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Most wire fraud crimes are untraceable. It can happen in real estate transactions when a hacker

breaks into your email account (or your real estate agent's or title/escrow officer's email) looking

for upcoming dates of transactions, especially a real estate closing. The criminal typically emails

the Buyer, posing as the real estate agent or title/escrow officer with wiring instruction changes at

the last minute. If the Buyer follows those instructions and sends the money to the criminal's

account, the money lost.

Taking wire instructions by phone or in person is always safest. Follow these tips to help prevent

being a victim of fraud or identity theft when doing business online:

Be suspicious of links and/or attachments from unknown email addresses.

Do not use the Wi-Fi in public places to conduct any transactions or business.

Verify wire instructions received via email with a phone call to the correct party.

Use secure applications to collaborate online.

Sign documents online using digital signatures with a two-step verification software.

Use strong passwords, safeguard your passwords, and do not use the same password for

multiple accounts.

When time or distance constraints don’t allow you to meet in person to sign documents, digital

signatures are better than electronic signatures. Any signature in electronic form, such as one

written on a tablet with a stylus, constitutes an electronic signature, but these are susceptible to

altering, which diminishes your legal protection. A digital signature, on the other hand, is

embedded in the document, securing the identity of each signer as well as the document’s


Another way to keep your accounts and information safe is to use two-factor authentication

software. Before you can gain access to your account, you must enter a code sent to your mobile

device or email, to verify your identity at login.

Cyber-threats and wire fraud will persist as long as people continue performing transactions

online, but it’s not necessary to resort to the old-fashioned way of doing things to stay safe and

secure. Luckily, improvements in protection mechanisms against these crimes are staying one step

ahead, outsmarting and preventing criminals from getting access to confidential information.

Sharing your goals,

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Volume 15, Issue 9











Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Bill Caserta


November 2018

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Jerry Creed

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Linda Gomez




Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

James White

About The Vegas Voice

In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the

North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication

- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column

reviews, front page

graphics, overall design

and “General Excellence.”

We proudly agree with

the Judge’s decision

that The Vegas Voice

is “a brisk, bold,

upbeat and effective


At Least We Tried

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Where’s the Democrats?” That

question was raised a few times at

our political forum last month at Sun

City MacDonald Ranch.

When The Vegas Voice proposed doing a political forum,

our ONLY goal was to bring the candidates and issues to our

readers. Believe me, it wasn’t a money-making venture (just

the opposite) but we believed that as “the senior publication”,

we had an obligation to offer readers the opportunity to “see

& hear” our potential public officials.

My Vegas Voice partner Ray Sarbacker and I met with

Democratic congressional candidate Susie Lee in August. At that time,

she unconditionally offered to debate her opponent, Republican Danny

Tarkanian “any time, any place.”

With that assurance, I contacted our political columnists (Democrat)

Howard Beckerman and (Republican) Victoria Seaman and we put

together the forum at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. The forum was to

be different than a rowdy town hall meeting or name-calling political

debate. It was going to be a “grown-up”, mature and civil discussion.

All questions had to be approved by our political columnists (as well

as I) and there would be absolutely no “gotcha” questions nor personal

attacks. The goal was to get the candidate’s positions on the issues.

If you agree with what he/she said, vote for him/her. If you did not,

no problem, vote for the other guy.

Can you therefore understand my bewilderment and subsequent

anger and resentment when I was informed by Ms. Lee’s campaign

manager that his client would only appear if our Republican moderator

Victoria Seaman was replaced?

Keep in mind that Victoria would only say “hello” to Lee. She would

not ask this candidate any questions nor would Victoria get to “pick”

the questions.

The idea of dictating to The Vegas Voice that its own columnist could

not be on stage was simply insulting and we refused such demand. The

Publisher Dan, Vegas Voice president Ray and

candidate Susie Lee

campaign manager thereafter cancelled Susie Lee’s appearance and in

collaboration with the State Democratic Chairman had ALL Democrats

decline our invitation.

To add insult to injury I was told by our Democratic columnist that if

I published these facts, The Vegas Voice can forget about any Democratic

advertising and should not expect any “welcome” when my Rana and

I travel to Carson City next year to lobby for senior concerns (like our

Death with Dignity legislation or our opposition to your property taxes


Unfortunately, this is how our political system now operates.

In all candor, assuming the Democrats follow through on its promise

(or threat) it will make my life a lot easier to resist my Ladylove’s

Don(na) Quixote quest for seeking senior justice by attending the

upcoming Nevada Legislature. But, of course there’s a bigger issue here

– starting with their failure to engage in meetings/conversations with

the senior community.

And most importantly, for this publisher (and everyone at The Vegas

Voice) we can look into the mirror, say we tried our best, and never be

accused of lying to our readers.

What a Baby!

Publisher Dan receiving his flu shot at The Vegas Voice Senior

Safety Event last month. Did you get your flu vaccine yet? Now’s

the time.


No Good Deed

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Months ago, The Vegas Voice began planning

a political event that was designed to give

our readers a chance to meet, hear and respond to

candidates for state and federal offices.

The moderators were to be our Democratic columnist Howard

Beckerman, Republican columnist Victoria Seaman and publisher

Dan Roberts - who after six years together has never revealed his party

affiliation (if any) to me.

The plan was to have Beckerman ask questions to the candidates

from his party while Seaman did the same for hers. No vitriol allowed,

nor personal attacks.

As the planning progressed several of “The Vegas Voice family”

attended a Democrat function and it was there that Dan and President

Ray Sarbacker met Susie Lee. She told them both that she would debate

her opponent Danny Tarkanian, “any time, any place.”

In a subsequent phone call with her campaign manager, Dan outlined

the rules of the forum and again invited Susie Lee to participate.

Several days later the manager emailed Dan and said that they had

a problem with Victoria Seaman as a moderator. For Ms. Lee to appear,

Victoria needed to be replaced.

Not only is Dan fiercely loyal, he is also a man who won’t be bullied,

blackmailed or told how to run his magazine and its events. After laying

out why Ms. Seaman would not be replaced, the campaign manager

stated that Ms. Lee would not participate.

Vegas Voice political forum at Sun City MacDonald Ranch

One by one, the Democratic candidates pulled their commitment to

appear. Those advertising in The Vegas Voice pulled their ads.

On October 17 th the forum was held at Sun City MacDonald Ranch

and approximately 150 residents attended. Dan began the program

by telling those present why they would only be hearing from the

Republican candidates.

Everyone on the stage was wonderfully informative. The evening

went well with residents participating in the “meet & greet.”

The next morning an email arrived stating one person’s

disappointment with the event.

Dan: I can’t tell you how disappointed and outraged I am about

the event at SCMR last night. …You left out half the community.

The event should have been canceled. It was more of a Republican

rally than an equal showing of candidates…This was as unfair as

it gets.

I cannot improve on Dan’s reply:

I can understand your frustration. As I mentioned, the forum

was “open” to the Democrat candidates, but they refused to attend.

Should I have “given in” to the demand to replace a moderator

who, not only is a Vegas Voice columnist, who not only served

all seniors as being the “guardian angel” to our guardianship

reform efforts, and would not have asked any question, nor pick

the question, nor even say a word to Democrat congressional

candidate Susie Lee?

Should a potential public official have the right to dictate to the

public “under what circumstances” they will appear and answer

citizen questions?

Most of all, do we as the public “reward” such behavior? I certainly

would not and cannot even imagine sanctioning and rewarding

such actions from any employee - why then from a potential public

official who works for us?

And finally, would it have been fair to those candidates who

willingly agreed to appear, answer questions and even stayed

afterwards to meet with all individually?

My opinion is that you misdirected your disappointment and

outrage. It should not be at The Vegas Voice for holding the event,

but at those Democrats who refused to appear. We did not “leave

out” half the community. Half the community adamantly refused

to show up.

As Dan often reminds me: “No good deed goes unpunished.” In

attempting to do the “right” thing for our readers, I guess you cannot

please all the people all the time and I am sincerely sorry for that.


November 2018

Bring the family,

let’s learn to fly!

See pgs 17-21







Entertainment hosted by

Chadwick Johnson See page 18

The Vegas Voice presents:





Oct. 2012 September 2016


today’s active


See page 9

Ooops, We did it again!


Major Awards!


First: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to


Personal Essay

First: The Vegas Voice, Dan Roberts, “Uxorious

in Every Way,” February 2018.

Dan Roberts’ PILL (partner in love & life)

achieved something spectacular – changed the

Nevada adult guardianship laws rescuing thousands

of people from usurious practices. Ah,

such romantic expressions – it’s a lovely read.

Special Sections

First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana

Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”

July 2017

A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman

and others celebrates the publication’s victory

in changing state law regarding guardianships.

Overall Design

Second: Feb./Mar./Apr. 2018, The Vegas Voice

The Vegas Voice runs primarily columns, and

they maintain consistency through design.


Rana Goodman w/ NAMPA Executive Director

Peter Pan

Rana with NPA awards

And the award goes to…

There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your

peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce

that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national

and state awards.

Feature Writing

First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship

To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging

by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship

articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this


General Excellence

Second: The Vegas Voice,

“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind

its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted

in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of

this work.”

Front Cover/Illustration

First: The Vegas Voice

To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.

Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of

several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event

telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”

Topical Issues

Second: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The

local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.

Overall Design

Second: The Vegas Voice

“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which

keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red

and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”

Wait there’s more.

The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,

LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;

Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on

a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most

vulnerable in our society.”);

And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the

Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting

the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem

with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including

overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)

To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.

And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!

First: The Vegas Voice

A lot of information, but

it’s all accessible.

Feature Layout

Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director

Thanks for all the love

Las Vegas!

Front Cover





Oct. 2012



For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!

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First: The Vegas Voice

What a spooky, creative


What a Show!

General Excellence

Third: The Vegas Voice

The magazine is smartly organized to deliver

content that clearly fits its demographic. It’s a

brisk, bold, upbeat and effective publication.

Column Review

Third: The Vegas Voice

Yvonne Cloutier has a background in music

that clearly shows in her reviews.


August 2017

Second: “What a Show!” The Vegas Voice

An entire story is told in a spread of photographs, little text needed.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Thanksgiving Parrot: Since he was a

boy, John always wanted a parrot. His

family knowing this decided to surprise him on

Thanksgiving day.

Unfortunately the parrot began mocking,

insulting, and threatening John. He got John so angry that he placed

the parrot in the freezer. After 3 minutes, John let the parrot out.

The parrot said, “I take it by your attitude and behavior I somehow

offended you.” “Yes you did!” John responded.

The parrot was quiet for a moment but eventually asked, “Can I ask

one more question?” John said, “What is it?” The parrot asked, “What

did the turkey do?”

Grocery Store: A lady was looking for a turkey but couldn’t find

one big enough. She asked the stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any

bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No, they’re dead.”

Potato (Bad) Pun: A potato and a sweet potato were playing on

the playground. The sweet potato told the potato, “Hey, I just found out

I’m related to you.”

The potato said,” No you’re not!” The sweet potato responded, “Yes,

I yam.”

Inquiring Minds: Five year old Alex was sitting in his grandmother’s

kitchen, watching her prepare the Thanksgiving meal. “What are you

doing?” Alex asked.

“I’m just stuffing the turkey,” his grandmother replied. “Wow, that’s

cool.” Alex said. “Are you going to hang it next to the deer?”

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

submissions at:

Remembering Bill Bixby

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought this month I’d write about the very

I charming Bill Bixby. I’m sure most of you will

remember him from “My Favorite Martian”, “The

Courtship of Eddie’s Father” or “The Incredible Hulk.”

At the risk of sounding redundant, I have to say that he was one of my

favorites. He truly was a wonderful, kind and caring (not to mention,

handsome) man.

The year was 1964 and I received a call saying that I had been chosen

as one of the Hollywood Deb Stars. It was held at the Palladium in

Hollywood and was televised. It wasn’t a beauty contest or a contest of

any kind, but rather just a group of girls.

Every girl had to have a sponsor and an escort. The sponsor could

be a studio, producer, celebrity or a specific production company.

My sponsor was Jack Benny, which was a thrill for me since I’d known

him since I was eight years old when I first worked with him. The escort

was chosen by NBC and lucky for me, mine was Bill Bixby!

I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to meet him. Much to my

delight, he was as nice as he could be and took me out to dinner after

the show.

I always felt grateful to have known Bill Bixby. Sadly, he died of

prostate cancer at the very young age of 59, while on the set of a sitcom

called “Blossom” in which he had directed over 30 episodes.

He became so weak that he actually directed while sitting in a

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then one day, he

collapsed on the

set. Sadly it was

said that he never

got over losing his

six year old son

Christopher in

1981 due to a rare

throat infection.

And then less

than a year later,

his actress-wife,

Brenda Benet

died from a self

inflicted gunshot wound.

He was a dear man and so loved by the Hollywood industry. How

blessed I am to be able to say that I knew him. I will never forget him.

Until next time, remember If life gives you LIMES, just rearrange the

letters and you’ll have a SMILE

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By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

In my research on the Taps bugle melody

and song, I was amazed at the amount of

information about this little 24 note tune. It is the

most famous bugle call in American history.

Across the country on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and other

appropriate times, buglers sound this beautiful melody. There are

legends, stories, variations, word changes, and controversy on the

origin of this bugle music.

Taps, as we know it, is said to be a revision of the 1809 favorite bugle

signal of Napoleon Bonaparte. He used it to notify soldiers for closing

time of an evening’s drinking and a return to their garrisons.

Some first bugle call words meant, “Turn out the lights, go to bed,”

“Go to sleep, Go to sleep, Go to sleep.” There is also a Dutch origin

of the title, Taps - a command to shut the top of a keg. Many other

countries have their own bugle calls.

Taps we know now, is more reverent. Originally called Extinguish

Lights, it was said to have been composed around 1862 by Brigadier

General Daniel Adam Butterfield, during the Civil War.

He thought that the bugle’s call should be more melodious than

Extinguish Lights. He directed a 22 year old brigade bugler, Private

Oliver Wilcox Norton to work with him on his revision of the call.


The Origin of Taps

Crossing the Decade Line

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

Much to my surprise, I have now crossed

over from the 60s to my 70s. It happened

this summer without much ado, but I think it’s

supposed to be significant.

My body has definitely been noticing changes and my knees

remind me not to run. Through the years, I’ve learned how to modify

movements since my back surgery and overall, seen droops and sags in

unattractive places. All pretty normal stuff.

The most traumatic change came with teeth that just had to go!

That process left me with great mouth health, partial apparatus and

self-consciousness. I still haven’t learned how to speak properly with

something strange in my mouth.

When I was trying to thank my boss for a compliment and wanted

to tell her she’s stuck with me, it came out “Thanks. You suck.” I have

to work on that.

I am obviously not very modest or private about shortcomings and

goings. I’ve earned the right to fill in the spaces, accept elastic waist

pants and sliding shoulder straps.

On to memory challenges - which happen at the oddest times. I’m

still working and reading contracts for my job and that seems to be

going well. But if you move my glasses or my ponytail band I lose it. I

cannot function without them.

At 3:00 am I may wake up and remember my phone isn’t ringing

because I forgot to disconnect the fax machine. I’m too tired so I

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The unofficial words of the first verse are: “Day is done, gone the sun

- from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God

is nigh.” Words are rarely sung.

When Taps is played during military or other appropriate times,

conduct for people of or in military service salute, and other people in

attendance place their hand over their heart. The music is followed by

three volleys during these formal occasions. Volleys are a number of

bullets, arrows or other projectiles discharged in an orderly way.

The flag is lowered signaling “Lights Out.” In the military, it is also

used for occasions to enforce attention.

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on Alive! You can

contact her at

deliberately tell

myself to do it

when I get up. At

9 I’m still pacing

around trying to

remember what it

was I forgot.

It’s now

the month of

Thanksgiving and

this holiday in

particular is very

special for me.

As mentioned in

previous columns,

my adoption was at Thanksgiving in 1948 so I consider it my other


So whatever my flaws and signs of change might be, I am very

thankful to be here with my mind intact, my body moving around and

a rewarding life filled with love and friends. At this age we can say yes

or no backed by years of experience and (hopefully) good judgment.

It never occurs to me anything may diminish. Not today or tomorrow.

OK 70s, here I come!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.



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As Kids We Caught Lizards

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

As kids we caught lizards. The grand prize,

because she always remained so well hidden

and did not like to scurry like your standard little

lizard, was the horny toad.

The horny toad is the friendliest lizard you’d ever want to meet.

They run and scurry too but not like their thinner counterparts. These

little friends are almost round and have a head that looks like a little

triceratops. When you hold them their belly is soft and you pet it there

and you bond.

You’d eventually let him go.

The desert, lizards, the smells of the rain back when rain soaked the

earth - Las Vegas was a land of nature back then. It was rugged. It was


Near Decatur and Sahara we had plenty of desert to romp there as

kids. Mike Hines’s ranch was just up the street, replete with ostriches

and dogs and horses; a true Vegas living environment par excellence

of old.

Our dog Snooper, liked Mike Hines’s ranch so much that he basically

adopted it, going back and forth between our Brady Bunch home and

that wild land of fun where us kids would go through the desert to look

through their fence at real live ostriches. He joined the ranks of about

fifteen other dogs, got sick of ‘em and would come home.

We had horses too for a while. We once attempted to ride horses

from our property all the way up

to Redrock Mountain. Once you

got to Rainbow not many people

would be bothering you anymore

and it was pretty much a straight

run through the desert up to

Redrock. However, Buck wasn’t

going for it.

He was a light brown horse who just didn’t like to leave the stable. He

preferred to stand there within eyesight of his watering trough where

maybe a little hay would still remain until suppertime.

Now the notion of deserts as the natural Las Vegas landscape is

mostly gone. Everything is bought up and everything is cemented per

county and city code. You have to fight for the preservation of desert in

the county. Codes will want to cement you in. If you think about it, the

Las Vegas that I know wasn’t meant to be covered in cement.

Naturalistic and intelligent, even alternative community-oriented

thinking is needed to make up for the deficit of beauty and play space

handed to us through the paving over of our deserts.

We need to cultivate an understanding that man has a need for

the openness of rugged nature, a fact which can inspire actual art in

cloistered corners. Yes, folks, art exists.

To me, old properties in Las Vegas are its treasures, the closest things

we have to the time of deserts in Las Vegas.

Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction

under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,

Babybirds, is available at


November 2018

Songsters “Got Talent”

The Sun City Aliante Songsters is a non-profit choir of more than

45+ seniors living in Sun City Aliante 55+ Community who love to

sing or play instruments.

This year the Holiday Concert “Make a Joyful Noise” will be

performed at the Sun City Aliante Community Center on December

7 th, & 8 th at 7 pm. Tickets are $10. For tickets call Warren Geller at 702-


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Happy (Thanks) Birthday (Giving) to Meeeee!

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving, and I just

want y’all to know that this Thanksgiving

is also my birthday! (The year I was born, it was

also on Thanksgiving. Yes, my parents wanted a

turkey - and they got me! Shut up.)

I have absolutely nothing to impart about turning four thousand

years old - except how lucky I am to have lived long enough that I

would be older than, say, air.

Okay, I’m not really four thousand years old - I only FEEL like I’m

four thousand years old and there’s a huge difference. For example,

I may not always be old enough to get the senior discount on things

like movies, hotels…headstones. But, I’m ready for them, you

know, mentally, and I think it’s just incumbent upon the world to

accommodate that.

Like, old people - either physically or mentally shouldn’t have to

understand every technological term out there. No one should ever

walk up to a four-thousand-year-old person and say something like


Yesterday (and I am not making this up) a student spoke an entire

technology-related sentence to me in which I understood three words:

the, in and of. (Oh, I heard a few things like “Facebook” and “upload”

(or “download” - what’s the difference?!) but those are only pretend

words with no real-life meaning.)

Youngsters who do this should be assigned to yard work for a month

while we “seniors” stand by screaming words at them that they won’t

understand either, like: Culottes! Transistor Radio! Captain Kangaroo!


It’s also important to stop bothering us “elderly” with this Kindle

and i-Pad stuff. I understand it’s all the rage, and young people look

scornfully down upon those who prefer an actual book.

However, when you run out of batteries, we are still reading; when we

fall asleep reading and drop our books on the floor which reawakens

us (not to mention the dogs) at least the most we might damage is

a $4.50 paperback (and possibly a lamp…never mind) whereas you

could ruin a $200 piece of technology; and imagine if, instead of on the

floor, you dropped it on your face (not that I ever did that) you could

end up with extensive nasal surgery, whereas we would simply keep

sleeping - the only damage being a few soggy pages from drooling (not

that I ever did that either).

Also, when a person reaches “a certain age” (in body or soul) simple

courtesies should be expected. For example, besides those of an age who

require a handicapped parking tag, perhaps there should be a tag for

those of us who FEEL kind of ancient.

Instead of the blue and white, let’s make it yellow, like the sun,

which is the reason most of us “elderly” are developing brown spots on

previously unblemished skin. Or, we could make it purple in honor of

our varicose veins, or the burst blood vessels on our noses from needing

enormous nightly cocktails throughout our parenting years!

So, to sum up: I was born on Thanksgiving, which was either an

extra-special blessing, or an interesting and cruel irony. Knowing me

as well as you do, what do you think? Yeah, me too.

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North

Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s

book! - by visiting her website at


November 2018

How an Umbrella

Liability Policy Works:

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

The above is just an example. You can fill

in your own numbers, but the procedure is

the same. Here’s how it works:

You are in an auto accident (or have a homeowners claim) and are

sued for one million dollars. You are deemed responsible (liable) and

lose the lawsuit.

Now your insurance kicks in. Since you have a $1,000 deductible

on your auto policy (or homeowners) you are responsible for the first

$1,000. Your policy then covers the remaining $299,000 since you have

$300,000 in liability coverage.

Then since your umbrella policy deductible of $300,000 has now

been met, your umbrella policy covers the remaining $700,000. So for

a $1,000,000 lawsuit, you wind up paying $1,000 out of pocket and

your insurance covers the rest.

There are at least two lessons to be learned here. First, the liability

limits on your Auto or Homeowners policy need to be high because

Umbrella policies typically require high limits.

Second, and this is not shown in the diagram. The cost of a one

million dollar umbrella is much less than you might imagine.

Typically, around $300 a year. Why?

Because underlying liability insurance limits of $300,000 or more

cover the majority of claims. But, are you willing to risk the chance

of losing everything you own for a few hundred dollars of protection?










Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for

over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.


Emmet Cracks AGT Top Ten

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

The irony of Las Vegas’ entertainment scene

was exhibited last month when fan favorite

Cocktail Cabaret received two “Best of Las Vegas

awards and the show’s co-star, Daniel Emmet, finished in the Top Ten

of America’s Got Talent. The two honors were sandwiched around the

announcement of Cabaret’s closing October 13th

Cabaret’s co-creator and producer, Keith Thompson, took a

decidedly triumphant approach to the announcement. “Wow! This is

just remarkable. Kudos to Caesars for taking a chance and relying on

the raw talent of locals,” he said, referring to the show’s gifted cast:

Nikki Scalera, Marren Wade, Eric Jordan Young and AGT contestant


After arriving in Las Vegas 15 years ago, Thompson made his mark

as musical director for We Will Rock You, Hair Spray, The Producers

and Jersey Boys. With the closing of Jersey Boys, he shifted gears. “The

trend is not theatrical live entertainment but I have hopes for this

community. We created Cocktail Cabaret out of necessity,” Thompson

said, referring to creative partner, the show’s brilliant pianist, Philip


During Cocktail’s run, Thompson observed junior cast member

Emmet. “I watched him watch the other (more experienced) performers

like a sponge.”

AGT’s million dollar grand prize is awarded to the contestant receiving

the most fan votes. With acts heavy on dance, pop music, magic, animal

Balancing Yourself

and novelty performances,

the odds seemed stacked

against Emmet. His

operatic and Broadwayinspired

repertoire appeals

more to the Baby Boomer


Although Emmet

received raves from the

judges during early rounds,

he failed to move to the next

level. The public twice voted for his return. “A lot has to do with the

performer’s story,” Thompson observed.

Las Vegan Michael Grimm triumphed during the show’s fifth

season, earmarking his winnings to build a home for his grandmother.

AGT’s voters often choose performers “with a compelling story. They

like triumph over adversity. What people don’t understand is they get

involved in the reality show aspect.”

The resilient Thompson is keeping close to the vest current works

in production but remains optimistic that there will be new life for

Cocktail Cabaret. “Hopefully it paved the way for the same type of


Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to

hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:

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Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail on slopes with steep driveways, (like mine) his men find it safer to turn

of water. That nursery rhyme was written sideways and take wide side-steps as they go about their yardwork.

centuries ago when those who dwelt in remote

areas had no sanitation.

In 1924, when a few new houses with all modern conveniences

and large gardens were built in a remote village outside London, my

newlywed parents moved from the big city to that beautiful English

countryside. After I arrived and became a toddler, I was fascinated by


I remember seeing Sarah, a country lady who had become our “old

retainer” (housekeeper, nursemaid, laundress, cook - all rolled into

one). She was carrying a heavy bucket of water drawn from a well that

was near her little cottage. I wondered why she gripped the bucket in

one hand and reached out sideways with her other arm when she had

nothing held in her hand.

Of course I knew nothing about equalizing weight. Now I do! Should

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November 2018


A Mob Story Entertains & Educates

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Mob Story? Who could tell the real story?

A Michael Franzese – an admitted mafia

member can. A “made man.”

He did the crimes, he paid the time (prison)

and he lived to tell about it. You can see and hear him at the Plaza in

“A Mob Story”, a musical in the refurbished showroom.

Michael is the real deal and tells it like it was. This is Las Vegas so add

singers, dancers and showgirls who help take the audience on a journey

back to an integral part of Vegas history.

A Mob Story is history, music, dance, and song. Michael Franzese is

key to the show and one of the executive producers. He talks about his

past. There aren’t too many people alive to dispute what he says, but he

comes across as being believable.

What do you get at A Mob Story? You get a Vegas show with some

of the best choreography I’ve seen in a while and young energetic

performers giving their all and succeeding in entertaining as we are

taken through the years.

We’re not sure if the lead character, portrayed by Marcel Forestieri, was

a real character or the product of poetic license, but it doesn’t matter.

You’ll enjoy a production helmed by creator and director Jeff Kutash,

known for the hit show Splash, and a great set by Andy Walmsley - a

master of his craft.

You’ll see photos of everyone from Howard Hughes to Lefty Rosenthal

to Bugsy Siegel - a major driving force in the establishment of the Las

Vegas strip. And a musical number with a Marilyn Monroe character.

Joey Spinella provided both comic relief and a show stopping operatic


Finally, you get a man who walked the walk and talked the talk and

lived to talk about it. History, Entertainment, Fun. Go see A Mob Story

at the Plaza. It’s an offer you can’t refuse. And enjoy!

Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-

TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor of She hikes, travels with her husband Burt, and

works on her stand-up comedy.


Break Out the Boots

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Winter is right around the corner, which

means we are finally able to break out a

change of wardrobe! We may not have any snow

on the ground, but cooler desert evenings still call for sweaters and


Since I love that boots can make a great fashion statement and

show off your personality, I have been on the lookout for something

unique. Low and behold I found a super versatile line manufactured

and sold right here in Nevada! This line has boots that can be changed

from half boots to knee boots and in a great variety of colors.

Llynda More is the local inventor that created this “30 Styles in One”

boot. It comes in two parts - the primary ankle boot which has several

heel options and then the matching top which comes in a variety of

materials to choose from.

The tops are also reversible and everything is interchangeable. Plus,

you can even custom fit the calf part of the boot which is available in six

different sizes to best fit your needs! They also come with a comfortable

thick foam insole that is removable and washable.

They have also added a sandal line with reversible straps! One pair

of sandals and so many strap options allows you to change colors or

styles in seconds!

This concept is especially useful if you travel a lot (like I do) and end

up lugging a suitcase full of shoes to match your wardrobe! It’s a total

space saver, not only for your suitcase, but in your closet too.

November 2018

If you are looking for something a little different this season and

would like to see the whole line and all their combinations you can

check out the website at:

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A Very Busy November

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

It’s been a busy October, and November

is going to be just as busy. The start of

November, that is Thursday the 1 st , brings a great

show to Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center.

“Reckless In Vegas”, the power trio fronted by singer/guitarist,

Michael Shapiro has created an exciting live show of rocking’

contemporary renditions of songs by 1960s Las Vegas golden era acts

such as, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Frankie

Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, and much

more. Think The Rat Pack meets Green Day.

The Italian American Club will have six show through November

and the start of December. You’ll hear the likes of Mark OToole,

Michael Monge, Ron Hawking, Elija Rock, Angela Teek and

Travis Cloer, who will be starting the holiday month off on December

3 rd . That’s right, Monday December 3 rd . A day that usually sees the

Italian American Club closed, but not for Travis.

Las Vegas favorite Michelle Johnson performs “Tapestry

Unraveled”, a beautifully written musical tribute celebrating Carole

King’s iconic album, “Tapestry.” This show features an outstanding

band under the direction of celebrated musical director and arranger

Jeffrey Neiman.

This too will be at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz on Sunday November 3 rd at

3pm. Another Myron’s Cabaret Jazz show which will be in December

on the 10 th and 11 th at 7:00 pm,

features today’s most celebrated

contemporary jazz guitarist

Graham Dechter, with tickets

starting at $39.

Not to pass up a plug for the two

Holiday shows that The Vegas Voice

will proudly present on December

4 th at Starbright Theatre in Sun Evan & MIchael Shapiro

City Summerlin and on December

15 th at Sun City MacDonald Ranch in Henderson.

The shows are titled “Merry Mahem” Memories & Magic of the

Holidays.” All shows are at 7:00 pm, and only $20. They will be under

the direction of Bruce Ewing, with a star-studded cast featuring

Rhonda Carlson, Brenda Mandabach and “The Golden Pipes”

from the Golden Knights, Carnell Johnson.

Now you’re saying to yourself, who are these (singers/songwriters/

actors/musicians) people? These are performers who have lined the

stages of Broadway to Coffee Houses in NYC.

Do not ever think that The Vegas Voice, or myself, would bring you

anything but the very, very best performers Vegas has to offer.

You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive

his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.

com. Email him at:


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Brave New World

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

The era of body part replacement has

arrived. In my case, nothing remotely as

momentous as a kidney, lung or heart.

Nothing nearly as complicated as new knees or hip joints. Merely

cataract surgery, with clear, man-made lenses replacing the cloudy,

distorting originals.

I blame my parents, of course, for the genetic inheritance requiring

eventual remedy. My father, severely nearsighted since youth, depended

thoroughly on prescription eyeglasses.

He was a photographer, so his livelihood literally relied on his glasses;

when they blew off into the ocean while he was taking pictures in a

hurricane, he learned to always carry a spare pair.

After eye surgery in his 70s, he called himself the Bionic Man. My

mother, an artist, got her new eyes in her 80s. Unaware how much

cataracts had been dulling her vision for years, she was newly amazed

at the true look of the world’s colors.

My turn came in my 60s. I’d worn glasses, and for a period contacts,

since my early teens. A decade ago, my eye doctor identified slowgrowing


My night vision decreased; the halos around headlights and taillights

expanded. Along with extreme prescription lenses for distance, I needed

a different strong prescription for reading or using the computer –

given what I am told are elongated eyeballs and serious astigmatism,

ordinary inexpensive readers wouldn’t do.

The eye wizards, with their high-tech measurement devices and

precision lasers, nowadays work what seem like miracles that actually

are routine fixes. Now I see into the distance from the get-go and can

buy those cheap dollar-store readers for close up.

How refreshing to rise each day and see my way across a room

without putting lenses in or on. And a yellowish cast that I didn’t even

realize was there has been lifted from my eyes.

If you are old enough and have conventional aging eyes, Medicare

pays for much of the remedy. If you have really weird eyes, like me, you

may need to dig deeper.

Surgery is followed by a regimen of eye drops for several weeks, and

as usual the drug prices are ridiculous. But public and private financial

assistance programs exist for those who need help paying.

Everyone told me not to worry. Now I can join the chorus: If you

are destined for this procedure, don’t worry. If you think you may be a

candidate, look into it.

Of course, eye surgery won’t fix the world’s major afflictions. To

address those, along with clear vision, we need clarity of purpose,

responsible representation, and integrity in public life. Let’s hope these

November elections, and our continuing choices, lead to a better legacy

for our children and grandchildren. They’ll be inheriting our bad eyes

in any case.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant

to Las Vegas from the Midwest.


November 2018

Ignorance can be EXPEN$IVE

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

Failing to plan, is planning to fail. The threat

of enhanced Medicaid recovery is real.

Situation: A daughter came to our office.

Her parents divorced years before. Both had paid off their individual


Mom had done some asset protection planning with a fellow elder

attorney and she passed away without having to use her Medicaid

assistance. Dad had a simple estate plan in place and had been declared

incompetent because of dementia but was otherwise in superb health.

He appeared to need a memory care or skilled nursing facility in the

coming years. The cost of the facility would likely be $8,000 per month

and he would be forced to use the $320K from the sale of his home to

pay for his care before Medicaid assistance would kick in.

Threat: When the daughter came to our office, she wanted to move

Mom’s house into Dad’s trust. This was a red flag because Mom’s

house was beyond the reach of Nevada’s enhanced recovery.

Moving her home would have made the funds from the home

sale available to Medicaid “recovery”, an estimate $350k. Medicaid

assistance has a 60 month look back period to “recover” any transfer

of assets. The family plan was for Dad to move in with his daughter

until his disease progressed to a point of needing to be moved into a

facility, 5 to 8 years away.

Solution: We met with Dad, and he seemed lucid and sharp. We

suggested the family get him formally tested by a doctor, and it turned

out he was very competent. Competent enough for us to get a better

Durable Power of Attorney in place, and for him to get advanced Elder

Law planning in place.

The end result was $320k would now be protected and not available

for Medicaid “recovery.” Dad would stay with the family as long as

possible and when the time comes for Dad to move into the skilled

nursing facility, the cost of care could be covered by Medicaid


The funds from the sale of both homes would be safe from Medicaid.

The daughter and her Dad now have their assets and funds protected.

What Is Imperative to Understand: Had the daughter not

gone to an Elder Law Attorney, Dad’s assets and funds would HAVE to

have been used FIRST before Medicaid kicked in. He would only have

about $2k in assets left; he would not have enough money to change

facilities if he decided he didn’t like the staff, food, facility or fellow


He would have been left with no options. Medicaid would be

controlling his care and residency.

Now when the time comes to move Dad into a facility, the family

has a sum of money from their assets, worth $670k, to supplement his

care, make changes they desire and allow Dad to have options. Dad is

no longer a burden, but a blessing.

How Do You Protect Yourself and Your Family? Simply

put - Elder Law.


Where They Fell

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

My good friends and neighbors, Ron and

Earlene, took a vacation to Italy, and

came across something unexpected...a beautiful

cemetery designated for our fallen American military. Over 4,000

soldiers lay in a lovely setting just outside of Florence. These men gave

their lives to stop the enemies of freedom during the World War II

Mediterranean campaign, and their remains stayed in Italy.

When it comes to overseas burial grounds for our fallen Americans,

we usually think only of Normandy because of its pivotal significance

in WWII. However, when Earlene sent me a photo of them after placing

a Michigan State flag on the grave of a young officer, Carl Giddings, a

heroic Silver Star recipient from the 91 st Infantry at an Italy cemetery

I did a second take.

Suddenly I realized there was another world that I had not considered

- the world of the thousands of veterans that never made it home.

Back in those days, those killed in action were buried where they

went down. In WWII alone some 350,000 Americans gave their lives in

the fight for freedom.

Our government had no means to bring the remains home so

they were buried on the spot. It wasn’t until the Korean War that we

attempted to bring every KIA home for families to honor with a burial

of their choice. By the time Vietnam came along, every deceased warrior

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It has been discovered

that across 10 countries,

more than 130,000

Americans are buried and

another 124,000 missing

in action. They are mostly

casualties of the world wars.

Interestingly, while

researching a book

about one of the first

frigates in the U.S. Navy,

author Chris Dickon even

stumbled upon a burial

site in Canada where 200

American casualties from

the War of 1812 have been buried, and apparently, forgotten.

So, with this in mind for Veterans Day, it is a good time to remember

those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and never made it home for

burial. I thank all veterans for their service on this time of tribute and


Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important

books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.


November 2018

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Taking care of her comes first. Her

happiness. Her health. It’s nice to

finally have a healthcare provider

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This time of year, thousands of Southern Nevada’s seniors are mulling

their options for their healthcare in 2019. Should they stay with traditional


Add a Medicare supplement plan? Will Medicare Advantage give you

better coverage? Do you need to pay more to get better care? It’s easy to

get confused by the clutter in your mailbox, touting one plan’s benefits

over another.

Cut through the confusion by focusing on the most important

healthcare relationship: the relationship between you and your primary

care provider. Your primary care provider should be at the center of your

care with a focus on helping you reach, meet and maintain your wellness


Here are some things to consider when evaluating your current or

prospective primary care provider:

• How long does it take to get an appointment when you’re sick?

• When you visit the office, how long are you waiting to be seen?

• During your visit, do you feel rushed?

• Do you get answers to your questions during and after your visit?

• Does your provider reach out to you and remind you about annual

screenings and well checks?

• Who is responsible for making sure reports and results from your

specialist appointments, labs and tests get back to your primary care


• Are you having to track everything down yourself?

If your answers have you questioning the quality of care you’re

currently getting, the Medicare Annual Election Period is the ideal time to

make a change to a provider team

that can give you the access, quality

and care coordination you need to

get and stay healthy.

“Coordinating care results in better healthcare,” said Dr. Ana

Karamanides of P3 Medical Group’s Pecos clinic. “In my nine years of

practice in Southern Nevada, I find patients in Medicare Advantage plans

get superior care when they have a primary care provider they know and


When it comes to picking the right Medicare Advantage plan for you,

start by picking

a primary care

provider who will

give you the care

you deserve and

then working with

your broker to

determine which

plans have that

provider in their

network. Then,

look at each

plan’s costs and

benefits to pick

the one that’s best

for you.

Dr. Ana Karamanides


Third-Age Suit

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

While it may seem like the only people

companies care about are young people

with active lifestyles (because that’s who we see

on commercials) the truth is many automotive manufacturers do look

at the entire spectrum of customers - from infants to pregnant women

to seniors.

To help them design cars that meet the needs of everyone, Ford

engineers might wear an empathy belly. It’s a simulation suit that

mimics a woman’s abdomen when she is pregnant.

The suit reflects factors like changes in gravity and restrictions in

movement. The suit can be modified to change the weight or even chest

compression to mimic the shortness of breath felt in pregnancy. The

suit also helps engineers focus on the design of the seat bolster, ease of

step in, steering wheel angle, and even slope of the roof.

The Third-Age Suit does much the same for helping create vehicles

with seniors in mind.

The suit reduces mobility to help engineers find better and easier

way to accommodate limited range of motion for the neck, knees,

back and elbows. The pieces of the suit also are designed to simulate

limited sense of touch, hearing, and even sight caused by a variety of

inflictions, especially diabetes.

Wearing this suit, the engineers can check if the seatbelt is easy to

grab and lock into place, how much visibility is available from the

cabin glass if the driver

has trouble turning his

head, and even if the

cargo area is too low to

bend over comfortably

and lift items both out

and over without a lot of

stress on the back.

Ford isn’t the only

manufacturer to do this.

Almost all car makers are

concerned about how to

make their vehicles safer

for everyone on the road,

no matter what their age

or afflictions.

The easiest answer

may be autonomous

vehicles, so no one needs

to worry about their own driving abilities. But as with most things we

think about for the future, will it create more problems than it will

solve? Let’s wait and see.

BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at


November 2018


Some Candidates Will Lie & Deceive to Get Elected

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

Thankfully another election cycle is almost

over. It becomes harder and harder to watch

TV or read the mail during election season.

Candidates spend millions of dollars trying to destroy the character

of their opponents rather than convincing voters why we should elect

them. Why do voters continually vote for candidates who operate in this


One race is particularly hard to stomach - the attack ads against

Republican Congressional District 3 candidate, Danny Tarkanian.

Danny has run for office before.

Each time he has run, his opponents have spent millions of dollars

in untrue character attack ads to beat him. Instead of quitting and

allowing these liars and cheaters to go unchecked, Danny has fought


Danny sued his first opponent for defamation and the jury ruled the

attack ads against him were untrue and defamatory. Incredulously, his

2016 opponent ran the same attack ads, so Danny sued her too. The

judge in the initial hearing, ruled Danny was going to likely win this

case also.

Fast forward to 2018, and Danny’s current opponent, Susie Lee and

the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) are

running the same ads. Some people have no shame.

To fully understand how corrupt our political system is, it is necessary

to understand what is being said about

Danny as opposed to the actual truth.

FIRST LIE: Danny Tarkanian was

involved in telemarketing fraud

which stole millions from seniors.

TRUTH: Twenty-four years ago,

Danny, as an attorney, prepared

standard corporate documents for

Publisher Dan, Victoria

with Danny Tarkanian

some clients. Danny had no further involvement with the company

and actually left the practice of law to coach basketball with his father.

Years later, these individuals were arrested for telemarketing fraud.

SECOND LIE: Danny Tarkanian took $700,000 from a children’s


TRUTH: Danny founded the Tarkanian Basketball Academy which

teaches young kids, (many of whom are at risk) the life lessons learned

through playing sports. Danny organized, developed, and ran this

program for 15 years.

Danny was compensated an average salary of $46,000 per year, which

was approved by the Board of Directors. Danny didn’t ‘take’ anything.

He earned it over a 15 year time span.

If a candidate lies to us to get elected, we should not be surprised

when they lie to us once they are in office. Let’s put a stop to this. Vote

against any candidate who will lie and deceive just to get elected.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Business Broker with First

Choice Business Brokers in Las Vegas. You can contact Victoria at or follow on Facebook at facebook.

com/VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman

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November 2018

By Rana Goodman

Three years ago, my Dan won a silent auction item - dinner at home with a

private chef. Unfortunately the evening was a disaster. The “chef” dropped the

meal off in cold aluminum containers and the food was beyond awful.

Fast forward 3 years and once again Dan made a bid at another silent auction

- you guessed it, dinner cooked in your home, this time by Chef Kristina.

Wow, what a difference this time! Chef Kristina arrived at our home an hour

before dinner time and began her mastery in our kitchen whipping up an

awesome meal.

To say the night was a great success would be putting it mildly! Thank you,

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Guilt by Accusation

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

This nation’s moral compass is a corrupted

mess! Our constitutional right to the “rule

of law” and the “presumption of innocence until

proven guilty” has been relegated to the scrap heap of political venom.

The despicable media frenzy that embraces as “true” an accusatory

person’s “You did this or that” without any corroborative proof is what

anarchy is defined as. The days are long gone when news was news and

reported as such.

I remember when the late Walter

Cronkite signed off his nightly news

broadcast with his signature “And

that’s the way it is.” We knew it to be

true. Today the media force feeds us

the dreck and B.S. of “that’s the way

we say it is - TRUTH be damned!”

Sensationalism based on

innuendo and rumor without any

foundation of proof has become our

norm and is a deplorable condition

that our country has evolved to. We

should all fear the consequences of

such a misguided belief.

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at:

Thanksgiving Meals

For the 19 th consecutive year, HopeLink of

Southern Nevada and St. Thomas More

Catholic Community are again partnering

to deliver full homemade, hot meals with all the trimmings, dessert,

and a gift to the uninvited. Low-income senior citizens homebound,

shut-in, disabled, without family, transportation, food or an invitation

on Thanksgiving day will be greeted by St. Thomas More parishioners

at their door. This year, nearly 1,000 residents in nearly 20 Southern

Nevada senior citizen communities will benefit.

Donors can give for HopeWeek online through HopeLink’s Facebook

page at or at:

donate and register for HopeWeek Cosmic Bowling on Saturday,

November 10th. Call 702-566-0576 or email for

all information and details.

And: At its Donor Appreciation

Ceremony, The Vegas Voice was

honored to receive a permanent

tile placed at HopeLink’s offices

acknowledging the publication’s

contributions to their goals,

purpose and vision. Pictured:

Karen Kyer, Executive Director of

HopeLink & our Rana Goodman.

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at:


November 2018


Age - What’s That?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

How many readers out there “cringe” when

you are asked for your age?

Whether it is for an application of some sort or

a general question, I see many of my friends hesitate on the birth year.

I am NOT afraid to admit how young I am – a happy, healthy, 73-yearyoung

active adult!

I attended the annual Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando

this July. Approximately 10,000 attended world-wide! Workshops and

trainings were four days from 9am – 6pm, and we still partied at night!

During one workshop, a question was raised: “How do you promote

Zumba for 50+ adults?” The moderator asked me to stand up and give

my age.

Without hesitation, I proudly announced “I’m 73 years young.” The

audience applauded and then proceeded to discuss my students – of

whom I’m so very proud!

The majority of my students are in the 50+ age group and very

active. For all the new students that attend any of my classes, I explain

to him or her that Zumba is for everyone!

If they have any physical limitations, I advise them of some

modifications to accommodate the limitations. It doesn’t matter about

the age factor; it just matters of the physicality of the student.

I love the statement “age is important ONLY if you are wine or

cheese!” How true! And as I tell my students, be thankful to celebrate

another birthday! I look forward to my birthdays, as I celebrate the

whole month of December!

Exercise assists the body to keep healthy, and keeping healthy helps

you keeping youthful, both in mind and body! Studies have shown that

an active mind helps to slow down the ageing process.

We certainly cannot stop the clock, but we sure can keep the brain

active and alert! Endorphins kick in when the body is exercising. The

power of exercise burns calories, helps toning muscles, assists with

better sleep and feeling better.

So, the next time someone asks you “what is your age”, be proud to

say, “yes, I’m _____ years young and happy to be here!

Positive attitude and good health to all!

Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first

runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time

dancer. Mary can be reached at


November 2018

When the Heart & Mind Suffer

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Psychological and emotional disorders can

cause a great deal of suffering - both in the

lives of the person affected as well as their family

and friends. The usual protocol for afflictions such as these is drugs or


I recently attended training that shed a different light on problems

such as these. The concept is that we undergo experiences in life and we

are supposed to process them. This is how we grow.

Some experiences however are too difficult, too painful or too

frightening and we block them unconsciously from being fully

processed. In essence, we become “stuck.”

Taken from Daoist philosophy, the idea is that our body, mind, heart

and spirit are not separate entities. Instead they are interrelated and


Daoists believe that the all aspects of self are responsible for processing

life’s experiences, not just your brain or nervous system. As an example,

most of us have felt that pain in the area of the heart when you are

“heart broken.”

The doctor may tell you that your (physical) heart is fine but you can

still feel pain or emptiness there. The heart is more than just a physical

organ and pain is more than just a nervous system response.

While some people can process such difficult events, others seem

“stuck” and it can affect many areas of their lives - physically,

emotionally and psychologically. The person may develop anxiety,

depression, insomnia, loss of identity/sense of self, feeling or being

impotent, indulge in self-sabotaging behavior, feel discontented with

life or have difficulty feeling loved.

Because the body, mind, heart and spirit are interconnected, this

inability to process life’s experiences can result in serious medical

problems following difficult experiences like divorce or the loss of a

loved one.

The solution is to gently re-establish flow so the person can properly

process the experiences in an effort to find peace and balance. If you are

suffering and have not found resolution, this may offer hope.

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell

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New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts

By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health

New research shows you can

stop a cold in its tracks if you

take one simple step with a new device when you

first feel a cold coming on.

Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose.

Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early,

they spread in your airways and cause misery.

But scientists have found a quick way to kill a

virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs

and universities agree, copper is “antimicrobial.”

It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just

by touch.

That’s why ancient

Greeks and Egyptians

used copper to purify

water and heal wounds.

They didn’t know about

viruses and bacteria,

but now we do.

Scientists say the

high conductance of

copper disrupts the

electrical balance in a

microbe cell and destroys

the cell in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency

(EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some

hospitals tried copper for touch surfaces like faucets

and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA

and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives.

The strong scientific evidence gave inventor

Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming

on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and

rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds.

“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went

away completely.” It worked again every time he

felt a cold coming on and he hasn’t had a cold


He asked relatives and friends to try it. They

said it worked for them, too, so he patented CopperZap

and put it on the market.

Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given

feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops

colds if used within 3 hours after the first sign.

Even up to 2 days, if they still get the cold it is

milder than usual and they feel better.

Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold

right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?”

November 2018

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Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas

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People often use CopperZap preventively.

Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after

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Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness

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Copper may even stop flu if used early and for

several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million

live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were

found alive soon after.

Copper even kills deadly germs that have become

resistant to antibiotics. If you are near sick

people, a moment of handling it may keep serious

infection away from you and your loved ones. It

may even save a life.

The EPA says copper still works even when tarnished.

It kills hundreds of different disease germs

so it can prevent serious or even fatal illness.

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Your Bad Breath

By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist

There are many sources for bad breath. Some

are more serious than others.

They include the following: dentures (not

cleaning them daily), certain foods, alcoholism, abscessed teeth/tooth

decay, gum disease, respiratory, throat and/or sinus infections, and of

course, smoking.

Additional sources of bad breath are acute renal failure (can

have ammonia or urine smell), kidney failure (breath can smell of

ammonia), diabetes (with ketoacidosis can be a sweet chemical smell,

almost fruit-like, or like the chemical acetone) and an obstructed

bowel (breath like feces).

Bad breath that does not come from foods, alcohol, or smoking is

generally as a result of sulfur compounds produced by bacteria that

live on the soft tissues. The base of the tongue is a great hiding place for

these bacteria and is why your dental hygienist recommends brushing

the tongue and/or using a tongue scraper.

Additionally, good oral hygiene as a result of brushing and daily

flossing is the easiest, most predictable, and cheapest way of preventing

bad breath. Food particles not removed begin to decompose by the oral


One could liken the condition to a garbage pail that is never washed

out. Yuck!

Generally bad breath will be the result of infected gums and/or bone

(periodontitis/gingivitis). With this disease, bacteria are necrotizing the

gums and bone.

Good oral hygiene is

one of the best preventions.

With untreated gum

disease, there is recession of

the gums and bone around

the teeth.

The teeth appear to be

getting longer. Gum disease

used to be associated with older people, hence the description “getting

long in the tooth.”

Offensive odor resulting from gum/bone disease must be addressed

by your dental professionals. Visiting them frequently is the best

ammunition for killing this source of bad breath and tooth loss. The

old cliché is indeed true: “An ounce of...”

Breath odor from systemic problems will most often have other

symptoms that will precipitate a visit to your physician. Here are some


Patients with Diabetes: If the breath develops a fruity or sweet

smell that will occur during an attempt to rid the body of acetone,

seek the attention of your physician immediately as this condition is

potentially life threatening.

Chronic Kidney Failure: A “fishy” or urine-like odor may develop.

Contact your physician ASAP.

Remember: A pleasant breath is the added sunshine to every smile

and conversation.

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White smiles are for everyone!

Ask A Desert Gardener

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

November is the month for preparing your

garden for the colder months. By now, all

of your plantings and soil preparations should be

completed and any remaining tasks should be addressed.

These tasks include pruning, reducing irrigation, cleanup and

protecting delicate plants from sudden frost damage.

Most of your landscape has gone dormant and the deciduous trees

have lost their leaves. It is now time to prune trees and bushes.

Trees should have dead branches removed and their canopies can be

shaped by removing suckers and entangled limbs. This will encourage

proper airflow and sunlight during the winter months.

Citrus trees do not have to be regularly pruned. They should have

dead branches and suckers removed so that there is proper airflow at

all times.

Palm trees should not be pruned at this time since the fronds provide

a shield against cold winds and temperature. For smaller palms, it is

suggested that the center of growth at the top be wrapped with burlap to

protect them from frost and wind as well.

Flowering plants - such as roses and lantanas should be heavily

pruned leaving only about 1/3 of the plant remaining. This will

encourage strong growth when Spring arrives. Remember, however,

that large bushes such as Texas Rangers will require more time in the

Spring to start to flower since most of their energy will be channeled

initially into new leaf growth,

Native plants such as cactus, yucca and agave can be pruned at this

time as well. Just keep in mind that these plants should not be given

any irrigation from around Election Day until Valentine’s Day.

These succulents go dormant and their root systems shut down

during the months of limited day light. Excessive watering leads to

water accumulating around the roots resulting in root rot and plant


The final step is removal of dead leaves and debris around your

plants. This will prevent moisture buildup that encourages harmful

insect infestation.

It is now time to relax and plan for the holidays! If you have any

questions, email me:

Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC

school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his

time to communicating with and lecturing about our native



November 2018

USGA GHIN Handicap System

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

For those not familiar with the USGA GHIN

handicap system (required for those who

play in USGA sanctioned tournaments) here’s a

quick lesson.

Why is a handicap used? It levels the playing field; i.e. it enables

players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.

If player #1 has a 20 handicap index and player #2 has a +4

handicap index, then player #2 spots golfer 1 “24 shots.” Now the

players are playing heads up golf.

How does the Index works? The handicap index is a course

independent measure that shows up on your Handicap Card and is

specific to your abilities. It’s adjusted depending on the course you

play, so check with the Pro Shop for the course Rating/Index sheet

to determine your handicap for each course you play (they are all


When you input your scores in the GHIN system, the computer

adjusts for each course you play, tees used, the difficulty of the course

and so on.

What is ESC (Equitable Stroke Control Score)? The listing below

shows the maximum number of strokes that a player can take on each

hole based their handicap.

Course Handicap/Maximum Number on any hole:

9 or less: - Double Bogey

10-19: 7

20-29: 8

30-39: 9

40+: 10

Example: A golfer shoots 84 for his round and carries a 15 handicap

on this course. During the round, he cards an 8 on a par 5.

The player must deduct one stroke from his total score and record

83 when he enters his score in the GHIN system. The golfer cannot

take a score higher than a 7 on any given hole for his handicap; thus

reducing the 8 to a 7.

If the golfer plays in organized tournaments, the clubs will maintain

your handicap for you. Otherwise you must post your own scores in the

GHIN system at your local club to maintain a legitimate handicap.

See you on the links!

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a

member of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood

Men’s Group. He can be reached at:

Cloning Pets

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Have you ever wished your pet could live

for your entire lifetime? Apparently now

it can happen, since cloning is no longer just a

laboratory experiment.

Today there are numbers of cloning companies that are offering to

make that dream come true. Claiming that “loving your pet doesn’t

have to be a once in a lifetime experience” they can make it happen

twice - or even more.

In 1885 Hans Dreisch performed the first successful cloning

experiment with a sea urchin. The cloning process is where new life is

created by copying the cell data of a living (or dead) host.

The gathered cell data is then implanted into an embryo, which

undergoes a normal development cycle. Once born, it becomes a nearly

identical physical copy of the implanted cell data and is considered

both fatherless and motherless.

Dolly the Sheep was the first “successful” adult somatic cell nuclear

transfer cloning process. Born February 1996 with an 11-12 year life

expectancy Dolly was euthanized after only 6.5 years due to severe

arthritis and lung disease which was circulating in her flock.

To this day it is unknown whether cloning had anything to do with

her demise, though it triggered an international controversy that is still

going on.

Although cloning

may produce an

identical physical

twin, the clone is

still a much younger


animal. There

may be similarities

between the two, yet

the clone will never

inherit the personality or “very essence” of your beloved pet.

Nor are there any guarantees that the clone will embody the same

temperament, quirks, behaviors, etc. In addition, we have yet to address

the moral problems, potential health issues, mistakes, mutations,

suffering - and more.

Each of us has to decide for ourselves. Do we do as Barbara Streisand

did, when she paid $100,000 to have two puppies cloned from

Samantha, her 14 year old dog that died recently?

Or do we choose to experience a once in a lifetime love-fest with

our pets and perhaps give other residents of our over-populated animal

world a chance at a loving life too?

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,

workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.


A Wonderful Staycation

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

As a New Yorker who lives on Long Island

right outside of the “Big Apple”, I can tell

you I take New York City for granted. Door to

door, from Broadway and 42 nd street, with no traffic, is 45 minutes from

where I live.

And I hardly ever go into “the City.” Perhaps once a year to a

Broadway play.

I know I should visit New York City more often, go to a world famous

museum, have lunch in Little Italy or Chinatown. But I just don’t.

I suspect it’s the same for all of you who live in Las Vegas. When was

the last time you were on “The Strip”? When was the last time you saw

a show on the Strip?

I come to town five or six times a year and even I don’t stay on the

Strip any more. And now you want me to pay for parking when I stay at

a strip hotel! I don’t think so.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I escorted a New York

group to Las Vegas last month. We were a group of 125 and we all

stayed at the Luxor. I really got the chance, for the first time in a long

time to see a Vegas visit from a vacationer’s point of view.

And this group just loved Las Vegas and all that the Strip had to offer.

We even took the group to the Grand Canyon and the oohs and aahs

were wonderful to hear.

Sometimes a staycation is just what we need. There is so much to see

and do right where you live. Take that ride to the Grand Canyon if you

haven’t been there in a while.

Closer still is Utah and all the national parks there. I could go on and

on about all the offerings but you probably know them better than I do.

And when you want to travel out of town, perhaps on a “Bus to the

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A Passage to India

By: Burt Davis / Travel Tales

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y wife Dianne and I began our Viking Ocean Cruise Adventure by

visiting the Acropolis and ended it with a trip to the Taj Mahal -

and so much in between. We saw so many wonders of the ancient world.

After Greece, we traveled to Israel where we visited the Western Wall

in Jerusalem. The wall was part of the second temple and is adjacent

to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Others opted for excursions to Bethlehem and


Then we entered Egypt at Port Said at the start of the Suez Canal. Our

Viking tour included a bus ride to Cairo and a chance to see the famous

pyramids at Giza as well as the Sphinx.

Next, we visited the Luxor Temple followed by an excursion to the

Valley of the Kings. We were able to enter some of the pharaoh’s tombs

and were overwhelmed by the grandeur.

Our sensory overload continued two days later when we docked at

Aqaba, Jordan and journeyed to Petra which was featured in Indian

Jones and The Last Crusade. The sight of this red structure carved into

the cliffs is one I will never forget.

Our post cruise extension brought us to the Taj Mahal. Most of us

have seen photos of this wonder. It was as impressive in person as I had

imagined. We were able to experience sunset and sunrise there.

When folks think of Viking Cruises, many picture the famous

riverboats. But Viking has six identical state-of-the-art 930 passenger

ocean liners that travel the world. These ships classified as small ships

by Cruise Critic can dock at many ports inaccessible to larger ships.

The Viking ship’s design and activities favor active seniors. The

average passenger age on a recent cruise was 68. Casinos – NO. State of

the art work out rooms, spas and great guest lecturers – YES.

This cruise enabled us to learn more about and see things that we

had only dreamed of seeing. The memories will live forever.

Burt Davis is a Sun City Anthem resident, V.P. of the Hiking Club,

and a world traveler along with his wife Dianne, a Vegas Voice

Columnist. Photos by Dianne Davis.


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Exploring Devil’s Island

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

The ferry bucked across the choppy waters

of San Francisco Bay headed for Alcatraz,

a 22-acre island fortress located in California’s

most treacherous body of water, 1¼ miles from San Francisco. Fog

habitually creates a sense of being swallowed and forgotten within the

turtle shaped island, sometimes called “Devil’s Island.” Ahead stood

the unyielding cement prison remains with castellated watchtowers, no

one arriving or leaving could miss it.

Alcatraz prison opened during the Civil War as a military prison for

the most irredeemable, new comers called “fish,” arriving in handcuffs

and leg irons. Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary in 1934.

Prisoners considered this the end of the line. Alcatraz is a dismal

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Regulation 5: “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and

medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege.” Former

prisoner Jim Quillen wrote in his book, “…the institution was there for

the purpose of proving to unruly prisoners that they had reached the

ultimate termination of their undisciplined way of life.”

Al Capone went insane here. Floyd Hamilton, Bonnie and Clyde’s

driver, commonly dubbed “Pretty Boy Floyd”, was declared drown in

1943 after an extensive search failed to find him hiding in one of the

island caves.

“Machine Gun” Kelly served as an altar boy at Alcatraz. Despite

popular lore, there were no man-eating sharks in the water to attack


To maintain the “escape proof” label, there were 13 official standing

head-counts in each 24-hour period, single cells with tool-proof bars,

limited visitations through bulletproof glass and hawk-like supervision,

to the point of one guard for every three inmates. For many years, strict

censorship kept current events from prisoners.

A museum since 1974 governed by the National Park Service, selfguided

tours are daily with dispensed headphones upon prison arrival.

The headphones deliver an intriguing account of Alcatraz’s illustrious


Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.


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