Well, it is Christmas week. I guess it’s time to be nice and polite to almost everyone — and I say “almost everyone” because I cannot in good faith wish anything good to some public officials that have been very naughty (putting it mildly) during the year that is about to end.
One thing I have never been able to do in life is to be fake, as in being a hypocrite even in fun; I have always been very honest, so very honest that I sometimes am rude and out of place and I know that because I am good at recognizing my own faults.
How can I wish anything good for Steve Sisolak; you know, the Steve Sisolak that some people in Nevada erroneously elected as governor of the beautiful state of Nevada?
My best friend and right hand person in every part of my life ended up in the hospital due to the stress Steve Sisolak put on her by
withholding the money that was rightfully hers. She almost lost her home due to the governor and his pal, Elisa Cafferata, holding on to the money that belongs to the people of Nevada. It was not even the state’s money; it was federal money that the federal government sent to be given to the people of the Silver State.
How can I wish anything good to Steve Wolfson, a man that I always respected, admired and looked up to for his input and advice when he allowed his people at the District Attorney’s Office to let a killer go free—and not just because he was a dear friend’s grandson—free to fulfill some political obligations? I regret to accept the fact that my opinion of Steve Wolfson is not the same as it was two years ago before I saw him allow such injustice to take place.
How can I wish any happiness to those code enforcement gestapo who made my life and the life of my family miserable by breaking their own codes perhaps for a few miserable dollars and taking vengeance against me for exposing them in the pages of this newspaper?
How can I wish any type of happiness to those in the justice system who have taken the law into their own hands regarding the people
involved in the fire of the Alpine Hotel where six people died while the real guilty ones, including the city inspector, are not even
punished or fired but instead are promoted and one of them perhaps even named employee of the year?
How can I wish good things to the people who are guilty of destroying the beautiful country we live in by electing a government that will destroy what we all love—our freedom and our independence?
But, not all can be sad, bad and tragic so I am going to stop looking for all the things I believe or assume are bad things and I want to
express my feeling for many people that I don’t want to mention because I know that in life are many people who will not think the
same way about people that have a good and happy relationship with me, socially or politically; that is why I keep my family and people that I love away from the public view as much as possible.
Some other people are in my heart and they are not damaged for that relationship because everyone is aware of how I feel about them.
For example, my friend Don Snook who for forty-four years has been running every business I have ever initiated, created and opened.
including the La Verdad Newspaper, the first Spanish newspaper in the state of Nevada, and who put out the best newspaper without speaking one word in my own native language.
Also Maramis, who for the last thirteen years has taken my column and whatever else I write and translated it from my sometimes
hard-to-understand Spanglish into the best English possible.
To every one of those fantastic writers who every week put their heart into their articles and so passionately offer their views to the
readers of the Las Vegas Tribune, giving the newspaper the credibility that they have on their own and are willing to share with the readers of this newspaper: Chuck Muth, Wayne Allyn Root, Thomas Mitchell, Perly Viasmensky, Sunny Day, Alexandra Cohen, Ed Uehling, Larry Klayman, José Azel, Dr. Nina Radcliff, Doug Dickerson, Michael Aun, and Maramis. To all of them, and to our Sandy Zimmerman, who has been with us from the start, thank you one and all for your contributions to this publication and to any we might have missed mentioning, to all of you, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I want to wish a special and profound message of love to someone who has chosen to no longer be my friend, Kelly Benavides Williams, but she and her husband Robert and their son are and will always be in my heart; they are special in my life and even if she chooses to consider my opinions as the reason to end our friendship, I can assure them that they are all in my heart and in my daily prayers; Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
To everyone else, those who read us every week; those who encourage us to write what we write; those who criticize us when we either need to be criticized or could improve from their comments; those who come to us with their issues, problems and ideas; and to all of you who inspire us to keep writing every week to make this newspaper what a newspaper should be and to serve the community that we live in, allow me to wish all of you, all of them, on behalf of all of us, a Merry Christmas.
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.