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Learning to read the Book of Life
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
This past week, Jews around the world celebrated the new year. According to the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish people have been recording history for 5,775 years, which makes their perspective on issues and events a position that cannot be
No help needed losing our heads
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
I don’t believe it matters whether the innocent American or British citizens who have been beheaded or have been threatened with murder were liberals or conservatives, internationalists or isolationists, Democrats or Republicans. They were …
A question for Southern Nevada legislators
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
So, what have you done for us lately? I always questioned the foolishness implied by this question because any reasonable answer knowingly discounts all that people, programs and projects have done over the years for us and, instead, boils it down to what are you doing now. It’s as if all that has happened in the past counts for nothing.
Thank you, Tesla, and thank you again, Harry Reid
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
The announcement last week that Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer from neighboring California, will build its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory in Northern Nevada is the biggest financial news in our state since Congress passed tax-relief legislation a few years ago and saved some of Nevada’s top gaming companies from certain disaster at the outset of the Great Recession.
A pair of no-brainers for stagnant Congress
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
A do-nothing Congress finally did something. In fact, two somethings. I am sure I am not alone when I express a very high degree of frustration with Congress, which has managed to maintain the lowest ratings of public approval in recorded history ...
Seeing the facts in a world of death
Sunday, July 27, 2014
At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
Dad would have wanted to save the Sun
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Hank Greenspun had a chance to sell his newspaper to Howard Hughes and live comfortably for the rest of his life. He didn’t do that, in part because his son wanted to the Las Vegas Sun to be part of his life. So when it came time to decide whether to invest in the future of the newspaper, there was only one responsible choice.
Setting the gold standard — one statesman at a time
Sunday, June 29, 2014
This past Thursday I had the great honor of being able to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for Israeli President Shimon Peres in the beautiful Rotunda of the United States Capitol. It was a most prestigious event, in part because the medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the highest civilian award in the United States. Another part is that it takes an actual act of Congress to get one of these things done!
A time of worry in the world
Sunday, June 22, 2014
This world has big problems. There are economic challenges around the globe that affect everyone because our world has become interdependent to such a degree that a financial crisis in the United States creates distress for Asia, Europe and practically everywhere. Sure, it appears we are recovering, albeit slowly, from the Great Recession, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.
We fathers have a commitment to our children
Sunday, June 15, 2014
What is a father to do?
Not much of anything, unless he wants to. That’s because on Father’s Day, the people the kids call Dad are entitled to do whatever they want — as long as it meets the approval of the women who got to celebrate Mother’s Day a month earlier!
Eager to get started on the next 20-year plan
Sunday, May 18, 2014
All my life I have been part of a 20-year plan. As far back as I can remember, the early 1950s for example, my father and his friends like Wilbur Clark, Jerry Mack and Parry Thomas would talk about the future of Las Vegas. And they did it in 20-year increments. They were relatively young men at the time; I was just young.
One of our own inspires the nation through dance
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Las Vegas should get behind Amy Purdy, an inspiration on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mother’s Day through the eyes of Eastern Europe
Sunday, May 11, 2014
I took the mother of my beautiful Amy on what I billed a second honeymoon two weeks ago. The trip through Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic was a huge success, although I’m not sure Myra will agree that the honeymoon part lived up to its billing.
It’s great to see construction cranes taking roost
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Las Vegas is going to be OK. Let me rephrase, Las Vegas is OK and is going to keep getting better. There is no one project or piece of good news that shows...
Preserving my marriage
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Communication was key when deciding to try to break into medical marijuana business ...
Hearing from the Greatest Generation
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I have spent a lifetime reading the comments of readers of the Las Vegas Sun and, more recently, our new weekly publication, The Sunday. For the most part, those who comment on stories and columns are thoughtful and sincere. It matters not whether I agree with what they say, only that they are respectful and considerate of the ideas of others.
It seems like our republic is moving backward
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Votes matter. No matter how many times we have heard that – or I and others in the media business have said that – the truth remains that our votes do matter. But after all this time, I don’t think the majority of voters get it.
How many more chances will we get for peace?
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Strangely enough, Iran gives us hope for peace in the Middle East.
Commemorating the day Vegas came together
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Last Wednesday was Moulin Rouge Agreement Day. What a day it was.
One short trip will make you grateful — and fearful
Sunday, March 30, 2014
And although many of us argue about the rightness and wrongness of government assistance for those in need, few of us ever have the opportunity to actually touch someone who is living the nightmare of not having enough. Of anything.
Business community wises up over UNLV
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Six years after the Great Recession knocked our city and state for a loop to beat all loops, the issue of UNLV and what it could mean for Southern Nevada is front and center. And it comes to that status when everyone understands ...
Inspired by the dancers even more than the dance
Sunday, March 23, 2014
This season of "Dancing With the Stars" promises to be a most energetic and dramatic season, thanks to the dancers’ life stories ...
Vegas loved Gaughan. New Jersey? Not so much
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Don’t worry. It’s safe.
Where have we heard that before?
Fairness, 54 years in the making and counting
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Friday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed the course of this country and, therefore, the world.
We have plenty of youth who can give us hope for tomorrow
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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’
Sunday, 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
Sunday, July 28, 2013
What fools we are that we would leave a soldier behind.

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