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September 2, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

A pair of no-brainers for stagnant Congress
Aug. 10, 2014
A do-nothing Congress finally did something. In fact, two somethings. I am sure I am not alone when I express a very high degree of frustration with Congress, which has managed to maintain the lowest ratings of public approval in recorded history ...
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.

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School situation is no surprise
Three years ago, when I was forced into retirement (after 30 years of excellent performance reviews in Michigan and Clark County) and replaced by a younger, grant-sponsored, less expensive “newbie,” I contacted the personnel department about substitute teaching. While still employed by the district, I was instructed to go online and complete the application process, including new transcripts (from the 1960s-70s no less), a new tuberculosis test and new fingerprinting — all at my expense.
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By Joanne Schwartz, Las Vegas
Get ready for a smoke-free Las Vegas
Smoke-free casinos in Las Vegas? Absolutely, yes!
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By John W. McDonnell, Las Vegas
Passing more laws isn’t the answer
In the Aug. 24 letter “Will NRA back this plan?” responding to Nicholas Kristof’s comment comparing gun and auto deaths, the writer states “at least auto operators must have insurance to protect second and third parties.”
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By Carl Finzer, Henderson
Understanding what ‘natural’ is
Thanks for the meaningful Aug. 25 article “What does ‘natural’ really mean?”
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By Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Henderson
No excuses if the U.S. is attacked
If, in the future, America sees another catastrophe perpetrated by terrorists and commentators in the media start saying “how could this happen?” think back to what I’m about to say.
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By Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
United States must exterminate ISIS
Today the civilized world as we know it is threatened by the ignorance of left-wing extremism blinded by its ideological resistance to an all-out eradication of the savagery of radical Islam.
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Different views on the U.S. wealth gap
An analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor’s says the wealth gap is slowing the United States’ economic growth. We the nonrich already knew that.
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Something missing at casinos today
I’ve just returned home from Santa Fe Station, where I gave the staff one last chance to show how much they love me, as per Station Casinos’ familiar tagline “We Love Locals.”
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By Jeff Silverman, Las Vegas