entities, especially when it comes to the corrupted dictatorial regime
that rules the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the
submissive behavior of those who need to save their job by maintaining
silence instead of exposing the concubinary relationship of their
union and the administration of the LVMPD, we are proud of our
commitment to the community for exposing corruption, injustice and
wrongdoing in general.
When we took sides with an African-American family fighting for the
safe return on their newborn baby against a family court judge who
wanted to illegally give the baby over for adoption, we fought to the
end for the happy reunion of that family with their newborn, even
against all odds. For that we feel good about our commitment to the
community and even better about the commitment of those who sided with
us and the team of writers that spent hours putting those articles
together to expose the wrongdoing.
One of the most talked-about and commented-on issues on our website
about family court was one in which we took a stand when a family
court Hearing Master allowed two family court marshals to be out of
order and abusive with a family court patron who was there for a
We did not stop until that Hearing Master was fired; and even if we
wanted to see her prosecuted and punished (jailed), we were content
with her firing — and for that we our proud of our commitment to the
safety and well-being of the community.
While none of the other media outlets have written a word about the
federal court lawsuit brought up by a 36-year veteran detective of the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, we are very proud of being
on top of the legal proceedings and keep the community informed of
those serious wrongdoings that others are trying to diminish by
ignoring, hoping they will go away.
When Las Vegas was looking ridiculous because of the insensitive
behavior of court administrators — resulting in long lines outside the
Regional Justice Center, making visitors as well as attorneys
attending to business in the building stay on those long lines in the
cold, extremely hot and wet weather — we exposed it in our pages and
took it upon ourselves to attend a Clark County Commissioners meeting
and call it to the attention of the board, which then took immediate
action to resolve the problem.
Just three hours from the time we left the county building, we got an
email from the county telling us that a door that has been closed for
a long time would be open by seven in the morning the next day. We
praised the county commissioners for their prompt solution to that
obvious problem, and for that we are proud of our commitment to the
None of the issues that we have defended, exposed or brought to the
attention of the authorities affected any one of us directly or even
indirectly, but we got involved because it is our belief that that is
not only the job, but the duty and responsibility of a newspaper.
We are not patting ourselves on the back — we are just trying to open
the eyes of others so they can come forward, regardless of what the
consequences could or might be, and bring to light any indication of
wrongdoing or corruption they might witness so it can be exposed to
the fullest extent.
In doing that, we are giving an opportunity to those elected to higher
offices, both local and federal positions, to act and remedy the
situation; if they do not, then it is the constituents’ — the voters’
— duty to take care of the problem on Election Day by voting those
ineffectual officials out of office.
If they don’t care to give the community a clean, honest and
transparent government, they don’t deserve to be in office —
regardless of how important they are (or would like to believe they
are) or even how much we may like them — because the future of the new
generation is at risk.
We hope that other media outlets will do the same as we do —
regardless of any compromise deals they may have created in the past
with those in power, for whatever reason — but if they don’t, the
community needs to hit them where it hurts, and suspend subscriptions
and stop advertising in those publications… after all, that is what
the powers-that-be do with the Las Vegas Tribune when they tell their
friends or those who are afraid of them not to advertise in our paper,
trying to make us go out of business.
We are here for the community — not for the money, but because we love
our community and we love to see this community being the best
community of them all.
Happy New Year to all!