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Reporter’s Notebook

DAVID RIGGLEMAN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, KICKED OFF THURSDAY’S SPECIAL NATURALIZATION CEREMONY at City Hall with a warning to the 103 people about to be sworn in as U.S. citizens:

The entire ceremony would be filmed and rebroadcast on KCLV-TV, Cable Channel 2, which can be viewed around the world, 24 hours a day, on the Internet.

"It’s probably a good idea just to assume that the camera might be on you at all times," Riggleman said.

So, if you’re kind of picking your teeth or falling asleep, your family will be so proud back in your original country, thinking, ”Boy, things are not going so well for them in the United States."

LYNNETTE CURTIS

 

THE ORIGINAL PLAN FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE SALVATION ARMY’S NEW CHAPEL last week would’ve put the assembled supporters outside on the asphalt at the charity’s campus on Owens Avenue. In the sun. At 11 a.m. In June.

"That was not my wisest moment," said Maj. William Raihl, who said his wife made him realize that using the chapel’s shaded courtyard would be a better idea.

He had to pay a penance of sorts, though, in that he presided over the ceremony wearing his full Salvation Army uniform, complete with a long-sleeved, dark blue coat.

"I understand that it is still a little warm," he said. "For those of us who wear polyester blue, it is exceedingly warm."

ALAN CHOATE

 

MARK NICHOLS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEVADA’S CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, COULDN’T RESIST MAKING A JOKE AT GOV. JIM GIBBONS’ EXPENSE on Wednesday, despite the fact that pretty much everyone else has already done it.

"Nevada deserves better from a governor who seems to best communicate in text messages," Nichols said while speaking at a rally against possible state budget cuts to education and programs for seniors and the disabled.

After hearing a few groans mixed with chuckles at the references to the 800-plus messages Gibbons sent to a woman on a state cell phone, Nichols added, "Someone had to do it."

LYNNETTE CURTIS

 

THE TEXTING JOKES CONTINUED FRIDAY, AS STATE WORKERS RALLIED TO KEEP THEIR PAY RAISES WHILE THE GOVERNOR and Legislature set about cutting the budget.

When state Comptroller Kim Wallin asked for people to send her ideas to trim spending, one wag yelled, "Cut the governor’s phone bill!"

Marchers’ signs continued the theme.

"Txt messaging = luxury, 4% = necessity," read one, referring to the 4 percent cost-of-living raise workers wanted to protect.

Another appropriated the Verizon Wireless tagline: "Can you hear me now?"

The most biting sign featured a clock pointing to the late hour of 3 a.m. with the caption, "Where’s the governor?"

ALAN CHOATE

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