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August 28, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

A pair of no-brainers for stagnant Congress
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
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
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.
Commemorating the day Vegas came together
March 30, 2014
Last Wednesday was Moulin Rouge Agreement Day. What a day it was.

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Ignoring Qatar’s role in ISIS threat
Isn’t it strange with all the discussion about what to do about the threat from ISIS — should we bomb the group in Syria, perhaps reconsider “boots on the ground,” etc. — I haven’t seen a single word about doing something about stopping ISIS’ major sponsor, Qatar.
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By Harold Wasserman, North Las Vegas
How Obama can appease the GOP
I recently read Republicans are angered by President Barack Obama having the audacity to take a vacation and play some golf. I think I’ve come up with a plan that will help the president relax and will meet with the approval of Republicans (especially Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain) in the hard-working, never-take-a-break Congress.
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By Terry Cox, Henderson
Columnist off-base about disease
Michael Hiltzik, columnist for the Los Angeles Times, obviously has not had a loved one die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His Saturday column about the ice bucket challenge is a travesty. He implies that since ALS is a rare disease, far outstripped by many other conditions, it does not warrant so much attention and money.
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By Susan Katz, Henderson
Reason behind teacher shortages
What other profession offers raises for the first 12 years of employment and then expects those employees to work for 18 more years without a raise? No cost-of-living raises for going on six years means most …
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By Jeremy Christensen, Las Vegas
Tax-paying secularist objects
Tax the churches (and temples, mosques, etc.). It needs to be said. And while we’re at it, let’s stop pretending that religious institutions aren’t in the business of …
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By David Klamann, Las Vegas
An important question
When we invaded Iraq in 2003, Saddam put up his military against ours in conventional fashion …
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
Will NRA back this plan?
Nicholas Kristof is right on (“Our blind spot about guns,” Aug. 6) when he compares automobile and gun deaths in the past century. The automobile industry, either voluntarily or by government mandate, has done a tremendous job in …
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By Don Maw, Mesquite
Don’t raise my sales tax
Regent James Dean Leavitt proposes a sales tax to fund a stadium at UNLV and a $100 per year charge on students to finance a “perpetual fund” for UNLV capital projects. …
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By Kipp Altemara, Las Vegas