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April 19, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
Business community wises up over UNLV
March 23, 2014
Six years after the Great Recession knocked our city and state for a loop to beat all loops, the issue of UNLV and what it could mean for Southern Nevada is front and center. And it comes to that status when everyone understands ...
Jackie Gaughan bought the El Cortez in 1963. Over the years, he had stakes in many Las Vegas casinos, but this was his love, his baby. He held onto his majority stake until 2008, selling to his longtime friend and partner Kenny Epstein.
Vegas loved Gaughan. New Jersey? Not so much
March 16, 2014
Jackie Gaughan died earlier this week at the age of 93. Las Vegas will continue to live on, just as Jackie had always known. What all of us who knew him know, however, is ...
In this case it’s Ukraine, but it could be anywhere
March 16, 2014
Millennials wonder why it is in our national interest to worry about what Vladimir Putin wants to do in countries that have nothing to do with us anyway, but there are very good reasons to care ...
Bright ideas on how to avoid pedestrian deaths
March 9, 2014
Do we need to start wearing glow rings around our necks, miner's lamps on our heads and reflective tape on our arms and legs?
The early days of the Moulin Rouge
March 2, 2014
Bob Bailey reflects a lifetime of black history. His life is also the history of Las Vegas. I was thinking about the just-concluded Black History Month and couldn’t get away from the name of Bob Bailey, my friend. Actually, Bob was a dear friend of my father, Hank Greenspun. Bob inherited me when my father died.
It could have been us instead of New Mexico
March 2, 2014
Don’t worry. It’s safe. Where have we heard that before?
Fairness, 54 years in the making and counting
Feb. 23, 2014
Northern politicians from both parties hang tight as Northerners first, partisans second. Southern lawmakers align themselves as partisans, putting political party ahead of our region’s needs. The South has struggled for respect since Las Vegas was a small, dusty town, easily ignored by Reno and the mining interests of the North. We grew up, but attitudes didn’t change.
Lovers, leaders and laws that are lemons
Feb. 16, 2014
The gaiety of a Las Vegas wedding. If the past is prologue, this weekend in Las Vegas will have once again proved that it is the unofficial wedding capital of the country.
To the readers of The Sunday, thank you
Feb. 16, 2014
As I did last week, I am asking for your comments, criticisms and suggestions about how to make this product more readable, more relevant and more a part of your Sundays.
Believe it or not, a toothpaste bomb isn’t new
Feb. 9, 2014
I have heard about toothpaste bombs before. There is nothing funny about the deadly impact a few toothpaste bombs could have in Russia this month. It should come as no shock that personal security would be a major issue when the world’s greatest athletes take center stage for the Winter Olympic games at Sochi.

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Our young people and a TV blunder
One would hope the college student who pronounced “Achilles” as “A-chill-is” on a recent college edition of “Wheel of Fortune” is not representative of today’s college students.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Minimum wage not high enough
I believe that minimum wage should be increased in order for people to be able to simply live. I work in the service industry, and I must depend on tips to get by. Working 40 hours a week is still not cutting it.
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By Sam Castillo, Las Vegas
‘Patriots’ defend a rich tax dodger
I am frustrated by the so-called patriots who rallied to defend a tax dodger — a rich one, no less.
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By Frank Hackett, Taylor, Mich.
Economic growth is at capacity
In his April 8 column “A tax reformer’s uphill push,” George Will referred to an economic growth rate of 4 percent per year. That shows that Will has no understanding of high school math.
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By Jason G. Brent, Las Vegas
President wrong on GOP and voting
In a speech April 11, President Barack Obama spent a good part of the time chastising Republicans for limiting voting access to millions of blacks and minorities.
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By Clarence Lanzrath, Las Vegas
We lie to our kids about marijuana
I’m writing about Jackie Valley’s story in The Sunday: “Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic.”
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By Kirk Muse, Mesa, Ariz.
Lawmakers get paid to do nothing
Well, here we go again. After all the hard work it did, the House is in recess. Lawmakers can go back to their gerrymandered districts and collect money to get re-elected to go back to Washington and do more nothing.
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Bundy’s win sends the wrong message
It is time for Nevada to man up and uphold the laws of the land. Since when did America start negotiating with terrorists? Cliven Bundy has blatantly broken the law and, even in the face of compromise, could not show humility or respect.
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By Greta Hyland, Dammeron Valley, Utah