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Letters to the Editor Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 12, 1997 11 Late for Work Recently I took a small load of household trash to the county dump in the relative cool of the morning, arriving before the 8 a.m. normal opening time. There were 10 vehicles waiting in line at the gate and all were forced to wait until 8:19 a.m. when the operator arrived and opened up. This minor annoyance brought to mind the obvious con- cern that there may be insufficient supervision generally among our local public workers and that many may be arriving late and perhaps even leaving early coming and going to and from work each day. If this is the case, we who pay taxes in order to employ public workers are being cheated and we are also delayed and inconvenienced. We all have schedules of our own and we all depend upon our public servants to be on time so as not to interfere with our plans for work and other pursuits. If a substantial number of those working for, and at the expense of the public, fail to work the hours they agreed to, we can only imagine how many total man-hours are lost and how much tax money is paid out to bad employees. Let's not forget the honest people who work for us who must be insulted by the unreliable performance of some who they must associate with. Watching, Bill Ballew Pahrump Glad to see Reul back My wife and I are most pleased to see that Richard Reul is back. We have missed his articles during his absence. We hope his column will be a regular feature of the Gazette. We ge t issues in Mexico in bunches. And in no particular order. I don't even try to make sure we get them all. The last batch arrived about two weeks ago: the issues of Feb. 27, April 3, 10, and 24. We find the editorial by Joe Richards and the column by Brent Matbewson also of great interest. They make us feel a part of Pahrump, even though we spend so much time out of state and country. William F. Steagall Mexico Simmons applauded Dan Simmons, we really owe you a debt of thanks. As coordinator, liaison and administrator here in Pahrump for the Community College of Southern Nevada, you have helped those of us who want more education to reach our goals. Because of his interpersonal relationship skills the number of class offerings has doubled and we've had double the number of classes with live teachers. Dan realizes that com- munication with "Pahrumpians" is paramount. He gets the information that we need quickly. Dr. Richard Moore, the president of CCSN has realized that we are a viable and growing group here in southern Nye. Dan's leadership inspired the legislative task force and boost- ers group, and got support not only from the high school students and college students but from many private citizens who encourage continuing education for Pahrump, Beatty and Amargosa. Now high school students can take college courses. I have been attending CCSN for eight semesters and need six more credits. My A.A degree cannot be completed here in Pahrump because we have no Community College (Com- puter Center and Laboratory Center.) Please join with me and write to Dr Richard Moore, President, Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. North Las Vegas, NV 89030 or fax 1-702- 651-4486, and let him know how much we appreciate having Dan Simmons as our coordinator and how much we appreci- ate Dr. Moore's recommendation to the legislature that Pahr- ump be chosen as the next outreach campus for a computer center and laboratory center. This college will greatly enhance our rural town. Again, thanks Dan Simmons for your expertise and encouragement. Mrs. Sally Devlin Pahrump Mathewson bandwagon Recently, in the local news, I read of a very unfortunate matter involving Mr. Brent Mathewson of Amargosa. It is important to speak out in support of him as a good citizen who has over the last few months worked to help his neighbors and to expose the serious criminality of some Nye County offi- cials. In fact, he has lately participated, as a member of the Amargosa Town Board, in the action of that board in calling upon the State of Nevada to investigate certain unlawful activities of the Nye County Commission. The numerous excellent news and editorial newspaper articles by Brent which have appeared over the months have been some of the best writing ever to be seen anywhere. Someday, when government has gone completely over the edge and has declared, retroactively no doubt, that everyone who has ever gotten a speeding ticket is reclassified as non- human; then we can ALL experience the warm and fuzzy insanity of the police-state fully and together! The tremendous stress which life inflicts on everyone can be expected to savagely disrupt anyone at any time. Then pile on the whirlwind of oppressive bureaucratic and quasi-legal "official" machinations and each of us can only tremble and hope to be overlooked. There, but by the grace of God, go we alll There are a great many of us who are diminished by this blow suffered by Mr. Mathewson. We can only hope that he will weather this small shower without too much difficulty and continue to write about the "official" thunder storms, tornados, and hurricanes caused by the Nye County "official" brass. Paul J. Miller Pahrump Coalition of concerned parents Madame Gerldine Harge, Superintendent of Schools and the Nye County School Board of Trustees: We, the coalition of concerned parents, are pleading with you to be more accountable. When it comes to your polocies concerning how you screen the substitute teachers that have access to our children, it amazes us how you can be so insensitive to the parents and taxpayers of this county. The procedures that you have in place at this time on how you hire substitute teachers are absolutely appalling and continue to put our children at risk. It is very upsetting to us that our children have been put in the position of danger twice in the last three years concerning sexual predators in our schools. When is the time going to come that children come first and not the rights of sexual predators. Our children should be the most important thing in our lives because they are the future of this country and someday they will be making decisions for us. The only things that our children should have to worry about when they attend the schools that we pay for, are if they are going to get a quality education. Not if they will be raped or shot or harmed in anyway. The incident with Mr. Brian Lepley could have been avoided if someone would have paid more attention. According to the newspapers the school district was fully aware of the problems with Mr. Brian Lepley as far back as May 10, 1997. How this should have been handled was not to let him substitute at all, until he was fully investigated by the Nye County Sheriffs Office. If it weren't for the fact that we weren't considered a rural community, we wouldn't be under this so-called exemption they claim to have for rural areas. So that means a substitute teacher does not fall under the same guidelines that regular teachers do. And that means that they don't have to be fingerprinted and submit to a thorough background check. And we hold the state of Nevada and the county of Nye and local administrators all the way down to the local teachers responsible for this injustice that occurred against OUR CHILDREN. Thank you very much Co-founder of the coalition of concerned parents Mr. & Mrs. John S. Espana Pahrump The Pahrump Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by calling 727-5583. OOO All opinions expressed on the letters page are those of the artist or author indicated. Furthermore, letters with names withheld will only be published if a legitimate fear of retribution exists.