complain about everything in life to be happy. If they don’t have a
reason to complain, they will look for a new subject so they can be
There are daily protests about just anything — immigration reform, the
path to citizenship, horse tripping, racism, name it and there will be
a demonstration and protest if they don’t like the colors of underwear
sold at a local Walmart.
The latest is the employees of fast-food restaurants such as
McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, just to mention a few, claiming
that they want their minimum wage to be $15.
They held a protest demonstration with signs reading, “We are worth more.”
Instead of protesting, they should thank the Good Lord that they have
a job, while hundreds of thousands of American citizens are starving
to death depending on the minimum amount they receive from
The majority of employees of those fast-food restaurants are
Hispanics. If they are not happy with the paying rate and they
consider themselves so well qualified, they should quit and apply as a
receptionist/clerk for an attorney, physician or healthcare office and
they will be ready for a big awakening when they realize that the
average pay for those people seated behind a desk in an
air-conditioned office is nothing more than $13.25 an hour.
Those people should stop for a second and think that those entire
fast-food restaurants are not part of the main corporation. Many of
them are franchise companies. And because of the state of the economy
for the whole nation, the individual owner might decide that he or she
cannot afford an increase in paying salaries; then, those protesters
are not only not going to get a raise to $10 or $15 an hour, but an
invitation to the unemployment line.
Then they are going to realize that in fact they are worth more, much
more, than the lousy percentage of unemployment compensation based on
the salary they now have.
Sometimes it’s better to have one bird in the hand than a thousand
flying around us.
Something else they need to consider is that they are not union
workers and the so-called union organizers instigating the protest are
not going to be behind them when they lose the only job they now have.
Besides, isn’t Nevada an at-will state? They can be fired any time the
owner decides is time to let them go.
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Whatever happened to the good days when children enjoyed going to school?
The case of a 13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at knife point on
her way to school by an ex-convict from California has moved the
feelings of the whole community.
Years ago children could go to school in their own neighborhood at
normal school hours. Now they have to stand by one school at 5:30 in
the morning to wait for a bus to transport them to the school they are
assigned. Sometimes they need to transfer to two different buses.
Last week, the district issued a service announcement to parents to
keep their children safe. The tips the district provided included
having children walk or bicycle to school with friends or family.
How in the world are they going to walk to school when sometimes their
school is on the other side of town? Those tips by the school district
are completely out of line.
I am very happy not to have any school-aged children because I would
have to make at least one major change in my life: Change my work
schedule so I could be with my daughter until she catches the bus,
home school my child, or work three jobs in order to be able to afford
a private school in order to avoid the inconvenience of having one
school two blocks from my home and have my child traveling all over
the city to attend another school.
Besides, I would never let a 13-year-old child (boy or girl) wait all
by himself or herself at 5:30 in the morning, to catch the bus.
Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento set bail for the animal that
assaulted the girl at $1 million. It is a good thing I am not a judge
either, because if I happened to be seated on the bench, I would set
bail at $10 million and throw the key of the jail in the toilet, so
the man would never see daylight again.
I just hope this little girl will receive all the necessary
psychological treatment she needs to overcome the trauma of such a
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.