I have said many times that the daily newspaper may be the largest newspaper in the area, but not the most read newspaper.
Even their circulation is not the largest because the Las Vegas Sun publishes the same amount of newspapers, unless the daily does not insert the Las Vegas Sun in all their newspapers.
Now Federal prosecutors confirm our opinion on the readership of “the largest newspaper” in the area when they propose that the HOA trial be moved out of the Las Vegas jurisdiction because of the bad publicity the trial has received from the media in Las Vegas.
To begin with, it was not bad publicity; it was a real account of the events that took place by a group of greedy and ill-intentioned individuals guided by that piece of trash Puerto Rican mob wannabe who likes to play the Godfather role, something that he will never actually be.
The federal prosecutors told the court that the change of venue was not necessary because “The Review-Journal’s circulation covers only a small portion of the more than 2 million residents in the Las Vegas Valley and the majority of its stories will have been published long before the trial, the prosecutors wrote.”
We have been saying that for years and people think that it’s jealousy or envy but nothing is further from the truth; we are very realistic in our organization and are very well aware that we are only a weekly with a small circulation — but lots and lots of readers. Why? Because we are independent and we are not owned by anyone; as much as we appreciate and respect the few advertisers that we have, we are proud to say that our advertisers do not control our news department or our small team of investigators.
What makes our newspaper different than any other one is that we do not lie and we defend the people’s rights at any cost.
Not too long ago during a visit to one of our judges’ chambers, a young lady that we respect and admire very much was upset with me first, and then with the newspaper because we wrote something that she considered in bad taste.
I explained to her that what we wrote was in part our feelings for her because she was being used by a group looking to benefit their own friend, not her.
That young lady told me that she was under the impression that I am friends with one of the attorneys and I was very proud to remind her in front of everyone in that chamber that my friends are the people of Las Vegas, the truth, and the constitutional rights of all. “Just because I am friends with him [the attorney], does not give him the right to use you because you do not deserve it; you are a very good young lady, and hard-working, and a good attorney [like him] you do not need, if he’s out to use you,” I told her. And the only reason that I do not mention her name is because I did not ask her for permission to mention her.
Just because I may be friends with someone doesn’t mean that I am going to hide when they do something that hurts the community, and promoting a bad candidate is not serving the community right.
I have been of the opinion that the HOA trial is not going to go anywhere because the sleaze manipulator of the whole charade, Leon Benzer, will be able to work out a deal with the government and walk out of the federal courthouse a free man; con men have the ability to make others believe “their good intentions” and always have “something to offer” that only benefits them.
That is the way the system works; and never forget the trial of Steve Cino and Bobby Panaro: nineteen people were arrested, a few went to trial and only three ended up doing time in a federal penitentiary because all the others — or most of them — made deals with the feds.
In the justice system, in Las Vegas anyways, the more one talks the less time, if any, one does, and that is what is going to happen with the HOA trial: very few will do time and Leon Benzer will be walking out of the courthouse all by himself a free man because that is how justice works in Nevada.
On the night of November 4, I was stunned to learn that Judge Smith had won the reelection bid over his challenger, Christine Guerci-Nyhus, who is well qualified, honest, fair and does not discriminate.
That is a good example of why the Las Vegas Tribune does not endorse candidates anymore; we write good articles about candidates whom we believe will do good on the job; we try to ignore the candidates that we know are not good for the position they are running for because the less we mention their names, the less publicity we give to those bad candidates, the better off the voters will be.
Who would ever have thought that a judicial candidate that has almost one hundred cases in the Supreme Court, including thirty-five that have already been reversed, and others that have been given to other judges to handle because of an obvious display of discrimination in open court, could possibly win another term on the bench?
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His name will pass into history, reminding everyone he was a four-term mayor who could have added on another term if he would have wanted to.
Mayor Barry was loved by the majority of the citizens in DC; to many he was like a hero, their idol, because he was a man that put the people first, before anything.
Barry was 78 years old and leaves behind a wife and a son.
appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-868-NEWS (6397)