Desert Messenger

January 4, 2012

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Page 4 Hello Neighbors; Welcome back winter visitors, residents and vendors. We are saddened that some our "family" is no longer with us due to illness, finances, or for whatever reason. Thanks all of you for your patience when visiting the Post Office, Town Hall and the Library. We appreciate all of you and do our best to serve your needs. Make sure you visit our Museum, Celia's Rainbow Garden , and the HiJolly Memo- rial, (recently added to the National Regis- ter of Historical Places). Stop at the Business Chamber of Com- merce on Main St. across from the Post Office for maps and information about Quartzsite. Have a safe and Happy New Year, and come back soon. Bye for now, Patricia Anderson Quartzsite Town Council DAY NIGHT SHADES REPAIRED Factory Chords! 3 YEAR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE Local Resident • FREE Estimates Larry - cell 928-273-3719 "THE PEOPLE'S VOICE" Letters to Editor Policy Desert Messenger encourages letters from its readers. Letters should be no longer than 300 words, and may be edited for grammar, content and length. OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE DO NOT NECESSAR- ILY REPRESENT THOSE OF THE DESERT MESSENGER. We invite you to not only see a problem, but THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Egos so large Why is there so much intolerance in the world today? Some people seem to take offense for mostly silly prejudice, often to protest and ridicule acts of faith or patrio- tism. What do they expect to accomplish and to what end do they expect to benefit themselves? Some are going so far as to protest activities far from where they live, something they only heard of, often in an- other county or state. The laws of trespass mean nothing to them. Their minds are so small and their egos so large they have lost the concept of tolerance and freedom. The sadness of the matter is, they weren't taught, com- mon sense. A pox on those who encourage them. Elmer London Quartzsite Then and now I'm a long time resident business owner, living here since before the incorporation of Quartzsite. Before Quartzsite became incorporated it was a laid-back commu- nity. Beginning early October folks came, enjoyed the great Arizona weather, had a blast dealing with all the Mom & Pop tail- gaters, plus had fun at the clubs and art classes. Were there rules, regulations, and law enforcement then? Yes. After incorporation, there became two sides of the fence. Quickly, I could see this was tearing the community apart. I felt there must be some way to stop the bleeding and have people come together. So I, with the help of others, organized Nature's Nuggets search for the solution to share with the com- munity, keeping the benefit of all in mind. Letters considered libelous, in poor taste, on a personal issue, mean spirited or dominated by Scripture quotes will not be published. Third party letters will not be accepted. To avoid confusion over people with com- mon or similar names, writers must provide a full name and indicate the name they are known by. Writers must provide a full street address and phone number. Rvers can provide the location of park/BLM land, etc. Street addresses will not be published. Phone numbers are for verification only and will not be printed. Mail letters to: The People's Voice, Desert Messenger, P.O. Box 3185, Quartzsite, AZ 85359 or E-mail to: 541-218-2560 BUYS & SELLS GOLD nuggets - jewelry- coins We pay 80% of Spot & up Gold Sand Concentrates Placer Gold 24 Mesh Size up to Nuggets Call Richard 928-927-5479 • 435-730-3388 In Quartzsite over 15 Years! the Quartzsite Business Leaders. All busi- nesses, town council members, mayor, city manager were invited. The rules were sim- ple. Come with a positive attitude, present ideas for the betterment of the whole com- munity, don't bring your personal agenda/ vendetta, no politics, be respectful and agree to disagree. All but three businesses became members. There were hours of brainstorming, with great workable ideas that were enacted. It was agreed by all to keep our sacred cow, the vendors and winter visitors. We wanted them to know they were welcome and appreciated. We personally talked with vendors and winter visitors for their input. Some good infor- mation was given, we listened. The sacred cow was our industry, the bread and butter for our town. We constantly sought ways to help our town grow, benefiting the whole commu- nity, not just a choice few. Always keeping in mind to retain the laid back, easy going, happy town everyone enjoyed, keeping in mind where we came from and taking care of our sacred cow. There was no desire to create a Palm Springs or a place for a select few or have the big city attitude and ways. It was for people from all walks of life to come to- gether and enjoy each other. Projects were not done with outside money, but with vol- unteer labor and donated materials. We installed the helicopter pad next to Fire Station, began the town park, and other projects for the whole community. This organization disbanded several years ago. It's unfortunate that the folks with power won't again come together and function as a single entity as well as the business leaders did. An old saying is if you want to know the character of a person give them a little power, what happened? I'm looking at our town and wondering if a little of then would be nice now. Just a thought. I'm sending this to both papers. Fair is fair. Hank Covey Quartzsite January 4, 2012 Human dignity at its finest Last night I witnessed our Police Depart- ment, EMT's, and Fire Department be ALL THINGS to one person, as they comforted a woman whose husband had just died in their home. These Trusted Servants intui- tively read the woman's needs and stayed as long as possible before having to re- spond to another call. My active involvement with the elders in our community, along with a background in hospice work makes me especially ap- preciative of anyone who comprehends the importance of human dignity. Hygeia Halfmoon, Quartzsite, Arizona Artwork/volunteer appreciation Over a year ago I approached the Quartzsite Art Guild with a project for the Arizona Cen- tennial Celebration. They were eager to put their skills to the task at hand. It was decided to depict a number of surrounding landmarks that would be displayed throughout Town. Mark Goldberg was the driving force in transferring the subjects to the wood panels. The next problem was solved by his drop and pull technique, producing a one cover paint process. Ron and Jo Stoltz offered to turn their garage into a workshop/studio, where other members could come and go when their time allowed. We know however they put countless hours on each piece themselves during the long hot summer. After a year they can now call the garage theirs again! Other members who contributed were; Nancy Burrows, Carol Brainard Roland, Oney Budge, Linda Gray, Mark Goldberg, Mary Huntley, Marilyn McFate, Tina Moore, Dinice Ross, and George Wonenberg. George, I know Mark really appreciated your assistance on placing the art on the fences. You were al- ways willing to assist him in any task needed; you made a good team. Richard Trusty, al- though not a member, volunteered to place our Happy Birthday flags for an added touch of visibility. The level of volunteerism displayed by these individuals is really what makes our Town. So please enjoy the Artwork, enter the con- test, you may be surprised to know how much you know about Quartzsite History. Entry forms can be obtained at the Library the first week of January. Thank you everyone many times over. The Arizona Centennial of Quartzsite Committee Members. Fleece and CottonFabric by the Yard & more... 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