Several days ago I received an email from a woman who told me that she
was upset with me because I told someone who wrote in defending former
Hearing Master Patricia Doninger that she sounded like a Democrat.
This woman was very upset with me for saying to someone that she
probably doesn’t know that she sounds like a Democrat, but then she
did the same thing when she called the Las Vegas Tribune a “Republican
I don’t remember if I wrote the article or someone else did, but it
doesn’t matter, because as I always say, I am the captain of the ship
and the buck stops with me; I am responsible for whatever appears in
What really amazes me is that according to this woman I wrote the
accusation that the writer was a Democrat, but she did not attack me,
she attacked the newspaper by calling it a “Republican rag.”
I normally do not respond to crybabies, so I don’t know what got into
me — but I responded to that lady with an email of my own, maybe
because she wrote me an email first and nowadays emails are like
telephone calls and I believe in returning all my telephone calls.
After all, I am not like most Las Vegas attorneys in that it must be
against my principals or religion to return any telephone calls.
Most people in Las Vegas carry two cell phones, but they all are too
busy to answer the phone and way too busy and too lazy to return
telephone calls unless they want or need something from the caller —
like during an election.
Anyway, I did return this woman’s email and was glad to point out to
her that this “Republican rag” is party blind; this “Republican rag”
did not endorse Governor Brian Sandoval just because he has an
Is it surprise enough that we would like to see Rory Reid being the
Nevada Governor, since Reid talks like a Democrat, acts like a
Democrat and is a Democrat.
Governor Sandoval makes people believe that he is a Republican, but I
personally don’t believe he is Republican; in my personal opinion,
Sandoval is a RINO.
For those who know how I feel about the third most powerful man in the
entire country, it may surprise you to know we (the Las Vegas Tribune)
endorsed Rory Reid. But we did not endorse US Senator Majority Leader
Harry Reid’s son; we only endorsed the candidate we believed would be
the more effective governor.
I don’t want to take credit for that — the “credit” for the
endorsements goes to the five people that form our endorsement
committee — but I can talk about and defend the newspaper for being
called a “Republican rag” because I can speak for the newspaper.
The “Republican rag” called the Las Vegas Tribune lately has endorsed
well known Democrats like Steve Sisolak, the Chairman of the Clark
County Commission, as well as other county commissioners, such as
Larry Weekly, Larry Brown and Chris Giunchigliani AKA Chris G.
Am I happy with these endorsements today? Not at all. After what those
county commissioners tried to do with the office of the constable, I
personally don’t believe that they have the community’s best interests
It is my humble opinion that what the county commissioners want to do
is the same thing that happens in the assembly when they destroy the
life and career of an elected official to replace him with someone
that they can manipulate at their command.
They are taking John Bonaventura out of the office he was elected to
most likely to replace him with someone they can control and
manipulate as wanted; someone who knows how to bow to them; someone
who, when they tell him or her to jump, will simply ask “how high” and
be a humble yes-man; or, more importantly, a yes-madam, to the person
wanting to dissolve the constable office, Chris G.
Another Democrat that has our support is Nevada Attorney General
Catherine Cortez-Masto: not because she has a Hispanic name, not
because she is a female, and not because she is a Democrat, but
because she is the best candidate when it comes to serving our
community the best way.
People have to understand that this newspaper’s loyalty is to the
people of this community; we do not follow any party affiliation and
those who know me understand my sarcastic sense of humor and when I
say that that woman who wrote defending Patricia Doninger — instead of
defending a defenseless single mother of a minor child who had been
abused by two grown-up men with a badge and a gun — was a Democrat, I
didn’t mean any insult to the Democratic Party.
It is like the man who wrote telling me that calling what those two
marshals were doing to that woman an assault was “a little too much
and an exaggeration” — maybe because he does not have a daughter or a
Those who don’t know how to respect a woman, and those who ignore the
plea of a woman for help, are all cowards with or without a badge and
a gun; but when they do have a gun and a badge it is even worse
because then the means of self-defense can even make a situation
worse: if she would have kicked them in the groin she would have been
charged with assaulting a police officer — and with a witness like
Patricia Doninger, who didn’t hear or see anything, she wouldn’t even
have a defense.
Yes, Mr. Macho Man, anything that is done to a woman without her
consent should be considered an assault and should be seen as an
assault and prosecuted as one.
By the way, and for the record, before I saw that infamous video on
YouTube, I would have vouched for one of those marshals, Jimmy, who
has always been a good guy while at the Regional Justice Center,
always treating everyone with respect and acting like a gentlemen. I
was really surprised to see him participating in such an indecent
episode like that one in Family Court. I was more than disappointed
with his participation in such a despicable incident.
Going back to the man who does not see that Family Court incident as a
physical assault to a woman, I wonder if he can see it within his
heart to see it as a moral assault — an act of disrespect and an abuse
of power. I wonder if he could imagine seeing something like that
happen to his daughter, his wife or his mother and still say calling
this an assault is too much and an exaggeration.
And to that woman who called our newspaper a “Republican rag” because
she cannot agree with what I express and write, I would like to remind
her that she always has the option of sticking with the other paper,
on Bonanza Road.
That is one of the benefits of living in an almost free country: we
always have the chance and the choice of turning the page, changing
the channel or getting the other side of the story by reading the
I, on the other hand, am very proud of the kind of newspaper we put
out every week and take my hat off and bow to every one of the
writers, reporters and the entire staff that produces this newspaper
every week, and I am grateful to every single one of them for a job
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 him
at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at (702) 699-8111.
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