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6 Thursday, November 20, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette II Payrump again Well, there they go again. Now the Payrump Town Board wants to sue Nye County. Well, why not? Everyone else is. Payrump thinks it is being misrepresented by the county com- missioners. There's only two in Payrump and the other three are up north. The other three are apparently, according to the board, ganging up on the two from the south and beating them up. There's a kicker to all this -- the real story behind this  I'll fill you in on the truth in a minute. Payrump attorney Len Smith says that Payrump has 60 percent of the population but only 40 percent representation on the Board of Commissioners. Now, Len Smith is giving what is probably accurate figures, it's his job to inform the board of the facts the board wants to know. No problem here. So, let's sue Nye County over the issue. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the real story behind this effort: After months of trying to gather signatures to support "at- large" voting for commissioners, they have only managed to gather two-thirds of the necessary signatures to get the issue on the ballot! The good people of Payrump have once again told the town board to go suck a lemon. So, now the town board is looking for other ways to force this issue[ Itis a total and complete disregard for the voters of Payrump and once again a reason to vote everyone on the town board out! They seem to think it's their football and if they can't play according to the rules they've made, they'll take the football and go home. Let me make this dear, one more time, the problem with the Payrump Town Board, I truly believe, is the Peter Principle. The population explosion in the south county and the problems associated with it have exceeded the competency level of the town board. Here's another way to put it. Instead of concentrating on the real issues and problems of this great town, the board concentrates on ways around the problems. Gaining control of Nye County isn't the solution. It will only add to the problems m big time. Even Nye County Treasurer Pat Foster told the board, "I'm the treasurer and I know about the money. What you're really going to get is control of the money. Where it's spent and how it's spent." II Ill I I Good gal that Pat! The money has got to be spent on the county. That's C O U N T Y. That does not spell P A Y R U M P. The town board wants control of something that isn't going to solve their problems. There is a mind-set that seems to dictate that the good people of Tonopah and northern Nye County spend all their time plotting how to keep money out of the south. That's crazy nonsense is what it is. The northern community has no more control over this money than the south does for cryin' out loud. It can all be focused back to the time, last summer, when Tonopah came away from the state with $100,000 for the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. Payrump came away with only a very little bit of what it wanted from the state. So the folks from Payrump came back and told us, "Tonopah got all the money again. It's a disgrace! We must do something about this once and for all." When, in fact, the true story is that Tonopah arrived at the legislative meetings with their act together. They had maps, surveys, full expenditure accounts, listings of what services would be pro- vided, etc. They presented the legislative body with a complete package representing what they needed and why. The representatives for Payrump didn't have a thing prepared. Only the want for money. "Where are your maps?" they were asked. "Ah, we don't have any." "Where are your surveys?" they were asked. "Ah, we don't have any." "Where is your documented proposal?" Again, "Ah, we don't have one prepared." After they returned to Payrump and began to complain about Tonopah, certain members of the legislature became so incensed that there was some talk of taking away what little had been given to Payrump. Ladies and gentlemen. This is a true story. If I have to, I'll name names to prove it. If you don't believe me, ask our legislative representative for this area about what happened! There. That should tell the story. This is the kind of representation you have in Payrump. Let's get rid of it once and for all. Martyrdom is the only way in which a ma. can becomejamous with ability. On ......... Target by Joe Richards from the Kinydom of Ny=te Vcqaet he r you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! 23