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Thanks for making 90th birthday special

Thank you Pahrump for making my 90th birthday a very special blessing. You are the most giving community in the USA and I am so thankful for each and every one of you.

Finding the words to properly thank you and all that you have done for me is difficult since I can’t thank each of you personally, I hope that this heartfelt thank you will suffice.

B.J. Hetrick, President and Executive Director

Nevada Silver Tappers and Ms. Golden Years USA

Trying not to be part of the problem

This is in response to the gentleman complaining about the motorcycle officer giving his son-in-law a traffic ticket. Well, first of all, sir, what part of “stop sign” is so hard to understand. First of all you stated that your son-in-law admitted to “rolling through” the stop sign. A rolling stop is not good enough. It is supposed to be a complete stop, so the ticket was valid. I realize that $124 is a lot of money to us regular people for a ticket. I once got a $400 ticket for speeding while entering Red Rock Canyon. Believe me, I don’t speed anymore, because those are the lessons that stick – the tough ones. Guess that’s where that saying “education is expensive” comes from.

Second, we only have two motorcycle officers and a limited number of sheriff’s deputies and they can’t be everywhere but our Sheriff’s deputies do a good job, especially considering limited resources and county budget cuts. Since they are only human too, you might catch one on a bad day, especially in this extreme heat but it seems to me that if you don’t have an attitude with them and be respectful it might not always result in a ticket. If you look at the newspapers and see how totally out of control people are becoming it can’t be an easy job. They never know if they are going to be assaulted in some way or killed just for giving someone a traffic ticket or handling a domestic dispute.

You are right, you see people flagrantly disobeying the laws on a daily basis, speeding, talking on cell phones. I have been nearly creamed at stop signs by people who didn’t feel they needed to stop or didn’t notice because they were distracted in some way. There have been many, many times I wished I was an officer of the law too. All we can do, since it is their job not ours, is to be vigilant and watch out for these jerks and try to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Pam Christie

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DAN SCHINHOFEN: Special session fiasco part 2

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TIM BURKE: First Amendment protects free speech, not violence

In the rural counties of Nevada, it is not uncommon to have residents assemble and express their conservative viewpoints. Here in Pahrump, during patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July, you might find someone standing along the main roadways waving an American flag to show their support for this country. It is also common to see American flags attached to residents’ cars and trucks around town. These residents are exercising their First Amendment rights.