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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
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
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Volume 15, Issue 9
NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
See page 9
Ooops, We did it again!
First: The Vegas Voice
Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to
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.
First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana
Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”
A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman
and others celebrates the publication’s victory
in changing state law regarding guardianships.
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
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.
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
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
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.”
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.
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.
Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director
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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
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,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
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
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
1981 due to a rare
And then less
than a year later,
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
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 SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can
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myself to do it
when I get up. At
9 I’m still pacing
around trying to
remember what it
was I forgot.
the month of
this holiday in
particular is very
special for me.
As mentioned in
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
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 Lulu.com.
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
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 www.vickiwentz.com.
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?
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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
and novelty performances,
the odds seemed stacked
against Emmet. His
operatic and Broadwayinspired
more to the Baby Boomer
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
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By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Hints My landscaper Nick confessed that when working on properties built
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
you walk up or down a slope or steep hill, and your whole body is
wavering or tilting to the left, raise your right arm sideways, as high Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
as necessary, to provide counterbalance (or vice versa.) If your legs difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. Her biography,
threaten to fail when you’re trotting around indoors or on other flat and latest book “How to Overcome Once-Easy Tasks That Are Now
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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
lasvegassplash.com. 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.
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: www.llyndamoreboots.com.
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
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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
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.
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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,
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.
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.
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.
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Are You Getting the Care You Deserve?
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
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
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look at each
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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 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
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Facebook at facebook.
com/VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman
Chef Kristina Wows!
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
To say the night was a great success would be putting it mildly! Thank you,
Chef Kristina! To say we recommend her would be an understatement. Check it
out for yourself and contact her at: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.facebook.com/link2hopenv or at: www.link2hope.org/
donate and register for HopeWeek Cosmic Bowling on Saturday,
November 10th. Call 702-566-0576 or email email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
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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
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?”
New research: Copper stops colds if used early.
“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s
Assistant Julie. “No more colds for me!”
Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas
and called it “one of the best presents ever.
This little jewel really works.” Now thousands of
users have simply stopped getting colds.
People often use CopperZap preventively.
Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after
crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it
several times a day on travel days for 2 months.
“Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.
Businesswoman Rosaleen says when people
are sick around her she
uses CopperZap morning
and night. “It saved
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said. “The kids had
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Some users say it
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Attorney Donna Blight
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When her Copper-
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“I am shocked!” she
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Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness
if used just before bed. One man said, “Best
sleep I’ve had in years.”
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.
CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure copper.
It has a 90-day full money back guarantee when
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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
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
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 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
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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
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
It is now time to relax and plan for the holidays! If you have any
questions, email me: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.com.
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
may produce an
twin, the clone is
still a much younger
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
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
solidly built prison where lives withered in five-by-nine cells.
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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
“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
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