Clark County, and Nevadans as a whole, are beginning to be misled and
confused by those who are still operating under the amazing fairy tale
that they are running the political decisions of the constituents in
many of the races.
Las Vegas Tribune is a local newspaper and we try to cover primarily
the local news; unless a candidate running statewide directly affects
the people of Clark County, we try to put all of our resources and
efforts into the local political scene.
We have brought up this issue several times before and we bring it up
again because it is important that the people become educated as to
who’s who, why they are running, and in what way and how much these
candidates will affect their lives if any of them are elected.
It is their right (your right) to know all that and it is only right
and fair that people with the power to inform the community name the
names of every candidate running for office in all the races; to do
otherwise — to inform the public of only what they are ordered to
share, which usually or always favors the candidate of their choice,
is to cheat the public.
It is not a good or honest thing to have people with such a
superiority complex that they believe they have the power to promote
or elect anyone who pays for their services.
Take for example Dave Thomas, the husband of a Clark County District
Court judge, who is under the cloud of believing that he is unbeatable
and, up to a point, even chose the race in which those not under his
protection could run. Thomas tells the candidates that are running for
office that his candidate is running for that seat and to stay out of
that race; some people listen because they don’t want to waste their
money running against Thomas’ candidate just because Thomas can get
endorsements from different organizations that the candidates believe
are important, when in reality most of these organizations are looking
for the candidates to owe them, so they can control them. People need
to do their own research and not depend on anyone to do it for them,
and we believe this is the right time to elect the right candidate —
the candidate who is not owned by anyone or any group or organization.
When Sharron Angle ran for the U.S. Senate, she won the June 8, 2010
primary with 40.09 percent of the votes, besting Sue Lowden’s 26.11
percent, Danny Tarkanian’s 23.29 percent, and John Chachas’ 3.94
percent. But the daily paper for months was telling its readers that
Sue Lowden, a friend and associate of their opponent Harry Reid, was
ahead in the polls when nothing was farther from the truth because Sue
Lowden did not win one single county in Nevada. Lowden is an executive
and owner of casinos in Nevada and perhaps her companies spend money
in the advertising department of the newspaper that very possibly may
be money lost if she is not named as the front runner.
More recently, one of the star columnists at the daily newspaper spent
an entire column on the sheriff’s race, naming only two names as the
important candidates; one other was mentioned in passing, and the rest
of the candidates were not even mentioned in a cynical display of
unfairness and political games that tell only one side of the story.
In that column, John L. Smith might as well have endorsed these two
candidates supported by two former sheriffs with the hope of keeping
the same regime that has been ruling the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department for almost a quarter of a century.
There are three more candidates running for sheriff and the public is
entitled to know who they are as much as the candidates that are
mentioned every time the race is mentioned and more than one candidate
is mentioned. It is just the fair and civil thing to do.
Everyone in the community is talking about change and a serious need
to have a complete new administration running the Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department with more transparency and more
communication than it now has.
Regardless of the extra large Public Information Office, that
transparency does not currently exist between the department and the
How can there be transparency when the Public Information Office is
secluded with a locked door denying access to those who do not write
or report what they want?
“Partner with the community” is a slogan created during the
administration of former Sheriff Jerry Keller and could have been a
magnificent tool to use in helping the department and the community to
work together, but it did not happen.
We believe that next year will be a decisive year; people will go to
the ballot boxes with their eyes open, and with a conscience that
tells them changes have to be made beginning with a complete change of
administration, and they will not be afraid of political consultants
with an agenda.