I am lucky enough to be happy with whatever I have and who I am. I don’t envy anyone and I don’t know what jealousy is.
Just because I do not agree with someone’s opinion it doesn’t mean that they have to be my enemies; in fact, the only time that the friends of my enemies are also my enemies, is when it comes to communism or anything close to Castro’s regime in Cuba or Castro’s disciples in Venezuela.
Lately there is a big commotion among local political writers after the editor of the Internet newspaper The Independent, Jon Ralston, was banned from several political groups and blocked from elected officials who do not agree with Ralston’s style or liberal point of view.
I personally do not agree with Jon Ralston’s opinion too often, and have only spoken to him twice in my life, but find him to be a good father — a very good virtue in my book — and a good writer — albeit one who does not agree with my principles and political opinion, but a good writer nevertheless.
What Ralston is facing nowadays I have been facing myself for the last nineteen years — censure for writing what others had not written or thought, but never had the courage to say or write.
Las Vegas Tribune was born nineteen years ago when I became victim of a corrupt police administration and its Organized Crime Unit, with several criminal and drug-user detectives who were as corrupt as the then administration was, along with the cowards who knew right from wrong, but kept their mouths shut.
Up to now, none of those “elite reporters” had the energy and/or the courage to show some type of solidarity with this newspaper, maybe because they were afraid of a Metro retaliation or of the Tarkanian Team after the Tarkanian Matron ordered me escorted out of her domain in city hall — when she was “Mayor for a Day” — because she did not like what I had to say.
Normally the Board gives the public speakers three minutes, but when “MOM Baker Tarkanian saw me approaching the podium, she, as “Mayor for a Day,” changed the speaking time from three minutes to just one minute; and — on top of that — Tarkanian deprived me and Las Vegas Tribune from doing our job, thereby depriving the public the opportunity to read the other side of the story.
Not that I need any of these “fighters for freedom of the press” to defend me or consider me an ally because I am used to being the Lone Ranger, and I am happy enough with that.
When the Nevada Independent opened its door at the beginning of this year, we congratulated those who had gathered their talent to bring the Nevada citizens another voice; we respect its founder, Jon Ralston, and admire and respect its Managing Editor, Elizabeth Thompson, and wrote an editorial congratulating the group and wished them all good luck. When I invited Thompson to my radio show to speak about the new publication and she ignored my invitation, I did not take it as an offense and kept going with my same daily schedule and had lunch at the Golden Nugget with or without Elizabeth Thompson’s appearance on Face The Tribune radio show.
I did the same thing with the newly born news-star, Wayne Allyn Root, before he became the daily newspaper replacement of John L. Smith; I invited him to be on my show, but some very pleasant lady started asking me about the format of the show, how long it’s been on the air, and more; then started the constant emails, bombarding me with more questions until I stopped answering them.
When Kevin Wall invited me to his radio show, I was pleased and grateful for the invitation, and almost every day I thanked him, his producer and my friend Kevin Child for setting up such an opportunity of being a guest on the Kevin Wall Show N-O-W!!!!!!
When the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice Newspaper was forced to close for lack of support by the African-American community, this newspaper wrote: “Last month, Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice, not only the oldest weekly newspaper, but the only African-American newspaper in the state of Nevada — with 35 years of continual publication — closed its doors.”
A few days earlier the weekly Las Vegas City Life, the baby inspiration of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, also shut down for good, leaving several people unemployed and the city with two fewer voices to be heard.
One was more like a tourist, visitors and entertainment newspaper; and the other one could have been the voice for a specific group in the community; but nevertheless, it is a loss of talent and opinions — no matter how different they were from each other — since they both existed to inform the readers, each in their own way, each for their own purpose.
It is a sad day in the United States of America when a voice is no longer heard.
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 702-272-4634.