“The love of liberty pulses in my veins,” proclaimed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul as he addressed an overflowing roomful of supporters Saturday, April 11, inside the Desert Vista community center. The Kentucky senator touched upon the themes of business, the economy, justice, privacy, congressional term limits and the enemy of freedom during his speech that garnered roaring applause and chants of “President Paul.”

The political address, titled “Defeat the Washington Machine; Unleash the American Dream,” was the second in Sun City Summerlin so far by the swirling pool of those who have either declared their candidacy or are researching a run for the United States presidency in 2016. And while he may have saved his declaration for the nation’s top job until the end of his speech, there was no doubt that Paul is in it to win it.

Entering the room to the electrically charged Who anthem “Teenage Wasteland,” Rand greeted guests on his way to the podium with handshakes and a wide smile.

 “We need to boldly proclaim our vision for America, clutching the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other,” he told the men, women and children who came by foot, car and shuttle bus, from Sun City and across the valley to be a part of Saturday’s rally. “Washington is horribly broken. It can’t be fixed from within. We the people need to stand up and take America back.”

Audio streamed onto the patio for the roughly 150 people unable to squeeze into the standing-room-only ballroom that held an estimated 550 spectators.

Throughout his address, which followed two introductions by local Las Vegas politicos, Juan Martinez and Daphne Lee, Paul stuck to a strict script of promising to repeal Obamacare, citing why, as a physician, he understands how critical it is for a family to keep its trusted doctor. And he expanded on his vision of creating economic freedom zones designed to assist impoverished regions throughout the U.S., where rather than a bailout, the government would allow citizens to keep more of their own money.

Both topics resonated strongly with the crowd.

For Betty Rumford, a Sun City resident and past president of the Conservatives Club, helping to bring political awareness to the community is a no-brainer and certainly worth its weight. Such events, she said, help boost the profile of a very vibrant, engaged community.

“People in Sun City care about government,” said Betty. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a democrat or republican. Look at our yard signs. We care about our community and we vote.”

And heading to the polls is what the Rand and other campaigns considering future stops in Sun City are betting on. According to SCSCAI Executive Director Sue Papilion, she wouldn’t be surprised if other candidates weren’t already penciling in their dates for a Sun City Summerlin stop.

Walking around talking with residents and taking in the rally, Sue said she was surprised to see so many who were so excited.

“My gosh, I saw one lady who I thought was going to take off and fly,” she said, admitting that she herself transferred her energy into Tweets throughout the rally and Paul’s interview with “Meet the Press” that followed his speech.

But most of all, Sue said, “I was especially pleased at how hard our staff worked to pull off the event, as well as how smooth everything went. We processed 750 people through one location, which was pretty amazing.”


~ Jeannette Carrillo/Link


Tree-Trimming Time
Pink ribbons tied around tree trunks in Sun City Summerlin means it’s time to thin bushy branches, said Brian Bagwell, director of golf maintenance. In all, 290 trees have been selected for trimming and two trees have been cut down. The work began on April 8 and will continue to May 1. “We have not had a large scale tree trimming like this in the past 15 years that I know of,” said Brian. “Typically, we trim trees that are more of an emergency or safety issue, but not like this.” So, if you happen to see a pink ribbon tied around a tree, you’ll know it’s because it’s time for healthy haircut.


Childrens’ Hours at the Pools   

New furniture and comfortable, bright cushions beckon to residents, their guests and grandkids. As you plan your trips to the community swimming pools with your grandchildren in tow, keep these hours in mind: Desert Vista indoor pool only, daily, 1-4 p.m.; Pinnacle, daily, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mountain Shadows, daily, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children are not allowed at the Sun Shadows pool.


3rd Wednesday Means Open Mic Night at the Summit

Break out your guitar, warm up your vocal chords or just head up to the Summit for a fun evening of music courtesy of your friends and neighbors. Sun City resident Melanie Spector heads up the free night of entertainment that starts at 6 p.m. If you’d like to perform, please be sure to sign up by 5:30 p.m. The room fills up fast as the event has quickly become one of the community’s most-anticipated monthly events. Beverage and food specials are offered.


Shutterbug Alert

The Sun City Photography Club will present its annual show on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Desert Vista. This is your chance to enjoy, as well as purchase some great photos taken by club members. Many of the prints have been matted for easy framing.


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