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Time to change to another channel
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Where is the truth channel?
A Father’s Day gift for Dad, kids
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Make this Father’s Day a real celebration, as it should be, because a father’s life is not an easy one. He serves in many ways. Just taking out the garbage isn’t one of his primary functions. No one on earth can love a child more than a father, with the possible exception of a mother. So bring Dad a precious gift to show the love you bear him in return.
Cutting through the punditry
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I couldn’t help think about overthinking during the coverage of the Gov. Scott Walker recall vote last Tuesday in Wisconsin. As you can imagine, and if you were following the election shows you will understand what I am saying, there were all kind and manner of comments, opinions and surmises that attended the build-up and let-down of the evening’s purpose.
How a good argument for education falls flat
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a smart and well-educated man.
There’s no debate about UNLV’s success
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The pros and cons of debate. It was just a few years ago — remember the university budget meltdown of 2008-09 and the redux in 2011? — that an up-and-coming debate program at UNLV found itself, along with many other excellent programs, on the chopping block.
Customs officials could learn from Las Vegas
An open letter to Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Maybe it is just me, but ...
For everyone’s sake, it’s time to reach out to Cuba
Sunday, April 29, 2012
If you don’t like the word stupid, try foolish, ridiculous, nuts — or other words that describe the foreign policy of the United States toward Cuba for the past 50 years — because what we saw there just ain’t working.
There’s no need for a crisis, Senator
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Please forgive me. I am having a constitutional crisis! I have been around politics my entire life, so there is very little that I don’t understand about the motives of politicians or the methods they employ. There comes a time, however, even in my cynical world, that what is being done and said in the name of good government, well, defies good sense.
Examples of leadership lead up to Easter, Passover
Sunday, April 8, 2012
To my Christian friends, Happy Easter. To my Jewish friends, Happy Passover.
Political winds hit the court system
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Quick, our judicial system is drowning.
Culture plays well in Las Vegas
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The night culture came to Las Vegas.
Looking back to look forward
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I have spent considerable time this past week focusing on the future.
Making a ‘more perfect union’
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Getting back to work. I was saddened to hear that Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine was retiring from the United States Senate.
Las Vegas is finding its way back
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
A sign of the times. For almost four years, Las Vegans have been struggling to: First, understand what hit us when the economic collapse almost destroyed the underpinnings of our entire financial structure; and, second, figure out how, when and why a recovery would take place in what was once the envy of the modern world of growing cities.
A wife's wisdom on D.C. fight
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
I asked my wife, Myra, her opinion about this latest dust-up about contraceptives and religious freedom. I was interested in what she believed was the right policy for women in America. After all, she is a woman.
A lesson from Gabby Giffords' resignation
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012
In the end, they acted like Americans.
Nothing is free, even on the Internet
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
The Internet is free. Really?
We must demand clear answer from Romney on Yucca Mountain
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
It is no secret that our elections — especially presidential elections — have become contests in which what candidates don’t say is at least as important as what they do tell the voters.
GOP needs to ride with a visionary
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
The Republicans are coming! The Republicans are coming! I recount the role that Bostonians played in the birth of the United States in order to give some context to what I believe is another valiant effort to advance the cause of our maturing democracy.
Birthday wishes for a better tomorrow
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
Today is a birthday that even the government determines should be worthy of note.
Killing Yucca Mountain would be a real gift
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
This is the time we think about ending one more chapter while we prepare to start another.
Another chance for our leaders to lead
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011
Let’s try something different in Nevada.
Monstrous nuclear waste dump just won’t die
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
Yucca Mountain and the politically undead.
We may need to rebuild Las Vegas — literally
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011
The good news is creeping back into Las Vegas. So why is everyone still so gloomy?
For sake of jobs, time to legalize online poker
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
It is about jobs, jobs, jobs.
Medicine making strides in Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
It is big news in Las Vegas when 2,000 to 3,000 residents who suffer from multiple sclerosis don’t have a doctor or the ability to be treated in one of the largest metropolitan areas of the country.
Why news industry is indebted to Steve Jobs
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
Steve Jobs changed my life. There is no question the world lost one of its brightest stars last week when Mr. Jobs died at just 56 years of age. Whatever has been written about him and whatever praise has been heaped upon him by the world’s social, technological and political leaders has, I am certain, been amply justified.
New year, but same quest for peace
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Rosh Hashana, the year 5772.
War within our borders threatens all of us
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
There is nothing classy about the trouble we’re having. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am tired of hearing politicians, talking heads, wannabe pundits and know-nothing know-it-alls telling us that good fiscal, tax and revenue policy is nothing more than class warfare. Because it is not.
His spirit, and life lessons, live on
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
I met Arnold Smith in April 1969. The Smiths were guests at my sister’s wedding. I remember Arnold very clearly because he embraced me as a son.
This city, this team need each other
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011
I can’t believe that the UNLV Rebels are playing a basketball game against the University of Wisconsin this early in the year.
Venturing into the classroom
We are going to provide one of the most in-depth community-interest projects we have ever done
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011
Barbara and Hank Greenspun, my parents, started the Las Vegas Sun just over 61 years ago because my father believed that Las Vegas was a community worth fighting for, and the best way he could do that was to publish a newspaper.
Terry Lanni’s funeral a glimpse of all the lives he has touched
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Terry Lanni would have liked his funeral. He had so many of his friends and family in rapt attention.
No time to abandon adult discourse
Tea party faction looks to undermine 200-plus years of democracy
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Who is going to write the checks to balance our mostly unbalanced country? When the Founding Fathers met to create the U.S. Constitution, one of the foundations upon which they agreed was a system of checks and balances.
Social media and social change
Arab Spring will come with enlightenment
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I spent the better part of last weekend in Israel. It was a very quick trip to participate in the Jerusalem Film Festival, which is an extraordinary event held in modern facilities overlooking the Old City.
Altruist made a profound difference
Sunday, July 10, 2011
My friend Jan Allen lost her second son, Gary Haupt, this past May.
What it takes to be a GOP leader now
Mental contortions are mind-boggling
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Monday is July Fourth, Independence Day.
George Maloof did it the right way
He paid a price for others’ greed, but stood tall
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Too big a person to be a failure. As the news in Las Vegas both improves — slightly — for some, and changes dramatically — for so many others — I am reminded of the recent HBO film “Too Big to Fail.”
Unsung hero to Israel, and humanity
May all fathers, on their special day, learn from life of Al Schwimmer
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I know this is a special day. My daughter and grandchildren would even tell me it is my special day. As would all children of fathers everywhere.
Failure to lead led to session of angst
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Nevada Legislature and Gov. Brian Sandoval have taken all of us for a ride.
Holiday a practical reminder for legislators
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Have a satisfying Memorial Day.
Potential leaders waiting on their chance
Young lawyers show they’re committed to helping Nevada thrive
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Where are tomorrow’s leaders?
Recalling Sahara’s days of splendor
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The Sahara opened its doors on Oct. 7, 1952. On the morning of Oct. 8, 1952, my father, Hank Greenspun, published his “Where I Stand” column heralding the opening of the fabulous Sahara.
Mother’s Day is a special day for all of us
Thanking our moms is important because one day we won’t be able to
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I knew this day would come. This is the first Mother’s Day in my life when Mom is not here.
Patrick Henry's liberty was real liberty
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Patrick Henry would not have been proud. He would have been confused. Every schoolchild should have learned — and committed to memory — Henry’s most eloquent words regarding the coming of the Revolutionary War and the role each man in the colonies had to assume.
Chamber goes to the mountain: UNLV
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Muhammad has gone to the mountain.
Not a crime for Biden to drop off at speech
Vice president has earned president's confidence in him
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Leave Vice President Joe Biden alone. He is one of us.
Basketball has been good to Las Vegas
Rice can shape the next Rebel dynasty
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Maybe this time.
One man’s ‘essential’ is another’s ‘wasteful’
Shutdown furor a chance to really see what we can do without
Sunday, April 10, 2011
What is essential? As I write this, there is a 60-40 chance that the government will have avoided a shutdown at midnight Friday. Unlike the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives, though, if that had happened, I would not be cheering. It is a sentiment, I am certain, that is shared among most Americans.
Can’t we reform and invest in education?
For stubborn Sandoval, ideology trumps long-term solution to our economic woes
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It is a tale of two pities. There are no best of times in 2011. These are the worst of times for Nevadans: thousands of homes in foreclosure, tens of thousands of Nevadans out of work, millions of dollars in bank debts unable to be paid, and billions of dollars in debt that hamper needed investment in Nevada’s future.

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