All the three months that I have been out of the office I have never
felt as bad as I feel today — scared and in fear for my life. I have
come back because I want people to remember me as a good soldier
fighting the good fight and not as a coward running for cover.
Many of my readers may wonder what on earth I am talking about and may
think that I should have stayed wherever I was because it may seem
that I have become mentally disturbed — but I am sure that when they
hear my odyssey they will understand and will sympathize with me.
Most people know that I know nothing about computers, the Internet,
Facebook, and all those things that exist in today’s world, but the
other day, after someone taught me a little bit about Facebook and I
found it a little interesting and kind of funny, I found a few people
online that I know and many of them wished me a Happy Birthday on that
I was under the false impression that Facebook is or was an open and
free forum on the Internet, but my God! was I ever wrong and it is all
my fault because I did not realize that in politics nothing in on the
up and up and nothing is free anymore like in the old days; today even
to put air in the car tires costs money.
Anyhow, I was back from a very long trip and with not much to do, I
decided to “navigate” the Internet instead of “surfing” online. (Am I
talking like an expert or what?)
So I saw a “post” from a familiar name: Officer Laurie Bisch (editor,
please make sure the name is spelled right so we are not going to be
sued for indecent language) who was pushing for her captain for the
I figured that it was safest to do my “post” after hers because after
so many years of talking to the good officer and all the newspaper
support the Las Vegas Tribune has given her in all the campaigns she
has run — for sheriff, for city council, then back to sheriff again
and again — she knows that the only thing I know about computers is
how to turn them on and off, and if I make a mistake, she would
forgive me for it.
I was very disappointed to see my idol — along with my hope to see the
first female sheriff along with my dream to see real changes in the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department taking place — running away
Many people within the department and the county used to joke with me
and laugh for my faithful devotion to the first female candidate in
the sheriff’s race. I was very embarrassed and ashamed to be made a
fool of by someone I trusted and believed in.
But anyway, I am getting off the subject. I wrote in what I thought
was “my post” that it was not fair that Detective Gordon Martines was
being ignored as much as another friend, Bobby G, was also being
ignored, but I did not realize that everyone has their own space on
Facebook and that I had written on Officer Laurie Bisch’s (again
editor, please make sure we have the right spelling) Facebook space.
I wrote a very simple post pointing out that it is very unfair to the
voters and the citizens of Clark County in general to try to hide all
the contestants in the Sheriff’s race:
Hey everyone, don’t forget that Gordon Martines is also running for
Sheriff in Clark County. Remember that Martines is the only candidate
that has promise to clean the corruption within the higher ups, he is
not one of in the click, he is not a follower. It is time for a
9 hours ago If they are so sure of how good they are, why trick the people of
Clark County with ridiculous accusations, tricky behavior and false
words to confuse the casters of the votes?
Someone else posted her opinion responding to my posting as I thought
was the normal thing in a public forum, and as it was explained to me
by another who was familiar with that type of scene.
Ruth Weaver Gorski Gordon
needs to clean up his own life before tackling Clark County.
8 hours ago
To which I responded, again thinking that I was utilizing a public
forum and not an Officer Bisch private forum. If I would have only
known, I would have asked for permission or I would have stayed out of
HER private forum.
I was under the impression that it was a forum and not a monologue
only and exclusively for her to write only what she wanted to write; I
thought that it was not just for what she might want to hear, but also
for what she needed to hear to protect her Executive Director
position. However, because of my electronic ignorance, I kept posting
my opinion on what I thought was a public forum.
any unclean issue that Gordon Martines may have came from the way
his “beloved police department” has antagonized him. By any chance do
you know anyone of the participants in the Alamo murder?
6 hours ago The lady answered another of my posts with a complete different
subject. I assumed that she did not know anyone involved in the Alamo
murder or any other murder for that matter.
She wrote: Ruth Weaver Gorski
simply made a comment about a gentleman that I used to know and care
about had become a man we no longer know. He may believe that he is a
viable candidate to be the leader of the LVMPD, but I fear that the
stress of this important position would be the undoing of him (and the
citizens of Clark County). Gordon needs to retire and enjoy his life.
3 hours ago
By now I thought that no one else was around to make any comments
except this lady and me, but again I was dead wrong (no pun intended),
so I answered her with another post.
Rolando Larraz Hey Ruth are you speaking for yourself or for his ex-wife because I
was told that you always was very nice to Gordon when you use to
babysit for Mr. and Mrs. Martines, you also was very nice to him when
you worked in the same floor when you worked in the… See
more Then the drama started and I read a post from Officer Bisch with a
very serious dramatically and angry she wrote to me in HER page
Laurie Bisch Rolando, please do not use MY Facebook page to sing your political song. That’s why you have a newspaper.
About an hour ago
following that email was one from a guy in uniform as he was going to
intimidate me and he succeeded. I was so scared that I almost peed in
my pants. I almost called the paramedics because I was shaking and
trembling. I called a friend and told her that I was in fear for my
It could be a coincidence but in the morning on my way to the office,
from Alta and Campbell to Charleston and 8th Street, where my office
is, I found three patrol cars and two plainclothes cars, plus former
sheriff candidate, Officer Laurie Bisch in plainclothes, driving her
personal truck when she is supposed to be patrolling the streets of
Las Vegas in a “black and white” patrol unit. So that equalled six
vehicles — marked, unmarked, including Officer Bisch’s plain truck —
fairly close in my surroundings.
It makes me wonder: if this is what happens now, at the beginning,
even before anyone files for office, what will the scene be like in
the summer of next year with less than 100 days before the election? I
ask myself if I will live to see the election results.
One way or another, I have to admit that after upsetting my former
favorite candidate, I now FEAR FOR MY LIFE.
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.