His wife, the late Barbara Greenspun, told me that I was the only newspaper publisher with a picture of her husband in my office when she learned of me commenting on having a picture of Hank smoking a cigar on my wall.
He was a fighter, he was a friend of his friends and a loyal one at that, he suffered boycotts from the casino industry when he did not bow to their wishes and commands.
Almost everything I am suffering today as the founder of the Las Vegas Tribune, Hank Greenspun suffered while he was founder of the Las Vegas Sun.
Once my former business associate and personal friend, Attorney John Fadgen, said to me, “No offense intended, but you remind me of Hank Greenspun,” and I told John that he was not offending me, that it was an honor to be compared to a man like Hank Greenspun.
Once my friend Nelson Sardelli helped me to honor Hank Greenspun with a placard thanking him for all his contributions to the Hispanic community of Las Vegas during my years as publisher of the first and only Spanish newspaper in Nevada.
Later the same help that Hank Greenspun offered the La Verdad newspaper, the Las Vegas Sun through Mike O’Callaghan and Hank’s son Brian was offered to Edmundo Escobedo Sr. and his El Mundo newspaper when I made the transition from my Spanish publication to my English language newspaper, the Las Vegas Tribune.
Today it bothers me; gives me pain to be on a different side of Brian Greenspun. When Brian’s siblings were fighting him over ownership of the newspaper, I took sides with Brian for many reasons: one because I know the feeling when someone tries to take from me what I worked so hard for, and two, as respect for the man that has done so much for the Hispanic community.
Brian believes that the embargo should be lifted because it covers everyone and it can help the people of Cuba.
If I did not know the manipulation of the communist regime of the Castro brothers and if I knew that lifting the embargo was going to help the Cuban people living on the island I would put aside my sentiment against the Castros and the memory of those who have died for the country they loved.
Hank Greenspun did defend the people of Israel, almost risking his freedom, leaving his pregnant wife alone, fighting for the country that he considered his country, even if he was not born there. It was the principal that made Hank Greenspun be who he was.
Because I knew all Hank Greenspun gave up for his newspaper it pained me seeing the Las Vegas Sun be reduced to an eight or ten-page flier inside a newspaper that does not deserve to have the name Greenspun on any of its pages.
Hank Greenspun was faithful to the end to his friend U.S. District Court Judge Harry Claiborne, and I can remember seeing Hank Greenspun on Fremont Street passing out copies of his newspaper so people could read the truth about the judge.
I know that Hank Greenspun would not have agreed with the lifting of the embargo and would have supported the Cuban community at times like this. It pains me to see Brian Greenspun on the other side of the Cuban people when he has no business taking sides.
The Cuban people on the island will never see the fruits of the benefit of lifting the embargo and Brian knows that. The only people that will profit in a communist country are the communists who run the government and oppress that country.
For decades Cuban exiles have supported it, and have made sure that the (mainly Republican) politicians who represent them enforce it strictly. And even if others in Congress privately think the embargo is loopy, few, especially on the right, want to look as if they are soft on the “communist” Castros. Besides, they usually add, Fidel will die soon.”
But others strongly believe that the embargo failed to dislodge the Castro regime because the embargo was never enforced by the U.S. government and Cubans themselves support the Castro regime with the
excuse that they were only sending money and goods to their families.
If the United States would have been strong on the embargo and had enforced it to the max maybe the Cuban Government would have weakened to the extreme of giving up or opening the doors to a better solution, but now the way Obama, Castro and the Pope are working, this is the only door that will open to the people of Cuba island is the door to hell because no one will be able to save that country now and we Cubans owe that to Obama, the Pope and of course the criminal hands of Castro’s evil manipulation.
Las Vegas Tribune has reported on many occasions that Cubans borrowed money from American loan companies to buy jewelry before traveling to their native country to look wealthy and impress the old neighborhood while leaving behind their hard-earned dollars and high-priced loans in the hands of the same government that is still oppressing their countrymen.
Some people are wondering what ulterior motive could be behind Obama’s move to bow to the enemies of that Caribbean Island.
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 702-272-4634.