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November 23, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
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.

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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
GOP majority will expose hypocrites
I was glad to see the Republican Party take the Senate and keep the House and governorships. This is the last hurrah for their party, and the public will finally see …
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By Michelle Bracey, Henderson
Vote for your interests, not pols’
How is it politicians, Republican and Democrat, are able to get voters to either not vote or vote against their best interests? The last national election turnout was …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Think about securing savings
The rich have taken control of the House and Senate, and if you are middle class, you may want to start putting your savings in a secured hold. I say this because …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
A look at what left voters dissatisfied
Since voters on Nov. 4 said their votes were votes against President Barack Obama, that means they are dissatisfied with …
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By Randall Buie, Henderson
Republic Services losing recyclables
n regards to the letter “Republic Services needs a better plan” (Nov. 12) …
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas