Since some Metro Police officers direct those meetings, I decided to attend one and tried to express my opinion about how those students of Clark High School crossed the street on Arville and Pennwood Avenue against traffic, in the middle of the block, and with their cell phones glued to their ears, giving a haughty look to the driver who had the audacity to interrupt their conversation when they, the “little children,” do not have the right of way.
English is my primary language, even though I also speak Spanish fluently. The police officer in charge of the meeting (or so he thought), spoke very broken Spanish, but since the Councilwoman
coordinating the meeting didn’t even bother to stand up and direct the meeting she planned, he interrupted me abruptly and told me I needed to speak Spanish because none of the people present spoke English.
The majority of those people attending the meeting were parents of those “children” attending Clark High School. If they want to live in the United States they need to make an effort to learn English.
I do not have to speak Spanish to people who desire to live in the United States and have no interest in learning English. Police officers should know that.
This is one of the reasons I never attended another of Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian’s meetings, even if I live in her ward. She needs to understand that we live in the United States of America and all her constituents, and Metro Police officers, need to learn our language.
We do not need to accommodate others for their convenience. Can you imagine if those police officers demand people at those meetings need to speak Spanish for the Tagalog-speaking citizens? Hey, we have many Filipinos in our community. Do those Metro officers believe everything is Mexican?
We read in the news every day about bad accidents. Do we need to blame drivers for those accidents? I have seen a woman crossing Decatur Blvd. with two toddlers, a child in a stroller and her belly ready to explode with her cell phone glued to her ears as they were walking on the “King’s land.” They did not even have landlines in their country and they have become experts of cell phones here.
Oh, please, if School Police are totally unaware of and absent on these matters, it is time for Metro Police to take action in these maters, even if the officers in question want us to speak Spanish.
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 pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.