Las Vegas Tribune

Careful what you wish for…

When you wish evil to someone, sooner or later, those wishes come back to you.

By Perly Viasmensky
I was totally shocked when I heard and read the comments of Zara Rahim, the former Barack Obama White House staffer and Hillary Clinton 2016 national spokeswoman regarding President Donald Trump testing positive for Covid-19.
She wrote in twitter: “It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the past four years, but I hope he dies.” Moral identity? Moral identity defines and describes the human within you. This woman is not human, when you wish death to someone else, you are not human, you are a monster.
This woman’s words brought memories back to my mind. Many years ago, in Cuba, my two-year old cousin got very sick and doctors could not find the reason for her illness. My uncle had many political enemies, but all and everyone of them, forgot their political disagreements and stopped by the hospital to give him moral support. Several of them contracted the services of doctors as far away as England, Germany, and Spain and even paid for those services themselves trying to save the life of the little girl. The team of eminent doctors from around the world could not save her life, but it proved that politics have nothing to do with humanity.
When I say that to wish evil to someone, sooner or later, those wishes come back to haunt you, it is the truth.
I witnessed a petty disagreement between two coworkers and one of them was my friend. One told the other one, “I wish you would die on your way home.” My friend made it home all in one piece. The other one got home to find out that her only son had committed suicide.
Another true story happened after the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs or Giron Beach. Members of the Brigade 2506 were arrested by the Cuban government. Arrested members of the Brigade were shown one by one on TV, while a Cuban woman standing in front of her television was frantically screaming, “Paredon (firing squad), kill them all!” One of the faces shown on TV was her own son. She had an embolism, and never recovered.
Being from Bangladesh, I am sure this woman, Zara Rahim, and I don’t share the same faith, but it is always good to remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ while He was dying in the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
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DERT needs to be investigated
We need to continue digging into the situation of the Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training, which continues denying assistance to some and paying thousands to others.
A young single mother who worked as an Uber driver was forced to stop working following the orders of Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak. She applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and several weeks passed, bringing it up to six months of waiting, without any resources to support her young daughter. Now she just received a denial order. This young mother was hoping to receive some assistance to pay her rent, electricity and to be able to put some food on the table.
When I heard about her case, I could not believe this young mother had to go through this misery when I know of hundreds of others that have already received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training.
Coincidently, I was speaking to someone working construction and he told me that he never stopped working one day during the pandemic, but that he received $17,000 from unemployment.
That attracted my immediate attention, so I asked, “Are you telling me that you have never stopped working during the pandemic, that the Governor of the State of Nevada never asked your company to stop working, and still you received compensation for $17,000, while other people going hungry never received a penny?”
The Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training is looking for fraud. In my opinion, that fraud is coming from inside out. Do we believe that such fraud is caused because that young single mother trying to give her daughter the best life possible is White and the one who never stopped working and receiving $17,000 is Black?
An auditing and investigation of the Department of Unemployment, Rehabilitation and Training is long overdue.
I am totally against protest, but considering the circumstances, it is time for all people denied their federal compensation to hit the streets and protest.
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

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