I know many people will wonder why I am paying attention to an issue that happened in Montgomery County, Alabama when I regularly try to keep myself focused on the local issues that affect our city, and I know how many people like to pick over my errors and my mistakes, so I know someone is going to pick on this.
Montgomery County, in Alabama, is where the rape of a teenage girl by two illegal immigrants occurred. Someone hired an immigration attorney for an exorbitant amount of money, and, according to the US News, attorney Leon Rodriguez signed a retainer agreement on March 8 to provide legal services “in connection with immigration matters.”
The agreement was for $575 an hour, the highest hourly rate Montgomery County spent for an attorney up to now. This came about in the weeks before the alleged rape at Rockville High School, which put Montgomery County in the national spotlight.
And here is what got my attention: Is this attorney charging that much money to hurt the pockets of that county, or is he not interested in defending his countrymen and asked for that amount of money hoping that it would be denied by the county?
If he is so good and worth every penny of that amount, why doesn’t he represent his countrymen pro-bono and try to help those in trouble fighting for their freedom? Everyone likes to “help” as long as there is something in it for them, and I assume that $575 an hour is something.
There is a big difference in working for a living (or having a profitable business) and working for a cause; working for a cause is something that should be done without personal profit because once there is personal profit, that is a business, and those actions can make an organization and a person lose all credibility.
People that use someone else’s money to “operate,” or elected officials who are being paid by taxpayers’ money, should realize that they are walking on ice — and their finances should be an open book at all times. The people that finance an operation, regardless of the amount they contribute, and the government, and any of those elected officials, should be willing and ready to show the books and explain the expenditures to anyone who asks, without any hesitation.
Public officials that receive gifts should be ready to leave those gifts behind when they leave the elected office; those gifts would not have been given to them if they were not holding those offices; they also need to stop imitating previous office-holders, like County Commissioner Larry Weekly, walking around the convention center with two showgirls holding his skinny body up like former Mayor Oscar Goodman used to do — after all imitation is not a real thing to do.
I wonder if any of those CEOs or presidents of charitable organizations would be so interested in the sickness of children or those individuals that are suffering severe illness if their salaries were to be cut seventy per cent of what they’re collecting now.
Kenneth L. Davis, President and CEO of the Nonprofit Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai sacrificed his life for a miserable Compensation: $1,599,911.
Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the Nonprofit, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for a humble Compensation: $1,676,531.
Reynolds Levy, President Nonprofit: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; poor little Rey is only compensated $1,725,493 for his participation.
Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association may have dedicated his life to those who suffer from such a delicate illness for the rather miserable sum of $2,731,016.
Robert J. Zimmer, President Nonprofit: University of Chicago, is offering his heartfelt cooperation for a few dollars that only amount to a lousy $2,756,471.
John L. Miller, President and CEO for the nonprofit Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin is compensated only $3,206,088, and I wonder how much those people with disabilities or disadvantages that are running around the stores looking scared are being paid.
You see I am not against making that kind of money as long as it is not with a fake attitude or privately owned or for-profit Corporation but not for charity or government institutions. Those who want to serve the country or give back to the community should do so at a modest price and they should not be the ones who decide their salaries or retirement benefits.
And to end while on the subject of government inconsistencies, I am going to throw something out there for you all to think about: If the President, governors, mayors and state legislators are under a two-term limit, why is it that the US Senate and Congress are excluded from that system? Why are they better than all the rest of those elected to office?
Think about it… it is up to you, the constituents, the voters, to make the necessary changes.
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 702-272-4634.