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July 23, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
Waking from a hypocrisy nightmare
Feb. 2, 2014
The State of our Union is in a temporarily bad state. Ask anybody.
No matter how good the intentions, Iran won’t come to the table
Jan. 26, 2014
He is well-intentioned but naïve, I am afraid. The last time I heard words like that, they came from my father nearly 40 years ago when he was talking about President Jimmy Carter and his involvement in what was then the peace initiative between Egypt and Israel.
The melancholy of saying goodbye to dear friends
Jan. 19, 2014
Saying goodbye to the people who make a difference in our community is not easy, but it is the way of the world.
Lessons from the past include overcoming fear
Jan. 17, 2014
I have been preparing for a visit from a doctoral candidate who is doing a thesis on a number of mid-20th century political figures. Sen. Joe McCarthy is one of them. Few people at that time knew more about the nefarious nature of the red-baiting, career-destroying Wisconsin senator than my father, Hank Greenspun, and few news people in the country were subjected to the soon-to-be-disgraced demagogue’s wrath more than my dad.
Christie’s response may help build trust in our political leaders
Jan. 12, 2014
“In people we trust.” It has taken me a significant part of my life to understand why that phrase does not adorn the United States’ currency or, for that matter, the important institutions of any government on this planet. People feel comfortable in the United States trusting in God. But trusting in people? Not so much.
Huge names, the best music, one epic night in Las Vegas
Dec. 22, 2013
Last week, I joined hundreds of other partyers in celebrating the 15th anniversary of Las Vegas Weekly, sister publication of the Sun. It was an amazing buffet of great music, best explained by John Katsilometes, our entertainment columnist and the Sun’s Editor at Large.

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Changes to gun laws are needed
We just witnessed another senseless mass shooting that took the lives of four children, two adults and injured a child.
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By Thomas Brennan, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lawyers certainly aren’t asleep
It appears America has too many attorneys. Every time you open a newspaper, visit the Internet or turn on the TV, someone is suing someone for who knows what.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Offering thanks, and perspective
I have a blister on my finger. My wife had breast cancer. Two police officers and a civilian were murdered by psychopaths doing nothing wrong.
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By John Perkins, Las Vegas
Washington won’t listen to us
I love my country, but fear it’s being destroyed. Just over the horizon you can hear the rumbling of discontent.
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By Walter E. Gunther, Las Vegas
Investors shouldn’t get free water
Did the Southern Nevada Water District read the story in the July 8 Sun about an alfalfa business in Utah (“From exporters to owners: Thanks to more favorable growing conditions here, China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm”)? Chinese investors are buying up farms to send alfalfa to their country.
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By Joan Martin, Las Vegas
John Boehner should be fired
Freedom of speech in our country has brought many downright rude and disrespectful people into the public light.
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By Sandy Price, Las Vegas
Until debt do us part
I found the article in Monday’s Sun, “Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans,” very sad personally.
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By Robert Stanelle, Las Vegas
Listen to Rush; you might like it
It is obvious to me that the letter writer who says “Shame on those who air Limbaugh” (July 15) has never or rarely listened to Rush Limbaugh, or has a very closed mind.
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Mary Jo Rhodes, Las Vegas