Transparency is a “luxury” word in Las Vegas, where people are running amok in fear of others who are considered powerful.
Let’s take for an example the Latin Chamber of Commerce and its political action committee. The elite members of the organization were prepared to co-endorse Senator Mark Hutchison, a Republican, and Lucy Flores, a Democrat, both running for the Lt. Governor position. Word spread rapidly, making US Senator Harry Reid the biggest benefactor of Lucy Flores and inundating the telephone lines of the Chamber to quash the idea.
In fear of intimidation from the good senator, the Latin Chamber at the last minute officially endorsed only Lucy Flores. If what the senator did is not a threat, I would like to know what it is called.
Many people believe that Lucy Flores enjoys significant support in the Hispanic community and that the Latin Chamber of Commerce represents the Latino community of Las Vegas.
To begin with, 75 percent (if not more) of the members of the Latin Chamber of Commerce are not even Latinos. If you bother to check the list of members of the Chamber, you will see that the majority of the members are Anglos. I am Latina and the Chamber doesn’t represent me in any way, shape or form, and it never has. Definitely, Lucy Flores doesn’t have my support; and since I am not a coward, I don’t fear any retribution by the honorable majority leader, Harry Reid. After all, he is involved in everything in the nation, but never in the main
concerns of Nevadans.
Let’s continue with the word of the moment: transparency… Nevada Energy filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to increase general rates charged to all classes of electric customers. The application requests total revenue increases of $20.8 million. The Commission may adopt rates either higher or lower than the rates proposed by NV Energy.
NV Energy even wants to recover costs from the Smart Meters, which they imposed on us with threats to call the police if you refuse the change of the meters.
If the Public Utilities Commission always bends down to the wishes and commands of Nevada Energy, it is time for transparency. It is time for all and every one of the commissioners to disclose their electric bills to see if they pay the same rates that we pay or if they get a break on their bills.
After all, we are only following in the steps of Senator Harry Reid.
Remember during the past election when everybody was in favor of Mitt Romney disclosing his tax returns? Harry Reid said: “Romney’s refusal to make public more of his tax records makes him unfit to be a
The economy in Nevada was, is, and probably will remain for a long time, miserable, horrible, disgusting and unbearable, and we cannot stand any more electric bills of $250 to $300 a month.
It is time for Nevada Public Utilities Commissioners (appointed by the Governor or not) Alaina Burtenshaw, Rebecca Wagner and David Noble to disclose their electric bills. We would like to know if they are
paying the same rates imposed on us.
Transparency is the name of the game.
And last but not least… the latest scam of Bank of America.
Several Cuban nationals in Las Vegas, customers of Bank of America, are receiving a letter demanding a copy of their passports or their Permanent Resident Cards with threats to have their accounts restricted if the bank doesn’t receive such information before August 25, 2014. The bank claims that it needs to follow certain rules if it
is operating accounts for individuals who are citizens of any U.S.-sanctioned country.
Many of the people in possession of that letter are people who have never set foot in Cuba since the winning of the revolution in 1959.
The Cuban people are often called Latinos. If Senator Harry Reid wants the support of the Latino community it is time for him to get to work and inquire with the departments of State and the Treasury the reason for such harassment when the people of Iraq, Iran, Libya and many others from those countries are left untouched.
Something is not all that clear in their so-called transparency.
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.