Back in 1996 when we bought the Vegas Times newspaper from real estate salesman Ron Macco, our friend Bill Koster, with Koster’s Finance, had an eighth of a page advertisement on the front page of Macco’s publication.
We told Bill Koster that some changes were to be made to the newspaper, including adding the Las Vegas name to the masthead and taking all advertising off the front page because real newspapers do not use the front page for advertising.
He told us that if his ad could not be on the front page he would pull the ad out and go somewhere else. So we said goodbye to an old friend and began to work.
In 1996 we started the Las Vegas Times newspaper, and from day one we started fighting corruption in the judicial system, exposing corrupted police detectives and anything else we could find that could hurt the reputation of this city and interfere with or violate the constitutional, human, and civil rights of the citizens of our community.
We believe that the Las Vegas Times was very instrumental in taking former Family Court Judge Fran Fine off the bench for abusing the power that the court had invested in her.
Later on, a disagreement with two business associates that were not respecting the oath of journalists forever changed the future of the Las Vegas Times.
One week we entered production as the Las Vegas Times and, with the help of our production manager, Don Snook, we came out as the Las Vegas Tribune, surprising everyone, including the two unprofessional associates.
We are very proud to be included among the little group of supporters who were behind Judge Jackie Glass in her first time running for office — despite the fact that many local attorneys were upset with us for not supporting an institutional judge — and we took pride in helping Jackie Glass to become a District Court Judge.
We went to bat for former friend Jessie Walsh when she ran for judge, and later on supported her for her second term; but when we learned that she had jumped the fence and had become one of the puppets for David Thomas and attorney Eaglet, we had to stop our support for Judge Walsh.
We are not looking for fame’s spotlight; we are not looking for someone to bow to that may be in power; to us real power is honesty and integrity, and if that means no fame and money for us, well so be it because we are not for sale.
In the sixteen years that the Las Vegas Tribune has been in existence, our editorial line has never changed: we protect and defend these who deserve to be defended, and attack and expose those who need exposing, and those who believe their official position makes them above the law.
We do not believe in traitors, we do not believe in double-crosses, even if we have faced many of them during our sixteen years of existence.
We do not believe in snitches either — we despise them and when we learn of snitches (always snitching for their own good) we expose them. We did it with Richard Stain, who for years worked as a snitch for both the Intelligence Unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and also for some federal agencies, until we helped to blow his cover by publishing his picture in the newspaper as much as we could. After his lucrative “snitch-payments” stopped coming, he moved on to a less glamorous life at a trailer park, living there till he died.
We also took the time to expose Fran Perry, who now is supposed to be doing time in a federal penitentiary after we published his picture and he was caught with child pornography.
We also exposed the snitch Johnny Bianco, who was cold-blooded enough to snitch on his own daughter, and unsuccessfully tried to snitch on two East Coast alleged mob-connected individuals; however, in court, it was proven that all Johnny told the federal agents were lies.
People who threaten us by saying they’ll give our “whereabouts” to government officials, are naive and not very bright because everyone in every government institution knows where we are.
We have been, for seventeen years, very critical of government institutions; if they would have known, or know now, of any wrongdoing on our part, they would have already used it against us or even created some crime against us (again) to get rid of the Las Vegas Tribune.
There is only one person responsible for anything and everything that comes out of the Las Vegas Tribune. Promises and agreements that are made by anyone else, whether they contribute to our newspaper or not, and regardless of what title they may have added to their name, are not valid if such promises and agreements are not approved and signed
off by the sole owner of this organization.
The day the sole owner of this newspaper is no longer among the living, there are others who will carry the torch. But anyone who is hanging around with a dream of taking over the newspaper in that eventuality might as well leave now because they are not going to take over the Las Vegas Tribune.
Those who are thinking of tarnishing the reputation of the Las Vegas Tribune so that later on they can take it over and change the name because, in their view “the Las Vegas Tribune name has been tarnished,” have to have something very wrong with their thinking apparatus. Why should anyone wait for that day to come when they could start their own newspaper with a new name right now somewhere else.
They can start up and publish their own newspaper right now — no waiting necessary! And they can pick one of the other usual names for their paper: The Herald, The Examiner, The Post, The Guardian, The Herald Examiner or any other name they like. Many have tried and many have failed. They failed because when people are evil, they take that evil into their business with them; they never succeed because while publishing a newspaper may seem like a very easy job, in reality it is
Unless the newspaper is published by a millionaire, or a millionaire-subsidized company, it is not easy to succeed in publishing, and that is why so many good journalists are happy enough to end up working, if even for a publication that tells them what to write, what not to write, who they can write about, and even who they can say anything good (or bad) about in their articles. In other words, they become paid puppets instead of journalists.
Only people that are dedicated to the publication and put every penny that comes in back into the business, are married to the newspaper eight days a week, twenty-eight hours a day, and the newspaper is the wife or husband, the mistress or lover and nothing else matters in life, will ever succeed in that field. Those individuals who want to be “executives,” “promoters,” “activists” or “leaders” and want their names or pictures on every page of the newspaper can never become a
But the bottom line is that those who think they have something to snitch on about this newspaper, we can only say: GO AHEAD! MAKE OUR DAY!