Because I don’t drink, never been able to comprehend why people drink and drive

My Point of View
By Rolando Larraz
Scott Gragson, the grandson of former Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson, was involved in a fatal crash; the judge set bail at $250,000 Friday for the prominent businessman with a history of DUI violations.
Many stories have surfaced after that accident and it seems like this was not the first “incident” in the life of Scott Gragson, the grandson of the late former Las Vegas mayor, Oran Gragson.
After seeing the history of Scott Gragson, why not go after the bartender and arrest him for serving the drinks to the alcoholic junkie with friends in the right places.
No, wait a minute, they should go after the bar owner for hiring the bartender who served the drinks to the alcoholic with connections in the high and right places.
But why stop there? Let’s get the landlord who rented the bar to the guy who hired the bartender who served the drinks to the alcoholic Gragson. And while you’re at it, why not extend the responsibility to the liquor distributor who delivered the alcohol to the bar that served the drinks to the alcoholic junkie whose irresponsible behavior killed an innocent soul.
But the liquor distributor would not be that guilty if the distillery would not have made the alcoholic poison that resulted in the death of a local woman who was accompanying Scott Gragson during his irresponsible behavior of driving while drunk.
Maybe because I don’t drink, but I never have been able to comprehend why people drink and drive; why not take a taxi, call for a limo or even rent a room in the place where they spent the time to get drunk?
But that is not the point that I’m trying to make here today after reading in the local newspaper about the guy who sold the ammo to the nut case who shot fifty-eight people from the thirty-first-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
How in the world could that guy ever imagine that his ammo was going to be used to kill fifty-eight people who were enjoying themselves and just having a good time?
If that is the case (putting blame on the one who sold the ammo), why not go after the MGM Resort and the owners of the infamous Mandalay Bay, which was the scene of the shooting that took the life of those
fifty-eight people?
Ahhhh! But the MGM is protected by the magical hands of the former U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid who is now represented at the MGM by Reid’s puppet and former Nevada governor, Brian Sandoval.
In Nevada it is not who you are or who you know but who knows you and who wants to know you after you make the mistake of breaking the law.
Scott R. Gragson joined Colliers International in 1997 as a member of the Land Division and has since teamed with John D. Kilpatrick, Robert Torres, and Laurie Stevens to create the number one revenue-producing team at Colliers International. He has received numerous awards at Colliers including “Broker Of The Year.” Mr. Gragson is recognized as one of the top land brokers in the Las Vegas valley but no one wanted to recognize him as a professional alcoholic.
With over twelve years experience as a managing member of GKT Acquisitions, Gragson has amassed a portfolio of over 600 acres for his select clientele, valued in excess of $150 million, enough to buy a few honorable people of our community and turn a blind eye to his disease.
In addition, Mr. Gragson has actively pursued site selection for corporate clients such as Nevada Power Company, Bass Hotels & Resorts, HCA Healthcare, and numerous Las Vegas home builders. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for Candlelighters Charities, Real Trends, Links for Life and is a Board Member for the Bank of Las Vegas. Professional affiliations include CCIM, NAIOP, and the Urban Land Institute.
Where are Tony Sanchez and his clan at Nevada Power Company now? Are they hitting or supporting their alcoholic business associates?
Remember Teddy Binion? You know the alleged black ship of the powerful gaming family who everyone in the city knew was a junkie—a friendly junkie, but a junkie nevertheless?
Every cop in town knew he was a junkie, they knew when his supplier was going to make a delivery and they all looked the other way; on many occasions, I had pointed out that the cops were as guilty as the drug dealer for the death of Ted Binion.
During the trial of the two people accused of “killing” Ted Binion, it was shown that the Las Vegas mayor at the time stopped by the Binion home to collect a campaign contribution check while Ted was waiting for the drug dealer to arrive with the “merchandise” just before the doctor next door gave him a bunch of pills without prescription.
Once again, I remind you that in Nevada it is not who you are or who you know but who knows you and who wants to know you after you make the mistake of breaking the law.
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: or at 702-272-4634.

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