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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year....An Anthem Opinions Editorial

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As we look toward 2016, how many times have you heard it said"...

"It's Not Like It Was in the Old Days"

We received two reminders who addressed that dear friend, Dorothy Yu, and my wife's "partner in crime",  Linda Dawson, who has always enjoyed "putting me in my place" with a special "LOOK" she has painstakingly taken the time to educate my wife in its usage.
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I might add, I received Dorothy's and Linda's emails following a day at the Apple Store when my wife's brand new "6S I-Phone" needed a few adjustments.

We waited our turn to have the phone examined, and suddenly I became intimidated, yet couldn't resist an uncontrollable grin and a shaking of my head back and forth ! I witnessed a full brigade of red shirted individuals...

Apple..ites !

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...the oldest of which had to have been 40-45 years younger than myself, surrounding me with devious "Can I Help You" smiles...faster than Superman could fly !

Do I turn around and run...or...stay?

Wifey immediately (with the LOOK), said....SIT DOWN !

But the brigade didn't stop with the red shirts !

I turned around and saw four kids (no older that 5-6 years old) sitting together at a table...all playing with their newest toys....I-Phones...and...I-Pads...

Mini  Apple...ites !

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$ !

...and the confusion seemed to increase as I pondered...

"Who was I supposed to get the assistance from?

Well now it took 2.5 hours for one of the big "Apple...ites" to tell us to come back the next day...and it was during that 2.5 hours of torture that..

...It "hit me" that Dorothy Yu's and Linda Dawson's messages were put in proper prospective ...

...and set my mind to wandering as it so often does !

And so...

Just what was it like "in the old days" ?

...thinking about what those "Apple...ites"  will be saying as they close out 
2115 !

So...I went home and into the garage and dusted off my Delorean...

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...set the "flux capacitor" to December 31, 1915, traveling 88 miles per hour down Sun City Anthem Parkway (being passed by 5 senior citizens driving pick-up trucks and their 50,000 pound SUVs)...

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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The average US wage was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year ...

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.

A dentist could make $2,500 per year.

A veterinarian could earn between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

A mechanical engineer earned about $5,000 per year.

More than 95% of all births took place at home.

90% of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.

20% of adults couldn't read or write, and, only 6% of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores, believing  "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"

18% of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

...and... as I was beginning my landing back on Sun City Anthem Parkway on the last day of 2015...I keep wondering...
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Should I turn around... and go back to...

 "The Good Old Days of 1915

All of us at Anthem Opinions, wish all of you...our readers...a happy and healthy...


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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Locals to have Special Pricing for Strip Service

Monorail Will Run Around the Clock for New Year's Day

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Remembering Those Who Left Us: July thru September 2015 (Part Three of Four)

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Those Who Left Us
July thru September
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Knowing Your Way Around Traffic on New Year's Eve

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Remembering Those Who Left Us: April thru June, 2015 (Part Two of Four)

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Those Who Left Us
April thru June
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"History & Holidays"

Nothing Stops a Great Fireworks Display on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Party
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Saying Good Bye to 2015....Starting Monday

We Lost them in 2015

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Beginning Monday, December 28th, we will begin winding down  2015 by remembering those special persons we lost during the year.

There were so many that we had to bring you our tribute in four installments in our "History & Holidays" Information page.

As we did in 2014, we will also share a short video clip best remembering how  we knew each of them.

Join us tomorrow when we  begin our first segment of memories...

Those Who Left Us...January thru March 2015
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Chirstmas Movies...Which is Your Favorite ???

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And we're celebrating Christmas by asking you to tell us what your favorite Christmas movie of all time is !
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Looking Back at 2015 in Sun City Anthem....An Anthem Opinions Editorial...Some Final Thoughts

2015 Sun City Anthem Board
A Comedy of Financial Errors & Failures !
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Over the past three days, we have identified various aspects of our community leadership that has brought you facts as to the many  issues faced in 2015 and those that lie before us in 2016.

The question that must be asked following those articles is obvious...

How do we fix the problem?

The answer is YOU

How do we make a Board position one of HONOR rather than negative CRITICISM?

The simplest answer ?

You make a decision to be part of the solution.

How might that be accomplished?

You tell your friends and neighbors through casual conversations, luncheons, dinners, card games, and club meetings that the future belongs to all of make it successful requires all of us to do our part !

We want to change Sun City Anthem, and we hope you do as well.

Without necessary change, it would be naive to believe our future will bring us the "paradise" we longed for when we retired.

Contrary to what many of our opponents might believe....

..we would much prefer to write reports of PRAISE for accomplishments people will have made...or attempt to have made.

It give us NO SATISFACTION to bring bad news to anyone, but in order to bring about change, we MUST BRING OUT the TRUTH, as ugly as it can be at times.

Problems cannot be solved without first identifying and acknowledging they exist.

We hope through our series of articles, we've accomplished that goal.

We want people to CARE.


....because that is what the concept of "community" should MEAN.


And that also means we need LEADERS...leaders who will unselfishly consider their past accomplishments and apply them to the community in which we live.

We need caring, unselfish,  and qualified candidates to run in our next board election.

What will we do to assist you in your election?

We will ask people to walk down streets to tell people about you and what you wish to accomplish.

We will ask people to share the burden of problem solving to provide accurate information on which to base decisions.

We will tell the community of your integrity, the goals you would like to accomplish, and your commitment to ask people to share in those objectives.


We will assist you in your desire to make Sun City Anthem a place all of us can be proud to say...
 "We have caring, considerate, and qualified leaders who are committed to ask opinions of residents before vital decisions are made."

If you are that type of individual or know of someone who would have that burning desire to accomplish the goals of our community obtaining happiness, serenity, and financial security....

Send us a PRIVATE EMAIL.  Let us know.

Let's get together...and have a "heart to heart" discussion of how you believe our community should operate, and your ideas as to how that might be accomplished.

And know that if you will consider running for a board position....

We (and all of those who share our beliefs and values) will assist you in any manner we can.

Won't you be a part of the SOLUTION?

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Thanks for reading these articles.

We know you would not have done so if you did not share our belief that LIFE CAN BE BETTER....



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Looking Back at 2015 in Sun City Anthem....An Anthem Opinions Editorial (Part Three of Three)

2015 Sun City Anthem Board
A Comedy of Financial Errors & Failures !
(Part Three of Three)

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This is the final installment of a three part series of articles looking back over 2015 and the uncertain future we, as Sun City Anthem residents, will face as we enter 2016.

In our previous articles, we discussed the utter calamity of decisions leading to the failure of the restaurant, and the unanswered questions that remain about our transition to self-management.

Today, we will conclude with the many questions that remain regarding the problems associated with the closing of the Liberty Center.

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Before we begin, we want all of you to know that the Association President announced that the projected date that the Liberty Center will reopen is THE END OF FEBRUARY, 2016.

And so...with that statement in mind, let's examine a number of the concerns surrounding that building as 2016 rapidly approaches.

First....WHY would anyone have structured a deal where we would not be allowed to examine a building prior to accepting it? simply....not only INCOMPETENT...but...INSANE.  

Why would those board members "cave" to the whims of a builder regarding a simple request to inspect the third recreation center through an independent and impartial firm before accepting the building? 

Actually, PULTE was LEGALLY BOUND by a MASTER PLAN CHANGE  they, as the builder,negotiated with the City of Henderson

This agreement allowed the builder to both increase housing density (that's why homes in the Black Mountain Village and certain other areas  are closer together than homes built in earlier phases)...


...construct The LIberty Center.

The "catch"....a third golf course would not be built.

These changes allowed the builder to increase their profits while not being saddled with what would have, in all likelihood, been a money losing golf course.

Not constructing that 3rd golf course was understandable....the rest WAS NOT.

Pulte hesitated on the Liberty Center construction much to the dismay of residents living in that area of Sun City Anthem....

...and the "natives grew restless" threatening legal action...with the ultimate result of The Liberty Center finally being constructed.

Why did it take a group of homeowners to threaten such action to obtain A PRODUCT THEY WERE PROMISED IN A LEGAL SALES DOCUMENT ????????

And...when it was finally determined that it would be as obviously assumed that it would be done correctly.

What happens when you ASSUME without dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's" ???

The inevitable conclusion.... make an...

ASS out of U and ME !

Was negotiating a demand to merely independently EXAMINE A BUILDING before accepting it......too much to ask?

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In a previous "mailbag" article written by resident, Forrest Fetherolf, and published by Anthem Opinions on November 22, 2015, entitled

"Sun City Anthem Liberty Center Debacle...
It Could Have Been Easily Avoided"

...Mr. Fetherolf made a concerted effort as a concerned citizen with over 30 years of experience at owning a contracting and construction firm, to volunteer his expertise to then Board President, Roz Berman...recommending a formal inspection by an outside independent party.

What was the result of an EXPERIENCED REQUEST ? 

He was not only merely IGNORED...but in subsequent articles published on David's Anthem Journal, was referred to as a CLOWN, at the time Fetherolf ran for a Board Director position.

What the community seems to have forgotten, or many newer residents are unaware of...and never brought up in David's Anthem Journal, was that David Berman was also a member of the board at the time the Liberty Center deal was originally determined.

Well...that supposed "clown" evidently knew what he was talking about, didn't he?

Only those who "made the call" can answer the question of who is to blame, but the question itself is legitimate. 

Who ????

Someone was responsible for the inadequate construction of that building that is now closed, facing major expense to repair.

And whether we, the community, must personally pay to have the Liberty Center restored, or if insurance will cover some of the cost...

Sun City Anthem must face this fact...

Those costs will be BORNE BY YOU....whether through assessments, or increased insurance premiums due to the poor experience claim rating that WILL RESULT.

Another concern....RAIN. !

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It certainly has rained a number of times since the Liberty Center was built....and...when the Liberty Center roof leaked from the very onset, as it has been well documented over the years...

One would think that any intelligent person would know the obvious potential result if not promptly and properly addressed...

MOLD....MOLD...lots of MOLD

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Is there anyone out there that would allow a leak to remain in your home without fixing it IMMEDIATELY?

Which brings the next concern !

If the management company WAS AWARE OF THE roof leaking... 

(Many times water on the floor had to be mopped, and buckets placed to catch the water from constant numerous leaks) 

What action or actions were taken BY THEM TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM  ???


If they did address it.....

Did they properly fix it ??? 

The last question appears to have an obvious answer. 

If it was originally fixed PROPERLY...

Why did it continue to leak and eventually allowed to create MOLD ????

That certainly is a $64,000 question we should be asking !

Finally there is the issue of WHY IT WAS ACCEPTED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS.

Arguments have been made trying to make an excuse as to a former Sun City Anthem president, Roz Berman,  merely carrying out the dictum of a previous board.

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Are those people kidding and merely have their heads stuck in a bucket of sand? 

That, again, is our opinion...merely BUCK PASSING....

...a common trait by most former Board members who have refused to accept responsibility for POOR DECISIONS they made, and refuse to admit THEY ERRED IN JUDGMENT.

It has to leaves little left to the imagination when it comes to the future of our community's financial well-being if such governance is allowed to continue.

Let me close this series of articles and ask all of you to join me at the ballot box in the coming months with this attitude:

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Candidates should voluntarily submit themselves to BACKGROUND CHECKS....avoiding ANY who refuse.

My dear departed father once made a statement to me that took years (and my retirement) to fully understand.

He once said...

"Some People Deserve to be Screwed"

Paying little attention to those who run for Board positions and electing incompetent board members in our association, has more than proven the validity of his statement.

And...we suggest you keep that saying in mind and pass it on to your neighbors as they choose succeeding Sun City Anthem Board members in 2016 and in the years to come.

It takes a very short amount of time to examine the worthiness and credentials of a board candidate.

Don't be one of those who complain, yet are unwilling to do so...

...or my dad's prophetic words will ring loud and clear.

If you are one of those people...take a different approach this year. 

And...consider becoming a candidate who can contribute to changing the past.  
You owe it to those you call FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS.

Tomorrow we will print an Epilogue to these articles.

We hope you read it....and consider the plea it will make of all who are dedicated to making Sun City Anthem the dream we hoped would have existed.

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  1. From Robert Opinions

    ....surprised that they haven't (already) said: "It's Bush's fault". 
    1. From Lloyd Opinions

      I have loved reading your articles about SCA and the boards that have run them.

      Former Pres. Roz who accepted Liberty center what was she thinking when she approved this building?

      Something happens when the people get voted into office at SCA they forget they are part of the community and should be thinking about the rest of us.

      There hasn't been a board yet who knows about the restaurant business.

      God help us in the future if we continue to get people who know nothing about running an association,

      Thank you for your articles. I hope all residents of SCA have read them.
      1. From Jim Opinions

        I like the idea of VETTING candidates for the Board. I also suggest that one DUTY of the new MANAGER be to do the vetting.

        This would make more certain that she would know who she could rely on on the Board to help her and work with her in managing SCA.