What better time than on the anniversary of the 237th birthday of this wonderful country to remind everyone how lucky we are for being part of this great nation.
Normally, I don’t go onto Facebook or into the comments readers leave on our website under every article, expressing their opinion about some of those articles.
Not because I don’t care what readers have to comment, but for many other reasons. I am too old and know very little about how to “navigate in the net” (I was told that is the correct language for the online world, and I am learning little by little, day by day) and the job of reading the comments is assigned to another person under the supervision of the Managing Editor who ultimately is the boss.
However, last week while I was out ill, I tried to practice my capability on the Internet and read some of the attacks by a person who, it seems to me, is the same person who fired on me and my way of running this newspaper.
I was surprised in reading some of the comments and by how some misinformed readers that may have some personal vendetta against me obviously don’t know the difference between a news story and an editorial, or a commentary, or my personal opinion in my column entitled, “My Point Of View” (that I have been writing for the last fifteen years and in which I express MY OWN opinion, as is my right under the Constitution’s First Amendment).
It does not really matter to me because as the captain of this ship, I feel ultimately responsible for every letter, every word, and every paragraph that appears in this newspaper.
I, for one, as well as everyone in this dedicated group that participates in the weekly creation of this newspaper, look out for injustice and wrong doing on the part of the elected officials that are supposed to be serving the community at any cost.
Sometimes people bring stories to us that may not be of interest to all but are of interest to some specific communities; but if we see the injustice, we give them the opportunity to speak up.
The last time I checked myself I noticed that I have all the parts of a real man, but that does not stop me from taking sides with a woman who had the misfortune of creating a new life with an irresponsible male that does not know how to be a man to support his own child’s rights unless ordered to do so by a judge in a court of law.
What is in it for us? The satisfaction that the young mother who has to hold down two jobs to provide a decent living for her child can get a little financial relief to help raise that child.
When a county employee, unjustifiably, strips a young mother of her right of being with her newborn child, and a judge tries to manipulate the system to give that child to someone who makes money raising a not-related-child for no other reason but financial gain, we expose that situation and report on the biological family’s effort to rightfully be reunited with their beautiful bundle of joy, and to bring their child home.
During that above-mentioned odyssey, I never met that young mother until she did not get her child back from the county; and looking at next year’s election, the judge tried to take credit for it and even started visiting Black churches, claiming that he “believes and fights for family unification at any cost” I learned — but that is another story, and not necessarily for this column.
If that family appreciates what the Las Vegas Tribune did for them, and realizes that we went against a judge — who otherwise has been a friend — when we took up their side, it is up to them.
This newspaper has come forward in exposing the injustices created when a 17-year-old child, Ryan Ferguson, was framed for a murder he did not commit so that the prosecutor in the case could look good for “winning” and become a judge; and so far the man is still on the bench and the innocent man is still behind bars with Governor Nixon doing nothing to right another injustice and government wrong.
After several local attorneys contacted the Las Vegas Tribune to complain about the mistreatment they were receiving from the marshals at the Regional Justice Center, and I personally took the matter to the county commissioners, the South Gate was reopened and the long lines of people in front of the Regional Justice Center ended.
Do we know those people waiting on line in front of the Regional Justice Center? Probably not, but we felt that it was necessary to do something about it because the reporters (all of them) covering the courthouse for the daily newspaper never did anything until we wrote about it.
Probably someone saw me in front of the county commissioners speaking on behalf of those attorneys and the unfair treatment they have been receiving, and on behalf of the people of Las Vegas who were forced to stay in those long lines under any weather conditions, and *then *they decided to “do something about it right away.”
Do I benefit by taking time from my busy schedule to speak on behalf of those attorneys or on behalf of those people standing on line that most likely I don’t even know? My only benefit is the satisfaction of doing what needs to be done to right a wrong.
I would not call any particular county commissioner a friend, but I used to like most of them, until they teamed up to destroy and to dismiss — for some ulterior motive — the elective office of the Constable in Clark County; after that I lost respect for them.
It bothers me when elected public servants, supposedly acting on behalf of their constituents, personally benefit from the action they take.
The last time I had any contact with Constable John Bonaventura was in May 2011, six months after he took office, when the two of us and eight other people had lunch at the Golden Nugget.
Later on, his mouthpiece — Lou Toomin — told me that the Constable does not like me, probably because the Las Vegas Tribune did not endorse him and I, personally, did not support him.
And because I don’t give a flying fig, I never saw him after that.
But again, in all fairness and as I told County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani during a telephone conversation, what they did to the people of Las Vegas Township is wrong and it is inconceivable.
Bonaventura is going to finish out his term; after that the elected office will be closed, eliminated — so who will be losing? The people of the Las Vegas Township that are losing an elected office, or the constable, who most likely would not have been reelected?
John Bonaventura most likely will go on to run for another public office, as professional politicians do, and the only “one” losing will be the people of Clark County.
If my “modus operandi” and my loyalty to the community I love is a reason for critics to try to put me down and for some people to be unhappy with me, I can live with that, as long as someone benefits from the results of what I do.
In God I Trust. Have a Happy 4th of July, and may God Bless America!
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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