I believe that the editorial ignored or skipped the financial part of those who won reelection and now are trying to advance their political career even before they are sworn in on January 2nd of next year.
What about those campaign contributions they have taken from people who believe in them or who were too afraid not to contribute to each of their campaigns because of the possibility of retaliation?
Judge Susan Johnson ran for reelection in Department 22 of the District Court and only ten days after winning reelection, she wants an appointed position with the newly created Nevada Appellate Court, one step closer to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Judge Johnson raised $217,000.00 in contributions between attorneys and friends and I have to wonder what is going to happen to that money. Is she going to give that money back to her supporters if she gets to be appointed to the Appellate Court?
The same happened with Jerome Tao, a.k.a. Jerry Tao; he was reelected to District Court Department 20 after raising $135,000.00 in contributions, but now he wants to advance to a higher position and throw his name in the hat for the newly created Appellate Court, disregarding all those in his circle of supporters and those friends
that pitched in for the television and radio commercials that helped him to get reelected.
Is the honorable Judge Tao going to give that money back if appointed to the Appellate Court? That would be the honorable thing to do.
I have never been able to understand candidates that pretend to care for their constituents but in reality are looking out only for themselves and no one else.
They want to “give back to the community” at the same time they build a very nice portfolio for the future in case they get bit on any election, besides building a retirement with almost 90 percent of their regular pay. The Commission on Judicial Selection should not be impressed with the names of those candidates who have already been elected to the bench; those people need to finish their terms and later look for another government position.
The Commission should look at others that also want to “give back to the community,” others that also want to improve their portfolios.
Call me crazy or anything you want, but I believe that if the office of the president is time-limited, every other office should also be time-limited.
Judges should not be treated differently from any other government official; judges should realize that they are not above the law, especially as many of them are ethically questioned.
The same should apply to members of the House and the Senate and stop those two and tree decades worth of “service” that many of them are doing.
It is not fair to have a human being sitting in the Senate or the House for that long of a time. We have to realize that those “good dedicated public servants” are not our slaves; they need to rest and go into private life to earn a living as we all do.
An example of tireless public officials that keep getting reelected and work hard for themselves is seen in the game such officials play while in office is the Clark County Commission.
Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak was the number one member of the commission who opposed and works hard to oppose the More Cops Tax that outgoing Sheriff Doug Gillespie begged for all last year; and now, after he finalized a pact with the newly elected sheriff by endorsing him in the last election, the More Cops Tax is back on the commissioners’ table.
What is it that the old sheriff and the new sheriff do not understand about the word NO? We cannot even offer to say no in any other language, but if we have to, in Italian it’s NO, in French it’s No and in Spanish it’s NO.
Whatever was offered to Chairman Sisolak for the endorsement given to the new sheriff cannot be fulfilled because the people of Clark County do not want to give any more money to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the people of Clark County should have the last word.
Elected officials need to learn that they are not better than the public, they are not above the law either, and they cannot ignore the constituents, the residents, and the voters’ wishes.
No matter how many times they try to ignore the voters demands, sooner or later they will have to understand that the voters voice is the more important voice in the community and no matter how many times they limit their voices to two minutes on the microphone while they let the sheriff talk for ten times longer (21 minutes) at the end,
their votes will speak louder and more clear.
Look at the series that the Las Vegas Tribune has been running for the last three weeks as to how the prosecutors lie and do up to the impossible to win the cases with or without basis, without evidence
and without any merit whatsoever.
You may be surprised how many people have been coming forward with cases since we started the series of the Rhiannon Gonzales Story. Even I am surprised to see how many are coming forward while others mention
their cases but do not want to come forward.
However, one way or another I have to believe that I was right when I wrote before the November election that changes are becoming a reality because the people of this community are waking up and are more aware of the government’s erroneous behavior.
It is time that you let these elected officials know that they are working for you and that you are the boss; but if you don’t have the courage to speak up don’t come running to us in tears crying for help.
You have the last say so it is up to you, the voters, and no one else to put an end to injustice, abuse and corruption.
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) 699-8111.