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10 Thursday, September 4, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Bob Coad for commissioner i voices from Pahrump Every now and then something comes along that simply astonishes me. A recent letter to the editor has done just that. I've been reading letters to the editor in the four Nye County newspapers for years. I've gotten used to the radical opinion being expressed and have long since held the opinion that one heck of a lot of people in this county are, simply put, nuts. This is particularly true, in my opinion, of letters from the southern county. Last week a letter appeared from Mr. Bob Coad, Pahr- ump, under the heading, "Register and Vote." My first thought, upon reading the headline, was that here was another radical proclaiming that if you didn't vote you have no right to complain about how things are going. This has always been a pet peeve of mine. In this great nation you also have a right not to vote. (Some countries will jail you if you don't vote.) Just because a person elects not to vote certainly does not preclude his right to complain about local or national government. Ooops. It was a poor headline Mr. Coad gets my "citizen of the year" vote. Coming from a Pahrumpian is absolutely incredible. By gosh, there is intelligence in Pahrump! Mr. Coad writes, "Since I am far from the most intelli- gent soul in the world, I will not try to make your decisions for you, but I do have a few thoughts to p::t fourth." Don't put yourself down, Mr. Coad. Anyone that writes with such profound thought is, indeed, intelligent. Mr. Coad proclaims, "Many folks write about the money the county has poured into NRMC [Nye Regional Medical Center], and I feel they have every right to do so, but none has come up with a viable alternative.. (except to close the facility and leave a lot of people without first class medical care). 1, for one, do not profess to play God, nor do I desire to do so. Somewhere out there is someone with the answer or answers to the problem who has, so far. failed to come NORTHERN EXPOSU00 by Dave Downing forth. Please, if you read this, at least write a letter to the papers with a workable plan." This paragraph simply bowled me over. l I'm still shaking my head in disbelief that this letter came from a resident of Pahrump. My faith in the average citizen is restored. I hope that more people in this great town feel the same way. Yes, there is a problem with monies spent on NRMC. No, we can't close it down and still maintain we are part of the human race. There must be an answer and someone out there has it/ Other comments in the letter are far reaching and well thought out. The census, problems with local government, small town versus large town and the problems found therein. I don't know who you are, Mr. Coad, but someday I would like to meet you and compare notes. I wish more people would have the insight to contemplate what was going on around them and develop an attitude that was positive in nature. Let's solve the problem, not kill those involved. On the other hand, we do have a lot of radicals in this county. They rant and rave and generally raise hell about any little thing that goes on. County Commissioners are all crooks, according to them. Anyone and everyone that supports them should be taken out back and shot. Newspaper columnists, including this newspaper, find a conspiracy behind everything from the TWA flight 800 crash to an absolute belief that the federal government themselves blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City. There are those that believe the Holocaust is nothing more than a Jewish attempt to thwart attentions from the "just and right rule of Adolph Hitler." That the NASA landing on the moon was nothing more than a fake, made in a movie studio. But it is the radical that seems to receive the attention. There are constant letters to the editor that extend kudos tq , those columist for "exposing the terrible attrocities that exist." This is particularly true on local issues. This column, admittedly, generates no interest whatso- ever. I maintain there is balance in the county and extend a positive approach to county government and affairs. The result is that this column is very near cancellation. It doesn't expose corrupt government officials -- rather, it has the audacity to compliment them! Humph! The "Chicken Littles" that constantly scream that the sky is . falling may win. I would hope that the "silent majority" may yet prevail. Amidst all this comes the refreshing letter from Bob Coad. An intelligent voice from Pahrump that, essentially, says, "Stop. Smell the roses. Take a look around you. It's not all that bad and what is difficult can be fixed." Take a run for commissioner, Bob. You've got my vote. The benefits of moderate drinking In 1972, Harvard epidemiologist Carl Seizer ex- amined data from the Framingham Heart Study and found that drinkers were less liable to heart disease than abstainers. But the National Institutes of Health, which had funded the research, refused to let Seizer publish a paper about this result. An NIH official said: "An cle which openly invites the encourage- ment of drinking, with the implication of preventing coronary heart disease, would be-scientifically mis- leading and socially undesirable in view of the major problem of alcoholism that exists in the country." A quarter of a century after the NIH banned Selzer's paper, the connection between alcohol consumption and a reduced risk of heart disease is well established. More than 50 epidemiological studies have confirmed the link found in the Framingham data. This research indicates that the risk of heart disease for moderate drinkers is 40 to 80 percent of the risk faced by abstainers. Moderate drinking is defined as two drinks per day for men and one for women. With evidence like this accumulating, at some point the government had to take notice. But the process has been achingly slow. In ! 990 the govern- ment asserted that drinking had no health benefits. In 1995 a small concession was made that "moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease in some individuals." U.S. pronouncements differed in significant ways from the conclusions of a British study entitled "Sen- sible Drinking." The British results suggested elevat- Changing Patterns by Richard Reul 00Illlllllllll ............ lillllllUlllll IlallUllllllll lUllllllllllll llltllllllllll IIIIIIIIil1111 Illl]lllIIlllI ing the acceptable level for women and that moderate drinking during pregnancy was not dangerous. A 1995 poll by the Competitive Enterprise Institute found that only 42 percent of Americans were aware of medical evidence that moderate drinking reduces the risk of heart disease. Efforts by manufacturers to deliver this message have been stymied by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The BATF has consistently rejected all therapeutic claims, regardless of truthfulness. It argues that "such claims are inher- ently misleading, given the harmful societal effects arising from the consumption of alcohol and the dan- ger to those who, for psychological or physical rea- sons, are adversely affected thereby." Since 1989 federal law has required that every container of beer, wine and liquor sold in the U.S. have a warning from the surgeon general about the hazards of drinking. Every attempt by importers and manufac- turers to balance this statement has been rejected by the BATF. The temperance movement, which' depicted alco- hol as a demonic substance, is apparently still a strong force in the federal government. More than 60 years after the end of prohibition, it is time for our govern- ment to acknowledge that alcohol does have benefits - social, psychological and physical - as well as its known hazards. Surely this is a truth with which the American people can be trusted. Author's,lote: This column was condensed from an article by Stanton Peele in the National Review. Have a good one, I know I will I was recently asked by one of my readers why I close my column with the three word sentence "Have a Good One?" One sometimes sends me stuff to use in my cQlumn. My closing is actually four words if you count the "a." The reason the "a" is in there is that I ain't into ebonies yet. But this could change and we will have to walt til the end of this to see if I end it with "have a good one." What got me into this closing sentence was the common phrase a person hears all the time which is "have a nice day." I don't care what the situation is somebody is gonna lay this on you. A policeman could just be getting on his bike or back in their car after giving you a ticket, a process server who has just serv you with a subpoena or it could be the clerk who finally got around to waiting on you. The list could go on and on and I'm sure you have some incidents in your own experience that have ended with Slim Sez by Slim Sirnes "have a nice day." There have been times when I have responded to this phrase with "Thanks, but I got other plans." But this is kinda negative and mos.t of the people aren't listening any- way. They could care less how your day was gonna go they already got your money. Now you take the phrase "have a good one." This can apply to anything or situation. Your day can be going lousy which they sometimes do and we kinda lose sight of the good things that did somehow man= age to creep in. Although at times they're kinda hard to see. But they happened if you stop to think about it. Of course you have to be a little careful when you use this phrase. Seeing someone off on a trip or vacation or a night on the town is good. But you wouldn't want to use it when someone was obviously headed into a IRS office for an audit or a dentist's for a.root canal. These being "have a nice day" deals although in at least one of these happenings the term, "have a good one" would work. So I leave you with have a good one. I know I will.