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I i Ton0pah's proud of NRMC, vayrump should be too! I will be the first to admit that I am often critical of the events that To those of you who would shake their heads at the commissioners transpire around us. It is easy to develop a "negativism" in the Kingdom of Nye. However, I try very hard to keep my eyes and ears open for all the good things that happen also. Especially for bad things that turn out good. Nothing is better than that. I've bitten my lip quite often lately by trying to not say anything about Nye Regional Medical Center. Every time I've talked about it in the past, thinking it was making a turn-around, the bottom dropped out and the county wound up shov- eling more money into it. Well, the time has finally come for me to make the plunge on this. The hospital, NRMC, has clearly made a turn-around and is actu- ally running in the black. Without county money. Ever since the state of Nevada stepped into the picture the hospital has been making leaps and bounds. The Nye County Commissioners recently appointed a new CEO for the hospital and he approached the commissioners to discuss plans for the direction the hospital should take. Let's welcome aboard Bill Welch as the hospital's new CEO. Wel- come to Tonopah, Bill! You certainly don't need to hear it from me about how critically important your work is to this community. I wish you continued success and we all tip our hat to the hospital for making such tremendous progress. ii IIII Congratulations to NRMC staff for 'Making it Work' and make comments that it was a mess in their hands.., don't forget it was the commissioners that welcomed the state to help change the situation. Don't forget it was the commissioners that kept this hospital alive in the most difficult of situations. And those of you in Tonopah that have taken such a disdained attitude toward the Payrump commissioners.., without their support, often against the wishes of their con- stituents, this hospital would be empty by now. Voting against the wishes of your constituents is an extremely haz- ardous thing to do politically. These commissioners had the guts to do what was right. While it's true that Commissioner Dick Carver was always the most vocal supporter of the hospital, it was Com- missioners Cameron McRae and Ira Copass who made it possible for this hospital to see the light of day. And to the people of Payrnmp who demanded this hospital be shut down... Nuts! While the "other" paper referred to NRMC as a black hole sucking money, this paper always supported NRMC. I'm proud of that, too. Congratulations are in order all around. To Cameron and Red: "Think you'U ever reach a point in time where you'll be able to look back and laugh about all this?" II IIIIIII I t iiiitllllllll I IIIII I I I I I I I I Your vote can really count here In a "New York Times" story on vote-buying in Dodge County, Ga, a spokesperson for the Georgia secretary of state tried to describe the depth of the problem: "We literally had people who said they had no idea that selling your vote was illegal. "One guy said, "It's my vote; I can do what I want with it." I I I I I I II I I II Target lby Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him!