My Point of View
By Rolando Larraz
I read with sadness the tragic accident involving two individuals under twenty-five years old and I have to wonder why people with a bright future have to be so irresponsible and of the mentality that they are above the law and are invincible and destroy not only their own future and in many cases their own life. I came to the conclusion that in many cases it is the elected officials and the elders who are mainly to blame.
Two players of the infamous Governor Steve Sisolak’s “pet project” to benefit his first lady have been participants in issues that left our city crying for justice; left our city with a tarnish of injustice, and a lack of common sense by the culprit and the elected officials alike.
The young lady who lost her life when an irresponsible Raiders player, overwhelmed with a job that paid him four million a year at the age of twenty-two, should find a real attorney that could suit the Raiders, the Raiders’ player, the casino, or the club that served him all the drinks he had with his female companion and the Godfather of Marijuana in Nevada, also known as County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.
Because County Commissioner Tick Segerblom is too cheap to pitch in for the airport name change that will carry his master’s name, I will assume that all seven county commissioners are also indigent because all of them refuse to “donate” for the airport name change so the family of the young lady who lost her life in the accident should also include the Clark County and every one of the seven alleged elected commissioners.
I would hardly call myself perfect, but no one can tell me that they have seen me drinking and driving. First, I do not even drink alcohol, and I am certainly not perfect — but when my former friend who loved to drink Chivas and Water, drank, I drove because it’s been my humble opinion that when you drink and drive the consequences will not be a pretty picture.
What I have never been able to understand is why the wealthy, rich, well connected, and politically influential (with all the money and credit cards in their pocket) are mainly the ones who make the mistake
of drinking and driving, and those riding with the well-connected and politically influenced are too cowardly to tell the irresponsible driver to let them do the driving.
The wealthy, well connected, and politically influential with all the money and credit cards in their pockets are so irresponsible that they do not realize that those politicians who they’re counting on not be
of any help when they get in trouble but they will be embarrassed when the media — the same media that up to now has been quiet — starts asking stupid questions and tries to connect the “political figure” to
an embarrassing situation.
Nothing is worse than having political influence and not knowing how to handle it, because when one is friends with someone in office and you drop names all the time, you are not helping yourself and not
helping that relative or friend in any way, shape, or form; in fact, they get more than they bargained for, and it will not help.
In all the years I’ve been in Las Vegas, I have earned the friendship of a few people who are important or very important, but no one had heard me bragging about who I know or who knows me because I learned
that in Las Vegas, it is not who you know but who knows you, and in my case, it is who knows me and who refuses to accept the fact of those who pretend not to know me.
It is sad to see a twenty-two-year-old who does not know how to assimilate his success and does not know how to handle earning a four million dollar a year salary because, in today’s world, four million is not that big of a deal. Today to be wealthy one needs to talk in the billions.
Hopefully, in neither of the two Raiders incidents, there was no drug involvement but I’ve never been in favor of legalizing marijuana, and I have no idea what the benefit would be for County Commissioner Tick
Segerblom pushing so hard to offer the sale of marijuana to a newspaper publisher, a former Metro Narcotic Detective, a Judge, a well-connected advertising mogul, an attorney, and who knows how many
other rich and powerful people to become drug lords because it takes lots of money to get to that position.
Now it is not only legalizing marijuana, but it is also the new venture, the marijuana lounges, which, as my friend Comiesha Monica has explained so carefully, is only the beginning because soon in order to build the marijuana lounges when more than three people smoking pot at a private home will be illegal, more than three people need to go to the marijuana lounges so those licensed establishments can make money.
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