By: Dan Roberts/Publisher
It’s been a very rewarding year.
Now I don’t mean financially; be assured that no one will ever confuse The Vegas Voice with any Fortune 500 Company. My partner Ray and I proudly continue our business practice of being the “best there is” in not making any money.
No, I mean a rewarding year in wanting to wake up every morning and “seize the day.” And looking back, its amazing what we accomplished in 2017.
Derek Uehara with political editor Rana Goddman and publisher Dan Roberts at the Republican's Men's Club Luncheon on November 7th. The Vegas Voice has endorsed Derek's candidacy for Nevada State Treasurer. His press release is below.
For more information on Derek, visit: derekfornevada.com
By: Richard Black/Guardianship Concerns
Much of the recent drama in Washington, D.C. leaves me shaking my head in disbelief. Politicians from the President on down seem to be primarily concerned with self-promotion and partisan backbiting. Is anyone truly committed to protect and aid the average citizen - especially our vulnerable and elderly?
Recently we got some relief.
On October 19, 2017 President Trump signed the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act into law. Portions of this bill has been proffered in federal legislation since 1986 when the Associated Press did its ground-breaking 2,200 case expose on the rampant abuses found nationwide in adult guardianships.
More than 20 bills have been proposed since then to insure federal protections for adults under guardianship. All were killed due to the successful lobbying efforts by the various state bar and the American Bar Association lobbyists, and state and national guardianship associations.
By: Dan Roberts/Roberts Rules
“Are you serious? Even they can’t be that stupid!”
According to comedy legend (and our Vegas Voice columnist) Marty Allen, the definition of “mixed emotions” is watching your mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your new Cadillac. I now understand what Marty meant.
The opening paragraph was my response when our political editor, Rana Goodman advised me that she was not chosen to serve as a member of the new Nevada Guardianship Commission.
In all candor, I’m thrilled that my Ladylove will not be devoting so much time and effort on the Commission. I’ve previously written about the hours (and hours) that she spent reading and studying up on the various guardianship proposals.
Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
There’s a new “sheriff in town” - figuratively speaking. His name is Kevin Schiller, Clark County’s new Assistant County Manager.
Publisher Dan and I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Schiller recently to talk over my “issues” regarding the public guardian. It’s no secret that Clark County Public Guardian Karen Kelly’s methodology of dealing with seniors facing guardianship is vastly different than what we think is proper and appropriate.
I’m pleased to report that Mr. Schiller, (who recently moved here from Washoe County where he worked on guardianship issues) “gets it.” He has already worked with many of the same people who joined us on this crusade nearly three years ago.
By: Steve Miller
LAS VEGAS - Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson announced this morning that $39,076.60 stolen from cerebral palsy victim Jason Hanson is currently on deposit in the District Attorney's victim's assistance fund, and will be distributed to Mr. Hanson within two weeks according to Wolfson.
The District Attorney says he plans to speak to Hanson personally today to give him the good news.
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.