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6 Thursday, May 29, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Joe calls another one! Well, what can I say. You want to hear Nye County prophecy? Then this is the column to check every week. It's happened again. Last week I made much ado about the quarter cent sales tax increase and how the state Legislature wanted to pass this miserable piece of legislation. Well, it's passed. Expect it to be law very soon. The bill passed the Assembly 34-7. It now goes to the Senate where I predict it will be passed with little discussion. What's bad about this law is the fact that it sets a precedent m a bad precedent. It allows county commissioners to raise the tax without even considering the taxpayer. The voters will never have the opportunity to say "NO!" because the tax can be raised without having to appear on the ballot. As far as I'm concerned this is taxation with representation. My legislative sources tell me that there was quite a lively debate on this subject before it was ultimately voted into law.., well, it's not law yet but like I said, it'll pass the Senate easy. "In my opinion, taking away people's right to vote is poor public policy," said Don Gustavson, R-Sun Valley. "Nevada does not give absolute power to part-time representatives," said Sandra Tiffany, R- Las Vegas. Part-time representatives, indeed. Nye County Commissioners to be more precise. You can bet your bottom dollar they'll jump on this new law as soon as they can. When they do -- you know what to do at the ballot box, right? 1 ox to 0000,00atch hen house Once again, we're looking at a situation where the fox wants to be in charge of the hen house. This time it's the Nevada Board of Education. Not so long ago a Roper poll indicated that a majority of college students thought Florida was in the Pacific Ocean. Hmph. So, in all probability, our high school students likely believe it's in the Arctic. What's the capital of Michigan? Which is farther west, Reno or Los Angeles? How many pennies in $1 million? How many nickels in $1 million? Businesses across the nation are complaining that they have to completely train high school graduates in such simple things as making correct change. The level of competence coming out of our school system these days is disgraceful. Governor Bob Miller wants to correct this situation, at least in Nevada. The Guv has proposed that Nevada create a "Standards Council." The purpose of this council is to monitor the standards expected of our students and see to it that these standards are upheld at each required level. The Board of Education is balking at this and saying, "Give us the money and we'll do the monitoring." In one breath the Board of Education says that this council "is unnecessary, redundant and costly." In the very next breath they say, "Give us the money and we can easily do the job ourselves." Talk about redundant and unnecessary. Television is a medium. So called because it is neither rare, nor well-done. Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! Lynn Plaskett, 46, who ran for reelection as a ty council woman in New rS "Maury over her bed and scanned her body before pearing. $39,000,000 and equipment one U.S. Air Force base lost track of be. Summertime is Any cooking method robs fruitsand vegetables of vitamins. To minimize the losses, minimize the amount P longer than necessary, and in j enough water to for the recommended standing time" after the microwave shuts off