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July 9, 1997


By Cara Alligood

Looking young can
have its downside

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Monday night, I received some bad news, which as bad news usually does,
arrived at a most inopportune time. I didn't sleep well, so I did what I
always do - I read. After finishing my book, I wandered out into the
living room and picked up a magazine.

The magazine was the last issue of "Cosmopolitan" that I picked up at
the store recently. I found an article in there about medical
breakthroughs that are on the horizon. A couple are already available in
limited supply. Most are reportedly expected to be approved and
available within a decade or less.

There will supposedly be a drug that will work on recently-discovered
proteins to reduce body fat; another will work on the pituitary gland to
help slow the aging process.

Later in the magazine, I saw one advertisement for a permanent hair
removal system that claims to be effective, without the pain of
electrolysis. Another ad touted sheets of some material which are
supposed to remove scars from surgery, burns and the like, even some
types of stretch marks. The hair removal system also removes cash, at
$100 a pop. The scar removal method didn't give a price, which always
raises my eyebrow.

All of this sounds like within ten years or so, if you have plenty of
money, you can look all smooth and young and trim, no matter what you've
been through.

Now, I have nothing against youth, but I'm not too sure if I'll want to
look like I'm in my twenties again once I make it to my forties. Being
young is fun, once, but ... would you like to know something?

Even if it were possible to go back in time, you couldn't pay me enough
to do it. Even if Ross Perot and Oprah Winfrey pooled their resources,
even they couldn't pay me enough.

Our nation seems obsessed with youth. Look - we can't all be young at
the same time, and getting older really isn't all that bad. Gray hair is
nature's way of giving you free highlights! Wrinkles are like a map of
personal history. What would Santa Claus look like without his laugh
lines, big belly and white hair?

Personally, I can't imagine having cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive
surgery after an accident, sure, but going under the knife to be more
attractive to someone else ... maybe, but I seriously doubt it.
Actually, I have never even had fake fingernails. I have a hard enough
time typing as it is.

I can just imagine having some surgery or taking some pills and looking
like I'm in my 20s again a decade from now. Then, I imagine getting hit
on by some 20-something young man and cringe. My husband told me last
night that he likes me just fine the way I am, and that's the way I
think I'll stay.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Cara Alligood is an Enterprise writer and advertising administrator.


Dump could turn area to Waste Texas

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Recent events have moved West Texas closer to becoming forever known as
Waste Texas. The state of Texas is plowing ahead with plans to turn our
region into a dumping ground for radioactive waste mostly from nuclear
power plants in East Texas and New England. Sound like a rotten deal?
Read on.

The proposed nuclear dump in Sierra Blanca (90 miles east of El Paso)
is next door to a 90,000 acre ranch where three train loads of New York
City sewage sludge are dumped every week. At least radioactive waste
doesn't stink. The recent legislature did consider a dump-killing
measure to eliminate the notoriously incompetent Texas Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority (they're famous for low-level
science). Despite the opposition of seven cities, 11 counties and two
Mexican states, the legislature approved $6 million to continue
licensing hearings for the dump.

It seems like every time the legislature meets, West Texas gets stuck
with another dump. I think we would fare better if they changed the law
that requires the legislature to meet for 140 days every 2 years to
meeting for 2 days every 140 years.

State representative Norma Chavez (D-EI Paso) did make a valiant though
unsuccessful effort to stop the dump by introducing a bill to prohibit a
nuclear dump within 60 miles of the Mexican border (the dump site is 16
miles from the border). A Mexican politician asked me once why no dumps
are ever proposed on the Canadian border where the population is
predominantly white.

Many West Texans traveled to Austin to testify for Rep. Chavez's bill,
including El Paso County Attorney Jose Rodriguez and Presidio County
Judge Jake Brisbin. The hearing on the bill was held in the pathetic
Environmental Regulation Committee better known for gutting regulations.

The committee's attitude towards dump opponents became evident when
Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) rudely accused El Pasoan Bob Geyer of
lying when he correctly disputed Rep. Talton's claim that mostly medical
waste would be dumped in Sierra Blanca. Six hundred miles is a long way
to travel just to get insulted.

Our pro-dump governor George W. Bush could win a lot of points in West
Texas by telling his yes men at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation
Commission (TNRCC) to rule that building a nuclear waste dump in the
worst earthquake zone in the state is foolhardy. If this happened, the
TNRCC could greatly improve its miserabte track record.

Gov. Bush's office has been lobbying the U.S. Congress to pass a bill
that will let Maine and Vermont ship their nuclear waste to Texas. It's
time to get rid of all those bumper stickers that say "Don't mess with
Texas." If letting other states send their radioactive waste here isn't
messing with Texas, I don't know what is.

I can understand why the governor would want Maine's waste since his
ex-president father has a second home there. George Bush, Sr. certainly
doesn't want the deadly carcinogen plutonium leaking into his fishing
hole in Kennebunkport.

The state's robotic scientists say the dump won't leak, but if all six
existing nuclear waste dumps in this country have ended up leaking, it
sure seems like burying radioactive waste on top of an earthquake fault
near the Rio Grande is a disaster waiting to happen.

Many scientists now agree that it's safer to store nuclear waste above
ground where it can be monitored. If the state of Texas insists on
burying this waste in West Texas, then they should bury the first load
of waste under the state capital and governor's mansion to show us we
have nothing to fear.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard Boren lives in El Paso. He is coordinator of
Southwest Toxic Watch, environmental organization in El Paso, TX. He olds an M.A. degree in Industrial Technology.


Exxon employee reads Monahans news on net

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Dear Editor:

I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you that I enjoy your
Monahans newspaper on the Internet. I was using Infoseek doing a search
on Uvalde Tx and noticed your Web site as one of the listings. I work
for Exxon and I lived in Monahans for 4 years and in Midland for 9
years. Offshore Exxon Rig

My family and I live in San Luis Obispo California now and I'm working
on an offshore platform for Exxon (photo at right). Its been fun reading
the area news on your site and reading about some of the people we used
to know especially the girls on Monahans swim team that my teenage girls
used to swim with.

Anyway your site looks great and it loads fast. Keep up the good work.

-- Steve Wagner

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