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October 31, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
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?

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Politicians are doing nothing
Another school shooting. All we get from our do-nothing politicos is, “Ho-hum.” What a bunch of unfeeling, overpaid, do-nothings …
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By Bruce Karley, Las Vegas
Obama should act on Ebola crisis
I just reviewed a flier sent out by the principal of an elementary school near where I live. One of the topics was “Health Issues,” specifically the upcoming flu season. The advice if your child appears to be catching the flu or otherwise feels ill? “Keep them …
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By J.J. Schrader, Henderson
Help change our democracy — vote
I am confused about an electorate that would vote based on fear and hate. Politics have become so polarized and idealistic, people vote against …
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By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas
Friess is wrong on gay marriage
Enough! Steve Friess’ column (“A Sweet Triumph”) uses inflammatory rhetoric to label those who oppose …
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By Robert Gardner, Mesquite
We should opt out of Common Core
I agree with Brian Greenspun’s Sunday column in which he makes the case that there is an immediate need for improvement in our schools, but a margin tax on business is not …
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By Owen Nelson, Las Vegas
Question 3 would hurt business
I am a small-business owner. My family has lived in multiple states and decided in 2013 that we needed to look for a new home for a business. I spent weeks doing research. It came down to …
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By Brian Lesser, Minden
Why are languages separated?
Indeed, the mix of languages being spoken across the country is changing, and …
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By Dan Desiderio, Las Vegas
Think twice about wage argument
I get the impression the writer of “Beware of pricey burger flippers,” (Oct. 9) has never worked in a fast-food environment. If he had, he would know how …
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By Robert McKee, North Las Vegas