By Rolando Larraz
Humankind is so involved in the new technology that they don’t want to see the danger they are about to face when they are replaced by an electronic gizmo that will replace them in their job.
Take, as an example, what has been happening with the so-called and self-nominated powerful daily newspaper in our city, the Review-Journal. The other day I had the pleasure of watching a friend of mine who did not get his newspaper delivery fighting fruitlessly to speak to a newspaper representative, and after twenty-one minutes and three cups of coffee, he finally got a human being — and no surprise to me — that human being was in the neighboring state of Arizona, not in Las Vegas, where the newspaper is printed and delivered.
They promised my friend that the newspaper would be re-delivered within an hour’s time, but two and one-half hours later, there was still no newspaper to be seen. When my friend tried to call again, only the automated recording worked; and after punching several options, a recorded voice told my friend to punch one for next day
delivery or punch two to get credit on next month’s bill. This whole drama makes me laugh all day long, yet I realized that this is no laughing matter because sooner rather than later, humans will be replaced by automated electronic gadgets saving the business owner lots of money in payroll, insurance, taxes and who knows how much more in time and litigation fees for sexual harassment, unfair termination, discrimination, and even for hiring people that are illegally in the country working with someone else’s papers.
In fact I know a lady who had her purse stolen, including her documentation, driver’s license, and proof of American Citizenship, and has been trying to report it to all types of official government entities, such as the FBI, DOJ, IRS, ICE, DOD and the rest of the alphabet, but no one has responded to her or has even acknowledged her
report and that is because no one cares until something tragic occurs or someone gets hurts, and then the famous words come out: “We are working so nothing like this ever happens again” and “We are
investigating how a fake identification was used in such a crime”; and that is because no one has time to pay attention to a simple, little, lost birth certificate report at the time it happens.
With so many organizations “defending” our community, so many PACs “fighting” for our people, no one fights to bring the jobs back to Nevada. I am not talking about bringing the jobs back only to Las Vegas, but to Nevada as a whole.
There is no reason for those in this state to have to send the payment for their traffic tickets to another state; there is no reason for people to have to send payments for local business licenses out of state. And when I ask government officials why that is, the only response they give me is, “It’s for economic reasons; these people
handle these collections all day long and they do it cheaper.”
Well, what about opening the doors for some local entrepreneurs who can start that type of collection business and being open from the beginning by saying, “We are now paying so much [what we pay those out-of-staters]for this and that service; that is all we are going to pay and you have to hire local residents only,” giving that
opportunity to local residents to earn a living and get them off the unemployment lines and out of the Welfare system.
But that is likely impossible, because it is too normal, and politics and government cannot do something normal; it has to be complicated, it has to be brought into a meeting before a committee, and then on to a subcommittee, and then passed on to a committee to handle the first committee, and that would then cause the whole idea to be too
expensive and too time-consuming, thereby making it impossible.
The government has a budget and that allotted money has to be used within a certain time period or the money will not be able to be used; it apparently is easier to ask for more money than it is to use the budgeted money the best way possible in the first place.
Just in this very same newspaper last week I read that “the City of Las Vegas had already invested $5 million in the project when an agreement was signed with Susie’s (Susie Lee, candidate for US Congress) group to operate the Las Vegas Village in 1995.” Then “The City of Las Vegas invested at least another $2.91 million in operational expenses, which Susie and her fellow Directors BURNED through before the shelter, bankrupted by Susie’s ‘leadership,’ closed in 2002 due to ‘lack of funds.’” By the way, I did not write the article; Kenneth Wegner, our investigator reporter did, so don’t blame me.
That is the reason why I, Rolando Larraz — along with the Las Vegas Tribune — was thrown out of City Hall a year ago last Thursday, October 4, 2017, when I told city councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, acting as Mayor Pro Tem, newly selected councilman Steve Siroka, and Bob Coffin that they were useless elected city officials.
Being banned from City Hall by corrupt elected officials, with the silent approval of the rest of the board, is to me a badge of honor.
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.