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10 Thursday, August 7, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Too many cops in Tonopah! There has been a tendency, over the last couple years, to complain about the number of sheriffs deputies on patrol. This seems to be particularly prevalent in the Tonopah area. It is sometimes easy to fall into this line of thought when you see three or four cars parked in front of "Ye Favorite Doughnut Shop." Or when several cars respond to a call at four or five in the morning. The thought runs through your head, "Why are there so many sheriffs deputies when there is a town of 3,000 at the most?" It's easy to complain about the sheriffs department. I've been a little guilty of it myself sometimes. But there's another side to that story and it deserves to be heard. First off, you may see several cars responding at an odd hour due to a slight overlap of shifts. Additionally, an officer about to go off duty may stay on and back-up another officer just going out on a call. About the same time you see one or two Nevada Highway Patrol cars pass by and, well, it's pretty easy to wonder why the beck there are so many cops in town. Why should another officer going off duty stay on to assist on a simple call, you might ask? Wade Lieseke did that once. It was a simple call about a man siphoning gas in a local neighborhood. Heck, any single jerk can handle that, right? Wade got shot that night and darn near died. If it wasn't for the second deputy, in this case Kent Jasperson, Wade most likely would have died. Or, this scum-bag, convicted, escaped, child molester might have escaped detection and continued on to another town to continue his notorious NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Dave Downing count your blessings name in the book, insulted, cussed at, just for doing their job. They go out on calls where they meet men beating up their wives, and because these scum-bags are halfdrunked up, or on drugs, they're capable of grabbing a shotgun and blowing the officer away at any moment. To add insult to injury the local press assaults them with comments about too many officers on duty. All this for an average pay of $15 per hour. The national media is no help. We've seen enough Rodney King type tapes. Now let's see Rodney King's rap sheet. Let's count the number of police officers killed in the line of duty. These men and women are out there, in the jungle of society, for you and me. Sure, there's an occa- sional bad apple. Why does this get all the attention? For every bad apple there are thousands of bushels of good ones. We never hear about them. Why do we, as voters, elect a sheriff to do a job and tl when he performs beyond expectations, criticize him for it? That doesn't make any sense at all. He has kicked and screamed and gotten things for his department. He's done his job. If you don't like all the things he's gotten m criticize the county commissioners for it -- they're the ones with the money. But don't criticize Lieseke. He's doing the job we elected him to do. There can never be enough cops on the street. (This gonna get me out of a ticket Wade?) profession. We elected a sheriff to do a job. Take over a department that was on the verge of being decertified due to a lack of training. Lieseke came on the job and took full command of it. Exactly what we mandated him to do. He told some to hit the door and brought others up to speed. He got federal grants for more officers, retained an under sheriff to work full-time in Pahrump and also concentrated on this fast-growing town. He has done everything, and then some, that the voters elected him to do. Now we complain about it. Any police officer very literally puts his life on the line every time he goes to work. That's not a "waving the flag" statement m that's a fact. In the line of duty these police officers meet the scum of society. They're called every Why do we still have the draft? by Richard Reul The Selective Service System is an abomination in a free society, it is justifiable only in conjunction with a total mobilization in the event of an enemy attack and threatened invasion of our nation. Amendment XIll to the U.S. Constitution clearly states: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States, or any olace subject to their control." I once asked Senator Orrin Hatch  Utah how a military draft could be reconciled with this blanket prohibition., He replied that the Su- preme Court had held that compulsory military service was a duty and this constitutional constraint did not apply. In other words the Government.can be a slaveholder, but not anyone else! For more than two decades we have had all-volunteer Armed Forces. By and large they have worked well. Both the officer corps and the enlisted ranks are professionals who chose their careers despite the potential hazards involved. There is an esprit de corps and mutual respect. Even the mobilization of reserves during the Gulf War was accomplished with relative efficiency. Yet there are elitists in the Congress, and other govern- mental positions, who bemoan the fact that a volunteer military is not ethnically balanced and that a draft is more democratic. What hogwash! No one complains that a baseball or basketball team is not ethnically balanced...what counts is its performance. People who are there because they want to be make better team players, regardless of the activity involved. Those who are forced to serve are inherently less reliable. The real reason for keeping Selective Service and draft registration on the books is power...a reminder to our young people that the Government can still derail their careers and place them in harms way. In 1993, a year or so after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a Department of Defense report concluded that draft registration could be ended with no detrimental effects on national security or military recruitment. Nonetheless, in May 1994, President Clinton stated: "Maintaining Selec- Changing Patterns by RichardReul 00li[[llllllll00 RJlIBIJI[Illll [llllllllllll Illlllllllllll ............ |J tive Service and draft registration provides a hedge against unforseen threats and is a relatively low cost 'insurance policy' against our underestimating the maximum level of threat we expect our Armed Forces to face." This from a President who had spent the better part of his youth evading the draft! In the subsequent mid-term elections the Repub- licans gained control of both houses of Congress and vowed to eliminate unnecessary government programs. Yet Gerald Solomon (R-NY), Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, lobbied tirelessly to retain the SSS and draft registration. Proud of his work, he observed: "These young men who have to go down to the post office and register...it makes them very much aware of our military and our need for it." So Selective Service was funded for another year at a cost of more than $28 million. So much for eliminating government waste! There is another aspect to this situation that has received scant attention. It was only the existence of the draft that enabled our long-term military involvement in Korea and Viet Nam. These debacles bore no relation to the security of the United States but they exacted a horrible toll in casualties and expenditures. Presidents of both parties must be made aware that our military manpower is limited to our all-volunteer professionals and future adventures must be brief and readily terminated. President Clinton is already feeling this pressure in Bosnia. Lastly, the essence of freedom is the right to choose. In time of peace, no one should be forced to serve in the Armed Forces. There is no forseeable threat to the United States that requires vast numbers of military personnel. In regard to duty, the late Robert Heinlein- a former Naval officer- had some thoughtful comments: "Do not confuse 'duty' with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to an instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is slf respect. Author's Note: Portions of this column were abstracted from an article: "Conscription Fever" by Aaron Steelman in Liberty Magazine. Some mail-order stuff ain't bad Warning! What follows is one of them informational thingamajigs. So, if you don't want to be exposed to it, stop fight now and go onto reading other stuff in the paper. Now; normally, I wouldn't stoop to touting a product as I regard the printed word to be something you don't want to mess around with. Besides what you write could come back to haunt you. This article came about on account of us having a garden. The us, being mostly due to Ditto's efforts. Having a garden ain't no easy thing. It's not just sticking some seeds in the ground because first you gotta get the ground loos- ened-up enough to be able to get the seeds in. Which means that one of those somebody's, usually me, that I have referred to in other columns has to break out a shovel and have at it. This ain't much fun and every time I get roped into doing it keeps me thinking that there should he an easier way. I've checked out the price of some of them roto-tillers and besides being too expensive, can be a lot of work. Then (now comes the commercial) we heard about some- thing called the Mantis Tiller which only weighed 20 pounds and came with a one-year money back guarantee if for any reason we weren't satisfied with it. So we sent off for more information and even got a video tape which showed how Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes II" easy it was to use. I could see riglit away that Ditto would have no problem getting her garden into shape. The gal in the tape wasn't too shabby either. I didn't get off scot-free as when thetiller arrived, I had to put it together and show Ditto how to use it. In no time she had her garden ready for planting. But now I got me a problem. Should I return the tiller and take advantage of their money-back guarantee and maybe next planting season reorder another one for Ditto to use? This, even though it goes against my frugal nature, don't seem fair. The thing did a terrific job and Ditto will have something to do for years to come and who am I to deny her simple pleasures. Maybe after she has her garden in good shape, she could pick up a little extra pin money working over other people's gardens. I think what I will do is to scout the neighborhood and see What I can line up for her, and her being kin, I would only charge her a modest 10 percent commission on the jobs I get for her. Keep this article handy for when next planting season comes around and I will make you a deal on getting your garden in shape. Have a good one.