Hillary Clinton is getting paid $225,000 to speak at the University of
Nevada Las Vegas in October, and some student leaders are very unhappy
and are protesting about it.
Allow me to say that I am a registered Republican. I don’t like Mrs.
Clinton, I didn’t vote for her in the last election, and I am not
planning to vote for her in the next election if she decides to run
for president of this great nation.
According to news reports, none of the funding for her speaker fee is
coming from tuition, and it’s covered by private sponsorship obtained
by the Foundation for the event.
The UNLV student body wants to see Hillary Clinton return part of all
of the money to students. Why?
Hillary Clinton was also slammed by the Republican National Committee,
which noted that her UNLV speaking fee is more that four times what
the average Nevadan makes in a year.
Let’s face it guys, that’s not her problem, but the problem of our
present president that promised lots of hope and change and nothing
has materialized. Of course Nevadans don’t make anything close to that
amount because there are no jobs and no business opportunities in
UNLV student leaders sent a letter to Hillary Clinton’s family
foundation asking that she do what is right and donate all or part of
her $225,000 speaking fee for addressing the UNLV Foundation back to
the university for the students’ benefit.
“In keeping with Secretary Clinton’s long-standing history of
advocating for students in higher education, we as student government
leaders, are asking that she charitably donate part or all of the
$225,000 speaking fee she is reportedly making for this fund-raising
speech back to the UNLV Foundation as a whole,” the letter said.
Charitably? They are all university students and they still don’t know
the word “charity”? It is very simple — “charity” is a provision of
help to the poor, something given to help the needy. If they are
attending a very expensive university they are not poor and definitely
they are not needy.
The annual UNLV Foundation dinner, held this year at the Bellagio,
doesn’t come cheap. According to the Review-Journal, the dinner is
$200 per seat, but donors also can buy full tables for 10 at various
contribution levels, including for $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and
$3,000. The top contribution of $20,000 gets an invitation to a chef’s
reception and four photo sessions with Clinton and autograph copies of
I said at the beginning of this article and I say it again, I don’t
like Hillary Clinton, I honestly don’t care for her and believe that
as Secretary of State she was useless. But we need to be fair and I
don’t believe that she needs to be subjected to all this nonsense and
harassment. The University agreed to pay her that fee, so the student
body should be complaining to the University Board and stop harassing
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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 pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.