing problem; Nevada recently passed a law to specifically prohibit teacher/student sexual intercourse. Dr. Benjamin Spock's influence cannot be underestimated. An unabashed Freudian, his books have persuaded two gen- erations of American parents that a child's psyche is delicate and that any parental mistake will have long-lasting, disas- trous effects. Recent studies suggest that parents have much less effect on children that we have been lead to believe...or would like to believe. Changing Patterns q by Richard Reul i!!: i.-'.!:" "'::i!S! In 1900, some 186 of 1,000 children died before their 15th birthday. By 1950, that figure had been cut to 35 per 1,000. By 1990, it had dropped to I0 per 1,000. Clearly we are doing something right. Two new factors are working against child security. Today, most families have two working parents. Too often their kids are left, for long intervals, to their own devices. The other is the rising divorce rate. Divorce, or the conflict that is usually a prelude to it, increases the risk to children of encountering problems later in life...dropping out of school, marrying and having children in their teen-age years and becoming di- vorced themselves. It seems that our society does not recognize that there needs to be a transition between the child and the adult. We expect everyone under 18 to be sexless, obedient and lacking adult sensibilities. Automatically, at 18, they become adults (ex- cept for drinking privileges). Forget the hormonal rush and the emotional overload in the teen-age years. The expansion of teen-age crime and vandalism is distress-" ing. Recently, in Pahrump, a family repeatedly burlarized finally caught the burglar. He was the 16-year-old son of a neighbor. The influence of peer groups and the inattention ol parents has become pervasive. It should also be noted that many kids have learned to "work the system." They will wrongfully accuse parents ot mistreatment and teachers of sexual harassment, just to get revenge for disciplinary measures. Sometimes they are suc- cessful. Our future is our children, but I believe we have gone overboard to protect them from themselves. We need no new laws or regulations. What we do need is caring parents who will guide them through the treacherous teen years to become responsible adults. Even parents involved in a divorce should never forget their children's needs and respond to them. Author's Note: This column utilized abstracts from several articles in Reason Magazine. Hey, I'm gonna help with this here auction I read somewhere a saying that went something like this: "A prophet in his own land ain't appreciated." I kinda got that same feeling. I was at the Goldfield Chamber of Commerce meeting the other day and I brought up the fact that the Public Broadcasting Station, Channel 5 up in Reno, was going to have a fund raising deal in June called "Lights, Camera, Action," where people donated items to be auctioned off. As I was shooting my mouth offdescribing how I was going to donate some of my art nonsense, I got kinda carded away listening to my own voice and suggested that maybe the chamber might want to do something also. For a change, this idea prompted an interested response,. not like a lot of the things I sometimes come up with, and we started kicking ideas around. What we came up with was a donated auction package put together by the chamber, "A Golden Weekend in the heart of the Gold Country," where the high-bidder got a weekend package for four people in Goldfield and its sister city, Goldpoint, which included rooms in both places, ordinary meals and a special gourmet meal prepared by chef Jam_ie, guided tours of historic buildings in Goldfield, hotel, court- house, fire station, antique shops, Santa Fe Saloon and even a visit to my Recycled Art studio. In Goldpoint, tours will be given of the mines and possibly a drive out to the Big Moly overlook from which you can see some interesting geological formations and look down into Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes Death Valley. By the time the tour package win- ners have seen all this they should be pretty happy and beat. But walt, that's not all they're gonna get. Some of the artists and crafts people of the area are. donating items to be included in the package. Me, a duplicate of the woven aluminum chair which is in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum and some other unusual aluminum art objects (about $500 worth if it was at the gallery in Santa Fe where I have a lot of my stuff for sale, han@rafted jewelry and some really beautiful carved wood pieces, Plus, the merchants of Esmeralda County are also kicking in with a lot of good stuff. Gas at the Oasis service station, four T- shirts from the Cotton Tail Ranch to name just a few. Guess who got appointed along with some others to go around to see what we could browbeat the merchants out of for the package? Me, I was doing pretty good. I got Howard down at the Cottontail to spring for the T- shirts. Joyce over at Joyce's Herb Pantry $100 worth of stuff all of which was appreciated by the chamber. And I thought I was really doing good when I contacted a person, a former hot tub dealer, who is planning on starting a health orientated Service here in Goldfield. He offered his services and the use of one of his leftover hot tubs for the package. As he used a lot of technical phrases in describing his services which I didn't catch. All I can say, is it's something called High Colonic Irrigation. When I brought his package to the rest of the committee to consider, they just mined their noses up and said that it wouldn't be too good an idea andit might detract from the rest of the package. I just don't get no appreciation. Have a good one. thi is Ri