If Duke were still alive and saw how “The Best City of Them All” looks today, he would be ashamed, just as many of our present old-timers now share that shame.
Las Vegas: a city where money is literally no object makes many wonder why we then look like a poor family living in one of the wings of a millionaire’s mansion.
Walking into a mansion, one expects to see the best drapes, expensive furniture, a manicured yard and a sparkly clean swimming pool with all the amenities.
When a blue-collar family gets the opportunity to purchase a mansion because it’s a ‘good deal,’ that family may not be able to furnish that house in the way that such a house might ordinarily get furnished. The new owners might get their furnishings from a second-hand store, their drapes from a store on Decatur Boulevard, and find they can only keep their pool half-full because of the astronomical water bills. For the same reason, all the surrounding grass is yellow and dry.
The Strip hotels and casinos are luxurious and affluent-looking, but then we have stores in the corners of Convention Center Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard that look like ghetto sidewalk stores; the streets of Las Vegas in some areas look worse than streets in some alleged third-world country.
Has anyone reading this editorial who has traveled south on Maryland Parkway or Eastern Avenue, noticed that if they took a spoon of chocolate powder and a glass of milk, they wouldn’t have to do another thing to it to end up with a chocolate shake at the end of the trip?
But forget about Eastern or Maryland for a minute, since most likely only locals travel those roads; how about Paradise Road where conventioneers and tourists travel constantly and comment about how bumpy the roads are?
Flamingo Road between Paradise and the “world famous Las Vegas Strip” is another shameful road in our luxurious Las Vegas, where everyone thinks he’s a big shot, brags about all the fancy stuff our hotel executives and government officials have in their own homes and in those high-roller suites, but right out in front of another of our bread-and-butter establishments — the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority — the street is in worse shape than a low-income area in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Oakey Boulevard, on which most of the community big shots travel often to reach their fancy destination on Rancho Bellaire, Rancho Circle, Palomino Road, Alta Road, or of course Scotch 80, has been worked on twice a month for the last two years and has never been finished.
It is unknown if the problem exists so the big shots “see their tax money at work,” or to “make sure” the roads are always comfortable for the high-class residents.
It used to be a pleasure driving in Las Vegas, but not any more. Now it is very frustrating.
We hope that the county officials running for office this year take note and start doing something to make the roads — and the daily travel for the working masses and the local residents in general — a little more pleasant and easier to drive on in this city… to which they already contribute their tax money to support and maintain those very same roads.
We hope that our county officials as a whole, not only those running for office, realize that the residents of Clark County, the visitors and conventioneers and such, are as human and deserving as any high-rollers that visit our area and never journey out of their fancy hotels.
Every one of our “public servants” and elected officials vowed and swore to serve the community to the best of their abilities, but we believe that they are failing us. And their high-priced staff members are not too far behind, even if they are not to blame.
Every employee tries to do as little as possible and it is up to the boss to keep an eye on their performance; but if they don’t know how to be in charge, how to lead and how to be the boss, maybe the constituents need to replace them with those who do know how to be in charge.
We have said before that this is a very different and important election year, and we need to prove it to the elected officials who are under the impression that the voters do not mean what they say.
All candidates, judicial candidates included, need to realize that the game is over and the people are going to take control of their community once and for all.
Judges that are controlled by campaign managers like David Thomas are going to lose their election because judges that are afraid of their campaign managers may also be afraid of anyone else that talks tough to them.
We have the feeling that this is going to be an exceptional election year and we hope that all the candidates open their eyes now if they want to stay in office.