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September 23, 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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The wrong way to evaluate students
My at-risk, 5-year-old students recently took a discovery learning online test. I had my doubts about the test because most of these students know fewer than 10 letters.
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By Angie Sullivan, Las Vegas
Hurdles in trying to be a good parent
A lot of parents in Clark County are called “deadbeat parents” — a majority of them being fathers.
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By Shawn A. Evans Sr., Las Vegas
Clinton’s role in Benghazi incident
Mitchell Zuckoff, after consulting with six members of a U.S. security team, has written a book about Benghazi, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
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By Dana L. Stern Sr., Canyon Country, Calif.
Mailbox siting issues in Las Vegas
As you drive in Las Vegas, there are hundreds of mailboxes.
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By Mike Webster, Las Vegas
Specifics needed in health care debate
I admit it: I haven’t read the Affordable Care Act, but I do read the critiques of Obamacare and the desire of some to repeal it.
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
UNLV needs new football stadium
What are the stadium people thinking? UNLV needs a new football stadium, built to NFL specs, and it should be on campus.
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By Nicholas P. Gartner, Henderson
The reality of smoking at casinos
“Will Nevada ever see smoke-free casinos?” was a published article that I am sure concerns the majority of our local residents.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Nevada schools left shortchanged
I find it interesting that the governor, who often claims education is his No. 1 priority, and the Legislature can quickly and easily vote $1.2 billion in tax breaks to attract new industry to this state but continue to shortchange our Las Vegas school system.
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By John Brebbia, Henderson