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July 23, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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.
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.

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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.

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Desalination can be a water solution
Here is an idea for getting more water for Nevada: Pump seawater from the California coast and desalinate it here before distributing it as fresh water.
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By Roger Witcher, Las Vegas
America’s energy independence
The criticism President Barack Obama is facing over the Ukraine situation is misplaced. Truth be told, at this point there isn’t much he can do.
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By Michael K. Casler, Las Vegas
Breaking up with a Limbaugh fan
Thank you for running the July 15 letter about shaming radio networks that air Rush Limbaugh.
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By Alice Ageloff, Henderson
Changes to gun laws are needed
We just witnessed another senseless mass shooting that took the lives of four children, two adults and injured a child.
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By Thomas Brennan, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Lawyers certainly aren’t asleep
It appears America has too many attorneys. Every time you open a newspaper, visit the Internet or turn on the TV, someone is suing someone for who knows what.
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Offering thanks, and perspective
I have a blister on my finger. My wife had breast cancer. Two police officers and a civilian were murdered by psychopaths doing nothing wrong.
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By John Perkins, Las Vegas
Washington won’t listen to us
I love my country, but fear it’s being destroyed. Just over the horizon you can hear the rumbling of discontent.
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By Walter E. Gunther, Las Vegas
Investors shouldn’t get free water
Did the Southern Nevada Water District read the story in the July 8 Sun about an alfalfa business in Utah (“From exporters to owners: Thanks to more favorable growing conditions here, China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm”)? Chinese investors are buying up farms to send alfalfa to their country.
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By Joan Martin, Las Vegas