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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 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.
Let’s clear up a few things about the ‘nuclear option’
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, June 23, 2013
“You say you want a revolution …”
Principles are worth the time, cost it takes to wage the fight
Tuesday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Show us the money, Governor.
Inequity in state’s spending on roads is a joke
Tuesday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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.
Anger after the explosion’s fallout
Sunday, May 5, 2013
On this weekend’s 25th anniversary of the explosion at the PEPCON industrial plant — a mighty blast that killed two people, injured several hundred and blew out windows throughout the valley — I am ceding my normal column space to my late father, Hank Greenspun, who was the editor and publisher of the Sun at the time.
Smatresk’s leadership elevates university
Sunday, April 28, 2013
How do we evaluate Neal Smatresk? Employee evaluations are supposed to be private — mostly, I assume, because candor is important when deciding whether a person has done or is doing a good job. People who talk about others want protection from any reprisals, and protecting a person from too much candor — an opinion laced with bias — is also good policy.
Kudos to NV Energy for helping our health
Sunday, April 7, 2013
If you have your health, you have everything.
We have a right to feel safe
Sunday, March 31, 2013
In the end, they just didn’t feel safe. Assembly Majority Leader William Horne expressed that sentiment after the very sad saga of Assemblyman Steven Brooks during the process that led to his being expelled by the legislative body to which he was duly elected.
Gag order obscures the real fight
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I think I know why Nevada voters, like so many others, are getting sick of politics.
Promising signs for the future
Sunday, March 17, 2013
In a world that has seen a dearth of positives over the past five years, I think the signs this past week around the world and here at home give us reason for hope.
Continue the good work CCSD chief started
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Thank you, Dwight Jones.
Kids will be ready to take torch
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I’ve always enjoyed getting haircuts — even if I only needed a little trim — because it was an opportunity for pleasant conversation with Tony.
Las Vegans continue giving
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013
The power of love in Las Vegas is a reason for celebration.
Drones play an important role in keeping us safe
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
I believe in baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, the American dream, Jack Bauer, the U.S. Constitution and, yes, drones.
We won’t have to scream if the Legislature does its job
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013
Where are the pitchforks? Where are the torches yearning to burn? Where is the angry mob?
For some people, it's all about red meat
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
I spent a little time last week at the movies and in front of the television learning about the benefits and detriments of red meat. My experience included a wonderful two hours at the movies watching “Life of Pi” and many hours watching or listening to the congressional hearings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Our children shouldn’t have to live in a savage world
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
Let’s not get emotional about our guns. After all, they are just a bunch of shiny objects that shoot bullets and other projectiles with only one ultimate purpose — killing.
Gun debate's slippery slope isn't reality
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
We need to take aim at the problem of gun violence in this country. And then we have to pull the trigger.
Much work to do as we say goodbye to 2012
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012
It is hard to dampen the Christmas spirit, no matter how hard we try.
Urgency for sanity in gun culture
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
There are 20 dead children in Connecticut. We can no longer throw our hands up in the air and do nothing.
Waking up to what, exactly? Not actual statehood
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
Just stating the obvious. This morning, the Arab population woke up in the West Bank and in Gaza the same way they have awakened for decades. Some will awake with plans for war, but most will plan for the day when their children can grow up in peace with their neighbors so they can seek education and the jobs they need for happiness and prosperity in the coming years. The difference this morning, unlike last Sunday, is that today they awoke knowing that the United Nations General Assembly has conferred upon them the status of a nonmember observer state. They are just like the Vatican! Sort of.
A new generation and changing times
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
I know the future. And if you pay attention to the students from this year’s Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum, you can, too.
Real problems deserve our focus
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
There are still people freezing back East. They still are sitting in the dark, waiting for someone to turn the power back on. And there are new, potentially deadly, storms on the way.
The lesson of a life well-lived
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Rachel Smith was a very quiet woman. Unless you were her husband, Arnold.
What do I think? Glad you asked
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012
“What do you think about the election?” Who hasn’t heard that question asked in the last month.
The real effect of the election
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
Health care is an important issue this campaign season, and it goes beyond the rhetoric in the debate.
Smirks and smiles, style and substance
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
Oh, the dreaded “S” word.
Is this the Romney we’d get if he wins?
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012
Big Bird lost, Mitt Romney won. That’s the consensus of those who watched the presidential debate in Colorado this week, and I have to agree. Whatever President Barack Obama thought he was doing during the 90-minute debate at the University of Denver, what he did was allow those who tuned in to witness the Romney that so many of his friends and supporters have said he was all along, but whose actions and words on the campaign trail had screamed just the opposite.
Online gaming is more than political
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
The Day of Atonement has come and gone for another year.
Opening doors to the art world
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012
The Las Vegas Art Museum has a new home at UNLV. Thank you, Steve Wynn.

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