My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
The problem I have with those Democrat-Communists is that they are always right; their opinion is always the right opinion and if the
other person is of a different viewpoint that person is the bad one, the enemy, and that is not fair.
I do not agree with the mentality and the viewpoint of many people I know, but I do not take it personally; in the extreme, I try to avoid
discussing whatever topic it is that we do not agree on.
I do not believe in forcing anyone to have the same opinion as I do; I do not believe that the other person is my enemy just because we have a difference of opinion.
Why am I writing about this you may ask, and I am telling you that in my humble opinion, what Twitter, Facebook and all those other social media tycoons are doing is completely unfair and it is not right because shutting someone’s mouth just because of a difference of
opinion from mine or theirs is not the right thing to do. It is like Voltaire said, “I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” and I agree.
As much as I disagree with Brian Greenspun’s socialist ideas that he so proudly displays in the Las Vegas Sun, when his siblings tried to
shut the newspaper down I defended him.
Brian’s father, the late Hank Greenspun—founder of the Las Vegas Sun and one who fought for the rights of the people, the right issues and the rights of those who did not have the opportunity or the means to fight for their rights—was one of my heroes; in fact, Brian’s mother once told me that I may be the only publisher she ever knew that has a picture of her husband in my office.
When I started La Verdad, the first Spanish newspaper in Nevada, Hank Greenspun gave me the opportunity to print my newspaper in the Las Vegas Sun printing plant at a price that was so dirt cheap that it was almost nothing; perhaps it was only the cost of the print run and I will never forget that.
Today Brian Greenspun and I are in completely different positions; he has become a socialist and I am a capitalist, but I defend the right we both have to agree to disagree.
The Independent Newspaper is another publication that I wholeheartedly disagree with, but I would never like to see the publication close down because it is another voice, another opinion, another viewpoint so the American people have a choice.
Of course, as with most communist papers, The Independent Newspaper is a million-dollar operation, thanks to the “contributions” the rich people of Nevada offer to the publisher because they are afraid of being attacked by the publication.
It is my humble opinion that those who contribute to communist publications do so for two reasons: either they have the same ideals
or they have something to hide and are afraid to be exposed by the publication.
I, on the other hand, am not that daring; I do not expose others’ faults or mistakes just because they do not advertise in my newspaper.
This is the first time I am speaking of or referring to the Las Vegas Tribune as my publication or my newspaper and that is because I always refer to the Las Vegas Tribune as our paper because even if I am responsible for the bills and the actions and articles of whatever
appears here I believe that the credit belongs to those who every week put their names on the line, spend hours making sure that when we finalize our product it is the best it can be.
We do not want to rush to publish something that later we have to retract or correct; we’d rather be second with the news than to be
first and later be sent to the back or the end of the line; we do not want to be compared to CNN or to the New York Times even if we would not mind having their money.
I am not afraid to speak my mind about all these social media tycoons not because I am fearless, but because they do not deserve to be named in this publication.
Also, I am not afraid to express my opinion about the entity or the owner because I do not believe in their lower actions and I do not use
their instrument to say what I can say in my own newspaper.
They cannot block me, temporarily or for good as they have done to so many whose opinions are different from theirs.
I know a talk show host that I gave airtime to on my radio station, and knowing my feelings about Barack Obama, every morning he went on the air to praise the president and every morning after his show he used to ask me if I had listened to the show and what I thought of it.
I always gave him the same answer: “I did not have time to listen” or “I was in a meeting,” but I never told him that he was not allowed to praise “his god” because even if it was his FREE airtime it was his airtime.
That is the benefit of living in an almost free country and that is what we all are going to miss very soon, but so far we can still say this one thing, very loud and clear: God Bless America.
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: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.
My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz