My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
Last week I had the great pleasure of running into former City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Reese. What a pleasure it was!
We spoke for a very long while remembering the good old days while he was one of the most likable, respected and hard-working elected officials in our city government and as part of our community.
Gary and I did not always see eye to eye, but who does in politics nowadays? However, we always respected each other and kept an honest relationship, a friendship.
Gary is a little heavyset while I have lost much of my belly due to my eight-month illness and being on a strict diet. We joked about all that and laughed over old memories.
I personally believe that Gary Reese was one of the most hard working elected officials that Las Vegas city government ever had; we did not agree with each other all the time, and I definitely was not always on his side and I let him know that in person, in my column, and while he was hard at work cutting my hair.
Yes, City Councilman Gary Reese used to cut my hair when I had hair — but I never let him shave my beard in case a mistake might happen because accidents happen once in a while, especially by people with a difference of opinion.
We talked about people who went in and out of city hall while he was the second in command on the city board; he told me how much he liked the city attorney and I told him how much I didn’t like him, but I didn’t emphasize it because if Lois Tarkanian got to hear that, she would accuse me of being homophobic just as she accused me of being racist because I did not agree with the way the government kissed the Latino’s rear end.
Remember, nowadays people cannot express their opinion or their feelings because they can be accused of being anti-something; if one criticizes a Black or a Hispanic, one is a racist; if one criticizes a gay person, one is homophobic; if one criticizes a Democrat, that person is anti-American; but if one speaks against a Republican everyone is happy. By the way, Gary Reese is a Democrat and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What does that make me?
So now that I know that Gary Reese is not interested in going back to city hall, I may need to locate Michael McDonald and try to make him
interested in becoming the next city Mayor after Carolyn Goodman finishes her last term as Las Vegas Mayor.
I have no idea why people who have the best interests of our community at heart are not chosen to become an elected public official and serve the people of our city for the term that is set by the law and then allow others to do the same.
I can imagine people like (Governor) Steve Sisolak, (County Commissioner) Tick Seagabloom, Commissioner Chris G., (Councilwoman) Tarkanian or (Councilman) Coffin doing nothing more than collecting a government check and pretending to be serving the community.
It is my humble opinion that all those leaches calling themselves politicians and public servants are nothing more than users, and good for nothing, just to improve their lives at the expense of the electoral system.
I am sick and tired of the political games these people like to play pretending to be “Almighty God’s gift to the world” and who never do anything wrong and always stick up for each other.
Next week I will try to expose one of the most criminal and cynical behaviors politicians can ever perform with a straight face: the abuse of a group of elderly human beings, the worst that’s ever taken place just to cover each other and protect each other’s butts.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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.