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Problems With History

Posted on 08 May 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

The BLM seems to have a problem with history.

170 year old wagon ruts seem to be sacrosanct.

But 10,000 year old Paleo-Indian campsites are hardly worth a photograph to remember.

For the record we don’t believe in the preservation of the past to the detriment of the present.

But too be honest being neither descendant of the Paleo-Indians or the American pioneers of the middle 1800’s we are missing the emotional attachment to those particular sections of ground.

But we do understand emotional connections.

We have felt them and it is like an electric shock to realize one is walking in the footsteps of one’s ancestors.

To retrace those marches of ancient days is truly an almost mystical experience. What is even more profound however is to walk any distance with ones own grandchildren.

That is a feeling beyond Wow.

And if stepping in a great great grandfathers foot steps is mystical holding a grandsons hand in ours is glorious.

We should make any and all decisions not for the dead past but for the living present and more the soon to be alive future.

There are three stories of three Wendover girls in this week’s edition of the High Desert Advocate.

The is Chendra Arias who is getting her Master’s Degree this month from UNR.

There is Jacky Collazo who is appearing on La Voz Kids.

And then there is Vanessa Gomez.

We grieve for her and extend our deep condolences to her family.

We wish that the first mention Vanessa would have had in our paper would have been an honor roll from school or perhaps in a caption for a first communion.

It would have been wonderful to write of her wedding and the birth of her own children.

Sadly those stories will never be written and we mourn not only for the life lost but also the joy never to be felt.

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Pay It Forward

Posted on 01 May 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Every once in a while our little town surprises us.

Who would have thought with a population of next to nothing we could generate a million and a half votes for a girl who sang in a language half of us can’t understand?

But we did and it feels kind of good that Jacky Collazo could count on her home town when push came to shove.

This is a special town we told her.

They have your back.

All ways.

All that is ever asked Jacky is that someday, someone from your home town will need a hand up.

Pay it forward.

Its funny that soon it will be 20 years since Independence Day came out.

Seems like yesterday only it doesn’t.

We have not changed all that much in 20 years.

But then again our kids have.

The 12 year old girl who connived with her best friend to casually stroll to the golf course while Will Smith was playing is now a mother of two and a book editor/translator/publisher.

We wonder if in the near distant future she will relate to her children her adventure when Hollywood came to town.

There are lessons and there are lessons in the mess that is Baltimore.

The first lesson is that everything people said about Ferguson cannot be applied to Baltimore. Ferguson politics was in white hands backed up by a white police force. Baltimore had a black mayor and a mostly black city council. About half of its police force is black.

Yet Baltimore is burning.

The black parts of it are anyway.

Which brings us to the second lesson.

Nobody in their right mind is going to spend a dime in Baltimore because no one will be able to trust a city that gives rioters a “space to destroy”

If that quote was taken out of context it is regrettable.

But that and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee.

Probably not now in Baltimore.

Maybe not ever.

There are sections of Baltimore that are still burnt out from the riots of 1968.

How long will the new vacants lots created by this round of black rage be around?

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Vote For Jacky!!!

Posted on 24 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

A daughter of Wendover needs our help.

She is in the singing contest La Voz Kids on Telemundo.

We have never seen a program on Telemundo and we are not loyal to any particular Spanish language brand.

We are loyal to Wendover and a daughter of Wendover Jacqueline Collazo needs us, all of us from this tiny little corner of the world to vote for her.

And so we will vote for Jacqueline and implore all of our dear readers to do the same.

Even if like us, Spanish language television is not one’s cup of tea follow the link on our website and make a little girl’s dream come true.

Yes at 15 Jacqueline probably does not think of herself as a little girl.

But our own little girl is 31 with two sons of her own yet she is still our little girl.

Anyone who has a daughter or who knows a daughter should take the time and vote for Jacqueline because she is ours and we should support our own.

Buena Suerte Jacqueline.

Good Luck!!!!

Speaking of our daughter, we remember some 19 years ago when our Annabelle came home so excited that there was going to be a band at her new high school.

She asked me what instrument should she play. That was when I was still if not infallible mostly right most of the time.

I suggested the oboe and Patty Eklund, the brand new band director gave Annabelle hers.

Patty gave more than just the oboe to  Anna and her three sax playing brothers after her. Patty gave them the gift of music.

And while the boys didn’t take to it as well as their sister they still today enjoy making music.

We have often thanked Patty and we will in the future.

She has been a heck of band leader and a great friend.

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To The Men Who Keep Things Going

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

This week we were reminded that for all our mastery of the elements and our impressive ,at least to us, technology we all live only with the forbearance of nature.

It is not a nice thing to ponder that an earth quake here or a tsunami there we might be the victims in someone else’s news report. It is humbling to realize we are so fragile.

Despite our fragility there are men among us who when the weather turns lethal gird their loins and go out and do battle to restore a semblance of civilization.

These are of course the linemen, the road crews, the cops, the techs. The people we rely on and mostly only notice when things go wrong and we are in the dark, without connection or cold and freezing stuck on some forsaken stretch of road hoping against hope that somehow we will be rescued.

And the miracle happens, we are rescued, saved, back on line and connected. The lights work again. The phone works again. And all the frantic panic seems somehow silly and so far away.

With the lights on and the heat blasting the television screeching and the keyboards cliquey clacking it is easy to forgot mere moments before we were contemplating a return to the stone age and we did not give ourselves very good odds on making it through the night.

This month Wells Rural Electric has its “Thank a Lineman” campaign. And we whole heartedly agree and we go out of way to thank linemen. They are however extremely camera shy. And we are too old and slow to catch them anymore.

But we do thank them. Them and all their brothers who are the defenders of our civilization.

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Likable Scoundrals

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

The one time we talked with Tony Vera backlash year we liked him.

Sure we wouldn’t trust him with our wallet or our wife but we liked him.

Kind of similar to how we felt about Bill Clinton.

There are people like that personable rogues for whom we can only smile and shake our heads.

We are shaking our head now and if Mr. Vera is sentenced to life in prison we will shake our heads again.

Despite being a likable guy Mr. Vera really should spend the rest of his life in prison because as soon as he gets out he commits another crime.

He can’t help himself and therefore we can’t help him.

He has squandered every second chance he has ever received and one day in 20 or 30 years when he is too old or too sick to cause trouble he may get to breath free air again.

If he survives.

A new era in Wendover and Wells is about to dawn with the construction of the Long Canyon Mine.

We believe Long Canyon is but a first step it what could be a transfiguring economic and social revolution in this corner of Nevada.

How it will play out could be anyone’s guess.

But being optimists we are hopeful.

We are hopeful that the competition for good jobs and decent wages will bring an era of prosperity and dignity to a population that has had too little of either.

We spent a pleasant Passover in Salt Lake less than a block from the Mormon Temple and a mile from the Catholic and Episcopal Cathedrals. It was also Easter Week and Conference week so there was a whole lot of Holy going on.

What was incredibly nice was that everyone got along famously. No matter what our creed or our sect peace reigned between us and among us. We were proud to be human.

And then we returned to the real world and it seems as though the vaunted deal our president worked out the mad mullahs of Iran is even worse than expected.

Yes we know the straw man Obama likes to play that it is either a choice between this deal now or war.

First of all there is war going on right now. In Syria, Iraq and Yemen the forces of Shia Islam are battling Sunnah Islam for control of the world.

Yes it might seem silly but they believe it and with nuclear weapons it could even turn out to be true.

Thank you Barack Obama and John Kerry for bringing this nightmare so much closer to reality.

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Holy Days Greetings From The Advocate

Posted on 03 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Portents & Arms Negotiations By Morons

Posted on 03 April 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Once again we are being warned for the near future end of the world.

This time the harbinger of our collective doom are the four blood moons that are supposed to occur this year.

We read the predictions and we would be lying if we said we didn’t have a little shiver run up or spine of down or leg. But overtime we hear of the pending end of the world we think of our daughter and we smile.

Our daughter was born in the Latin year 1984 which was also the Hebrew year 5745. Numbers are counted with Hebrew letters and sometimes those numbers end up spelling a word. In our daughters year the ward was Tishmad which translates to the year of destruction. )That was also the reason Orwell chose 1984 for his novel of a dystopia future by the way.)

Orwell was not alone. A lot of people for a lot of years were predicting that the end of the world would happen in 1984. Or if not the end then something pretty bad with a lot of destruction. For most people however there was about the average amount of destruction in 1984 and the world certainly didn’t end. And for us 1984 brought us the miracle of creation in our daughter.

The moral of this story is that for all the omens and portents out they only in hindsight are they 20/20. And only then by shear luck.

It weren’t the Ides of March that were dangerous to Julius Caesar but rather all those other ancient Romans with daggers.

So we aren’t to worry about blood moons no matter how many of them happen to show up in the night sky.

What really gives us the here jibes is that the world’s safety and security for the near future is now being negotiated with Iran by Barack Obama and John Kerry. We did not have to consult a Ouija board to see that revelation but merely to listen to the news.

So far this dynamic duo of dumb and dumber have been absolutely, positively and emphatically wrong about every foreign policy decision in the past seven years. Their mistakes have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people who while mostly not Americans put their lives on the line trusting American promises and America’s word of honor.

Words are cheap and from the Ukraine to Damascus to South Sudan to Iraq so are lives.

Our fear is not of blood moons or years with cryptic Hebraic messages. Our fear is that the morons tasked with protecting us are selling our lives down the river for the worthless promises of insane mullahs. That is what really scares us that and black cats walking under a ladder.

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The World Turned Upside Down

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Time may not heal all wounds but it does put pain into perspective.

The pain and loss this entire community felt with the murder of one so bright and beautiful four years ago has been joined with a real appreciation for Mickie Costanzo and her wonderful family.

Throughout this ordeal Celia and Teddy and their daughters were lessons to us all on how to endure with dignity the most outrageous fortune.

It was an honor to know them and a privilege to tell their story.

Bowe Bergdahl feted as a hero by the administration is now charged with desertion.

Yet in this strange Orwellian reality who can be surprized?

Allies such as Great Britain and Israel are enemies.

Enemies like the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran are allies.

Obama leads from behind and calls complete and total defeats– victories.

There are some things we will never undertand and this administration’s foreign policy is one of them.

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Qualified for prez but can’t sell booze

Posted on 20 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We were dismayed at the West Wendover City Council refusal to give local entrepreneur Jeff Dunham his liquor license for a more than decade old crime of posse-sing marijuana and DUI.

Okay the crimes weren’t so smart to commit but one wont be illegal very soon and the other is also forgiven.

Heck having either one on his record still would not preclude Mr. Dunham or anyone else from becoming president of the United States.

Just ask Bill Clinton, Bush the Younger and Barry Obama about their youthful indiscretions.

Maybe selling beer in Wendover is a matter of national security.

The line has to be drawn somewhere by someone good thing our council is looking out for us and keeping that kind of riff raff from opening businesses and making a living.

Speaking of our erstwhile president seems as though the nation of Israel poke him in the eye again.

Gee what’s the matter they don’t trust him?

Yeah they don’t.

Barry makes a good speech but no barbarian ever was dissuaded from committing mass murder by pretty words.

The carnage that is going on in the middle east today and for the last six years is directly the result first of Obama’s inability to comprehend that there are good guys and bad guys in this fight.

And secondly America’s destiny is not to play referee but to champion the good over the evil.

There is no need for spin. No need for explanation or new definition and terms.

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Told You So/ Death Row Heart Throb Dies Forgotten

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

As our confidential source predicted the only news coming out of the forensic audit of the Ely RR is simply no news.

Yes there is room for improvement in the rail roads bookkeeping but for a mostly volunteer group functioning from hand to mouth and grant to grant they are doing pretty good.

We know the Ely City Council got their panties in a bunch but now it seems everyone is ready to make nice once again.

And it is good that they do.

The historic rail road is too great an asset to eastern Nevada to be destroyed by jealousy, greed and incompetence.

One thing is the Ely City Election will be very interesting to watch. The voters of Ely will decide if this two year war against the railroad was in the end worth it to raise or justified to continue.

We hate to admit this but we interviewed Edward Bennett back in the days when he was a heart throb to all the death penalty groupies out there.

Yes there are such things as death penalty groupies. It seems that a man sentenced to die has a certain je ne sais quoi about him that makes some women go giggly.

Edward Bennett had such fans.

He got older and they began to leave but still a loyal core remained and then.

And then he won his appeal and then he won his hearing.

But then he wasn’t special anymore.

No longer stoically facing an execution Bennett became your average lifer. They are a dime a dozen in ESP.

And now he is dead.

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