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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 Henderson Home Newt Pago 7
T MIk* O'Callaghtn
T Carolyn O'Callaghan
T Paul Szydelko
Managing Editor
Galleria to give scholarships to five high school students
Henderson Home News
Commending crossing
guards good idea
Little Susie has no friends. Yet every day she
smiles as she crosses the street to school because the
nice and friendly crossing guard asked her how she
was today.
Or maybe Johnnie forgot his jacket and is shivering from the cold. But there stands a crossing guard
with a jacket, promising warmth.
And Elizabeth continues to confide in the crossing
guard looking for assurance that her parents won't
give her away.
These artiktllie stwries Imd are bc^sed on the interaction our (Sty's crossing guards have with our children every day.
They are the unsung heroes of Henderson because
of their willingness to protect.
They are heroes because of how much they love
and care for children.
The Henderson Police Department acknowledged
the dedication crossing guards show last week at a
luncheon at Sunset Station,
An ice sculpture of a crossing guard with a STOP
sign was featured. Police officers bestowed palmsized badges on each of the 110 crossing guards
there to recognize them for the past year's service. A
letter from state Assembly Speaker Richard
Perkins, D-Henderson, expressed heartfelt thanks to
each crossing guard for their excellence in protecting
our city's children. Crossing guard Shirley Rizzo,
who died Nov. 23, 1999, was remembered for protecting three children before losing her life.
Needless to say, each individual deserved this
appreciation and, according to Police Chief Michael
Mayberry, will continue to receive recognition for
years to come.
We are thankful to these special men and women
for keeping the city's youth safe.
Don't buy castle just because rates are low
Editor's Note: Myvesta org submitted
the following editonal.
"Don't let the drop in interest rates
lure you into buying more house than
you can afford," said Steve Rhode, president and co-founder of
•TJse lower interest rates to your advantage and buy what you can reasonably
afford. That way you'll be able to furnish your new homes and live comfortably, without setting yourself up for
future debt problems.'
Almost 10 million mortgages were
made last year. That number could
increase exponentially in 2001 because
interest rates are predicted to drop to
new lows.
"Lenders try to give you the biggest
nKntgage their formulas determine you
can affimi." Rhode said. 'Just because a
lender qualifies you for a certain
amount, doesnt mean it's the right one
for you."
While the low rates are attractive,
Americans' average debt-to-income
ratio ia already at 90%. Seventy-five
;af diatdebt ia tied up in mort. *A 70% total dabt-toHnoonw ratio
ia mnefa man wannaMa,* Rhode aaid.
"Your morifiage shouldn't be more than
40% of you take-home pay. Keep other
debts, including credit cards and auto
loans, under 20*."
"Hbo many people are in serious del>t
trouble because they buy too much
house for their income," Rhode said.
The last thing anyone wants to hear is
that they should move into a lessexpensive home. But in many cases it's
necessary for people to downsize their
homes to make ends meet."
l^e lower interest rates are expected
to trigger a rush of mortgage refinancings. "Some families could free up hundreds of dollars a month by refinancing," Rhode said. "Be sure to use extra
money to build your future by paying
down debt and putting money into savings. The most important thing to do is
keep new debt off credit cards. Charge
them up again and you1l have a double
whammy of debt problems."
Lower rates equal savings. Monthly
payments on an average $132,900, 30year mortgage will be $884 at 7% interest, $840 at 6.5%, and $796 at 6%.
The economic enthusiasm of the
last few yean has died down. That.
coupled with inoraaamg numbers of
job layoA, could hdp to bring more
people into reaaaaabia spanding limit«. Rhode added.
Move to new office represents many thi
The News has moved. After more
than a decade in the Green Valley
Business Ptu-k, the Henderson Home
News has moved to the Green Valley
Corporate Center, off of Green Valley
Parkway and Interstate 215.
The new office represents many
things to the newspaper — not the
least of which is an excellent location,
central to all parts of our remarkable
city. We can get to Henderson City
Hall in about 10 minutes, to Mission
Hills in about 15, to Seven Hills in
about 5 minutes, to the Galleria at
Sunset in about 12.
Ease of travel and the freeway
access will allow us to go where news
happens in a more timely way and
allow better coverage of all parts of
the city.
A new computer system will allow
for quicker, more accurate production
of the newspaper.
A new phone system, which feature direct line^and voice mail, will
be more efficient as well. Individual
e-mail addresses will allow readers
and advertisers more direct contact
with our stiiff.
Finally, a more professional, consistent atmosphere throughout all
departments will also aid communication and service to all of our many
customers — from those reading the
newspaper, to those wishing to place
display advertising and those wishing
to place classified Advertising.
Be patient with us as we learn our
systems. The wait will be well worth
Well keep you posted on any new
numbers and e-mail addresses to
reach us. But please be advised our
main switchboard phone number
remai|i8 the sune, 435-7700. Our i^~
number remains 434-3527. Our mallingaddress is still PO Box 90430,
Henderson, NV 89009. Our new
address is 2300 Corporate Circle Dr,
Suite 150. The O'Callaghan Print
Shoppe, is right next door. Suite 160.
The Print Shoppe's phone number is
Before leaving our
old office, I made a
special effort to make
last visits to some of
the restaurants and
businesses that have
been our neighbors
these past years. I
ate breakfast at
Thirstbusters and
Blueberry Hill, had a
slice of pizza at
Barley's, coffee at
Cafi^ Sensations,
bought newspapers
and refreshments at
7/Eleven8 on Sunset Road and Valle
Verde. I had Taco Bell to myself, since
the schools were on spring break.
Certainly, FU make it to these
places again, but not as fi^uently.
There will be a new route to work, a
new bank branch and new places to
grab lunch. Fll have to find new convenience stores, and the local fast
food places will see an immediate
increase in foot traffic.
Fve lived in Southern Nevada
since 1986, which of course does not
make me a native, but I suppose,
qualifies me as an old-timer. I
remember when the city had less
than 10 stop lights; I remember when
you would travel miles past any
development on Green Valley
Parkway in the dark before a hair-pin
turn west onto Wigwam to get to
Green Valley South; Tve been in a car
on the floor of where Lake Vas Vegas
was filled, in a helicopter over it, and
finally on a boat on its surface. Before
the Galleria at Simset, before Sunset
Station, before Interstate 515 emd
lf>terstate 215 and before so many
Otner roads and thoroughfares, Fve
called Henderson a place to work.'It was a bittersweet experience
clearing out my desk of 10 years at 2
Commerce Center Dr. I was appointed editor in August 1990, about the
same time the Home News moved
from 22 Water St.
Lotsof memos,
notes, letters, photos
and stories stirred
Figuring out what
to keep, what to
move, what to throw
away, what to sort
through later was a
challenge. It was
cleansing, refreshinjg
and much-needed. It
served to get a fii^sh
perspective on where
the newspaper has
come and where it's
Over the years, the newspaper has
evolved to reflect the changing needs
of our growing city. We aim to publish
an informative, enticing product that
is familiar to those many loyal reliders who have been subscribing for
decades. Our conuntmity newspaper
also helps make the city a little more
accessible for newcomers. We want to
be a watchdog on behalf of the citizens at government meetings, and we
want to be the newspaper of record.
We want to provide objective information and lively comment, reflect current events and issues accurately and
spark the dreams of Henderson's
A newspaper is more than just an
editorial department, Fve cpme to
understand through the years. It's
about advertising, circulation, art,
accounting and marketing. And of
course, it's more than just the building, more than just the tools we have
to use. It's the people.
In our new building, using new
tools, all of us are striving to provide
the best posaibl^ commuqit^ oewspa-'-'
pdsf fat Ifcndferefm. It is Ah hoififtf, ft«"''
privilege and a responsibility we cherish.
Szydelko is the managing editor of the Henderson
Home News.
How to balance competing values
Should automobile.s be made as
safe as possible? Most people might
reflexively answer, "Certainly." But
the indisputably correct answer is,
"Certainly not."
Automobiles designed to sacrifice
all values to that of safety would
have a maximum speed of perhaps
15 miles per hour They would be
heavily reinforced in fuel-inefficient
ways. They would have no radios or
other possible distractions. And, by
the way, if safety were society's sovereign goal, traffic laws would
include a ban on (among many
other things) left turns*, which are
Reasonable people do not talk
about subordinating all values to
any single value, be it safety,
health, freedom, virtue, even justice. "Fiat justitia mat coelum" (Let
justice be done, though the heavens
fall)? Heaven forbid. Falling heavens are costly. Balancing com(>eting
values is inevitable.
Which brings us to today's
eu'senic argument. Many people,
uninterested in the pertinent science, denounce President Bush for
overturning President Clinton's
llth-hour regulation requiring the
reduction of arsenic in drinking
water from 50 parts per billion to
10 parts. Such people must believe,
or want others to believe, that
water should be made "as safe as
Are such people positive - if so,
how? - that the health benefito of
reaching that new standard would
be worth the estimated cost of, for
example, $400 million to New
Mexico? How do such people know
New Mexico could best use that
$400 million that way rather than
on more schools, courts, hospitals?
Bush's critics mostly misunderstand, or misrepresent, his decision, which is not to aflirm the 50
parts per billion standard, but to
question the cost-benefit rationale
of an 80% reduction. Often, as environmental standards increase in
••verity, health benefits increaae
Minimally, and costs increaae expo-
And there are
unanticipated consequences. Disregard
the demagoguery
about Bush favoring
"polluters" who "put"
arsenic^nto water.
Most of the arsenic
in America's water is
put there by nature.
It is mostly in
groundwater in
rural, not industrial
areas. And in rural
jurisdictions with
small tax bases, the
Clinton standard might have
increased water costs so much that
people would have dug their own
wells, thereby increasing their
exposure to arsenic.
One anticipatable, and desirable,
consequence of Bush's presidency
will be less moral exhibitionism
(e.g., Clinton's arsenic regulation,
which he evidently considered lessthan-pressing business during
seven years and 11 months of his
administration) and more economic
reasoning. For an introduction to
such reasoning, try a new novel
published, implausibly, by the MIT
Press. "The Invisible Heart: An
Economic Romance," by Russell
Roberts, an economist, is the
delightfully didactic story of a budding romance between two teachers
at a Washington private secondary
school — he teaches economics, she
Instructing his class in the unintended consequences of government
interventions in complex systems,
the young economist tells his daas
about the elimination of wolves
from yellowstone in the first half of
the 20th century. Wolves eat
beavers, so beavers benefited,
right? Not exactly. Wolves eat elk.
Intensified grazing by the exploding
elk population stripped vegetation
from the banks of streams, including willow and aapen that.beavers
need for food. "Fha baavw population plumnietML '
In "The Invisible
Heart" the young
economist asks his
class: There are
531 billion barrels
of proven oil
reserves, worldwide, and world
consumption is
16.5 billion barrels
annually, so when
will all the oil be
gone? Answer:
Never. Why?
Consider the Nut
you love pistachio nuts, and are
given a room filled with them to a
level of five feet. But you must eat
them in the room, and must leave
the shells. When will you have
eaten all the nuts? Never. As it
becomes increasingly difficult to
find nuts amidst the shells, the
nuts will not be free anymore.
When the cost — in time and effort
— of the nuts becomes too high, a
substitute will be preferred — nuts
from a store, or another snack.
And before the most-costly-toextract barrels of oil are found, we
will switch to cheaper energy
sources. Meanwhile, might it not be
reasonable to extract the most
accessible oil? Such as that in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refiige. Do
the costs of drilling there (in onehundredth of 1% of ANWR, where
there already are roads, airstrips,
houses, military installations) really outwei^ the coats of not drilling
(higher energy costs, slower economic growth, increased national
Political argument is becoming a
puerile cartoon about the moral
(e.g., environmentalists) doing battle with the immoral (e.g., "polluters"). This is a consequence of
regarding a blithe indifference to
the costs of moral exhibitionism as
evidence of mor^ superiority.
of tw MMmglan PM WfWv^
Galleria at Sunset executives and part owners, Joan
and Leslie Dunn will give five
Henderson high school students $1,000 scholarships,
next "Fuesday in the Galleria
^Sunset Food Court.
Each year, local high school
students are chosen to receive
the Galleria at Sunset
Scholarship based on academic achievement, community
involvement, financial need
and an essay on how to build a
better community.
Each recipient chosen is
asked attend the ceremony
with the teacher who made a
difference in their lives.
Ibgether with the teacher and
family, each student will be
presented with a scholarship
for $1000. This year's recipi-
ents are Sarah Alawami,
Basic High School, Heather
Mattick, Green Valley High
School, Ryuji Wolf, Green
Valley High School, Danielle
Williams, Green Valley High
School, and Amy Northrup,
Green Valley High School.
Ranked first in her class,
Mattick is an AP Scholar, vice
president of the National
Honor Society and is a valedictorian candidate. In addition to her academic achievements, she also volunteers her
time to participate in community service events such as
Eagle Scout Project Volunteer
Volunteer. Mattick has maintained a 4.0 GPAall four years
of high school while receiving
a Varsity letter in Btfid.
Alawami, a senior at Basic
High School, has overcome
many obstacles in her life. She
has been blind since she was a
few days old. Throughout
school, she has achieved academic excellence.
Voted 2001 Green Valley
Senior Most Likely to
Succeed, Wolf has generously
donated many hours to community service and has
received various academic
awards. '' H
awards and honors include
speech and debate president,
Nevada Institute for Gifted
and Talented, the lococca
Conference and the Wendy's
Heisman State Finalist.
Over the last four years,
Williams has worked hard to
achieve athletic and academic
success at Green Valley High
School. She is on the Varsity
Track and Field Team, a member of the National Honor
Society and International
Baccalaureate Honor Society
A senior at Green Valley
High School, Northrup has
the May 16 meeting with a lecture and discussion of Victor
V^Uasenor's book Rain of Gold.
Perez is an assisttmt professor
of Enghsh at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas.
Bridges that Unite Us/Los
Puentes que nos unen was
Human Pursuits, a non-profit
organization funded by the
National Endowment for the
Humanities, and was created
to bring bilingual communities
Founded in 1991, by Helen
A. Cox, Ph.D. Human Pursuits'
progr^^ms operate in eight
western states.
Bridges that Unite Us/Los
Puentes que nos unen program
focuses primarily on activities
that all cultures sheu-e. The
community's response to this
program has been very positive
and the Henderson District
weighted GPA, and has
University, Arizona State
University and University of
Southern California. A
For more infoninti(al about
the Galleria at /Sunset
Scholarship Award Cnsremony
or any Galleria atN^Sunset
event, call 434-0202.
98 E. Lake Mead Drive, #201
Henderson, NV 89015
Bilingual reading program to begin
The next meeting of the discussion group "Bridges that
Unite Us/Los Puentes que nos
imen" will be held Wednesday,
April 25.
Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me
Ultima" will be the topic.
Bridges that Unite Us/Los
Puentes que nos unen is a
bilingual reading program
designed to unite members of
the community through great
Dr. Patricia Geuder will lead
the next discussion at 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, April 25, in thh
Gibson Library Story Room.
Geuder, former advisor for the
Hispanic Association at the
University of Nevada, Las
Henderson resident, feels this
program wijl have a positive
impact on the Henderson
Dr. Vincent Perez will lead
spent her high school career
participating in school athletics and community leadership
events. She has donated her
time as a student tutor,
Ronald McDonald House
Volunteer, and was also recognized as the Who's Who
Among High School Students.
Northrup currently has a 4.6
Public Libraries hopes to sponsor future programs such as
"The language That Unites Us"
and "Coming of Age in
For more information or to
register for this program and
borrow a copy of the book, call
the Henderson District Public
Libraries, 567-3674.
Dominican Hospital
World Savings is now open in Henderson
Alumni scholarships offered
Association has allocated
$30,000 of its annual endowed
scholarships to establish the
Fred Albrecht Business and
Law Endowment, according to
association President Kevin
Ilie endowment, named in
honor of Albrecht, UNLV vice
president for university and
community relations and
long-time director of alumni
relations, will provide $10,000
for scholarships in each of
three areas: undergraduate
business degree, master of
business administration, and
Jsflfdegree candidates. The
association endows scholarships in 45 departments
throughout the university.
"The scholarships are
named in honor of Fred
Albrecht because it was his
hard work that helped raise
most of the endowment
funds," Page said.
The scholarships will be
awarded this spring and will
become effective for the fall
2001 semester. Page said,
adding that interested students should contact the business or law dean's office for
detailed information and
application forms. Candidates
for the MBA and JD degrees
must also have earned their
undergraduate degrees from
UNLV to be eligible for the
new scholarehips.
Association is working with
Dean Richard Morgan of the
William S. Boyd School of Law
to establish a law school
alumni association similar to
the one that already exists in
the College of Business.
Youth Orchestras in concert
The Las Vegas Youth
Orchestras will present their
final concerts of the season at
Artemus Ham Hall on the
UNLV campus.
The sinfonia, directed by
T^rry Shade, and ensemble,
directed by Shelly Burger,
will perform at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 23; the philharmonic under the direction
of Karl Reinarz, and symphony, directed by Karen
McCauley, at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday, April 24. The programs include "Pavane" by
Ravel, "Concerto for Cello" by
Saint-Sfiens, "Concerto for
Violin" by Mendelssohn and
"Symphony No. 9* ("New
World") by Dvorak.
The orchestras, sponsored
jointly by the Cultural and
Community Affairs Division
of the Las Vegas Department
of Leisure Services, the Clark
County School District and
the Friends of the Las Vegas
Youth Orchestras, are comprised of four ensembles
based upon students' ages
and ability. The musicians,
from second grade through
high school, are selected
through auditions and are
required to be enrolled in
school music programs.
Tickets, available at the
door, are $4 for adults and $3
for students, seniors and disabled. For more information,
call 229-6211.
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