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6 Thursday, December 11, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Santa visits Carson City Santa Claus will be leaving some extra goodies under the Christmas tree for our Carson City clan this year. Beginning with the new elections in 1998 our state politicians will be making a good deal more money. The governor's salary will increase 30 percent to 117,000. The lieutenant governor's salary will increase from $20,000 to $50,000 a year. The secretary of state, treasurer and controller will all see $80,000 a year, a 28 per cent increase. The attorney general's pay will go up 29 percent to $110,000. None of these folks will see this increase until after the next election. When you look over the salaries I think you'll agree with me that they are certainly in line with the position. Nevada has been underpay- ing its public officials for all too long. I think these salaries are very realistic. In fact, the lieutenant governor at $20,000 a year was grossly underpaid. It's good to see this brought up. If anything, the officials could be making even a little more than what has been allowed by the legislature. If you're one of those that take issue with this, claiming the officials are making too much money and don't deserve it -- I can only retort, you get what you pay for. To attract good people to run for public office means offering them a realistic salary. The last record-breaking legislative session was one of the best Nevada has ever had. Good bills were presented and passed. Bills that left a lot to be desired were tossed out. The salary increase was certainly one of the better ones -- and always a politically unpopular action. Let's hope the 1998 legislature is comparable. Merry Christmas, Carson City. , i Does CDC real On Target? Does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, read On Target? No sooner had I written about the problems associated with drinking and driving in last week's paper than the CDC came out with a statement. Alcohol is still a factor in 1 in 5 traffic deaths of children under age 15, but the rate at which children are killed in traffic accidents involving drunk drivers has gradually declined in the past decade, federal health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was a 26% decline in the death rate for children involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents in the U.S. be- tween 1985 and 1996. The decline parallels a drop in overall alcohol- related fatalities. Although motor-vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 25 years of age. ] toss, agame iofice or a soccer p of some sort," Adan Palacios, head of Honduras National Election Tribunal. Nery Arteaga, a political commentator for Honduran National Radio, said the tie could be broken legally through a roll of [4; ,, the dice, but also suggested a round of rock, paper, scissors, a game of chance involving handgest!lres. ii i i i Are "lights" better? All politics are based on the indij f'erence of the majority. i Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him! Don't think that "light" cigarettes pose a lower risk of lung cancer than regular c iga - rettes. n e