Let me make it clear that this is not the Las Vegas Tribune Editorial, this is MY Point of View, my opinion, and I believe that as long as I live in this almost-free country, I am entitled to my own opinion and to express it regardless of how many people read this column and regardless of how much “power” Granny believes she has as she treated me on MY Facebook time line.
I have always maintained that I am not a businessman and now I have to declare myself a lousy bully, as well, because if it is true what Granny said that I bully people to advertise in the Las Vegas Tribune, looking at the amount of local advertisements the newspaper has, it clearly shows that the bully thesis is not working too well, which demonstrates that I am not a good bully.
Deepening a little more into my inability as a bully, I looked into the last election and found out that the majority of the candidates that the newspaper endorsed or supported did not place advertisements with the publication or the radio station owned by me and me alone.
As a way of disclaimer, to make it clear once again, I would like to remind Granny that I DO NOT participate in the endorsement process and to reinforce once again my position, I try not to even be in the building when the endorsement committee is at work.
In fact, this newspaper endorsed Judge Bill Gonzalez, who could not be bullied because he already had a bully for a campaign manager; my choice would have been Denise Gentile, but because I am a bad bully, I was bullied out by the same endorsement committee that Granny thinks I control — and by the way, Judge Gonzalez’s bully campaign manager did not allow him to advertise in the Las Vegas Tribune, but there was a sign in support of him in front of the newspaper’s office. Yet I am a bully, and a bad one, but a bully nevertheless. None of the three female county commissioners running in the last election bought advertisements in the Las Vegas Tribune, but all three were endorsed by the newspaper. In fact, one of them, Chris Giunchigliani, had her sign in front of the newspaper’s office, at my home and one at the Las Vegas Tribune General Manager’s home, but I must have bullied her to place those signs there for free. Yet remember, I am a bully, a bad one, but a bully nevertheless.
Judge Adriana Escobar is another one with a bully for a campaign manager who the Las Vegas Tribune endorsed even after I made a fool of myself by writing the wrong information about her. But I am a bully, a bad one, but still a bully.
“Rolando can print all the nasty opinions he wants of me, I support free speech, but should it cross the line to harassment or lies, and even one person calls me or tells me of the story, I will then respond with all my fire power,” she said, but I have no opinion of her to write about.
I may have an opinion of her work, but if she is lucky enough to get clients who may have the compassion to hire her and mold themselves to her work method, good for her.
“I will then respond with all my fire power,” she ended her attack on me, and I started shaking so bad that I might’ve had a nervous breakdown, I am so scared of her threat that if I had any money I would hire bodyguards to protect me. But I am the bully.
If no one reads the Las Vegas Tribune and no one listens to Radio Tribune, why did she bring the candidate she hired to run against Councilman Ricky Barlow to appear on our radio station? Why did she appear herself on at least two occasions on MY radio station? After all, I’m a bully — a bad one, I admit, but still a bully.
If we were only to endorse those who spend money with us, none of those who I have mentioned above would have been endorsed because none of them spent a single dime with this newspaper that I so passionately created to fight corruption and abuse by anyone who is elected to serve the people of this community. If I am that despicable, why on October 20, 2014, her client took the time to go to our office and present us with an unsolicited plaque thanking us for our “hard work, dedication, and commitment to the city of Las Vegas” signed by every member of the city council and the mayor, including her client. But I am a bully, a bad one, but still a bully.
Is she saying now that those honorable elected officials changed their mind about me and the Las Vegas Tribune, or that they were lying when they signed that beautiful plaque?
It is all a matter of opinion of who the bully is, but I am too much of a gentlemen to argue with a woman, much less with an ill and elderly woman, I will let her tell the story her way as she wants it to be and I will reserve my opinion for when I write about the clients controlled by her. After all, remember: I am a bully, but thank goodness, a bad one.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column. 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.