This is the case with local attorney, Carmine James Colucci. I met Carmine twenty-six years ago through my good old friend, the late Joe Abraham, who together with his wife owned Joe’s Bail Bonds. Carmine and I did not see each other on a daily basis, but we kept in touch regularly.
On Saturday, April 29, 2017 I spent time chatting with Carmine. He seemed in perfect health and was cheerful. To my great surprise, on Monday, May 1st I learned from District Attorney Steve Wolfson that Carmine was taken to the hospital in serious condition. At 2:30 on the morning of May 4th Carmine left us all to join the company of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
It happened so soon, so fast, that it is very difficult to understand or even accept the fact that he would not be around us any longer. From all of us at the Las Vegas Tribune and myself, personally, our deepest condolences to his wife Linda, his sister Melina, niece Jennifer and great-niece Emilina.
Our condolences to his personal assistant NoÎl, who worked shoulder to shoulder with Carmine to meet the needs of his many clients. Memorial services for Carmine will be Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church at 7260 W. Sahara Avenue (corner of Tenaya).
Rest in peace, Carmine James Colucci; you will never be forgotten.
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As the old saying in show business goes, the show must go on. Now, let’s talk about “diversity.”
According to the dictionary, the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Nowadays the word diversity is used for political correctness purposes or to sound or look like a very humble down-to-earth individual runs an office as honorably as possible, even if it is just a double standard.
In my mind running a diversity business or a diversity office means having employees that can represent different aspects of our community, but still, that diversity should be according to the size and the necessity of that office, remembering that we are in the United States and the American people should always be well represented.
There is a law office in Las Vegas, the employees of which consist of four Mexicans and the two owners of the firm. They believe they can call themselves a diversity employer, or that theirs is a diversity law firm, but how diverse is it to have all your employees of the same nationality? And if it were not politically incorrect, I might wonder about the immigration status of all four Mexicans in that office.
In my humble opinion, diversity would mean to have employees that are Anglos, Blacks, Hispanics, Filipinos, Europeans and any others that can be included in the true meaning of diversity; I don’t believe that having employees from Sinaloa, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Monterey, Chihuahua, Puebla or Guanajuato is really reflecting diversity at their place of work because they are all from the same old Mexico.
Mexicans are not the only people of foreign nationality that live in this wonderful country that is known as the melting pot of the universe and when I see the Liberals of this nation being upset because President Trump did not want to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in the White House, I wonder what is wrong with these people.
Not even the Mexicans in Mexico celebrate Cinco De Mayo; first of all I never heard of anyone in Mexico — much less in the Mexican Presidential Palace — who celebrates the 4th of July, so why should the American President celebrate a Mexican event?
Cinco De Mayo is when the Mexicans won the battle of Puebla against the French Army, but it is not Independence Day for the Mexicans. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th, so let’s stop being confused and causing everyone in this country to be confused.
The American people started celebrating Cinco De Mayo because the casinos in Las Vegas wanted another excuse to bring Mexican junkets to Las Vegas to spend money in the local casinos; later President Bush (Jr.) started celebrating Cinco De Mayo in the White House because his brother Jeb is married to a Mexican and Obama followed the Bush tradition, most likely without knowing the reason for such a celebration.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.