in “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge may simply have given up on life by pursuing the accumulation of money while at the same time discounting the “normal” interactions with people who tried to show him love and kindness in spite of how he had become, the Las Vegas Tribune has never given up on life and never pursued the accumulation of profit at the expense of those whom it was created to serve.
While most people may view a business as a money-making machine or tool, we at the Las Vegas Tribune view our “business” as a way to serve our community, not a way to make money or prove that we’re big and powerful. Although we might like to be bigger and more powerful, it’s not about us… it’s about the people we serve and why we serve them.
We want to thank all those people with judicial problems who were abused by a system that sometimes believes itself to be God-like for coming to us, for trusting us and for believing in us, and we reaffirm our promise to all of them that we will be by their side to the end, as long as they tell us the truth without leaving anything out.
We apologize to people like Ronald Mortensen, Jessica Williams, Kirstin Lobato, Donovan Joseph, Dagmar Diaz and many other victims of our corrupted system that are not coming to mind right now, for not being able to do more for them. Yet they are not forgotten, and should the opportunity present itself, we will still do more. And in whatever way they can receive it, we wish them the blessings of Christmas, as Christmas was intended to be.
We are here to speak out against all forms of corruption — and most notably, that served up to the public in the guise of justice. While we admire those who devote their life to protecting the public, we abhor those who use their position to hurt rather than help, who unnecessarily inflict even temporary — let alone permanent — pain and suffering on those whose life is often in their hands, the hands of their so-called protectors and our public servants. We ourselves have been in the shoes of those so bullied and abused; we have suffered physically, emotionally, mentally and financially from such actions as we endeavored to do our job as journalists and community up-lifters, fighting corruption at all costs, having to fend off those who pretended to be on the side of right while cowardly going behind our backs, fabricating stories and creating issues that are far from the truth and enough to make us, the Las Vegas Tribune, appear to be the number one community enemy — the anti-police and anti government newspaper —when nothing is further from the truth.
The truth is that we are a small group of dedicated individuals with an urge to open our doors and our arms to those who find themselves in situations and predicaments that need a friendly hand and an unfettered voice to get their story told and to help them get through their difficult times. To all of them we wish the blessings of Christmas.
Most of the time we as a group do not even get a thank you, although we do not do what we do for a person’s or the community’s thanks. Most of the time we and/or our work are not even acknowledged and
appreciated, but we don’t care; we do not expect to be appreciated.
Every single person in our family, the Las Vega Tribune family, does what we do from the bottom of our hearts and we don’t expect a thing in return.
And it is not just those who get caught up in the system that have our help in whatever way we can give it; it is also those who are part of the system: the dedicated and good cops, the dedicated and good judges and all the other dedicated and good public servants who find themselves caught in their own web and suffering the consequences of the corruption around them, trying to pull them in. We wish all of them the blessings of Christmas as well.
We care about the dangers faced daily by our local police, how they might be thinking “today” might be their last day, or that they might not ever see their family again, or that they might even end up as the defendant in a courtroom. We give them all the respect and support that we can, especially these days when there has been so much anti-police sentiment among certain groups. We have never been against the police… we are now, and have always been, against the corruption in the system and individual corrupt members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
We wish the blessings of Christmas on every police officer and all their family members and wish them a safe and happy Christmas holiday in which they can all feel safe and appreciated.
And we wish all our readers, supporters, and everyone involved with us in any way all the blessings of this Christmas season, even if any of them may wish we would go out of “business” as soon as possible. We are here for all of you, and although we would wish those anti-Las Vegas Tribune types could understand our mission, we will still carry on without their good will.
Merry Christmas to all, and the best of Christmas blessings as well.