I want to take this opportunity — while I wait for the results of the Primary Election — to thank all the candidates that took the time and the interest to participate in this election, for their efforts to be part of our community. Winning or losing, all candidates are part of a system that allows them to be able to be an active part in the community in which they all live. Taking the time and investing their money to serve the community they live in makes each a better person; and the people of Clark County should be proud of these candidates regardless of their party affiliation or qualifications. On behalf of the Las Vegas Tribune, Radio Tribune and myself, I take this opportunity to thank all of you for your participation in this election and for your efforts to win a seat where you could serve your community better. Because I am not a mind reader and have no idea what the result of Tuesday’s Election will be, I am going to write on several topics that have been in my mind for a while now. For a very long time I have been talking to all those who choose to listen to me and my ideas about the early voting. For a very long time it’s been my humble opinion that early voting is not a very good idea; it makes it too easy to play around with the votes. I was very happy when I heard an illustrious member of the mainstream media telling his audience “across the State” not to vote early, and he even placed a line on the television screen saying, “do not vote (early),” once again, supporting my stand. Now former San Diego City Councilman and Nevada candidate for many public offices, Michael Schafer, sent me an email in regard to the early voting issue that is way more crazy than not voting early. Michael wants to create a late voting for these who don’t vote on time and explains it like this: Because he is not a fan of early voting and believes that “it makes a total waste of the costly mailings delivered the final week, as it [early voting] starts 20 days before.” Michael suggested a column on LATE VOTING since “we read enough about early voting and on-time voting.” Late Voting would be a new procedure in which once the ballots are counted on Election Day, for the next 10 days anyone can vote “late,” a second time, or if they missed on-time or early-voting, they pay $10 for the privilege and all the money goes to Education. So we end up with richer winners who are more sold-out to special interests, but a vigilant press and prosecutors can even the score, and it would probably raise the turnout from 15 percent to 30 percent; theoretically it could [hit] 100 percent, with opportunity to vote early and also vote late.” Yeah, right, Michael! That’s all we need — another easy way to mess with the votes, for the people in control of transporting the votes from different locations to the Election Department. It seems like my friend Michael forgot that this is not the state of Nevada, but the country of Las Vegas, where everything is different from anywhere else. We give the establishment one finger and they take the whole hand, because they all are of the idea that the people who choose to live here are dummies and they don’t know any better. But I believe that the people who live in Clark County are intelligent and wise people who are either too busy making money (and don’t care about anything or anyone else) or working too hard supporting their families, or else they are tired of being treated like fools by the same people they have elected to office and have lost interest in the issues that concern all of us. I still believe that we need to get back to basics and vote on the one day only, which has been traditional and designated for our election system. We should all be happy to be in a country that has an election system that is somehow as fair as it can be. We need to take advantage of the system and see the right to vote as a privilege that many other countries don’t have and exercise that right and enjoy that privilege the right way, not by considering the day as putting one more obligation on us, making us sacrifice our time to the system, but as having that one day as an opportunity in which to exercise our privileged duty to our country. I know it is too late to listen to me for the primary, but I hope that many people that read my column will listen to me when it comes to the general election on November 4 and vote only on that day. Now those who were lucky enough to win the primary election and those who did not have a primary need to start working and showing their qualifications so the constituents can learn about their ideas and plans to better our community and our courts of law. The voters need to be wise and make sure that they are not taken for granted by some of the candidates. Legislators and county commissioners are looking at some flakes that only run because they have the money to pay for the filing fees or because they are under the assumption that because they belong to one nationality they are going to get all the votes from that nationality. Commissioners are facing this election with a bunch of immature individuals that are running against one candidate or another for vindictive reasons that have nothing to do with what is best for the community. Just because they have served one single term in the Legislature, and after all these years are still carrying the badge and the ID as legislators, does not make them intelligent enough to replace the ones sitting in those positions right now. They may be doing a few things that we may not like but the fact is that those people running for office for vindictive payback reasons should not be elected to any position; and as we approach the general elections on November 4, I am sure that the Las Vegas Tribune will be exposing those individuals. Judicial races are very important because the life of those with legal issues depend on the ones who are going to be wearing the black robe. Remember that there are the famous and there are the infamous, and there is a very big difference between the one and the other. As I have stated many times before, those men and women wearing that black robe and sitting on those benches need to be free of debts and obligations from outsiders and especially from campaign managers that can ruin their career if they are not careful and strong-minded. Richard Scotti is one of those who believes he is too smart for the voters; his commercials say that he wants to continue serving the community as a judge, giving the impression that he is an incumbent judge when he is not. Voters have to be aware of the game of words with some candidates, especially those under Dave Thomas’ control. The judicial candidates that are controlled by Dave Thomas should not be reelected or elected, and hopefully, none of them were. 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) 699-8111.
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