Sometimes with the beginning of a new year we need to wish others more than a simple phrase, hoping they learn things they were supposed to know all year long.
I do wish a very happy and prosperous new year to my friends of many years: Don, Maramis and Parker.
I wish my friend, Maria Ureña, who is going through very difficult trying times, all blessings from our Good Lord Jesus Christ.
I wish Jason and Jennifer Lamberth, who lost their beautiful little girl, Hailee, a year ago because of the actions of two insensitive bullies, peace, much peace to their heart.
I wish the two bullies, CH and JJ, understanding of the horrible things bullying can do to others and acceptance of their criminal acts.
I wish wisdom for the parents of those two bullies, so they have the common sense to provide professional psychological help for their children, so they don’t ever have to be responsible for the death of another child and the suffering of other parents.
I wish Governor Brian Sandoval to have the common sense, since he is so concerned with education in Nevada, to consider instructing the School District that their priority is the safety of our children, more than money for schools or teachers, and that bullying is an issue that cannot and should not be tolerated in our schools. (I can bet,
and I am not a gambler, that Gov. Sandoval would not take it easy if his little girl became a victim of bullies at her school).
My wish for White Middle School Principal Andrea Katona; Dean Ron Kamman; Dean April Barr; counselor Sabreena Adams; and physical education teacher Kim Jefferson is that they will all learn from Hailee’s case that they are in the education business for the benefit of the children, and the next time they learn of a child who is being bullied they will know it is their duty to notify the parents immediately. It is not up to teachers to ignore the fact and then have to deal with the death of a child on their conscience.
For everyone else, I wish 2015 will bring happiness, health, love and prosperity.
Now I want to thank President Obama for his New Year’s gift. Honestly, I was expecting something more useful and less painful than his acknowledgment of a new relationship with Cuba.
President Obama has no idea how painful it is for Cuban-Americans to see him shaking the bloody hands of Raul Castro, a man who directed the execution of more than seventy of Batista’s prisoners of war.
Many call former president of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, a dictator, but how many know the definition of the word “dictator”? A dictator is a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force.
Apparently, President Obama doesn’t realize or doesn’t know that President Batista was elected president of Cuba. Batista was president of Cuba for just six years, two years less then Mr. Obama’s term in the White House. Fidel Castro obtained power by force.
The Castro brothers are dictators and have had total power over Cuba and the Cuban people for the last 56 years this coming January 1.
Thousands of Cubans have died in front of Castro’s infamous firing squad. There was no discrimination as far as the firing squad was concerned. Young and old, black and white, rich and poor were sent to “el paredon” (the wall).
Thousands of others have died in the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida looking for freedom. They were all human beings trying to escape the iron hand of the Castro brothers and the criminals behind them.
Many of those who helped Castro gain power and were involved in the killing of many Cubans, like Sori Marin, were among the thousands who were shot at the “paredon.”
In fact, I have an anecdote regarding my own father who was well aware of who Sori Marin was and what he had done to others in Cuba.
My father encountered a lady who told him that he looked familiar and wanted to know if he was an officer of the Castro regime. My father, who always had the quality of being cynical, told the lady: “Yes, I was with the Castro brothers.” The woman continued speaking to him and told him, “I am the mother of Sori Marin.”
My father asked, “Why are you dressed all in black?” And she responded, “Oh… they have just killed my son.”
The image of the many Cubans that had been killed because of her son came across my father’s mind and he told the lady, “You have no idea the morbid pleasure I have to see you dressed all in black, so you can feel in your own flesh the pain of all Cuban mothers, wives and daughters who have lost loved ones because of your son.”
The woman had an attack of hysteria and the police were called. My father explained the situation, thinking he was going to be arrested. The police officer said: “Good for you. Have a wonderful day.”
President Obama wasn’t even born in 1959 or 1960 when Cubans started to arrive in Florida. It was the Cubans who worked hard and built Miami into a cosmopolitan city and made it an international port.
Thank you, Mr. President, for your support to the criminal communist regime of Cuba, while the general Cuban population will continue being hungry and oppressed. Oh, should I thank Pope Francisco also?
Happy New Year, Mr. President. Happy New Year to you and your family.
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.