Every street in Las Vegas turns into a lake or a river when it rains and the drivers do not seem to realize the dangers of driving fast and careless while the police are perhaps responding to other calls.
Charleston Boulevard, as always, is as deep as the ocean on Marina Del Rey, California; Oakey Boulevard is not much different despite the fact that Public Works, the water company, and many other utility companies spend the whole year fixing that street; they finish and they start up again; they fix it, only to fix again… and again, but the water when it rains is still deeper than Lake Mead.
Due to rainfall in the Carpenter One burn area once again, portions of Grand Teton Drive east of U.S. 95 are once more experiencing flooding.
Motorists should avoid Grand Teton between Buffalo and Rainbow; city officials advised and suggested taking Farm Road as an alternate route.
People need to learn how to drive in Las Vegas when it rains in order to avoid accidents and avoid more serious consequences; it is better to be late than never because never could mean hospitalization or death.
And because of the heavy rains last Monday, I missed visiting with Larry Burns who stopped by the office to chat with us at the Las Vegas Tribune office because Larry Burns does not have a problem with the people’s newspaper and/or with this writer; Larry Burns is not afraid to visit the Las Vegas Tribune and or to be seen talking to this poor Cuban refugee with a big mouth, who speaks what he feels.
On Monday I was not in the office because I don’t like to drive when it’s raining (that happens when people get old and cannot afford a chauffer), but because Sheriff Candidate Larry Burns is used to seeing me in the office all the time, he assumed that I was there and stopped by with his son to converse and to confirm his appearance on Face The Tribune in two weeks.
However, the popular Sheriff Candidate called me at home and talked with me for a short time before getting back to John Thomas and the rest of the Las Vegas Tribune staff; during that short conversation, I took the opportunity to invite Captain Larry Burns to address the Spanish community by appearing with me on the Miguel Barrientos radio show on KRLV-Am next Wednesday August 13, at 4 p.m.
As you all probably know, a few weeks ago Miguel Barrientos, the most popular Spanish talk show host, asked me to play second base on the last hour of his show every Wednesday, and I was honored by his request; so if you’d like to brush up on your Spanish, tune in and listen to Miguel and I discuss the latest on the local political scene. Miguel and I do not agree too often, but the public loves our arguments on the air.
Next week we are going to prove to the audience, on Miguel Barrientos’ radio show, what I have been saying all along about Larry Burns being the best sheriff the Latino community could have when it comes time for the November 4 election.
I might make mistakes, but I never lie (remember Tony Montana”s quote that appears on my Facebook page: “I always tell the truth even when I lie”) and I would never support anyone that is not the best candidate for the community as a whole. That is why I have been saying all along that Larry Burns is the best candidate and is best for the community as a whole, Spanish or not, and should be elected as the next Sheriff of Clark County.
Gee! I am glad that the Las Vegas Tribune has decided not to endorse candidates any more because if this doesn’t sound like an endorsement, then I don’t know what it is.
I don’t take orders from the powerful U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid on who to support or who not to support because I am not afraid of anyone; that is the benefit of living in an almost-free country where one has the right to like a candidate or not and even if the elections are rigged, we still have the right to vote for whomever we prefer, and Sheriff Douglas Gillespie knows that firsthand because neither I nor this newspaper supported him — ever.
I do not play both sides of the fence; either I am in favor of one candidate or against another, but I won’t pretend to be with both because that is not ethical, and it is called hypocrisy.
Maybe I should stay out of politics because I am not too good in picking winners, I would have been a terrible odds-maker if I picked races as I pick candidates.
I went to bat for Governor Robert List and he was a one-term Governor because, in my opinion, he failed the voters; I went against a good sheriff to support John McCarthy and that was another one-time elected
official because he turned out to be the second worst sheriff Clark County ever had: Gillespie is in the all-time number one slot for that.
But this time is different; I know that because I am a little wiser and a little more experienced. I know that Larry Burns is the right person for the job with the support of the rank and file. That is what counts because they are the heart and soul of the department.
Larry Burns is out there with his officers and I have the feeling that he would not be a Sheriff that hides behind his desk and only comes out to pick up envelopes from campaign contributors.
Just tell me when was the last time that anyone has seen Sheriff Douglas Gillespie out and about fraternizing with the “regulars” in the community? When was the last time Sheriff Douglas Gillespie was seen at a breakfast with Hispanics in Politics or lunch with the Latin Chamber of Commerce? And both organizations have endorsed Sheriff Gillespie’s hand-picked successor? Go figure! (Why would they want more of the same?)
But let’s be a little more realistic because these Spanish organization endorsements are not going to elect anyone. When was the last time anyone has seen Sheriff Gillespie have lunch at Chicago Joe’s, the Golden Nugget or Triple George?
That is why Oscar Goodman is still my favorite mayor of all time. I supported him from day one when no one wanted a MOB lawyer as a mayor of Las Vegas even if Las Vegas was built by alleged MOB figures and MOB money.
Once I attended a press meeting at City Hall and Oscar introduced me as his friend and “a man that is not afraid to write the truth” right in front of all the journalists that attended the meeting.
I am a friend to my friends and sometimes I get hit in the back or betrayed, but that is part of life; that is part of being in the public eye, but I don’t complain because this is the profession I chose and I am man enough to take the good with the bad.
But one thing I am sure of: I am glad to be part of this wonderful city that I call an adult Disneyland!
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column. 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.