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April 17, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
A lesson from Nelson Mandela
Dec. 15, 2013
Like millions of people around the world, I watched the memorial service for Nelson Mandela last week and the celebration of an incredible life. The funeral service may have been the largest ever witnessed.
Pope offers an unexpected gift
Dec. 8, 2013
Pope Francis recently issued an important statement that could go a long way toward protecting religious minorities. As Rabbis Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein of the Simon Wiesenthal Center pointed out in an insightful piece on foxnews.com last week, the pope’s statement came during Hanukkah, and Jews around the world, who know all too well about religious persecution, readily accepted the pope’s words as a gracious gift. The rabbis’ column is well worth the read, and with their permission, I’m sharing it here.
Thanksgivukkah may be once in a lifetime, but celebrations of family, friends and freedom are timeless
Dec. 1, 2013
The calendar merging of these two celebrations comes at a tumultuous time, with so many clashing beliefs and convictions, with no spirit for tolerance or compromise. We see it among countries, among neighbors, even within our own families, where cooperation has succumbed to conflict.
Fifty years later, reflecting on what might have been
Nov. 24, 2013
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed the course of this country and, therefore, the world.
Brandi Giles, left of East Career and Technical Academy, Christian Orme, center, of Advanced Technologies Academy, and Luis Montanez, of Durango, chat in a hallway during a break at the annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum in the Las Vegas Convention Center Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
We have plenty of youth who can give us hope for tomorrow
Nov. 17, 2013
Far too often we only hear about the negative things that our young people do and rarely ever do we get to learn about all that is good in this newest generation.
Southern Nevada med school would help whole state
Nov. 10, 2013
“There’s somethin’ happenin’ here; what it is ain’t exactly clear …” With thanks to Buffalo Springfield for the inspiration and an even bigger thank-you to Howard Hughes, the late billionaire and former Las Vegas resident, for actually creating the impetus for Las Vegas to make a quantum leap into the 21st century, it appears that Nevada may be heading toward a much brighter future.
Fighting senseless gun violence with dollars and cents
Oct. 27, 2013
I hope no one thought that the massacre in Newtown, Conn., was the last headline we would see about a deranged, sick, angry, hopeless or bullied student taking a family weapon and doing his worst to his fellow students and teachers.
Opinions should be based on more than one paragraph
Oct. 20, 2013
The high cost of the theater of the absurd. Now that the manufactured government shutdown has ended and we avoided the unimaginable cost of the United States defaulting on its debt obligations for the first time since we became a country, the challenge is to find those responsible for turning our lives upside down and exposing them for the charlatans that they are.
Holding nation hostage is not appropriate negotiating
Oct. 6, 2013
Welcome to the lunatic asylum. Welcome to the House of Representatives of the United States.

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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
Bundy, supporters make us look bad
I hope I’m not the only Nevada resident sickened by the fact that federal officials caved in to Cliven Bundy and his band of well-armed supporters.
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By Terry Cox, Henderson
Putting an end to incivility
I am disgusted and embarrassed by the shoe-throwing incident aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I hope the protester is prosecuted, imprisoned or at least heavily fined.
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By Delores France, North Las Vegas
Other landowners could use support
I have a curiosity about the Bundy supporters. They were calling out for his rights to have his cattle graze on public land without paying for it.
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By Rodney Iverson, Las Vegas
Mr. Bundy, please stay off my land
When my mother retired and moved to New Mexico a number of years ago, she came in contact with a number of boastful cattle ranchers. She quickly realized that the easiest way to deflate them was to ask: “And exactly how much of the land that you use do you own?” Big hat, big cattle, almost no land.
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By Richard Small, Las Vegas
Things are much easier today
The letter “America is in bad shape nowadays” was interesting, but my memory is very different.
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Bob Fuller, Bullhead City, Ariz.
A double standard at play over Bundy?
Very interesting are the many stories in both the electronic and print medias about rancher Cliven Bundy.
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Jack Corrick, Boulder City
Let’s not paint over Bush’s legacy
I see George W. Bush is now painting pictures of famous people.
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Carl Heck, Aspen, Colo.