It is with great pain that I received the news of my friend, former State Senator Tom Hickey, passing. When his wife, Lilliam, called me to let me know that Tom was gone, I could not believe it. We talked for about fifteen minutes, reminiscing about stories of her husband, my friend, a friend that always was a gentleman; and I have to agree with former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman that “No one had anything bad to say about Tom.”
Tom and I used to meet at the old Culinary Training Center on Fremont Street and 7th Street; the fact that he was a Democrat and I am not, never was an issue; he was an avid reader of the Las Vegas Tribune.
I met Tom through his wife, who — as I — was a Cuban living in Las Vegas and very involved in politics, in the old Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Circulo Cubano (Cuban Circle) with the late Agustin Menendez.
A former state lawmaker, Tom Hickey served 22 years as a Democrat and labor supporter in the Assembly and Senate from North Las Vegas. He died Wednesday of a heart-related condition. He was 86.
Services are being arranged but won’t occur until after the Nov. 8 general election.
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So the Las Vegas daily newspaper, the Review-Journal, endorsed Donald Trump for president and now some of the newspaper’s readers blame the owner of the newspaper for that endorsement.
I, as an owner of my own newspaper, wonder if those who are criticizing the Review-Journal own their own business, and if so, I wonder if they ask their clients for permission to make decisions within their business walls.
I wonder whatever happened to respecting the other’s opinion — and that is what I have always said: Democrats are only concerned with their rights, and no one else’s.
People need to realize that their rights end where mine start and vice versa; mine ends where theirs begin; it is only fair unless fairness applies only to Democrats.
There was a letter to the editor in the daily newspaper from one Don Ellis who was very upset because of the Review-Journal’s endorsement of Donald Trump, but I would have been upset also if my hometown newspaper would have endorsed the “other woman.”
Oh no, excuse me, all those other women are not running for president, but neither is the male Clinton, who is now all happy to hug and kiss the mother of his daughter on stage, giving the impression that everything is wonderful and hoping to be the “ first man” again because he already was the “first man” in the White House, but was impeached and disbarred for immoral acts and for lying to the American people.
Mr. Ellis should have written a letter to the Publisher (not to the editor) to remind him that he is a subscriber and demand that he be consulted when another endorsement is taking place.
A former thirty years editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thomas Mitchell, reported in this very newspaper that the editorial concluded that “Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave. But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation’s strength and solvency have become subservient to power’s pursuit and preservation.”
I agree and if he can be a ‘source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites,’ it is an improvement to our political scene and I think it is what many honest, decent and hardworking Americans are wishing for.
It was refreshing to learn that the newspaper that seldom does the right thing — at least in this so important election where people have been lied to, given the wrong information and have gotten distorted poll results to confuse the voters and make them believe that Trump is down in the polls when it may not be the truth — had opened the eyes of many.
I believe that the people of this nation are going to do the right thing in this election and reject another eight years of the Clinton Crime Family.
Just while I was writing this column I heard former house speaker Newt Gingrich arguing with Megyn Kelly of Fox News about how unfair the media has been to Donald Trump, but when one of the major newspapers endorses the Republican candidate chosen by the American people, everyone makes a big deal about it.
Three major networks spent twenty-three minutes attacking Donald Trump for what he may have said on an illegal recording eleven years ago, but only took fifty-seven seconds to report a Hillary Clinton speech in Brazil.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” Clinton says in an excerpt from a speech to Unibanco Itau, a Brazilian bank.
“We have to resist protectionism [and] other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade.” The unreleased transcripts of Clinton’s paid speeches to financial firms were a major point of contention during the Democratic primary, with Sen. Bernie Sanders repeatedly demanding that Clinton release the transcripts, and Clinton repeatedly refusing to do so.
You make your own conclusion — if that is what you want for your family, for you and your country.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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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 702-272-4634.