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12 Thursday. Aueust 21. 1997 Pahrumo Vallev Gazette Compromise is no virtue when dealing the devil by Brent Mathewson A man named Franklin once said that when a carpenter wishes to bond two pieces of wood together in the strongest way possible it is first necessary to remove material from each piece so that they fit properly in the desired fashion, Franklin was talking about the art of compromise and the audience he was addressing were the delegates to the consti- tutional convention which took place in Philadelphia, Penn- sylvania more than two centuries ago, Because of this man's efforts and others of equal stature a compromise was worked out that resulted in the creation of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. In the political world, especially in a democracy, when All Parents with children in the Nye County School District School Board Meeting August 27th 11 a.m. At Nye County School District Office 484 5. West St. Pahrump, NV the process works as it should, compromise is always taking place. Good politicians are from time to time unjustifiably accused of being wishy washy because they understand and practice this process. THIS MAN'S OPIlS[IDN by Brent Mathewson i It is the difference between the idealis- tic and the realistic. An idealistic point of view is simply that, and nothing more. It is quite possible for several people to have idealist points of view that are at oppo- sites from one another. A realistic point of view would be one that blended the opposing sides together in the most harmonious manner possible. The ability to compromise is such an important part of our society that it is written into our law. Nevada law is purposefully written in such a flexible manner that it gives the governing bodies within the state broad latitudes in determining how the people being governed shall be ruled. A state the size of Nevada with the diversity of its population spread out into cities, towns, villages and the smallest of hamlets demands nothing less. Although Nevada law has this flexibility and ability to compromise built into it, it is not infinitely flexible. There are rules within which the game must be played and actions taken by a governing body outside of those rules are not Illllll I Illl I I Illlllllll Ill : resstons "** | Window Treatments /  Let The Professlonals | ----mslde,ilag s  Help You Decorate ! I verticals [0  r'tOffte "  Mini Blinds Wood Blinds Pleated Shades n -- Duettes / 3 Arches • o Fabric Valance • EBEE Design Service ° EBff. Consultation ° FREE Installation • All Work Guaranteed • Quality You Can Count On Draperies Cornice Box Hardware Solar Screens And More For your personal showing of our wide selection of styles and colors call Patricia Cox at Mon.-Wed. 9:30-6 Thurs. 9:30-8 Fri.-Sat. 9:30-6 Closed Sunday 727-1966 Locally Owned and Operated 921 S. Hwy 160 • Wheeler Springs Plaza legal actions. If a man is holding a gun to your head demanding your wallet, and you decide to give it up, a legal action has not taken place nor has any form of compromise transpired. Although the man with the gun may feel in his heart, his mind, and his soul, that he has placed himself in a most idealist situation that is all to his advantage, it is not realistic to expect a society to go along with his game plan. The problem that we have in NyeCounty is that the Nye County Commission, acting under the advice, consent and encouragement of the Nye County Manager, Les Bradshaw, and his special assistant, Rachel Nicholson, has passed into what is being treated as law, rules-regulations and proce- dures that throw the advantage all to one side. Nevada law is treated by these people as nothing more than a nuisance and they seem to spend the majority of their time finding cute ways to circumvent it or writing ordinances that ignore it altogether. The times that Nye County has gone outside the required bid process to spend large sums of the taxpayers money are now legion and have been covered in some detail in previous columns. There is currently arbitrary and capricious parcel map law that has been so rigidly enforced that I have seen an old man literally break down into tears at a Nye County Com- mission meeting because he could not give half of his land in a remote area of Railroad Valley to his son because he could not financially afford to comply with county road improvement requirements that could only legally be en- forced in a densely populated area. Last week's column focused on why the county's parcel map ordinances favor only the largest of land developers as it stretches, twists and bends requirements allowed by Nevada law far past the breaking point. The complete lack of response in the news media to these charges by the people involved speaks for itself. Their silence shrieks in the ether. A phone call to the publisher complaining that this column is in print and that changes I have leveled have not been "proven" is not a response. A response would be to write a letter to the editor and have the guts or audacity to sign their name to it after refuting the changes as best they could. In saying that the charges have not been "preen" and therefore should norbe printed, it is apparently eir attitude that they should be immune from public scrutiny up to and until the time they are found guilty of a criminal action or lose a civil judge- ment in a court of law. Fortunately or otherwise, that is not the way the system works in this county and as public figures and attorneys both Bradshaw and Nicholson should realize this fact. It is interesting to note that in numerous lawsuits against the county that Bradshaw and Nicholson have managed to embroil themselves in, the county is picking up the tab for vast sums of money for their legal defense. Since in many of these cases both Bradshaw and Nicholson plus some mem- bers of the commission are also being sued as individuals, the ongoing practice of having the Nye County taxpayer carry the burden of their legal defense is highly question- able, to say the least, as to its legality. The wheels of justice, and the court system, move too slowly to expect the Nye County citizen to sit back and patiently wait for these problems to be resolved in that manner. What the Nye County Commission needs more than anything else at this time is a few good men. Of either sex. That is this man's opinion. copyright 1997 by Brent Mathewson i i H Cremation 00irect Burial Include: Removal from Place of'death, preparation of Death Certificate and Perm/t, Cremation. minimum Urn, Fully Licensed P.O. Box 6000 • Suite 96 • 1161 Loop Rd. #2 Pahrump, Nevada 89041 000000@00000000000000000000 • Name: * • • . Address: __. • City: ..... 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