By Rolando Larraz
I would not forgive myself if I didn’t take a moment to wish someone I don’t know a happy birthday on her 21st birthday. Many of you may wonder why I’d take time and space to wish someone I don’t know a happy birthday. Well, that is very simple to explain: this birthday girl, who is no longer a girl but a lady on her twenty-first birthday, is the daughter of someone I respect and admire. The birthday-lady is Bridget Beckett and she is one of the four daughters of attorney Bob Beckett and his wife Suzan. Bob has been my friend for many years; I am always looking to do something nice for Bob and I figure (I no longer assume) that as much as he cares for his family, if someone does or says something flattering or nice about one of them, it will make both mom and dad happy.
I was told that Bridget was surprised with a birthday party, but I was not invited because it was only for younger people and I already turned thirty a while ago, but I wanted to make sure that Bridget knows that I wish her the best in her adult life. Happy Birthday, Bridget!!!
Now back to my old normal gracious and polite self as usual, since those who know me know that I never like to be sarcastic or ironic in any way and that is why I am so popular. If you don’t believe me ask any one of the members of the city council where I am always welcome and Councilwoman Tarkanian and Councilman Coffin are always happy to see me despite their ages.
Talking about the city council, I have to mention how happy I am that Grandma Lisa Mayo is right when she says that no one reads the Las Vegas Tribune. Two weeks ago I announced my intention to run for the seat that will be vacated when Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian finishes her term this year and I was overwhelmed with so many telephone calls from people asking me why [I would do such a thing] and making both good and bad comments about my would-be candidature; some of them even offered to run my campaign, but I told them that IF I decide to run, I will hire Tom Leticia, but if Tom cannot do it because of my friction with Mayor Carolyn Goodman, I will talk to my dear friend David Thomas.
I was not able to answer all the phone calls and I wonder what would have happened if one or two other people would have read this newspaper. I was told that Governor Sisolak, in conjunction with County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, is working on changing the Welcome sign at the entrance of Las Vegas to a new sign that says Welcome to Sanctuary State of Nevada and Segerblom is trying to find a spot where he can place his old friend Chris Giunchigliani to pay her back for her campaign support that placed him in her old seat in the county commission.
I believe that the anti-Trump movement is turning good people into bad ones. I remember when Chris G was a wonderful person and very dedicated to her job, but now she hates everyone who takes President Trump’s side, and the same thing has happened with the Governor; I used to see him in church praying and behaving like a normal human being, but now his anti-Trump behavior does not let him act normal and he’s using the president to gain votes and popularity with the liberals and socialists.
I knew that Chris G always had a tendency toward a red streak in her body, but I never suspected the Governor — a church-going person — of being a socialist, yet nowadays everything is possible; what else can we expect after having a socialist Pope?
I am so scared for our future that every morning when I get up I pray for a better future and for the good Lord to give us the opportunity to get our country, our life and our common sense back because I have never seen so much hate and animosity as I am seeing now.
Humans used to have political differences, but at the end of the day they’d go have a drink or catch a ball game or have dinner at a nice restaurant and laugh about their political viewpoints. But now the hate stays and many end a lifelong friendship over a political issue, or a candidate they have never even met and the chance of ever meeting that candidate is slim to none.
We can no longer have a difference of opinion if we do not want to lose our friends. Going back to the top of this column, that is why I like and respect Bob Becket. When he was elected the District Attorney, I wrote many mean articles about his office, but he never took it personally; he used to come to my office and my secretary used to be alarmed when she saw him walking in, but when he told her that he was coming to take me to lunch, she put her anxiety to rest and
waived us goodbye.
Later on when he retired, many people seemed surprised when they heard him co-hosting Face the Tribune radio show with me. I guess our friendship survived the test of time.
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.