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D, SNWA, VOTE, NEF, XMAS.

by Ken Mahal, NSC President
Originally published on  November 09, 2006 - reprinted with permission

TIME TO MAKE A DECISION ON YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM.
   How time flies at least it seems that we just joined plan ďDĒ prescription plan and it is already time to see whether we are keeping the provider we decided on or will want a new provider. And to add to the consideration is the Wal-Mart, Samís Club $5 buck program. Why is it that the older we get the more decisions we need to make? Maybe that drives us into Alzheimerís faster or does it keep us from getting Alzheimerís disease? Now I am confused. At any rate I had occasion to try the Samís Club plan and as long as it is in their program it is a good price that one shouldnít overlook. The other problem we have run into when having to use a medical specialist is whether they use the latest and most expensive medicine more as a trial run to see if it helps. How are you and I supposed to be smart enough to know if our doctor is using the most reasonable medicine to take care of our problem? I tell you that getting old, getting sick and needing all kinds of prescriptions are sickening. And who needs that? By the way no one in our organization is more experienced on all these issues than our Vice President Vern Perry.
Vern tells me that it is recommended that we should decide on our prescription drug provider between November 15th and December 8th. Even though it isnít due before the December 31st it really makes sense to make your decision sooner rather than later in order to have your paper work in order by the end of the year and your new plan is in effect on January 1, 2007.

SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY WANTS MORE MONEY.
   Here is a government entity that is already rolling in money and wants more. They will be making a presentation at our meeting Thursday December 14th. I donít know about you but we use almost the very minimum; like five or six thousand gallons a month. I think we should have a rate reduction not an increase. How about you? It would be a great opportunity for you to also bring your friends and even your water bills to the December meeting if you would like to express your thoughts on this issue. This water district has so much money with the rates they already charge and the money from their one a half percent sales-tax voted in for them some years back. They will be making a presentation on their plan which includes a new pipe to pipe treated sewage below the dam, another billion dollars for dropping an intake pipe below the ones they just put in and then of course there is the big multi billion dollar idea of acquiring water to the counties north of us. If enough of you come and bring your friends it should make a difference when it comes time to vote on these costly ventures. By the way, have you seen the insulting TV ad where the little old lady rings the door bell and when the old man comes to the door she hits him in the crotch with her cane and says something like do I have to remind you again? --meaning he is using to much water. Anyway we should have a very meaningful presentation and ought to take advantage of the time to put our two-cents worth in.

IN 65 YEARS OF ELECTIONS THIS HAS TO BE THE WORST ONE.
   I donít know about you but this is the worst year of politics I have gone through in sixty five years. Can it get worse? Doesnít seem possible but you can bet that next year some one will come up with a way to make it worse as long as there is money to pay for it. By the time you read this it will be all over. I hope everyone voted for the person who got in.
Agnes and I voted early mostly because we enjoy going to the Boulevard Mall with no crowds. We donít worry about taking a chance that no more things would come out of the woodwork but who knows or really cares at our age?

NEVADA ECONOMIC FORUM PROJECTS 7 BILLION DOLLARS FOR 2007--2009.  
   The State of Nevada Economic Forum panel of five business people project that the general fund will be loaded with cash to the sum of $7,000,000,000. By the way the state has never in its existence taken in that much or spent that much but you can bet that our state legislature will find a way to spend that and then some if we donít stay on top of the 2007 legislature. So as soon as the election is over it will be time to be getting ready for the selective things we will want to work on in the next legislative session. In the last one we were really the driving force that helped fight for a cap of 3% on our real-estate taxes. With the economy and the downturn of housing demand we may even be able to look forward to a tax cut on our house taxes. Letís hope that it goes that way. We most likely will have to fight with the assessor to make it happen.

OUR XMAS PARTY WILL BE A NICE DRAWING AT THE MEETING.  
   We will be doing our Christmas thing with a goodly number of special Xmas drawing gifts that you should like. Look forward to it and have fun.

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