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6 Thursday, June 26, t 997 Pahrump Valley Gazette JL II The Prophet does it again Cripe, I did it again. How many times must I say that if you want to know prophecy, turn to On Target. A few weeks ago I had written about the People's Republic of California signing into law a bill to allow chemical castration of habitual sex-offenders. NOW, completely a surprise to me, the state of Nevada wants to do the same thing. A state Assembly panel is looking at two different bills which would allow the state to enforce chemical castration. This is a series of injections of a compound to suppress testosterone and in turn, sexual desire in men. At the time I wrote about it, I was very much against it. This can be cart ied to extremes. How about a bill to cut offthe legs of someone who escapes from prison? In Saudi Arabia you can get your hands cut off for stealing. Off with your head for adultery.* I, generally, do not believe that the state has the right to take "body parts" to right a wrong. On the other hand, with the rash of problems we're having here in Payrump, I'm starting to rethink my position. Unfortunately, this comes after the fact. The damage is already done. I think that life in prison without possibility of parole is a better method of preventing this from happening again. There should be strict rules for sentencing when children are involved. The bill, SB101, is currently being debated and it's set up so that the process is entirely voluntary. The second bill involving the same subject, AB206 is also set up to be strictly voluntary. I suppose there is a good chance that one of these bills will pass. Like I said, I was originally very much against such a process. It would let an offender out of prison early on the theory that he is no longer capable of sexual contact. On the other hand, what about the rest of his personality? What's to keep him from murdering someone? I think we're beginning to dabble in things that should be left alone. I II I I There's only one way Our state legislators worry too much about the wrong things -- or how to enforce them. Once again, there is dis- cussion about how to curb advertising by all these "escort" services in Las Vegas. No doubt there's a problem. Escort services, or outcalls, whatever you want to call it, are more often than not fronts for prostitution. It's been a problem in Vegas for many, many years. The concern of our legislators are how to keep advertising from the eyes of our children. I agree that this is a serious problem. On the other hand, escort ser- vices themselves are a problem. Rural Nevada has the answer to the problem. Legalized prostitU- tion. Simple as that. There is no advertising problem -- except when trying to nit-pick exactly what the law prescribes. Legal brothels try very hard to work within the letter of the law. They have to in order to keep their license. Prostitution is never going to go away in Las Vegas. The only way to regulate is first to legalize it. Illl I I II [ The optimist thhtks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pesshnist knows it. ar[;et by Joe Richards Jrom the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! to buy