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December 22, 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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Children’s future won’t be so bright
The letter in the Dec. 13 issue of the Sun titled “Rich contribute to society” showed ignorance of life as it exists today. The writer brags about …
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By Nadia Romeo, Las Vegas
Tax reform will save the economy
If the government had simply sent out checks and issued tax credits instead of wasting over a billion dollars and countless time on the Affordable Care Act, the nation would …
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Pope embraces Christ’s ideals
Charlotte Allen’s column in the Nov. 23 issue of the Sun, “Is a liberal/conservative schism in the Catholic Church inevitable? Hardly,” underestimates Pope Francis’ valiant and publicly successful efforts to …
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By Mary Ann Morris, Henderson
Is al-Qaeda Claus coming to town?
President Barack Obama, through executive order, basically has told immigration enforcement to stand down. This is an invitation for …
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By David Baker, Las Vegas
Article contains inaccuracies
In the Dec. 4 edition of the Sun there was an article about a company that is marketing a shield for EM radiation that comes from smart devices (“Startup wants to save you from your cellphone”). This article contains lots of mistakes that are …
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By Walter Wegst, Las Vegas
Teach kids a different lesson
I found Mike Smith’s recent editorial cartoon depicting a mother telling her child to “watch out for the police” rather …
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By Michael Kreps, Las Vegas
Details are lost in racial outcry
Lost in the racial outcry over the decision to not indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of black petty criminal Eric Garner is the key fact that the attempt to arrest Garner was overseen by a black female police sergeant.
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By Marc Jeric, Las Vegas
Support inclusive conservation plan
The sage grouse was all over the headlines last week as the Western Governors Association and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met, in part, to discuss its fate.
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By John Cahill, Henderson