No one will ask me what I want or expect for this new year that begins today, but if anyone does ask me that, this is what I expect or I would like to see happening: I would like to see the local television stations being more respectful of their audience and stop using infomercials as news
I would like them to give their audience more local news and stop filling their air time with stupid out-of-the-country items that no one cares about.
I would like to see the local weather reporters give the current temperature for the actual time; who cares what the temperature will be at four in the afternoon when one can be freezing when leaving the house at six in the morning.
I would like to see some of those government offices that like to control us and impose their wishes and commands on all of us do something to stop the cable companies from ripping off their forced subscribers with commercial television channels; they repeat the same programs over and over insulting the intelligence of any human being and ripping off the money paid by the subscribers who are forced to join their useless programming if they want to watch a half-way decent television program.
Nothing would make me happier than seeing our illustrious Senator Harry Reid being able to enjoy his well-deserved retirement, just being a grandpa, and letting others become the politicos of 2020.
Also, I would like to see our former president Barack Obama be like any other former president, going home and start writing his own memoirs, enjoying his successful life and leave politics to history and to others; he already had his fifteen minutes of fame; let others now enjoy theirs.
I would like to see those brainless people who are texting in the supermarket parking lots finally realize that cars also have a right to move along between parking spaces and they should look both ways before reading and texting back and not get mad when someone blows the horn at them to alert them that they are not the only one in the parking lot.
I would like to be able to put into city councilwoman Olivia Diaz’s head that her downtown homeless people are not the only ones forcing themselves on us that she needs to protect; we taxpayers and license-holders that offer decent jobs and salaries to others are part of “her people,” and she needs to start acting like a real councilwoman, answering phone calls from her constituents and not hiding behind her assistant. If she wants to be a politician, she needs to dance to the music.
The same goes for Ward One Councilman Bryan Knudsen who needs to start fulfilling his campaign promises and asking those business operators on Lilliput Lane and other areas of Ward One operating without licenses to man up and put their money where their mouth is.
Just because you have a little friend playing as “your representative in the area” does not mean that you are doing your job, so stop the game.
I also would like to see the city code enforcement do their job fairly and equally. If one person can build an apartment without a permit, they should let the next door neighbor do the same, and Vicky Ozuna should be more respectful to home-owners and return their phone calls instead of hiding behind voice mails that are never answered.
There is another thing I would like to see happening in this new year of 2020 that starts today with this new issue of the Las Vegas Tribune. I would like to see public and elected officials being more respectful of their constituents and stop hiding under the secretary’s skirts, their voicemails or any of their other forms of evasion. They were elected to serve their constituents and “being too busy” is not an excuse, because they were “not too busy” when they were begging for their votes and making false promises they had no intention of fulfilling or are not even capable of doing so.
I would like to see the public or elected officials in any jurisdiction or capacity being more respectful of their constituents and realizing that their job belongs to the people who voted them in.
This year I am going to try to make sure to follow the work of any and all elected officials and make sure that those who are placed in a position to serve are not making fools of those who elected them to such positions.
To begin with I am going to start publishing the names of every department head, supervisor and manager so the citizens can contact them directly when they have a problem and if their telephone calls are not responded to in a timely manner, I am going to make an effort to have those residents give us the time and day they called any particular department head, supervisor or manager so we can publicize it and have the people remember them when it’s time to judge their
performance or on election day.
In the meantime I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Let’s get to work!!!!
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.