My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
The next F.I.O.R.E. non-club meeting is one meeting no one should miss; unlike last month, when a governor candidate who never gave the time of day to members of the now most popular organization in our community, the next meeting — on Friday, August 13 — promises to be one that many will not forget.
My friend Ira Sternberg, a 1998 Nevada Broadcasting Association Hall of Fame inductee, is the speaker of the month and he can speak; but when he speaks, people hear him; everyone pays attention to what he has to say.
I don’t remember how long I’ve known Ira Sternberg, but I can tell you it has been a few decades; maybe not as long as I’ve known Nelson Sardelli, but very close. He was writing a weekly column for the Las Vegas Panorama for the late Ralph Petillo, the newspaper later became the Las Vegas Mirror, until he became the publicist for the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. His publicist career later advanced to the then Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino.
It is refreshing to see old-timers who continue to participate in events and be part of the local events, sometimes because newcomers don’t know those who have been part of our community and who have contributed their talents, their money, their political or industry connections, yet sometimes they feel ignored and back away, but not Ira Sternberg.
Many people who have come to our city in the last decade think they know everything or everybody yet fail to recognize or give credit to those who has opened the road for others; many don’t even know who Bob Stoddard is or who the late Paul Price, Joe Delaney, Forest Duke, or Ralph Pearl were; many don’t even remember the Las Vegas Vampire, Jim Parker.
Some of those Las Vegas newcomers think they know everything and everybody, sometimes because they are young and inexperienced and fail to realize that there was a life before they arrived in our city.
Sometimes they choose to ignore the fact that there is a story behind all levels of our community.
I am glad that Nelson Sardelli took the opportunity to invite Ira Sternberg to speak to the presidents/members of the F.I.O.R.E.
non-club club because he is a very savvy man with lots of stories about our beautiful past.
At the beginning of this column I referred to “a governor candidate” because I did not want to give him free publicity, but while writing this column, I realized that I am doing a disservice to our readers by not mentioning the name of “a governor candidate” because even if the grandma of the campaign managers tells those who are misled by her that no one reads the Las Vegas Tribune, I know that at least my extended family reads me because they hate me so much that they want to know what I write so they can criticize me.
The “governor candidate” is none other than our useless Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, AKA Joe Lombardo, who during his two terms as Sheriff of Clark County has not let one day go by without discriminating against the Las Vegas Tribune with the blessing of the daily newspaper and all the television stations in our community because we do not listen to his lies.
He told the daily newspaper, a newspaper that prints everything he tells them, that he has made crime go down in Clark County, but in fact that is one of the biggest lies Sheriff Lombardo has told the people of Clark County because the crime rate is higher than ever and the morale in the department is at the lowest level ever; he does not trust the rank-and-file and the police officers in the field know that they cannot trust him because he will not back the street cops in any controversial situation. They know that if they ever see themselves in trouble, Sheriff Lombardo will not back his men and women; he will be another Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis Police Department who turned his back to his officers when they got in a controversial
Is Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, AKA Joe Lombardo, the kind of governor that we would like to have in Nevada? Didn’t we have enough of Steve Sisolak that we don’t need to continue with Joe Lombardo? He claims to be a Republican but he never once supported or backed President Donald Trump; he claims that during his term crime has come down, but the newspaper that he considers the only newspaper in our city writes contrary stories telling readers that the crime is higher than ever and we wonder who is lying: the daily newspaper or Sheriff Joseph Lombardo?
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.
My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz