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July 25, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Dad would have wanted to save the Sun
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 20, 2014
Communication was key when deciding to try to break into medical marijuana business ...
Hearing from the Greatest Generation
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
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?
April 6, 2014
Strangely enough, Iran gives us hope for peace in the Middle East.
One short trip will make you grateful — and fearful
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.
Commemorating the day Vegas came together
March 30, 2014
Last Wednesday was Moulin Rouge Agreement Day. What a day it was.
Business community wises up over UNLV
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 ...

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States working together at border
Great, it’s about time Texas Gov. Rick Perry put 1,000 National Guard troops on his border with Mexico. What is Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer waiting for? She’s been complaining about illegal immigrants in her state for a while.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Impeach Obama to put our nation first
First off, I would like to commend Brian Greenspun for the way he has run the Sun all these years. Since moving here the end of 2003, I have subscribed to the local papers. During that time, the Sun has published more than a dozen of my letters despite them being mostly in opposition to the left.
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By Malcolm Telloian, North Las Vegas
Immigrants must be sent home
If a citizen breaks the law and no law enforcement action is taken, what message does that send to everyone else? This is exactly what’s happening with our immigration laws in America. That’s why my deputies encounter many immigrants in the country illegally who admit to being deported as many as 15 times. The laws apply to American citizens, but if you’re in the country illegally, it appears the laws do not apply and there are few, if any, real consequences.
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By Paul Babeu, Florence, Ariz.
Congress acts as a check on president
The writer of the Saturday letter “John Boehner should be fired” doesn’t seem to understand the duty of Congress.
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By Don C. Whitaker, Henderson
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.