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I nursOay, August 14, 1/ rump ey a[e Today's playground -- tom(wrow's Cancer 00klley There's been a lot of news lately about the "proposed" nuke dump. The Department of Energy prefers to call it a Nuclear Repository. Maybe that's supposed to make it sound better than what it really is. I've yet to take a position on the dump (I prefer to call it what it really is). I have mixed emotions about it. If the DOE's track record was a little better, I'd be more comfortable about it but the DOE has been exposed as being involved in so much cover-up and outright lying that it's difficult to believe them when they say the site is safe. The state of Nevada, on the other hand, is full-speed ahead on blocking the dump at all costs. Ever since the infamous "screw Nevada" bill in Congress, the state has gone ballistic. Neither approach is very scientific. I've said for years, "Let's wait until the facts are in and take a hard look at it." It's the more popular thing to be against the dump. But the dump could be an important economic contribution to Nye County. From jobs to the scientific establishment of businesses and high-tech firms. The Nevada Test Site has always had the support of the local commu- nity and, while there have been some misgivings, it has basically been a safe operation and a very important contribution to the success of Nye County. The most recent efforts to create a nuke dump are a somewhat different monster. I think this recent bill is where I draw the line in the sand. Last week, a House panel voted 21-3 to start storing spent radioac- tive waste at the Nevada Test Site. This isn't Yucca Mountain we're talking about. The bill falls way short of environmental safeguards. This also isn't the so-called interim storage. This is "permanent interim" storage. Congress is becoming reluctant to spend the millions of dollars it will cost to complete the Yucca Mountain dump and they're starting to look for cheaper methods. The cheapest is to start sending it to the Nevada Test Site. Even a Representative from the East took a stand against this. Almost everyone in the East is trying to jam this down Nevada's throat. Ed Markey, D-Mass. stated, "Today's famous Las Vegas Strip may become tomorrow's Cancer Alley." I think we can afford to wait for the scientific evidence of Yucca Mountain. We cannot afford to allow the politicians of Washington, who can't even run the country, to begin to make scientific decisions. This is something that affects the health of every single person in several Nevada (and California) counties. President Clinton has made a promise to Nevada that he will veto any such legislation. Somehow I find that hard to believe when there are such big interests behind the legislation. We'll see. i i i Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down m hence the expres- sion "to get fired." When you are planning drinks for a party, figure two drinks per guest for the first half hour and one drink per hour after that. Illl [ I I I They're leg " Florida rav in Revolution: In poltics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. Police in Orlando, Fla., have a new idea for ciacldng down on illicit drug use. They're going to bust up the raves. Raves are all-night dance for hours on end. The drugs of choiceat these evefits are hallucinogens like LSD and mushrooms, as well as designer drugs like ecstasy. A team of Florida law enforcement officials working on the Orlando Rave Re- that the best way to crack down on illegal drugs Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! l'he secret! ] Britain's oldest man, [ former train engineer Vincent  Gulliver, has died at the age of 109, his daughter said Thurs, day, Gulliver, one of 13 chil, dren, was born in the year that Queen Victoria cel- l ebrated her golden jubilee, [ He d one recipe for Ion-I gevity- he enjoyed a glass[ every day of whisky med [ with onge and honey, i I the Bible said "a