However, this year we found it necessary to endorse Donald Trump for president of this great nation and now we have to make some other endorsements just to be fair with those running for office that we believe deserve the community’s as well as our attention and recognition for the work they may have done on behalf of their own constituents during their term in office.
First of all, endorsements in our own humble opinion, are a myth because many publications only endorse the candidate with more advertising money and not for his or her qualifications; labor unions do not endorse candidates that they cannot control, and no matter who the union principals want to endorse, it does not necessarily mean that the rank and file are going to vote for that candidate because union members have independent minds that lead them to vote on their own.
A good example of it is the last election for Sheriff; the Police Protective Association, the police union for the rank and file of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, endorsed Captain Larry Burns for Sheriff, yet the position went to the anointed, the present sheriff, Joseph Lombardo.
It is difficult for us to endorse because we do not endorse by party affiliation, but by the service they offer and the interest they show in doing the right thing for their constituents.
We became the first newspaper to endorse our next president, Donald Trump, and now we have to keep the pattern going and endorse some of the candidates in this year’s election.
We believe that the country would be in better hands if the Republicans can keep control of the House and the Senate so we are going to recommend Dr. Joe Heck to replace retiring Nevada Senator Harry Reid and Cresent Hardy instead of Ruben Kihuen, who voted for Governor Sandoval’s biggest tax increase — $1.3 billion — in Nevada history.
We have lots of respect for former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto; we believe that overall, she did a good job as the top state prosecutor, but her close relationship with corrupted former US Senator Harry Reid, who is retiring at the end of this year, is too dangerous for Nevada.
We believe that Cortez-Masto and Ruben Kihuen would be a continuation of Reid, and at least Kihuen would be owned and controlled by the octogenarian senator.
County Commissioner Larry Brown is our choice and preference; people in Clark County should retain him.
In the Assembly District 16, we support and endorse Ed Uehling, who has been a faithful supporter of the Las Vegas Tribune; and perhaps in more eloquent words, his ideas are similar to our newspaper when it
comes to endorsements.
Uehling believes that endorsements imply commitments and he does not want to be obligated to any group. For that and many other reasons we believe that Uehling should be the winner in Assembly District 16.
In the Senate District 3 race we choose the challenger, Jonathan Friedrich, who supports medical marijuana, but opposes recreational use. He promises to fight abuse and corruption of the Public Guardian and the Home Owners Associations and opposes the monopoly created by NV Energy, AKA Nevada Power, and that may be a plus in the eyes of many Nevada constituents.
In the ballot questions the Las Vegas Tribune opposes question one because it will put too much of a restriction on the persons who want to own a firearm to protect themselves and their family, while the
criminals would be buying their guns on the streets and using them on our citizens.
The newspaper opposes question two, which allows the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada.
We give our full support to question three, which will allow Nevadans to choose other energy companies to compete with the monopoly of NV Energy.
Supporting question four will relieve those in need of buying or renting medical equipment to use it without paying state sales tax on that medical equipment.
The newspaper opposes question five asking for a ten-year extension on
fuel revenue tax.
Next week we will write the judicial endorsements for justice and district courts.