My column this time around is about resilience — the resilience of people in this community. I was going to begin my article by noting a litany of unfortunate events which have plagued Las Vegas in recent years; however, two Optic editorials have already beat me to it.
The current and most serious of these events is of course the water crisis, but coupled with the economy, the freeze this winter and the spike in property tax, it reminds me of the movie “The Perfect Storm.” It seems like negative forces have descended upon our town, just like the movie. The economy of our country, or should I say the world, has affected everyone, so I can’t say Las Vegas is unique.
Las Vegas wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the resilience of the people who came before us — just read the weekly history of this town in the Optic. I’m not living in the past and calling it the “good old days,” but rather pointing out the once-so-important things such as integrity and hard work. Resilient people came together to pull in one direction for the benefit of all. Now it seems that technology has brought progress and wealth for those pulling in different directions. By this I mean that intentions and focus seem to have turned to greed.
Before you ask, what does this have to do with resilience, let me say it has everything to do with resilience. By no means am I an expert in world economics, but when you hear people say, “What’s the use of saying or doing anything, nothing is going to change in Las Vegas,” one can’t help but wonder if the resilience is slowly, slowly draining away.
My opinions are based on observations of my own relatives and the people of this town for the last 60 plus years. Let me tell you, the age group that has been responsible for pulling the load and keeping things going is now older and tired. Being a part of this group, I’m telling you, don’t expect the same degree of resilience that was evident in the past. There are many local residents who in the past were fully engaged in trying to help Las Vegas thrive or survive, but the lack of progress and looming problems has just about zapped the last ounce of resilience.
Personally, I’m worn out and tired, and it may not be fair to paint everyone with the same brush, but I know enough folks who are tired too.
Ending on a positive note, I must admit that I am pleased that a new partnership called Las Vegas United is forming with a renewed stab at resilience. I’m not too tired to cheer you on.
Kim Delgado is a Las Vegas native. She may be reached at email@example.com or 425-9677.