I try to be fair and I try to be honest about my opinions, in keeping with the truth above all — that is why I can walk all over this city with my head and my shoulders held up and I don’t have to be ashamed of any of my positions taken while at work.
I, unlike many people in Las Vegas, do not take my job personally, and don’t grow to dislike people who do not agree with me or when they criticize me for whatever reason. It is all part of the job, it is all a consequence of living in an almost free country where people are supposed to be entitled to their opinion and respect others’ opinions.
A good example of what I am saying relates to those who for a very long time were members of the local media, those who criticized the government as part of their job or as their own personal beliefs; but as soon as they got the opportunity to move “up” to being government employees, all of a sudden the government can’t do any wrong.
They are called spokespersons, public information officers, or any of several other fancy titles that make a few of them feel important and take all the criticism personal, as if it were directed to them.
Some of the spokespersons are very pleasant and professional, but some are not; and when the elected officials they work for are no longer in office, they become one more person in the unemployment line or they have to start kissing someone else’s feet to get another job in the government.
Of course I am not referring to the public information office of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department because, so far as we know, we are still “persona non grata” in those circles, where a woman is ordering around all those macho men that “fear for their life” when bullets are fired or when their she-boss walks in the room.
I hope that with the new regime, the embargo against the Las Vegas Tribune will be lifted; if President Obama can lift the embargo with an enemy country of the American people, we, who are not the enemy of Metro, ought to at least be granted that same “privilege.”
Once someone asked me why I hate Metro and why I attack them all the time; my response was the same as always: we do not hate Metro, we hate a corrupted administration; we have the utmost respect for the rank and file and every man and woman that wears the uniform with pride and dignity.
We do not attack Metro all the time, we merely report what they do wrong; if they would not give us a reason to expose what they do wrong, we would not be writing about their wrongdoing and their unethical and dishonest behavior.
The same thing happened with the personnel that works in the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles where the minority of them are professional and polite; but arrogant little girls like Janet, with that boss-mentality when she may not even be old enough to drive, and her boss Cara, who has very little knowledge of her job, are both part of the majority and real examples of what an employee should not be like.
Perhaps people who have had the bad experience of dealing with “traffic director” Janet may not be encouraged to complain about her because she is Black and most people are afraid to be accused of racism, but I can do that because my history is very transparent; my record, when it comes to racism, is very clear: I have been “colorblind” from a very young age when it was not the normal thing to see biracial couples.
In my humble opinion, Janet is a bad example of what a good employee should be, regardless of her ethnicity, her gender her nationality or sexual preference; she would not last one day at this newspaper because I don’t tolerate people who lie for no reason.
Cara is a different story. She did not lie to me; in all fairness she just honestly admitted that she did not know something and asked me to look it up on the Internet when she should have looked it up on the Internet a long time ago, even before she became a supervisor.
Of course I might be a little unfair with the people in the city business license department or the DMV because after analyzing what was in this week’s editorial, it could be that they are told to “not know anything” to be able to keep us ignorant and do whatever they want to do with the public because not too many of us have the time to be looking on the Internet when in many cases we don’t even know where to start.
But in case someone wants to be a good Samaritan, they can tell me where to find the NRS that tells me that small businesses need a Nevada license or that the smog test goes with the person and not the car. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows where those two stipulations can be found.
I am planning on writing to many of the state senators and assemblymen and -women to stop the nonsense and unfair treatment of the residents of this great state.
Someone may hear me, some may want to gain a name for themselves or someone may want to gain some votes to secure the next election, but whatever the reason, as long as the people of Nevada are treated fairly with consideration and respect, that’s fine with me.
And before I end this week’s column I want to use a few lines of my space to wish Mrs. Rose A. Salsman a very happy 92nd birthday in San Diego, California.
Rose is the mother of Las Vegas Tribune columnist and radio talk show host Gordon Martines, who for more than three decades served this community as an honorable member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a detective with the Robbery Homicide Unit.
Mrs. Salsman will be celebrating her birthday with family members and friends who will show her how lucky they are having known her.
I join all members of the Las Vegas Tribune family in wishing Mrs. Salsman a very happy and healthy birthday.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-868-NEWS (6397)