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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.
Getting rid of Gadhafi, in 1986 and in 2011
President called upon to make tough decisions
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Déjà vu all over again.
Imagine a better educated populace
Sunday, March 27, 2011
We could use a country full of much smarter people right now!
Yucca has allies, even as Japan suffers
Catastrophe shows risk of storing nuclear waste
Sunday, March 20, 2011
We are constantly reminded of Mother Nature’s cruel bent: Hurricanes named Andrew and Katrina and now, earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan that have culminated in, as I write this, untold thousands of deaths, many times more injuries, hundreds of billions of dollars in destruction and, perhaps worse yet, a nuclear meltdown.
Nation can't afford failure of free press
Investigative reporting contributes to an informed citizenry
Sunday, March 13, 2011
What would we do without us?
Now is the time to act in Middle East
Seizing the opportunity might benefit the U.S. and struggling Arabs
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Opportunity knocks almost always when we aren’t listening, can’t afford to listen or can’t recognize it for what it is.
Fix bigger problems before prostitution
Legislators, governor should focus on jobs, education, state services
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
Politics and prostitutes.
There is a difference, although at times, I admit, the lines get blurred. Where they are very much the same, however, is that professionals in both industries provide a service to the public. That raises the question: Which services are necessary and which are luxuries?
Nevadans choose taxes over ideology
In poll, most place more value on education than rigid no-new-tax stance
Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011
People aren’t as stupid as some politicians would have us believe.
Status quo isn’t good enough anymore
In Nevada as in Egypt, people must demand change from leaders
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
Hosni Mubarak is gone.
After 30 years as president of Egypt and three decades as a friend and reliable ally of the United States, and after one-third of a century of maintaining peace with Israel and, therefore, a modicum of stability in the volatile Middle East, Mubarak is gone. It is an end of an era.
Beware rushing into change
Reasonable, responsible transition is a must in Egypt
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011
Change is inevitable. It is the transition that can upset your day.
Good education is key to change
Obama, Sandoval on different ends of spectrum on fixes
Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011
It’s about leadership.
Known for the company we keep
Sun moves into a new era of journalism with a new group of friends
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011
I like the company we are keeping.
For kinder, gentler nation, we need to act
It’s our responsibility to bring civility to the forefront again
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
We don’t need to be a kinder, gentler nation. We already are. What we need to be is a little smarter.
Mike was right 37 years ago about today
Sandoval has chance to restore sense of trust lost in Watergate
Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011
Mike O’Callaghan was right. That’s no surprise. He was mostly right. Whether it was during his war years when he gave so much of himself (not just his leg) to save the lives of others; or during his tenure as chief probation officer in the 1960s when deciding whether to drive an errant teenager home to his parents or to juvenile hall into less friendly arms; or whether as governor of Nevada for eight years (by most accounts the best governor Nevada had to that date and, perhaps, since) when banging heads at the Nevada Legislature was an early-morning sport at which he excelled; or as the chairman of this newspaper’s board and its executive editor for more than 20 years, during which time he held political feet to the fire and protected those who could barely cover their feet with warm socks and shoes, Mike was right in all that he did to help his fellow Nevadans.
We must adopt a culture of sincere care
Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010
When this newspaper set out in 2008 to examine the quality of health care in the Las Vegas Valley, we knew, of course, that lives are saved and medical miracles occur at our hospitals.
Being thankful, humble, hopeful
Holiday season a time to value the present, look ahead optimistically
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010
I love the Christmas season.
Come on, Ensign! It’s time to help Nevada
Republican senator needs to help Reid push for legal Internet poker
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010
Las Vegas went all in. It is too early to tell whether we will get a bad beat.
Treason laws were enacted for a reason
WikiLeaks’ release of diplomatic documents not a laughing matter
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Leaking is no laughing matter. It may just be my age talking, but I am having a great deal of trouble squaring this WikiLeaks thing with what I learned in school about treason. Especially in times of war — that would be this time — making classified and secret documents public is usually an act of treason. And treason, as we all know, carries a severe penalty for those involved.
Youth of today give us hope for tomorrow
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
We have much to be thankful for in 2010.
I know it is hard to believe that statement, given all we have endured as a community and all that still lies ahead. But if it is true that there is no gain without pain, then Las Vegas should be among the biggest gainers when we come out of this economic meltdown because our community has certainly felt the pain.
Choosing mediocrity is far from exceptional
Asia’s ingenuity will leave U.S. behind if we stay on current path
Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010
The age of American exceptionalism.
Hospitals should examine what ails them, seek cure
Simply adhering to regulations isn’t enough. Providing the best possible care should become the standard they work to achieve
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010
When someone is very sick, he goes to the doctor with a list of ailments and asks, “What’s wrong? Can you give me something to get better? What can I do?”
Voters had their say; now it’s time to lead
Sandoval would do well to seek advice, counsel of veteran Sen. Raggio
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
Election cleanup and the mess it can make.
Nevadans can show how smart we are
Or, by electing Sharron Angle, we can prove the reverse is true
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
“Stupid is as stupid does.” That’s right, Forrest Gump has managed to insert himself into yet another national spectacle. This time it is the Harry Reid-Sharron Angle Senate race in Nevada.
Even those who disagree with Harry Reid support his bid for re-election. So should you
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010
Three well-respected and thoughtful leaders in Southern Nevada who are generally not thought of as typical Harry Reid supporters, well, are.

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