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Go ahead and smoke, kids by Nick Peterson Tobacco companies and cigarette producers have received a lot of had press in the last few months. One of the proposed agreements coming out of recent actions against the cigarette producers is to limit cigarette advertising, and specifically the advertising that targets young people. That is all well and good, and I believe the cigarette producers should be taken to task for trying to hook kids, but I'm afraid that in our zeal to keep kids from smoking, we are in danger of taking the wrong approach. Anyone who knows anything about kids knows that the best way to get a kid to do something is to tell him that he shouldn't do it. That basic trait of human nature is as old as the Garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve --probably adolescents at the time--not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good evil. They said, "OK," and then beat a path to the tree of ....  knowledge of good and evil. The rest is history. By telling kids they shouldn't smoke, we are sealing their fate --they are then obliged to at least try it. My guess is that 99 percent of kids who start smoking do so, not because they like it, but because it's an out-and-out affront to adults. Just the other day, for example, when I went to the library, there was a 15-year-old kid standing outside the door of the library smoking. He pretended not to notice me, but made a great production out of puffing away on his cigarette. Why? Because he knew it bothered me. Later, when I saw him in the library, he had an unlit cigarette tucked behind his ear as an obvious badge of his rebellion. I had the urge to sneak up behind him and light the cigarette, but I controlled myself--they don't allow smoking in the library, even if it is just a person's ear. Because of this inherent rebellion, I believe any nonsmok- ing campaign for kids, devised by adults, is going to fail. Instead, I like the approach of my friend Hammer Swenson. His adolescent son said he thought he might like to start smoking, so Hammer went out and bought him a pack of cigarettes and told him go at it."Smoke 'era," Hammer told his son, "But you need to smoke 'em all, right now, and fast." People with a limited understanding of child psychology may think Hammer's approach borders on child abuse. But not me. I am confident that after that experience Hammer's son will never be a smoker. I know, because I learned not to smoke in much the same way. One summer, when I was eight years old my next door neighbor, Spike, and I got a hold of a corn cob pipe and a pouch of his dad's pipe tobacco. We took off down the beach at his family's summer cabin, climbed a sand hill, sat down and. loaded up the pipe. Letters to the Editor ]t,(b, qtmndaq ' 1 , do)aO ,bludT 0 I Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 2, 1997 11 - A Guest Editorial- Because Spike was a couple of years older than me, he could have pulled rank and put the pipe in his own mouth. But he surprised me that day and showed me what a good friend he was. He placed the pipe in my mouth. "You go first," he said, and lit the match. I sucked on the mouthpiece and the tobacco in the bowl glowed. I swallowed, while Spike looked on in interest. I offered him the pipe, but he said, "Nah, that's OK. You go ahead." I was amazed at his generosity. I sucked and swallowed, sucked and swallowed, sucked and...suddenly the sand hill began to slip out from under me. The trees on top of the hill were spinning as my eyes rolled back into my head. I stood up and went tumbling down the sand hill. Since that day, I have never been able to smoke. And no advertising campaign-or-not even the Marlboro Man or Joe Camel--has been able to change that. Based on my experience, and that of Hammer Swenson's son, I think a "Go-ahead-and-smoke kids" campaign is worth a try. The slogan could be, "Just remember kids, suck and swallow." Within one generation I believe we can wipe out the smoking problem. Nick Peterson is the editor of the Miiton-Freewater, Oregon Valley Times, a weekly newspaper. Growth in Pahrump I recently read something in one of the local newspapers that made me feel that I had to write. Which paper is not important because I am sending my responses to all of them and I hope and pray that they all will print it. What I read had to do with the growth here in Pahrump. The person who wrote it was directing it to those who are less than excited about the growth. He stated that the growth was coming and that those who enjoy the rural way of life had better get used to it because their way of life was becoming a thing of the past. First, I'd like to point out that this lack of respect is no way to treat the people of Pahrump. Without these people, Pahrump would not exist. After all, they are the ones that have supported Pahrump all these years. Second, I'd like to remind you that it ig tha rural way of life that is bringing many, including myself, to Pahrump. If we wanted "city life" we would have stayed in Las Vegas. Third and most important, growth does not have to mean the end of our way of life here in Pahrump. That is if the powers to be don't become blinded by dollar signs the way those in Las Vegas/ Clark County have. All it takes is a little foresight to make it possible to have growth and the way of life we all want (those that don't, know the way back to Las Vegas). To protect our.air, water, and need for a little space, limit the size of development to no less than half acre lots. I realize that there are those that are already smaller than that and we can't do anything about those. However, we can admit that those were a mistake and not allow any more. To protect those of us who have and love our animals, along with those who are new to the area, pass an ordinance that requires anyone who is selling a home and/or land to disclose if they are close to a dairy, or their neighbor has horses, chickens etc.. That way if the buyer goes ahead and buys the land/home they won't be able to end up at the town offices or in front of the county commissioners complaining about the smell, flies, noise etc.. To protect those of us that love to ride, as growth demands that more roads be paved, plan horse trails the way you did the bike lane on 160. That way it will never become like it is in so much of Clark County where you can still have your horse, but you have to load it up and truck it who knows how many miles before you can ride. These are just three little ideas that can make a world of a difference in how Pahrump "grows up." I am one of those that is not in a hurry for Pahrump to do a lot of growing. But I do know it's going to happen. The only question is, will you put little ideas such as these to use so people will continue to be happy here or will you ruin everything like they did in Las Vegas? I for one, will he fighting for the little ideas. I'd love to hear from others that have ideas of their own or just want to comment on mine. You can write to'me at P.O. Box 1500-1 Pahrump 89041. Diane Davis Pahrump Standing up for animal control I am angry and upset at the lies and insinuations made against an officer of animal control - Frank Johnson. As far as I know animal control officers do not drive around the valley looking for offenders. They do not move on, a complaint unless it comes from a resident and is cleared by sheriffs office. How happy would you he to see the valley overrun by I I unwanted and abused animals? Use your head for something else besides a hat rack forpete's sake. Wouldn't you be the f'wst one to call sheriffs office if an injured or neglected animal was not given any help because the animal control officer could not get on the property to rescue it? When I think about the animal control officer's position I realize that people who are not allowed to defend themselves because of a policy are being treated unfairly. here are always two sides of the story. Atlm Young Pnllrump Thanks to Mr. Nielsen I want to thank Mr. Nielsen for pointing out my exclusion of parts of article 6 clause 2 of the United States Constitution. The words "or which shall be made" was overlooked, but only the first part of this article was pertinent. The Constitution must be followed at all times to be lawful. Mr. Nielsen seems to feel secure with the illusion that the supreme court of the United States will protect him, but I don't have such an illusion. May I remind the gentlemen the court did not protect, the millions of unborn babies from being murdered. The courts decision in fact promoted it. The court has not protected American workers that are losing their jobs to foreign nations, with low wage structures. "Free trade" you know. The World Trade Organization dic- tates laws we can and cannot make, because we must abide by their regulations. The court has not protected American citizens from laws in admiralty-maritime, such as the Civil Forfeiture Law and the court, as well as the majority of law enforcement, have made lots of money enforcing it. The ATF, DOE and the IRS also rely on this course of action. The American people do not have the court's protection from the Federal Reserve Act, the root cause of our decline in national prominence. I would ask Mr. Nielsen to read clause 3 of that same Article; "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affu'mation, to support this constitution. I left out the last part of this clause referring to religious tests because it pertains only to the United States. Senator Reid did not swear or affirm to uphold the Consti- tution of the United States and I suppose that holds true with all senators. I don't see a conspiracy behind every move the govern- ment makes, but, the past moves they've made like the ones mentioned above, should be a clue if not hard evidence that there is a conspiracy. The socialist dupes in this country, help the conspirators succeed. I'm sure the BATF, FBI, CIA and the IRS thanks you sir. Jim Lee Pahrump Yucca Mountain nuclear dump Dear Dorothy Harder: My wife and I were at Senator Bryan' s meeting when you said that your husband died of cancer, your neighbor has cancer, and you have cancer. We also read your article. Senator Richard Bryan said that about one million chil- dren were born with thyroid cancer due to the nuclear tests. He also said that when those nuclear industries say, "tempo- rary," they don't really mean that. He went on to say, 'l'emporary is another word for permanent." Those industries want to use the Yucca Mountain area as a nuclear test and dumping location. I hope that our elected officials of Nevada, with the support of every citizen of this state, will accomplish our goal. The goal being to keep any kind of nuclear test and waste out of Nevada. Gina and I wish you, Dorothy, all the best that your heart desires. God bless you. Guido Marzullo Pahrump Youth Center cans stolen You are probably going to have a hard time believing this, I'm having a hard time of it myself. On Sunday, September 14, a party or parties unknown stealthily made their way into Petrack Park and brazenl made off with 14 brand, spanking new Ace garbage cans. They were green and red with Ace printed on the side and chock full of aluminum cans from the Harvest Festival attendees. The cans were collected to be crushed and sold for money which would then go to the Youth Center. But low and behold, some varmint decided he or she just had to take those cans for their very own. They must have needed them pretty bad. It's the only explanation for stealing them. Yep, that's exactly what you did. I don't think you realize the value of your stolen booty. The garbage cans cost No To Abuse approximately $150. By the way, we are a non-profit community-based organization. The cans probably netted quite a chunk of change aswell. Plans for a special treat for the youth center participants will now have to be pushed back to a later date. So ........ You got some cash for quick bucks and it probably burned a hole in your pocket right off. You' ve gotten 14 nifty-thrifty green and red containers for holding all your worldly possessions. You've really messed up an awesome plan for the Youth Center kids. Was it worth it? Hope so, I truly do. The one thing I'd like to ask you is to return the Ace garbage cans. Please. You can sneak them down to the No To Abuse building or its Youth Center in the middle of the night. No questions asked. It's your chance to do what is right. Lynn Begonia No To Abuse, Pahrump ii ii I The Pmmp Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by caUlng 727.$$83. ooo All opinions expressed on the letters page are those of the artist or author indicated. The Gazette reserves the right to edit all letters for length and UbeL Furthermore, letters with names withheld will only be published if a legitimate fear of retribution exists. i i i i