My Point of View By Rolando Larraz
There is this one woman who every day calls my number at least four times to tell me that I won a stay at the Las Vegas Marriott Hotel and she always calls when I’m on the phone with someone that I really want to talk to.
Why does this woman call my number so many times? Does she like to aggravate me or is she mentally challenged and does not realize that she calls the same number that hangs up on her every time she calls?
Last week Channel 3 ran a very old newsclip talking about the alleged kidnapping of the so-called Carpet Barn kid that never happened, but I guess we are all entitled to a slow news day and need to fill the time with whatever we have to.
At the end of the “news,” the male voice in the news clip stated that “the body of Cary has never been found.” Of course the body has never been found because there is no body to be found; there is no body to be found because there never was a kidnapping. The first part of the clip was right. Carey’s father, Sol, the owner of the Carpet Barn, got into a little trouble when he and a man named Jack Gordon approached then US Senator Harry Reid trying to get a deal regarding the operation of the slot machines at McCarran Airport, but Senator Reid thought that he was being set up for a bribery charge and called the feds on Gordon and Saye.
One telephone call. Why would anyone take the risk to kidnap the child of a man that everyone knew was broke and make only one telephone call with no instructions on how to deliver the ransom?
After the grandfather picked up the kid in the schoolyard, he went directly to the airport and took a flight to Israel; the idea was to pretend a kidnapping to avoid any legal consequences.
Ironically, the defense attorney that proved the alleged kidnapper not guilty was later disbarred and ended up working as a banquet waiter.
Jerry was later found guilty on other charges and did time in a federal penitentiary. Later, after doing his time he was entrapped on funny charges with the help of a police snitch and did another eleven years behind bars and now lives quietly with his loyal wife someplace in Las Vegas.
It was very sad to learn of the death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and two other young players of the same age as Gianna who were teammates with the young daughter of the famous athlete. It was a tragedy that has left many in sorrow.
But let’s be realistic, does the Bryant family need money so bad as to request donations to help the family? I don’t think so. It is just that we are living in a world of charity — a police officer dies and we all rush to collect money for the family and the funeral, and I ask myself what happened to the insurance that every member paid for during their service to the community? What happened to the Union benefits?
And I ask myself why not instead beg for financial help for an average normal everyday person who really does need the financial help?
It is time for everyone to take responsibility for their own issues and their own responsibility and stop begging when there is no real need to beg.
The LVMPD, as well as the CCSD and other government institutions, have their own budget; why then do they keep asking for money?
And now the questions of the week: where has the money from the sale of pot been kept? Where is the money collected and kept, and who is the one that is still collecting those funds from the Mandalay Bay shooting? Only two people who died that day were from Las Vegas, the rest were from everywhere else, yet they keep collecting money.
Where is the insurance from the powerful MGM Grand Hotel, the parent corporation of the Mandalay Bay?
Where is the insurance of the event promoters? Inquiring minds want to know…
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.