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Racist & Rude

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Of all the stupid things we heard this week the assertion that the Confederate Battle Flag is not a symbol of racism is the stupidest.

Of course it is. The flag may not only be a symbol of racism but let say it was flying over a gathering in a park we would not expect to see any black people there unless they were either servants or sacrifices.

We would avoid such gatherings as we would those who are flying the Swastika. Yes we know that the crooked cross can also be a good luck symbol for Hindus and also a sign of the Basque people.

But in the last 80 years or so the Basques have replaced the right angles with paisleys and while Hindus still use it in India they don’t in the West.

Kind of like our friend from New Orleans who proudly flies the Stars and Bars above his house in Israel.

His neighbors don’t think much of it. Just a quirky thing that the Yankee does every once in a while. But as he gave up correcting them from calling him a Yankee he would not dream of flying the flag in the States.

Here it is racist and rude.

Yes brave men died fighting under it and venal men fought for the Union. But there is a reward for fighting for a just cause as one’s sins are mostly forgiven. And there is a price one pays for fighting for evil. One’s bravery is forever sullied by the despicable cause.

It may not be fair but it is true.

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In Memory of Albert B. Charboneau

Posted on 25 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Bert 3Albert Benjamin Charboneau, 72, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away June 18, 2015 from a long illness with asbestosis. He was born April 21, 1943 to Albert R. and Wilma Charboneau in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was the eldest of five children. Charboneau was a long time business owner and entrepreneur in Idaho and Nevada.

In the summer of 1961 he met his love of his life, Eleanor Jewkes at a local drive-in. He was smitten at first sight and told her that he would marry her on their first date. That same year, November 24, they were married at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Idaho Falls. Together, they had three children, David, Michael and Kathleen. To Albert, the most important thing in life was his family and extended family.

He was a sharp businessman and together with Eleanor they were the proud owners of Iona Merc, Highland Market, Midget Market and Sconey’s in Idaho Falls and Frontier Foods in Wendover, Nevada. Plus taxi companies, gas station/car washes, produce and bar delivery services, as well as other various retail oriented businesses. Prior to his successful business career, he worked at Idaho National Engineering Labs (INEL) for contractors Catyletic, Westinghouse, NRF and the Atomic Energy Commission.

Albert loved family get togethers and was always on the lookout for a new adventure and challenge. His house was always full of family and friends and he was known for his memorable 4th of July parties on the river. He enjoyed a good card game, round of golf or long conversation. He was extremely well liked and never met a stranger.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents Albert Sr. and Wilma and brothers Robert (Bobby) and Jimmy. He is survived by his “Love of His Life” Eleanor; children David, Michael (Sue) and Kathleen (Tony) Kunkel; his sisters June (Larry) Taylor, Patsy Charboneau and honorary brother/cousin Ron (Faye) Eccher. He is also the very proud grandfather of Amy, Daniel, Damien, William and Emily; and five great-grandchildren Alizay, Kiana, Liam, Amari and Bailey.

He will always be remembered for his smile, generosity and his love and devotion to family and friends.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015, 11:30 a.m. at Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th Street, Idaho Falls, Idaho. A family viewing will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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Farce, Trajeday & Monty Python

Posted on 19 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

How goes the old line history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce.

We appreciate the sentiment but we think he got it backwards.

The oh so serious story of Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn was lifted from a story line in the life of Biran.

“FRANCIS: Why are you always on about women, Stan?

STAN: I want to be one.

REG: What?

STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me ‘Loretta’.

REG: What?!

LORETTA: It’s my right as a man.

JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

LORETTA: I want to have babies.

REG: You want to have babies?!

LORETTA: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

REG: But… you can’t have babies.

LORETTA: Don’t you oppress me.

REG: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

LORETTA: crying

JUDITH: Here! I– I’ve got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can’t actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody’s fault, not even the Romans’, but that he can have the right to have babies.

FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

REG: What’s the point?


REG: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can’t have babies?!

FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.

REG: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.”

Back in 1979  it was pretty funny because reality and absurdity were clearly defined.

We don’t think Monty Python would play well now.

Stan/Loretta would no longer be funny but courageous.

The Norwegian Blue Parrot would be dead but self identify as alive or black as the nut job from Spokane has done.

We used to laughed so hard with Monty Python we cried.

Now we just cry.

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Epidemic of Dumb Ass

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Is there a sale on dumb ass pills in Ely?

If a woman is married to a guy who is a very, very deep shade of brown and have a couple or three brown children she kind of has to give up her membership in the KKK.

It is a rule.

And while she might miss out on that famous after the cross burning potato salad forever she also be exempt from being called a racist.

Because that would make her accuser a dumb ass.

Going after the job of the mother of the couple or three brown skinned babies compounds the dumb ass-ery to the point head exploding.

So most of Wyatt Cox’s team lost the election.

Big deal!!

  There is another in two years.

Instead Cox and some of his supporters have downed the dumb ass pills and are calling for the professional scalp of Pat Fua, the mother of those brown babies, for being a racist.

Head is exploding.

They aren’t only dumb asses.

They are mean.

Speaking of dumb ass-ery we never thought we would ever read about our Jewish son being barred entry to a Jewish place (Temple Mount) in a Jewish city (Jerusalem) in a Jewish country (Israel) because he was Jewish.

Seems like the cop must have downed a double portion himself.

A couple of years ago we went to the Snake Valley Festival.

And while the folks were trying to put on a brave face, it was still pretty sad.

Everyone knew that Las Vegas was simply too big and too powerful to stop.

Still those brave souls girded their loins and went out to battle.

Then a miracle happened.

They won.

And they kept on winning.

So every time you open the tap, turn on a hose or go fishing in a stream up here in the north say a thank you to those brave souls in Snake Valley who refused to give up when they knew all else was lost.

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Voters Punish Bad Manners

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Two years ago a bunch of so called reformers swept into Ely City government with the promise to change things.

They did change things by firing and then firing again Ely City Clerk Jim Alworth.

While a competent city clerk Alworth could be and often was insufferably rude to just about everyone he met except for the council who paid his salary.

Councils change and Alworth found himself out of a job when his did.

The reformers who got rid of Alworth then went after the railroad.

We got a sneaking suspicion that it was the manner they went after the rail road that ment their doom.

If Alworth may have be impolite but when it came to down right bad manners he had nothing on this council which raided the railroad and then spent tens of thousands of dollars looking for a theft that wasn’t.

For all its claims to being of the Wild West, perhaps because of our 19th century roots Nevada voters especially those in the rural simply cannot abide bad manners. Any public official who forgets that will not be a public official for long.

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For The Sake of Peace, SNWA Give Up

Posted on 29 May 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

One can tell how good or bad an idea is by who supports it and who is opposed to it.

By any measure the SNWA attempt to pump all the water from northern Nevada to Las Vegas is an incredibly bad idea.

It has and should be fought by anyone who opened a tap north of the Clark County line.

Far beyond its piddling merits the amount of harm it will is almost beyond imagination.

Lets imagine what would happen should somehow the SNWA win the right to build its $15 billion drainage system.

Does anyone think that northern Nevadans would stand by quietly while the south builds this system to suck the state dry?

It is the recipe for civili disobedience if not violence.

Yes we are a nation of laws but when the law is used to perpetuate an injustice it can and must be changed. The method of that change can either be peaceful or violent or a combination of both.

We ask this of the SNWA is slacking the thirst of Las Vegas worth civil war?

Is it really worth the mass protests, the violence in the high desert that is almost certain to come?

There is a concept in religious law called ‘peace in the home’. It suggests that even if one is right beyond any doubt he or she should concede the point if their partner cannot see reason. There are more important things than being right. It is simply common sense.

Unfortunately common sense is in very short supply in Las Vegas, not surprising from a city built on the shattered dreams of so many. Still by pursuing this water war against its neighbors Las Vegas continues to sew enmity and hatred.

There is an old saying that a persons impact and import in life is like a hand in a bucket of water. It may cause a big splash but once removed there is very little evidence it was there at all.

We personally learned that lesson when went into a coma last September. Despite our imagined importance, our newspaper did not miss a beat, thanks entirely to our wife Corinne.

She carried on all by herself for the six weeks were were unconscious and for the next month while we were recovering.

Her biggest problem was not the fact that her husband was near that hilly borne where no man returns but was actually convincing peole she could handle the job despite her feminine voice.

That may sound hard to believe in our liberated day and age but it is nonetheless true. The fact they she proved she could get along without us obviously means little. We would ask that it meant more.

We have written before that personal thanks makes us uncomfortable, that discomfort grows worse when it is not we who are deserving of gratitude but Corinne. And since she is the much nicer member of our partnership she usually does the nice things in our newspaper.

So dear readers if we do something that compels you to say thank you either thank us both or thank her alone, she deserves it.

The idea of making the death chamber of the Ely Stte Prison wheel chair friendly is absurd bordering on evil.

Forget the fact that the state is involved in this ridicuous farce of a death penalty, where it is often given but never applied we are now going to spend close to a million dollars just to make sure those who can’t make it up a stair or two on their own can wheel through to witness an execution that is probaly not going to happen anyway.

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A Fish Too Far

Posted on 22 May 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

At first we were sympathetic to the Goshutes.

Not that we thought that the Long Canyon Mine should be stopped because of some pottery shards and arrow heads but maybe there should be a greater effort to preserve what we could of the ancient past.

But then they had to go and mention the dace.

We don’t have anything against the dace. In fact we won a championship scrabble game with it. But come on now no one really cares about the dace and there is no danger of this little fish going extinct.

This is a fish too far.

If the Goshutes truly wanted to stop the mine they should have stayed with the appeal to preserve and protect their history. We can understand that and we can even sympathize. The artifacts those Paleo Indians left should be kept sacred.

But bringing up the dace is just piling on, grasping at straws and other wise making a nuisance of oneself.

It suggests that the Goshutes are less interested in stopping the mine than they are in wringing some concessions out of the BLM or Newmont or both.

Eventually we believe Newmont, the BLM and the Goshutes will come to some kind of understanding.

There should be a happy medium somewhere the ruckass the Goshute are now making and a certain number on a piece of paper that will make all those objections go away.

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Jacky Collazo Thanks Home Town For Its Support On La Voz

Posted on 22 May 2015 by Howard Copelan

jackyThank you Advocate!

Dear residents of Wendover,

   This is Jacqueline Collazo! This has been an amazing journey, I want to thank you all for riding along with me!  This was a wonderful chapter in my life that I will never forget.  This chapter is now over, and I must move on to the next page and start a new chapter.  Although I didn’t pass my battle, I know I made it far!  You have to start from the bottom and work your way to the top.  This is just my beginning, and I know that my hometown will alway have my back!  Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart!

––Love, Jacqueline Collazo

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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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