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April 21, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
When competition in the news drives quality, the readers win
Sept. 29, 2013
Today we herald the results of the 2013 Nevada Press Association awards ceremony that was last night in Elko. For news organizations, this is one of those times when we are judged against our peers, so we all pay attention to the results — whether we admit it or not. Usually we admit it when we do well.
Honoring a good man and a great organization
Sept. 22, 2013
How much more do Americans have to take from a Republican-controlled Congress that is hellbent on hurting the very people it was elected to help before the people finally say “enough?”
‘Never again’ doesn’t mean ‘never again, unless it’s the Middle East and we’re sick of war’
Sept. 15, 2013
Almost without exception, each Yom Kippur column I write — and certainly many of the columns my father wrote in this space before me — seems to focus on crisis. Hardly a year’s gone by, looking back over the decades, where nothing bad or challenging was happening. This year is no different. It could even be worse.
Respect is more than a budget item
July 28, 2013
What fools we are that we would leave a soldier behind.
Let’s clear up a few things about the ‘nuclear option’
July 14, 2013
Unclear option. Who remembers anagrams? Those are words and phrases that share the same letters. In this case, I have made an anagram of unclear option.


Reflecting on the meanings of freedom and heroism
July 7, 2013
It’s called the high cost of freedom. Ever since a courageous group of colonists, led by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and others, wrote and presented the Declaration of Independence, citizens of the United States have been risking life and limb to defend its lofty goals.


High court rulings remind us our votes are crucial
June 30, 2013
Is it really deja vu all over again? As you get a bit older, life and time seem to compress, so much so that you could wake up in 2013 and actually think it is 1965. That’s what happened to me last week.


Cities hold the key to America’s evolution, not revolution
June 23, 2013
“You say you want a revolution …”


Principles are worth the time, cost it takes to wage the fight
June 18, 2013
Where’s my lawyer? It turns out that my dear friend Larry Ruvo and I share the same lawyer. Normally, that wouldn’t cause a problem because one thing we learn in law school — yes, I did that a lifetime ago — is to multitask.


We can honor our fathers by applying the wisdom they shared
June 16, 2013
Happy Father’s Day! I've been fortunate in my life to have fathered a most remarkable daughter who, in turn, has made me the happiest grandfather on the planet — twice. There is nothing else to consider when weighting the happiness scale. There are, however, other considerations that define the responsibility that comes with being a father or a grandfather.
Again, legislators fail to stand up for Southern Nevada
June 2, 2013
Show us the money, Governor.


Traffic is seen Jan. 13, 2011, on Interstate 15 in a construction zone for the Interstate 15 South Design-Build South Project.
Inequity in state’s spending on roads is a joke
May 21, 2013
Connecting the dots in Carson City is a fool’s errand. Enter the fool. Sen. Debbie Smith has bottled up Senate Bill 322 in her committee despite a previous unanimous vote to move it to the floor for passage. But why?


Our Legislature needs to step up and get the job done
May 19, 2013
I have been one of those Nevadans who believed that the Legislature should meet no more than every two years and for no more than a specific amount of time. The theory has been that when forced to do the work, legislators will get it done and leave the good people of Nevada alone the rest of the time. I was wrong.


Better have a good reason if you forgot Mother’s Day
May 12, 2013
Hank Greenspun was well-known for taking his life in his hands by forgetting such important dates as Mother’s Day, his wedding anniversary, an important birthday and the like. He compounded the problem by writing about these matters in his “Where I Stand” column. I know that Las Vegans — both newcomers and those who have been here forever — enjoy reliving some of the good old days through Hank’s words. So I have chosen a column he wrote on Mother’s Day 1954 to republish today.


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Feds are trying to ruin rancher
God bless Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller for questioning the zeal with which the Bureau of Land Management is trying to put rancher Cliven Bundy and his family into the poorhouse.
By Joseph DuPont, Towanda, Pa.
Wrong to weaken Clinton forest plan
It was nearly 20 years ago that President Bill Clinton’s Northwest Forest Plan went into effect. Government agency reviews show the plan has been effective at protecting drinking water supplies for millions of Americans, improving water quality, and restoring forests that were affected by decades of unsustainable old-growth logging.
By Dr. George Fenwick, Washington, D.C.
Our young people and a TV blunder
One would hope the college student who pronounced “Achilles” as “A-chill-is” on a recent college edition of “Wheel of Fortune” is not representative of today’s college students.
By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Minimum wage not high enough
I believe that minimum wage should be increased in order for people to be able to simply live. I work in the service industry, and I must depend on tips to get by. Working 40 hours a week is still not cutting it.
By Sam Castillo, Las Vegas
‘Patriots’ defend a rich tax dodger
I am frustrated by the so-called patriots who rallied to defend a tax dodger — a rich one, no less.
By Frank Hackett, Taylor, Mich.
Economic growth is at capacity
In his April 8 column “A tax reformer’s uphill push,” George Will referred to an economic growth rate of 4 percent per year. That shows that Will has no understanding of high school math.
By Jason G. Brent, Las Vegas
President wrong on GOP and voting
In a speech April 11, President Barack Obama spent a good part of the time chastising Republicans for limiting voting access to millions of blacks and minorities.
By Clarence Lanzrath, Las Vegas
We lie to our kids about marijuana
I’m writing about Jackie Valley’s story in The Sunday: “Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic.”
By Kirk Muse, Mesa, Ariz.