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October 1, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
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.

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Seeking changes on Linq’s wheel
I’m a longtime resident of Las Vegas, love living here and support most of the attractions we have in town.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Golden age turning to rust
I am a 68-year-old diabetic with heart disease. My Medicare plan changed this year. I used to pay $65 for a six-month supply of insulin; this year, I have to pay $600 per month for the same thing.
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By Linda LaLonde, Las Vegas
Extend vacation for congressmen
For the past two weeks, I have read pretty much every page waiting to read some editorial, some conservative or liberal columnist, responding to these so-called members of Congress taking two months off at taxpayers’ expense.
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By Carole Fishman, Las Vegas
Toughen up for terror fight
The fight against the Middle East terrorists will never get anywhere until politicians and the American people wise up and …
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By Bill Wilson, Henderson
Lauding Nevada for landing Tesla
Jobs build the tax base, they don’t deplete it. Your guest columnist, Richard Florida, actually makes the false claim that …
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By Will Edwards, Las Vegas
So this is justice?
Judge Steven Jones gets still another break. This judge and friends knowingly stole over $1 million from various people, committing ongoing …
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By Bradley Kuhns, Las Vegas
Politicians, money and environment
I am truly dismayed by the mostly Republican House of Representatives, which recently approved a bill that enables the pollution of rivers, streams and wetlands by business and other interests.
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By Susan Fong, Las Vegas
Bad decisions at lion ranch
In response to the Sept. 18 article, “Keith Evans, who ran MGM Grand Lion Habitat, working to keep his lion ranch alive,” I have seen articles in which Evans states he is having financial problems and struggles to feed all his lions, yet he continues to breed them and create more mouths to feed.
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By Joanne Brunelle, Las Vegas