My View: Notes from the Front Row ™
As many of you have read this column know I have written about mental health here in South Shore. It’s a topic I feel strongly about and will continue to write about. There seems to be some progress at least in talking about the issue as there will be mental health forum March 5 to bring together different as aspects of the community to at least begin to deal with this terribly important issue. While there are those much smarter than I who know what needs to be done to help deal with this issue, I do know this we need more funding. Plain and simple and the county needs to step up. I cringe when I read about the millions that were spent enlarging the county manager’s staff while the mental health needs continue to grow. But there is something we all can do right now. We can at least take the first step in dealing with this issue and reduce the stigma of mental health issues in this community. It requires not one additional dollar of funding just understanding. The issue of mental health is just as important as ones physical health. We think nothing of getting help if we break an arm or blow out a knee and the same should be said for those with emotional issues, especially children. This is a “you and me” thing. We can do this. Part of eliminating the stigma is just admitting this issue exists and it’s as real as a broken bone to those who suffer. I also know there are those of you who are in families with mental health issues. You think you may have failed or you are embarrassed, you might think you are the only family in South Shore with mental health issues in your family. I am here to tell you are not alone. Mental health issues have touched many here in South Shore and there is absolutely no reason to feel ashamed or that you may have failed. I encourage you to reach out and get help. Talk to someone anyone and know this you are not alone and you have not failed.
• I noticed there is a proposal to build a performing arts center over at Stateline. I think it’s a great idea we should have a close look at. Not only will this addition help strengthen the competitiveness of the South Shore as it redefines itself as a recreation and entertainment destination it will also add an important quality of life experience for locals and it will help to sustain local employment. We know how successful the outdoor concert series at Harvey’s have been, with a facility like this we could sustain that level of entertainment year-round. Sure there will be some who don’t like it because it’s on the Nevada side and they will play the Nevada vs. California card but they are shortsighted.
The Big Picture
• Are we really having a political discussion about the President not loving America? Really? Given the problems and challenges we have you’ve got to be kidding me.
• Further to the issue of entertainment South Shore is already attract some impressive acts for the spring and summer. Have you checked it out Leon Russell, Jackson Browne, Foreigner, Dave Matthews and more. Start marking your calendar now.
It’s a Wrap
• I loved watching the Saturday Night Live 40-year anniversary show. I just can’t believe the incredible talent and creativity to say nothing of the memories. Well done
• Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training and I like the look of the (non-Derek Jeter) Yankees. I also hope the Red Sox fail miserably.
Carl Ribaudo is a contributing columnist to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He is also a consultant, speaker and writer who lives in South Shore. He can be reached at email@example.com.