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November 27, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
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 ...

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Be vigilant, but be constitutional
In a recent letter (Religion, politics must be separated, Nov. 13), the writer claims the separation of church and state is written in our Constitution. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that mentions the separation of church and state.
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By Jerry Speer, Las Vegas
Idea of plutocracy in U.S. is nauseating
In response to the letter, “Democrats have billionaires, too” (Nov. 13): The writer finds it amusing. I find it nauseating that both Democratic and Republican millionaires/billionaires are trying to buy our government.
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By Mary Louise Flanneary, Las Vegas
Radio stations rushing the season
I read the Sun’s article on all-Christmas radio. Talk about rushing the season. One station starts it’s Christmas music at Halloween?
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By Jerry Gordon, Henderson
Smooth seas ahead? Not likely
A sage letter writer (GOP agenda may help Democrats, Nov. 17) believes the next two years of GOP rule will likely allow a Democrat to …
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By Frank Bean, Henderson
Motivation needed for education
Hardly a day passes without a media reference to just how bad Nevada’s public education system is. Reporters rant about meager funding, poor English language skills, teacher salaries and class size. This is accompanied by an assortment of …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
A demonstration of sex education
Suppose a resident set up a small table and chair on the sidewalk in front of any local elementary school and brought a case of bananas and condoms along.
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By David Baker, Las Vegas
Were pipe’s effects on lake studied?
I would like to comment to the writers of the article “Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage (Robert Lang and Jaewon Lim, Nov. 16). The North Las Vegas mayor wants to run a high-capacity water pipeline to the Apex project. Did anyone study the effects of that with the lake currently drying up?
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By Dave Nelson, Henderson
Make a deal for Yucca Mountain
I believe we have a great opportunity if our state politicians have the will to pursue it.
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson