By Perly Viasmensky
Governor Steve Sisolak has been very concerned about a rally in support of President Donald Trump that the Evangelical Church planned to hold in Las Vegas.
He went to the trouble of contacting County Commissioner Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick to stop the event knowing first hand as a former Chairman of the County Commission himself, that there is nothing they could do when the event was to take place in the City of Las Vegas.
Still, Ms. Kirkpatrick, as a very obedient child, got busy contacting several people with the City of Las Vegas to fulfill the wishes of her master.
Since the Governor limits church gatherings to 50 people, the group held the event at the Ahern Hotel located at 300 E. Sahara Avenue in the City of Las Vegas.
Now, the City of Las Vegas decided to fine the Ahern Hotel thousands of dollars in fines, probably in fear of reprisals from the governor.
In times of great distress, such as the people of Nevada are currently suffering, Governor Sisolak should only be concerned about state, not national, events for the sake of the citizens of the state he is supposed to represent.
He should be very much concerned about the people of Nevada who have been waiting for longer than five months to receive their unemployment benefits due to being out of work due to the coronavirus.
He should be concerned about the incompetence of the call center from Irving, California handling the cases of unemployed Nevadans; he approved a contract for $5 million while the residents of his state are about to become homeless.
He wanted to be governor; his position as governor is not to attack the preferences of state residents for presidential candidates, but to protect the lives of the citizens of the State of Nevada.
While Governor Sisolak has a roof over his head at the Governor’s Mansion paid for by the taxpayers of the state, he should consider the needs of all Nevadans, unless he wants to become the Founding Father of the Homeless State of the Union.
Mr. Sisolak was not elected governor to block the political ideas of the citizens of Nevada, but to protect the well-being of all citizens.
We are living in a time of crisis; it’s time for Mr. Sisolak to forget about his likes or dislikes of presidential candidates and get busy to correct the mismanagement of the unemployment office and start sending checks to all those unemployed Nevadans about to join the downtown Las Vegas homeless population. The few that are back to work are working a minimum number of hours—14 to 16—a week.
Every day we hear about different people with the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) nominated and then quitting, retiring or simply refusing to continue with the work entrusted to them.
Thousands of Nevadans continue filing their PUA claims without receiving any compensation and all they get is an insult to their intelligence with a note from the supposed Claim Center, people who are not even government employees, saying: “If you have questions you can contact the claim center at 1-800-603-9681,” while knowing firsthand that there won’t be any personal contact with any of those people hiding behind telephone lines.
In the meantime, Governor Sisolak and the State’s first lady are enjoying themselves dining out at a place closed to the rest of the population.
It would not surprise me that it was also a complimentary dinner. But hundreds of citizens in the state can’t even afford a decent dinner from a local supermarket for lack of funds.
With all due respect, I believe it’s time for the Honorable Steve Sisolak to man up, put on his big boy pants, and start working for the people of Nevada, starting by releasing the funds from DETR.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at email@example.com
By Perly Viasmensky