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Letters to the Editor Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 18, 1997 II No need for a militia While visiting our youngest daughter in Portland, Ore. recently, I ran across an article about the need for gun control. The gentleman felt that the militia was necessary early on, because we had a small military, but now that we have a standing army, there is no need for a militia. The following is a letter I wrote to the editor of that paper. Black's Law dictionary describes the United States as being foreign to the several states, as the sister states are alien to each other. With that in mind, I would like to address the article of Mr. Paul Vanture in the "Oregonian" Moday,. Au- {just 25. His perspective of history is also flawed, lthough he is correct to say that the Constitution forbids a ban on gun ownership, but it further states that this ownership shall not be infringed. His concep- tion of the law is to now ignore the part that seems no longer necessary and infringe without changing the law. We had a small military for the first one hundred years, because the Contract with the United States forbids funding, for longer than two years. That part of the Constitution (law) has not been changed. It's,being ignored. A militia was provided for instead, as our armed force, in order to be able to defend our nation as well as our state. Amendment 2, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Article 6, clause 2 states that any law or treaty made by the authority of the United States must follow the Constitution to become the Law of the Land. Mr. Vanture's information that other democratic nations having specific gun control laws is correct, but I must remind Mr. Vanture and his readers, that our Nation as States are Independent Constitutional Re- pubnt.o, -t democracies. If most deaths m,...,,unding by small arms are not done by criminals, but by menro. of households, why do the gun control groups always use trte ,* -inal gimmick? Thanks for admiting that it's the people you want disarmed, not the criminal. The second amendment to the Constitution is not about hunting, as the NRA seems to be comfortable with, it's about defending each state from a standing army, specifically the United States. The incidents of Mr. Scott and Mr. Campbell of California, Ruby Ridge of Idaho, the Freemen of Montana and the Davidian Church in Waco, Texas are just a few of the examples of what the United States will and can do, as well as confiscating private property without due process. The I war on drugs, you know. Wouldn't it be reasonable, now that the perceived threat of war is no more, to turn over the machines of war to the states, to be used by the militia in time of need, being well regulated by the individual states? You can bet your life and fortunes, that that will never happen. Read the U.S. Constitution, (it's not taught in government schools), and think. James W. Lee Pahrump Festival a great success Once again the Harvest Festival Fair was a great success. We had 1,020 exhibits which was approxi- mately 475 more than last year. 4,375 people entered the community center to view the exhibits. That was a thousand more than last year. Our fair could not have been a success without volunteers: Ferdie and Joanne Loisel, Rosemary Duetsch, Pauline Moore, Julia Wall, Jean Holveck, Lela Monahan, Lynn McDonald, Pat Irvine, Ron Shereda, Jackie/mderson, Amber Malloy, Emil and Rose Bonfini, Doris and Ren Glover, Marge Hickerson and Bey Mabry. I also want to thank Mac Taylor and Linda Roberts for their fabulous educational displays, Jordan Chelsa for the decorative flowering plants, Davis Lumber for supplies, and Gall Hardy and Maurice Purdy for their support. Many people asked how the judging was done. The exhibits were awarded blue, red, or white ribbons on their own merit. Then they were judged against the other exhibits in their lot, These were given a dark blue rosette ribbon for the lot champion and a light blue rosette ribbon for the lot reserve champion. Then, each section had a grand champion ribbon and a reserve grand champion ribbon. The judges then awarded a judge's choice ribbon for the entire section. I hope this answers your questions. I want to thank everyone for his/her participation and hope to see you and many more participants next veal'. Mertlc-,_t i Fair Chairman Pahrump Grateful to sponsors We at No to Abuse would like to say a special thank you to the wonderful businesses who sponsored tee shirts for the Harvest Festival. Among those to be recognized for their generosity I I are; Big Sky Truss Inc., Common Grounds Care, Valley Rock and Sand, and T&M Group Reality. These special people sponsored tee shirts to be given away to kids and volunteers of the No To Abuse Youth Center, and Family Crisis Center. The shirts, made by Mandy's silk screening, were white with the logo; "Kids, you can't beat them", in red and yellow on the front. The back of the shirt bore the name of the business who sponsored, an their phone numbers in bright blue. They really turned out great. Thank you so much for caring and participating. We will be having more shirts made up in the future, both white and colored. Pricing per dozen starts at approxi- mately $74, and goes up depending on colors and sizes. If you are interested in sponsoring shirts, and ad- vertising your business at the same time, call 751-1118 and ask for Lynn. Or stop by at 1471 E. Highway 373. No to Abuse and Mandy's Silk Screening have joined in a collaborative effort to see that every child in Nye and Esmeralda counties have a "kids you can't beat them" tee shirt. It's a vital dream we are deter- mined to see realized. With your support and generos- ity it can happen. Think about it. No to Abuse Pahrump Student prayer Assembled in our school once more, O Lord, thy blessing we implore; We meet to read, and sing, and pray, Be with us, then, through this thy day. Our fervent prayer to thee ascends, For parents, teachers, foes and friends, And when we in thy house appear, Help us to worship in thy fear. When we on earth shall meet no more, May we above to glory soar; And praise thee in more lofty strains, Where one eternal sabbath reigns. .... Bill Ballew Pahrump II II II I I The Pahrump /alley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by calling .......... 727-5583. All opinions expressea , - tters aee are those of the artist or author indicated. ThtG,,2.,o reserves the riot to edit all letters for length and fibel. ......... Furthermore, letters with names w'dfludd will only be published if a legitimate fear of retribution exists. L