I have been in this country less than those 98 years and also still speak with a heavy accent, but people — even my own people — do not want to understand my English.
Some of them even refuse to understand my writing after going through not one, but two editors; one translating from the Spanglish and the other one making the translation close to perfect.
Another issue that I have to face every day is that I must be the only person with multiple personalities, multiple genders, and also with multiple names; some people, erroneously and unfairly, are under the assumption that every article in this newspaper is writen by me.
For example, last week’s article about Alicia Herrera running for city council Ward 3 was written by Alexandra Cohen from De Oro Media Group on the East Coast, but two ill-intentioned individuals emailed me to say that “your article about Herrera is wrong because Councilman Coffin is also Mexican and he has been on the city council for two
First of all, dear readers, I read the article, and our Managing Editor, Maramis Choufani, also read the Herrera article, and it read as follows, word for word, line by line in the English language:
“…despite the fact that few people are aware that one city resident is already sitting on the council, Bob Coffin.”
And in the following paragraph, Alexandra Cohen explained, “However, the city council had never had a council member with a Latino name until this year.”
And when I tried to explain that fact to Alexandra, she told me that she was aware of that because she heard the interview with Councilman Coffin when he graciously accepted our invitation to be on Face The Tribune radio show.
We, as a group, and I, personally, as the head honcho of our very humble organization, are very grateful to Mr. Coffin for his service to the community in the State Senate and on the City Council, and no one here is trying to take any deserved merit from him. Mr. Coffin may be the first Mexican on the city council, but in all honesty, how many Anglos know that the councilman is a Mexican-American?
He does not have a label on his back labeling him as “the first Mexican-American on the Las Vegas City Council”; his license plate does not bear that personalized message, nor do his business cards categorize him as “The First Mexican-American on the City Council.” In fact, I am not sure if the councilman even speaks Spanish or not.
If anyone can tell me that “Coffin” is a Mexican name, I would be very surprised, but I would apologize to the councilman for the error.
I have always maintained that I am man enough to accept and admit my errors; I am also man enough to explain my errors and apologize for my unintentional mistakes, but I will not retract any of my words.
I am sick and tired of people who pretend to be my friends, and yet everything they say and do proves otherwise.
Once I was asked by my dear friend Miguel Barrientos to co-host his Spanish language radio show during the elections, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. I accepted the task and regardless of my heavy schedule, I never failed in my commitment to Miguel Barrientos until the very last day before the election, when my brother was rushed to the hospital
and I had to go with him.
Unfortunately, when Miguel Barrientos committed himself to one hour a week on my English language radio station, his busy schedule was more important than his commitment to me, and the radio show never took place, despite all the publicity and promotion given to the event. But I consider the popular radio talk show host my friend and friends are
supposed to forgive and forget as far as their friends are concerned.
Besides, Miguel Barrientos and his wife Angie never missed one day visiting me while I was sick in the hospital and I never forget that generous gesture.
But getting back to the beginning of this column, I am sorry that some people could not understand Alexandra’s perfect English and did not realize that she did not want to, intend to, nor did she try to diminish the qualifications of city councilman Bob Coffin.
However, I stand by Alexandra Cohen’s article wherein she more or less stated that if Alicia Herrera wins this election, she will bring the first Latino name to the city council, and she is looking forward to it.
Alicia Herrera is well qualified and very intelligent, with an open mind and the fresh blood so much needed on our local political scene.
She is equally respected in both the Latino and Anglo communities, and is very well liked among residents and small business-owners of Ward 3, where she has lived almost all of her life. Alicia Herrera is young, well tailored and well articulated, and with a good personality; and if anyone lets her speak, the world will be hers. I hope none of the corrupted campaign managers, public relation tycoons, activists or whatever other labels they might attach to their names, will get control of Alicia Herrera and ruin all the good things she has to offer to our community in any capacity she may choose.
Education is one of her passions, and she looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the mayor in that field. She told Ed Ehuling during a Face The Tribune radio show interview that she is looking forward to listening to any ideas that Mayor Goodman may have to improve the educational system.
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 702-868-NEWS (6397)