I am one of those people who believes in security. I believe in
cameras, gates, bars on windows and recording devices for my own
security and protection; and those who have been in my home know that
I am not just spouting words — I practice what I preach.
I don’t even think that security in public places is a bad thing at
all, and I have mentioned on many occasions that going through the
security gate at the Regional Justice Center doesn’t bother me, but…
and there is always a but.
I have the habit of standing by the security gate at the Regional
Justice Center and talking to the marshals and attorneys coming in and
looking at the people’s faces when they are coming in and have to
start taking part of their clothes off.
Sometimes they are lucky and get good marshals; sometimes they get new
marshals that try to imitate their counterparts in Metro and act rude
and nasty, trying to scare those who are coming to court — maybe for a
traffic ticket they forgot to pay, perhaps for having an argument with
a neighbor or a spouse, but nothing that bad. These new marshals don’t
realize that not all people entering the courthouse building are
criminals and some of them are even a little nervous or scared.
However, that is not the point of this article; the point is that the
other day while I was at my point of observation I saw something very
distressful that bothered me very much.
I saw an elderly lady walking from the gate to the dressing room (that
is what I call that little space by the information booth about 50 to
75 feet from the gate where people coming in are allowed to compose
themselves before going on with whatever business brought them to the
courthouse or before appearing before a judge after taking their shoes
off, their belts, their hairpieces and any other item besides their
underwear “for security” reasons). That lady had the scariest looking
feet I have ever seen: she had pimples all over her feet, her toes
were pealing off and her feet looked like she was suffering from some
kind of disease.
Right behind her was a young lady with healthy beautiful feet with
even a ring on one of her toes stepping on the same dirty floor that
the other lady had walked on just a few seconds before.
There has to be something that can be done in the Regional Justice
Center to avoid possibly contaminating people’s feet from diseases or
pathogens carried by others — which can even be categorized as some
kind of terrorism, since terrorists are not above anything — when
people have to walk through there barefooted.
No, I am not kidding. I believe that diseases are part of a terrorism
plan that should be looked at; at least most men wear socks and have
less possibility of getting any sickness or disease through their
feet, but what about all the sockless men and sockless women who had
to walk right behind that lady?
I am a strong believer that the AIDS disease that has ended the lives
of so many innocent and good people is not an accident, but was
intentionally brought to the United States to cause terror among us.
Please don’t take me wrong. I DO believe in security and I feel safe
when I walk into the courthouse building and have to pass the security
gates because most of the marshals know me, and if I have to go
through the safety procedures everyone else does too and the building
is in a much more secure safety mode. But maybe they can consider that
ladies with sandals, or open shoes with no stockings, may not need to
take off their shoes. If a woman must take off her high heel (or
other) shoes when she has on no stockings, maybe they can offer her
some kind of paper slipper to use going through.
When women wear sneakers, boots and any other shoes that usually
require socks, it is a different story; then women go through the same
hassle as the men do.
This suggested policy will not only ward off anyone catching diseases
through the feet, but maybe even speed the long lines at the security
gate and more people would be happy to visit our wonderful Regional
And talking about the Regional Justice Center, which also houses the
LasVegas Justice Court and Las Vegas Municipal Court and the Nevada
Supreme Court, I was very disappointed to learn that one of the best
people on the staff of the Court Marshals is no longer among them,
Sergeant Lisa Cologna gave up her stripes after decades of serving the
judges, the staff of the courthouse and doing an impeccable job of
protecting the citizens of Clark County at the Regional Justice
I guess the new regime at the courthouse did not know how to
appreciate the quality and the qualifications of Sergeant Cologna and
that is a shame because she is one of the best if not THE best; but
not to worry; Lisa did not hang up her gun or lock up her uniform
because now she has joined the staff of Las Vegas Justice Court
protecting the judges in that institution; and if some of those judges
are smart, they will grab her to keep the order in their courtroom.
I am very happy to learn that Lisa Cologna is not retiring and that
she will now be protecting the crew at the Las Vegas Justice Court as
well as the judges and the staff, and I wish her lots of good luck in
her new endeavor and I hope that she does not convince her buddy, Sgt.
Junior, as I nicknamed her, to follow in her footsteps because they
need her beautiful face at the gate to help balance out all the guys
at the front door.
Also, keeping pace with what is going on at the Regional Justice
Center, I have another happy-sad piece of news: my friend Bill Gang
has retired and is no longer serving the Justices at the Nevada
Bill Gang started out as a reporter for the back-then daily Las Vegas
Sun when the newspaper was run by the best in the business, Hank
Greenspun. Then he started working for the court system going all the
way up to the Supreme Court as its communication director and doing a
magnificent job of it.
I have to publicly appreciate the cooperation of District Court
spokesperson Mary Ann Price, who helped me to learn a little more
about some of the qualifications that made Bill Gang such a special
Bill Gang’s outstanding career included service to the Nevada Supreme
Court for 14 years, where he informed the public about important
issues involving the court and the justice system.
The Judiciary of the Eighth Judicial District Court expressed sincere
gratitude and admiration to Bill Gang for his 14 years of service to
the judicial system as a Nevada Supreme Court Public Information
Officer, and his 18 years of service as a journalist covering the
I cannot claim to be in the circle of friends of Bill Gang, but I
always respected his opinion and in many cases he took the time to
open my eyes and show me the other side of the story I was writing
about, so it could be fair and balanced without losing my spice and
I would like to join the Judiciary of the Eighth Judicial District
Court in wishing Bill Gang the best in the future and express our
sincere gratitude and admiration to Bill Gang for his 14 years of
service to the judicial system as a Nevada Supreme Court Public
Information Officer and his 18 years of services as a journalist
covering the courts. He has been an asset to the courts. We wish Bill
a long, happy, fulfilling retirement, during which he can enjoy the
things he loves and deserves, including writing.
“Bill has contributed to the understanding and appreciation of the
courts through his well-honed skills as a writer and communicator. His
presence, professionalism, great humor, sage wisdom and irreverent
spirit and creativity will be missed,” said the Judiciary of the
Eighth Judicial District Court.
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.
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