I have always believed that Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers was an honest and sincere friend. I enjoyed the times that we shared during his appearances on Face The Tribune radio show, and I do see him as the perfect candidate for the city council ward seat he has held for the last five years.
I have never in my whole life put bumper stickers for any political candidates on my car or on my truck, but I have one of Councilman Bob Beers on both because I believe in him.
I have said on many occasions that I am not in this business for the spotlight, for the money, or to win a popularity contest. In fact, I believe that if I was a likeable or popular person, I could not be doing my job as I am supposed to do.
My problem is that when I offer my friendship to someone and then that person betrays me, my feelings are hurt; Bob Beers just did that: He insulted my intelligence and hurt my feelings when he lied to me.
I would have been fine with the truth if he would have told me that he could no longer do my radio show because he is not allowed to be seen at Radio Tribune.
After nineteen appearances, during the primary election, now Bob Beers all of a sudden (without advance notice or a last minute call) finds out that his ward is “too far for his constituents to hear the show” that we were running repeatedly day and night.
A man name Jerry C. in Buffalo, New York, 2,268 miles away; a woman name Maria U in Miami, Florida, 2,533 miles from Las Vegas; and a woman named Jennifer R in Santa Monica, California, 299 miles from Las Vegas can hear our radio station clearly, but Bob Beers’ constituents — only twenty miles from downtown Las Vegas — cannot reach us on the Internet or on YouTube. WOW! What a tragedy. What a waste of time, and what a waste of our efforts and our good intentions trying to help Bob Beers get re-elected. How sad that is.
If Bob Beers’ campaign adviser is prohibiting him from visiting Radio Tribune, it may be a good idea for him to obey her orders because she knows the ropes in the political arena and she is never going to hurt him because that would be like hurting her own political reputation.
A situation like this one is what makes me a lousy politician. I cannot be a hypocrite, I cannot be two-faced, because I am a person of my own: I will not let anyone direct me, manage me, or control me like a little puppet. I treat people like they treat me: When they give me respect, I give respect back.
I do not live in a fantasy world; I live in a real world, and whayever I say today, I should be able to say again tomorrow or next year.
I try to live my life as transparently as possible because, in my humble opinion, I believe that it is the best way.
I do not need to live in a $3,600-a-month home that I cannot afford. I pay my mortgage with my Social Security check and I don’t drive a car that is so expensive I have to worry about it being repossessed every morning because I couldn’t make a payment. My car is twenty-three years old and is paid for because it was a gift; my working truck is seventeen years old and is paid for.
I do not worry if people like my home or not because I never bring anyone home; that is my castle, my private domain in which to rest and be me. It has always been my contention that the car does not make the person, the person’s actions do. I am the same person now as I was driving the Bentley — actually I feel better now because I do not have to worry about someone hitting my car, and I don’t have a high insurance bill, and my truck has more dents than I have wrinkles in my face, and I am happy.
I did my due diligence by supporting Stavros Anthony, and now I am doing my part by reminding the people of Las Vegas that their best choice in this June city election is Bob Beers, regardless of the fact that he may be controlled by his campaign adviser — or not. At least I know that Bob Beers is not controlled by someone’s money or any powerful person.
Bob Beers is his own man — as long as he is not under the spell of his campaign adviser. Even if he is, I am sure that his campaign advisor is not interested in any special interest, she may only be interested in her own benefit and no one else’s.
I do recommend that the people of Las Vegas re-elect Bob Beers. I, Rolando Larraz, approve this endorsement.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.