against me. The man, who — I will assume — knows very little about me and most likely doesn’t realize how little I care about what anyone thinks about me or how much anyone dislikes me, tells me that he is going to “get to the bottom of it,” and I would like to make that clear to this man and anyone else who is wasting their time in trying to hurt me — and in a cowardly way, I might add (I say cowardly because anyone who does bad or evil things to hurt others behind their back has to be a coward, and most of those who I upset or expose for their behaviors ARE cowards.)
This man in our meeting may have the best intention to “help me” or to be on my side, but he needs to know a few things about me. I am not in this business for the money; everyone knows that the newspaper business has not made me rIch; what input to make any newspaper owner rich are the deals that others like to make with the owner because of the power of the press, because of the connections or maybe for the benefit of free endorsements or free advertisements.
I am not in this business to win a popularity contest or to be invited to fancy parties or lavish dinners because the type of life I live is not going to lead me to win a new popularity contest; I don’t like to eat anywhere but at my own table in my own home, and I don’t go to any parties, fancy or not, because I don’t like to be around too many people.
I am not looking for publicity or to be recognized because I do what I do for the benefit of this community, not to have my picture blasted in the newspaper. I never did that, not even in the old days when every columnist used to have their picture on top of their articles so the Maitre D’ in the hotels would recognize them and write a complimentary meal ticket for them. I never took a free meal and never asked for favors from people about whom I might some day need to write.
I am very happy in my own domain — writing, reading or watching TV with someone close and dear to me that I may trust a little.
Another thing this man, with all his good intentions, needs to know about me is that I don’t give a flying fig about what anyone may think about me because I behave within the most ethical and moral standards, rules, and law of the land, and the blessing of the Good Lord.
I was not always this way, I used to be a little more social and more open, but corrupted police officers that I was taught to respect and believe in, greedy prosecutors looking for a way to gain points to become judges, and low-life users make me this way.
This newspaper was founded to fight and to expose corruption in our community and if anyone thinks, like former Sheriff Doug Gillespie, that fighting and exposing corruptions is being anti-police or anti-government so be it.
As I have said before, with all the years (six decades) I have been in this community, all the friends I thought I made along the way, all the people that I have stuck my neck out for to defend and to help, I could be important and rich, but I don’t do things to benefit me, just to benefit the community that I have learned to love and be proud of.
When I see injustice, remember — I was a victim of an injustice because I did not want to do the wrong thing just to be on the good side of an alleged friend named former Sheriff John T. Moran. I cannot be quiet, even if the person who is committing the injustice is someone I like and have a social relationship with.
If attacking political campaign managers like Dave Thomas, Lisa Mayo DeRiso and others is a reason to have some type of label; if not being a puppet to some of Chairman Michael McDonald’s friends is a reason to get a bad reputation and have people saying bad things about me or this newspaper, then so be it, and if being on the bad side of retiring US Senator Harry Reid is giving me and this newspaper a bad name, I will take those cruel and unkind remarks, spoken cowardly behind my back, as a badge of honor.
I appreciate my new friend’s interest in clearing my name, but I don’t need anyone to “dig to the bottom of this” because, in all honesty, I’m fine with who I am and don’t really care who my detractors are, richer or poorer, a big shot or a “nobody,” or anyone in between.
I am at peace with myself and I am at peace with God.
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 himat: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.