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July 28, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Seeing the facts in a world of death
July 27, 2014
At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
Dad would have wanted to save the Sun
July 13, 2014
Hank Greenspun had a chance to sell his newspaper to Howard Hughes and live comfortably for the rest of his life. He didn’t do that, in part because his son wanted to the Las Vegas Sun to be part of his life. So when it came time to decide whether to invest in the future of the newspaper, there was only one responsible choice.
Setting the gold standard — one statesman at a time
June 29, 2014
This past Thursday I had the great honor of being able to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for Israeli President Shimon Peres in the beautiful Rotunda of the United States Capitol. It was a most prestigious event, in part because the medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the highest civilian award in the United States. Another part is that it takes an actual act of Congress to get one of these things done!
A time of worry in the world
June 22, 2014
This world has big problems. There are economic challenges around the globe that affect everyone because our world has become interdependent to such a degree that a financial crisis in the United States creates distress for Asia, Europe and practically everywhere. Sure, it appears we are recovering, albeit slowly, from the Great Recession, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.
We fathers have a commitment to our children
June 15, 2014
What is a father to do? Not much of anything, unless he wants to. That’s because on Father’s Day, the people the kids call Dad are entitled to do whatever they want — as long as it meets the approval of the women who got to celebrate Mother’s Day a month earlier!
Eager to get started on the next 20-year plan
May 18, 2014
All my life I have been part of a 20-year plan. As far back as I can remember, the early 1950s for example, my father and his friends like Wilbur Clark, Jerry Mack and Parry Thomas would talk about the future of Las Vegas. And they did it in 20-year increments. They were relatively young men at the time; I was just young.
One of our own inspires the nation through dance
May 18, 2014
Las Vegas should get behind Amy Purdy, an inspiration on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mother’s Day through the eyes of Eastern Europe
May 11, 2014
I took the mother of my beautiful Amy on what I billed a second honeymoon two weeks ago. The trip through Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic was a huge success, although I’m not sure Myra will agree that the honeymoon part lived up to its billing.
It’s great to see construction cranes taking roost
May 7, 2014
Las Vegas is going to be OK. Let me rephrase, Las Vegas is OK and is going to keep getting better. There is no one project or piece of good news that shows...
Preserving my marriage
April 20, 2014
Communication was key when deciding to try to break into medical marijuana business ...
Hearing from the Greatest Generation
April 13, 2014
I have spent a lifetime reading the comments of readers of the Las Vegas Sun and, more recently, our new weekly publication, The Sunday. For the most part, those who comment on stories and columns are thoughtful and sincere. It matters not whether I agree with what they say, only that they are respectful and considerate of the ideas of others.
It seems like our republic is moving backward
April 6, 2014
Votes matter. No matter how many times we have heard that – or I and others in the media business have said that – the truth remains that our votes do matter. But after all this time, I don’t think the majority of voters get it.
How many more chances will we get for peace?
April 6, 2014
Strangely enough, Iran gives us hope for peace in the Middle East.
Commemorating the day Vegas came together
March 30, 2014
Last Wednesday was Moulin Rouge Agreement Day. What a day it was.
One short trip will make you grateful — and fearful
March 30, 2014
And although many of us argue about the rightness and wrongness of government assistance for those in need, few of us ever have the opportunity to actually touch someone who is living the nightmare of not having enough. Of anything.

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Understand the role of Congress
The writer of the July 19 letter “John Boehner should be fired” seems to believe that Congress should obey President Barack Obama in every piece of legislation he proposes.
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By Don Davis, Henderson
Securing border isn’t the solution
In response to the July 20 letter “Washington won’t listen to us,” I have a question: What is a secure border? Is it a border that completely stops all travel, trade and traffic? Or one that stops only illicit travel, trade and traffic? Many nations have walls or fences with borders near high-population areas, but many don’t.
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By Dwayne Morton, Las Vegas
Koch brothers’ newspaper effect
I normally do not bother to read or comment on articles I find on editorial pages, as I usually find them written by scared, angry white guys flailing about this perceived threat or saying who’s to blame for that grossly misunderstood issue. However, I recently had the opportunity to read the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Sun.
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By Gary Warshefski, Boulder City
It’s wrong to blame religion for wars
I am writing in response to the July 18 letter “The problem of organized religion.” With all due respect, this belief that organized religion is the cause of wars, and all that goes with it — pain, bloodshed and mayhem — is as old as the hills and is once again based on mankind’s limited earthly minds. It’s also an easy accusation to make.
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By Marte Jones, Las Vegas
Obama wants to ‘remake America’?
It seems like every time I see or hear President Barack Obama give a speech, he somehow interjects the words “remake America.”
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By Clarence Lanzrath, Las Vegas
Columnist Kristof wrong about Israel
Nicholas Kristof is an editorialist who is capable of great moral clarity, but in “Leading through great loss,” his July 19 column on the Israel-Hamas conflict, Kristof inadvertently exposes his true feelings and in the process his antipathy toward Israel.
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By Henry Soloway, Las Vegas
States working together at border
Great, it’s about time Texas Gov. Rick Perry put 1,000 National Guard troops on his border with Mexico. What is Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer waiting for? She’s been complaining about illegal immigrants in her state for a while.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Impeach Obama to put our nation first
First off, I would like to commend Brian Greenspun for the way he has run the Sun all these years. Since moving here the end of 2003, I have subscribed to the local papers. During that time, the Sun has published more than a dozen of my letters despite them being mostly in opposition to the left.
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By Malcolm Telloian, North Las Vegas