As the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher, besides being the founder of
this publication, I have the opportunity of seeing and overseeing
every column that appears in this newspaper — and even if I have never
banned anyone’s opinion as yet, I always reserve that right.
In fact my column had been banned for being “too strong” and I allowed
it in the name of peace and to keep the newspaper standard as clean
and as respectable as possible.
On many occasions I have written and also explained to many people
that come in contact with me that as long as no one ever writes
anything against this country and the safety of the people who occupy
this nation, I will try to bite my tongue and tie my hands before I
ban anyone from expressing their point of view, opinion or comment —
as long as it is in good taste with the right language and without
threats to anyone.
As I have always said, I am the captain of the ship and the buck stops
with me, and I am very proud to follow the quote that appears below
the name of this newspaper that I protect so much and am so proud of.
I never worry about what names people may call me; I don’t mind any
negative opinions about my person, but I don’t want to give people any
reason to taint in any way or shape the name or the reputation of the
Las Vegas Tribune.
“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your
right to say it,” Voltaire wrote; and even if I did not choose that
quote when the Las Vegas Tribune was born, someone else chose it a
while later on and I thought that it was just the right quote for a
newspaper of this kind and category, different from any mercenary
publication controlled by its advertising departments.
Awhile ago, someone was broadcasting a morning show on our radio
station praising the Senate Majority Leader and Nevada US Senator
Harry Reid on a daily basis and thinking that he was bothering me.
Every time we ran into each other in the hallway, he asked me the same
question, “Did you hear my show today?” “Very good” was always my
response to that cynical SOB, but I never gave him an opportunity to
accuse me of banning his show because of our differences of opinion.
He was so upset with my way of always being so polite to him that one
day while talking in the parking lot, when he could not make me break
my calm behavior, he attacked me physically despite the fact that he
was half my age, double my size and weighed twice as much as me. THAT
was my opportunity to get rid of him, not his opinion of Harry Reid
that was far opposite from mine. I don’t allow physical altercations
on my property, and I don’t allow calling the police to my place of
business under any circumstances.
Once a Las Vegas Tribune reader wrote a negative letter or a “special”
to the Las Vegas Tribune article (I don’t remember exactly which)
about Family Court Judge Steve Jones, who is an old friend of mine,
but I published the article anyway.
Why? you may ask, and my answer is always the same: “He has the right
to his own opinion,” and people have to realize that to me it is a
badge of honor to allow people to have their opinion if I want to brag
about being a forum for those who have no place to express their
opinions — if I want to live up to our paper’s motto and defend a
person’s right to a voice of their own.
What I don’t allow is a person to use the pages of this newspaper for
personal vendettas, for exposing the personal life of our elected
officials, even if on many occasions their personal life may affect
their public life; as long as there are enough issues in their public
life on which to comment, their personal life stays off limits.
We’ve all heard of the Christmas in July sales pitch, especially from
car dealers and pitchmen — or should I now say pitch-people to be
politically correct — bragging about some alleged extra special
special they may be promoting in the middle of the year.
Well, strangely enough, that is what the editorial page of the Las
Vegas Tribune seems to offer this week, when even before Thanksgiving
the two writers on the editorial page have written about Christmas
with two completely different opinions; that is why I am so proud of
this newspaper and the fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who
every week make this newspaper a proud part of all of our life.
Two different persons with two different opinions on the same page
and both being very civilized as to get along and work together on the
same publication and even the same editorial page.
My idea, my dream, when I founded this newspaper was to expose
corruption, both police and government, abuse of power, and to be able
to allow people to know what is going on behind the scenes of our
government, even if I knew ahead of time that it could be nothing but
a dream because those representing the people in elected offices would
never allow their behind-the-scenes actions to be exposed. Yet I don’t
mind when our contributors write soft articles more appropriate for a
monthly family magazine because I realize that we have to offer our
readers a little bit of everything.
Maybe sometimes some of our contributors make the mistake of thinking
that because I am overloaded with preoccupations on how to keep this
newspaper alive, they figure that they are getting their way without
me knowing, but that is exactly what that is — a mistake — because I
quietly pay attention to all submissions.
The Las Vegas Tribune will never, as long as I am standing up and
breathing, be a monthly family magazine, an entertainment, sport or
cooking magazine; this newspaper will always be a fighting tool
against injustice, abuse and corruption.
I am very proud of the Las Vegas Tribune’s fantastic team of brave,
intelligent and open-minded individuals that make this newspaper a
great example of what freedom of the press is; and even with their own
differences of opinion, they are intelligent enough to work together
and that is one thing that other newspapers most definitely don’t have
Has anyone asked themselves whatever happened to the reporter who
wrote the series on police shootings in the “only newspaper in our
city”? Did anyone notice that he is no longer working for that
newspaper or even living in our city?
Did anyone ever ask whatever happened to the lady who used to be in
the morning spot on a local radio station who refused to apologize to
Senator Harry Reid for expressing her opinion? She is no longer on
that radio station.
Has anyone questioned why the Editor and the Publisher of the “only”
paper in this city stepped down from their posts after they went
public against the powerful US Senator that allegedly represents our
State of Nevada in the nation’s capital?
Does anyone know that businesses in Clark County are not allowed to
advertise in the Las Vegas Tribune because our “editorial policy is
too strong” — or, as some may say, “too radical”? Exposing the truth
in Clark County is not only too radical, but it is also apparently
against the law.
When I count all these little details and behaviors of the powers that
be in our community and look at the team that the Las Vegas Tribune
enjoys, I have to say to all, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart”
— and what better day than the Thanksgiving Day edition of this great
newspaper to say — not only to our team, but also to our readers, our
anonymous supporters and the community as a whole: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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) 699-8111.
As the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher, besides being the founder of