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Letters to the Editor Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, February 25, 1999 11 Copass should apologize Well I guess the cat is finally out of the bag. It has always been my belief that when a person has been elected to public office, he represents ALL of the citizens in the body to which he has been elected. I have always, in the past, believed our commissioners were fair and unbiased in their consider- ations regarding to management of our county. However, apparently, Commissioner Copass believes he was elected to the "County of Pahrump." In which the Town of Tonopah and its citizens are excluded. I am not familiar with the small town in Texas Commis- sioner Copass alludes to in his letter to the editor. Perhaps it is 200 miles from the nearest hospital like we are. I would hope not and I sincerely hope it has improved since 1930. I do know however that Pahrump is only 50 miles from fact, I was also a Foster Parent in town. I have instilled in my children, and the children that briefly stayed with us, respect. Neighbor children know that my usual lecture to them always begins with "Respect yourself first so that you may respect others." No, the constitution does not guarantee health care for all. But shouldn't it? I am appalled that the people of Dickens have survived for so long without medical care, but so you said it is only 785 miles from Lubbock. Tonopah and the surrounding communities do not have the luxury of an hour drive for medical attention. Pahrump itself is closer to Las Vegas than Tonopah but yet your community has medical care. You have made Tonopah sound as if it were an inner city. Your reference to the free lunches is appalling. I am sure metropolitan Las Vegas and some of the most advanced just as in Tonopah, there are residents in Pahrump that medical facilities in the United States. This did not however receive the same benefit. As far as who is paying we all are. " ","  ,/!. . ;IJ-J4 . sway his consideration for fundm .......... a medical facthtv, ,,,,,m ..... My famdy pays by the taxes we put out each year. I am not Pahrump while the hospital in Tonopah failed. Commis- complaining about who is using the money as long as it is sioner Copass might remember that he was an elected offi- cial on the Board that governed our failed hospital. Perhaps his attitude toward the people of the Town of Tonopah and their needs had a hand in its failure. I can remember a time not so long ago that Pahrump, as a Town was considerably smaller than Tonopah. I don't remember when the people of Tonopah believed that those of Pahrump were backward, impolite, inept or deserving a lesser consideration of their needs. Commissioner Copass should know, or be reminded, that the hospital in Tonopah is a County Facility and not the "Tonopah Hospital." The hospital serves portions of three Counties, some ten communities, two Indian Reservations, farming, ranching, mining and tourism upon our highways. This is just a beginning of the arguments that he has been ignoring during his administration. I have not seen a demonstration of bigotry as blatant as this since the riots of the 60s. When a person sets himself above others he has no place in the leadership of our County. The Constitution of the United States of America supports the rights of fair and just representation of ALL its citizens. IT'S ABOUTTIME OUR LEADERS LIVED UPTO WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS EXPECTED OF THEM. I strongly, as a citizen, as a taxpayer; as a member of the Town Board he has insulted, resent the picture Commis- sioner Copass has painted about our community and its people. I believe Commissioner Copass should apologize to all and in the future remember it's his job to represent us ALL. Paul "Skip" Fountain Tonopah Town Board Member Discriminatory statement I am writing this as a response to your Letter to the Editor in the Pahrump Valley Times dated February 18, 1999. I find that for you, as a elected official, to write a letter like this and for a newspaper to publish it, to be very irresponsible. Health care in Nye County as a whole has to be at the forefront of County thinking. Down in Pahrump you have a large popu- lation of elderly people just as with Tonopah, Beatty, Round Mountain and the rest of the county. What I get out'of your statement is that you could care less about them or anybody else. Also, what about the people that travel the highway between Reno and Las Vegas? I guess you could care less about them also. Lose that traffic and the amount of fuel that they buy in Tonopah and Beatty because they choose to travel routes nearer medical facilities and watch your county road budget drop big time! Red, I, as a person of a minority ethnic background and classed as a minority, take your statement "Others kept going showing no respect or class. Those types must have grown up in Tonopah" to show racism and to be very derogatory in nature. As an elected official you, above all, should know better than to make a statement like that. Under the present Federal discrimination laws that statement can be taken as discriminatory. Mr. Copass you owe the people in Tonopah a PUBLIC APOLOGY! Terry L. Rivero Tonopah, NV Shoot the messenger In response to your excuse for a message to Tonopah, the messenger should be shot. I am terribly sorry that your friend has passed away. That does not give you the fight to disre- spect the members of the Tonopah community. I am rela- tively new to Tonopah, I have been living in Tonopah since 1990, when my spouse left the military. Regardless of that used by the many that need it and not the politicians. In closing, t would like to say that as it may seem to you that residents of Tonopah lack respect or class, I believe that it is you that are lacking. Many people drive through our town on a daily basis, coming from Las Vegas through to Reno. Unless you are sure that the tags on the vehicles were from Tonopah specifically, I do not think you should have commented. I do not know who you are and have never heard of you. I hope this was a message out of anger of your 10ss and not one that you would share in your political career. The one thing we can all agree on is that we do not need another politician blaming their ill lined pockets with the way parents are raising their children. Tonopah is a community that cares and takes care of more than just their own. Jacqueline Pagan Tonopah, NV Passing grade This is a news item for anyone with a child in school. The larger newspapers around the state have been reporting this information for the past year. To date nothing has appeared m our local paper about "Raising the Bar." This pamphlet explains how the academic standards for all Nevada stu- dents are rising. A council to establish academic standards for our students was formed in 1997. Their recommenda- tions were adopted on August 20, 1998. Our public educa- tion system has been graduating students that could not read and carry out simple instructions, complete a job applica- tion, write a resume, fill out a tax form, nor make change at the cash register. For many years students have elected to dodge harder subject courses, making high school a social event and not a place of learning. They have fulfilled the requirements for English, Math and Science with watered down "feel good" courses so they could fill the squares and graduate with a high grade point average. I have had students drop out of advanced science classes because they required too much homework and were too hard. It would hurt their Grade Point Average (GPA). Middle school students were so- cially promoted. Those days are coming to a rapid end! The Education Reform Act of 1997 has the teeth in it to require students to pass a Nevada Proficiency Examination before they can receive a diploma and walk at graduation. Over 40 percent of the Juniors at Tonopah High School failed the test this year. They will have four more attempts to pass the test. The standards for mathematics require a student to understand Algebra and Geometry. The easy road was to take refresher Math and Pre-Algebra. This satisfied the two year math requirement. State English standards require a student to critique the power, logic, and a reasonableness of arguments advanced in public documents, They must also be able to write a research paper that develops a thesis and contains information from at least 10 sources. The Science standards require that the student understand three different science concepts: Physical Science, Life Science and Earth Science. The student only needs two years of science to graduate, but the new standards will test the student on materials that takes three years to cover in the depth neces- sary to pass the test. Three years from now our students will be tested in government and history. I am a science teacher at Tonopah High School. I have watched students, with their parents blessing, take science classes that were below their skill level. This was done to keep a high GPA, insure eligibility for sports, and to keep from having homework. What good is a high GPA if the f courses do not have any substance? What good is eligibility in sports if you Are just a dumb jock? Homework interferes with desert parties, sports, trips out of town and a job to pay for a car. The new standards will require that students take hard core courses and the "feel good" grading policy is gone forever. I know what if a student earns a "C" in my biology class they will have the knowledge to pass that part of the state examination, but that is only a third of the test. The student still needs to take Physical and Earth Science. That will take two more years of hard work. The student that wants to go to college will need to double up in science and take science their Senior year. Mrs. Buchanan with the Nevada State Department of Education informed me that the new standards are real and they are not going away nor be lowered. Mrs. Buchanan further stated that the standards have gone up for this year's juniors. There are currently eight seniors that did not pass the test they took last year when the passing cut-off was lower. I am sure that there will be parents, students and teachers who will think the new standards are either unfair, to tough or unreasonable. Given the new standards and higher expec- tations we all need to be supportive of our children and not doubt their capabilities of being able to achieve these new standards. It is time to put away the toys and get serious about better preparing our children for their future through education as we enter the new century. Russell Page, Science teacher Tonopah High School The time has come "When are we going to have a Hospital? Let's put that worn out question behind us. I've attended all the Hospital Board meetings December and January plus February 10, 1999. I'm unfortunately going to miss the February 24 meeting because of prior commitments. Old News! At the above meetings the Board (past and present) finally were able to turn several corners. First, during the first week of the year they hammered out a four year contract with RHMC so its representative could make a bonified offer to his chosen candidate for administrator. Mark Stoddard was then able to offer Roy Barraclough the position which Ray accepted. With this finally behind the board the community hospital became the issue'at the February 10 meeting when board member Mary McDonnell asked "When are we going to build a hospital." That led to an open discussion by everyone in the room and one person present had singular and group donations waiting to be made. All the discussion boiled down to the old story which was when you go to buy a car you either pay cash or enough down to get financing so how does a hospital board get the down payment? At this point Attorney Len Smith took the floor and pointed out that they needed somewhere to put these donations and also mentioned the possibility of get- ting an endowment. Sharon LeViseur interjected that she'd been to a seminar about grants and there were agricultural grants available up to six-figures. Len hastened to add that the grants and/or endowments weren't just arbitrarily given to seven member hospital boards that hadn't as yet decidb.d how many beds their hospital would have. He suggested the logical way to take donations, obtain grants and hope to receive an endowment was to form a hospital foundation as a receiving point for funds. Ed Sharp immediately offered to head up the activity required to form a hospital foundation. Len hastened to warn him that there would be no way he could hold an office on the foundation because of three words (conflict of interest). I discussed his endeavors with Ed this morning, February 23 and Ed informed me he had reserved the community center for March 5, 1999 for 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Our general feeling is that among all these retired people in this commu- nity there are many who have been there done that. If your interest is as minor as wanting a hospital built here or as great as being able to further the effort, be sure to attend that meeting Bill Bergen Pahrmnp L The Pahrump Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors should be brought to the attention of the newspaper by calling 727-5583. o.o el 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 libel Furthermore, letters with names withlpAd will only be published if a legitimate fear of retribution exists. L