By: Victoria Seaman/ Victoria’s Corner
I was proud to sponsor legislation when I was in the legislature that brought stiffer penalties to those abusing seniors through our guardianship system. Together with others, we made meaningful improvements to the guardianship laws that made it significantly more difficult to take advantage of seniors.
I was pleased to see Attorney General Adam Laxalt leverage these reforms into an indictment against April Parks, who stands accused of more than 200 counts felony charges; including theft, racketeering, exploitation of seniors and perjury. Together with other law enforcement officers, Laxalt led the way to ensure that Parks would be tried for the allegations made by the victims and their families.
By: Chuck Dean - Veterans Columnist
President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal contains provisions that will increase costs and diminish the incomes of many veterans and retirees. One of these provisions is eliminating the “Individual Unemployability” benefit.
Eliminating IU will significantly impact 208,000 disabled veterans and retirees, and could very well increase the number of homeless veterans in America. Stripping this benefit will cost each veteran and/or retiree, on average, $1,300.00 per month. Of course, due to their disability, these Americans will be unable to make up this financial shortage.
I have often written that seniors have become the "disposable generation," referencing the way we are generally treated by government agencies and such. However most of the seniors close to me, lucky to still have one, or both of their parents alive, have a special relationship with them. Dan makes sure to call his mother, who lives in Florida every Sunday and never fails to visit her on her birthday and mother's day.
My own mother lived with me for the last three years of her life and it would never have occurred to me to have it any other way. For this reason, when I received the following story, my heart broke for these people and I knew we had to publish it.
As Mr. Eaton said, if it makes one "child" look at the way they treat their aging parent, it will be worth publishing.
By: George Eaton
I barely knew my apartment neighbors in the small quad living apartment. But one of the newcomers asked me if I wanted to join them for a buffet at a smaller casino on Tuesday.
I didn’t get out much and had few friends here in Las Vegas, but a diversion would be good I thought. So on the day of the special discount buffet, I showered and put on my best clothes, including an old light brown suit jacket and drove to the casino. I was actually dreading this meal in a way. You would think that doing something pleasant would make you feel good, but it doesn’t. It only reminds you of what you don’t have and that you are alone for all the holidays. I would be dining with people I barely knew, standing in line with dozens of strangers, and then try to make conversation during and after dinner. But I went anyway, for lack of anything else to do I suppose. I like people and I wasn't being swamped with invitations to anything.
By: Rana Goodman – Political Editor
In the last legislative session, a bill to legalize “Death with Dignity,” - a physician assisted method of taking one’s own life in the case of a terminal illness, never came to the floor for discussion. However, word has it that Senator David Parks will be presenting it once again in the 2017 session.
Under several different names, depending on the state you live in, this type of bill has seen much controversy. It has however now become legal in California and has been in Oregon since 1998 and is slowly creeping across the country.
I have no idea how many of you have had to care for a loved one with a terminal illness, or have had to watch them waste away knowing there was nothing you or the medical community could do to help them any longer. It leaves you with a feeling of such desperate hopelessness.
Are Seniors/Vulnerable Victims Disposable? Crime and the Clark County Judicial System Re -Victimization: An Indignity Crime Victims Must Face
By: Angel De Fazio, BSAT/ Investigative Reporter
Clark County seniors owe Vegas Voice political editor Rana Goodman gratitude for her tireless advocacy to protect them from predatory guardians. Through her efforts, with the help of victim family members, the Guardianship Court removed hearing master Norheim and Judge Hoskins and brought some sanity back into the Family Court system. Metro and the District Attorney’s office supported creation of this new court.
Even with this new Court, seniors and vulnerable victims (often one in the same) are arguably treated with less respect and consideration in the local judicial system than any other local demographic.
by: Mike Kosor
Southern Highlands Community Association owner
I spent the first 24 years of my adult life as a military pilot and officer defending the basic principles that make this country great. I have long held the cornerstone of those principles is the right of all to choose those who represent them in the governing process-at all levels. Unfortunately, this fundamental right may not exist if you reside in one of the nearly 3,000 Nevada homeowner’s associations (HOAs), where half of all Southern Nevada’s live.
HOAs levy controls, rules, and “taxes”, in the form of assessments, on those that reside within their boundaries. It is widely recognized an HOA is a quasi-governmental body with the “laws” commonly referred to as CC&Rs (convents, conditions, and restrictions).
By: Angel De Fazio, Investigative Reporter
Fast-food chain Wendy’s once had an elderly, spritely woman named Clara utter this famous question promoting its hamburgers. The PUC has not answered a similar question.
Where’s the proposed ruling?
The controversial draft decision regarding who will pay what for existing and new residences equipped with solar panels has not been issued. The subject is to be considered by Commissioners tomorrow morning, Tuesday, December 22nd. But as of 5:00 p.m. on the 18th, no information has been released to the public for its review. Where is the draft decision? As currently for the agenda meeting on the 22nd, according to the currently released draft orders etc., there are over 384 pages to read, review and formulate an opinion.
Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Commissioner Noble Will Need Time Management Skills for the Upcoming NV Energy General Rate Cases
By: Angel De Fazio
PUC Commissioner David Noble has been presiding over the temporary and permanent net metering dockets determining compensation to those with rooftop solar electricity generation systems and NV Energy (NVE).
Thus far, the relatively few Nevadans with solar panels have been compensated at artificially subsidized rates for the electricity they generate but do not use themselves. These subsidies are continuing to be borne by other ratepayers.
By: Angel DeFazio
What if it is a pitch black night and a driver is having a hard time navigating roads with no working headlights. Under those circumstances, would the average person claim transparency? You might think this an 'extreme' reality show story line, but this apt analogy symbolizes the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on another one of its opaque objectives to keep the public at bay. Read the following and draw your own conclusions.
In short order, operating under the very inexperienced new Chair, Paul Thomsen, the PUC has rapidly regressed from a long-standing, tepid effort toward transparency and ratepayer involvement into an absolute abyss of darkness.