I want to make clear in this column that I am not referring to the country but to the elected officials that have been elected to serve the people of this great nation and have failed to do so.
Every time I see those big shot wannabes elected to the legislature, the county commission, city council, or any other board pretending to be “making decisions for the better of the community,” I have to laugh.
Of course there are exceptions to the rule and not all of them should be placed in the same category; but sadly, those exceptions are very few.
In many cases those elected big shots don’t ask the voters for their input; they don’t ask for opinions or suggestions because they want to make the voters to feel like they are the ones who know everything; that they are the only ones with common sense and are making decisions for the community because they are the ones who know what is best for
Sometimes I see the picture very clear, and while I am thinking that they want to make Las Vegas into another useless California, it also makes me feel like I am living in Venezuela or even Cuba.
Those elected officials are telling us what day to water our grass as if they are the ones who pay our water bill, but they don’t pay any attention to all those artificial lakes. They tell us what temperature to keep our thermostat at and when to turn it on and off, as if they are the ones who pay our power bill; sometimes I feel like they are telling us how to manage the thermostat to help their friends in Nevada Energy, AKA NV Energy, that has changed its name several times as if they are hiding something because the bills keep going up and up, just like a “beautiful balloon.”
They even have the audacity to force people by very politely telling them to turn their front yard into a desert landscape because “it is more economical” without telling the homeowners that the grass will be growing between the rocks and it will cost the homeowners an arm and a leg if they cannot do it themselves, not considering that some people are old and cannot do that type of work.
They have been forcing people to use seatbelts while driving even if in many cases the seatbelt is the cause of a fatality; and now they add the threat, “If you don’t use the seatbelt, we are going to fine you.” Everything those elected officials tell us to do turns out to be a demand with a threat attached, and that threat is a fine of course.
Now let’s talk trash — not the garbage they feed the community, but the garbage we place on the curb for the employees of the county commissioner’s friends, Republic Services, to pick up twice a week, but are now debating if it should change to only once a week.
Now Republic garbage brought out another “garbage idea” for the residents of Clark County that are forced to use their services to do the job of their employees at no cost. They are giving every household an extra trash can and the customers that are forced and obligated to subscribe to their service, whether they need it or not, have to take extra time and effort to separate their garbage for Republic Services — so the residents that are forced to pay for the trash service also have to separate their trash and have to now take two trash containers
to the sidewalk.
The little old lady that lives all by herself has to make two trips to the curb because Republic Services is too lazy to do its job.
I live alone, do no cooking, have no kids or pets, and do not even blow my nose with Kleenex. I leave my house at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m., after dinner, and have virtually no trash, yet I am forced to pay for a service that I do not use, especially when I have a big trash bin in the middle of my parking lot at the office, where I can dispose of my disposable razor blade package.
I leave my house before the trash truck passes by and I do not return home until eight or nine in the evening, but if the day is trash day, I have to make another special trip to retrieve my empty trash can if I do not want to get a citation.
My car is registered, insured and legal all the way, but I am not allowed to leave it in front of my home because parking enforcement won’t let me do that, so now I live in my truck, I get a ride from a co-worker and go back home to get my car to please the Gestapo of parking enforcement and at the same time I have to hide my trash can before the code enforcement sees it because we only have two hours after Republic Services picks it up and we pick it up from the sidewalk.
Just like in Cuba, with the neighborhood watch, my neighbor knows better than I do what time I put my trash out and what time I do come home.
Just like in Cuba or Venezuela, we in Las Vegas are ‘experiments’ living in a dictatorial government regimen that the people of Clark County unknowingly elected — to abuse us.