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November 25, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage
Nov. 16, 2014
Just as Tesla Motor’s lithium battery factory was attracted to Northern Nevada in part by a lucrative package of tax benefits, John Lee is trying to work similar magic in …
Las Vegas needs a medical school
Nov. 2, 2014
A UNLV Medical School would generate tens of millions of dollars per year in federal aid that instead is going elsewhere. Nevada needs to access these funds by placing a qualified institution in its most …
What better way to celebrate Nevada Day than by voting
Nov. 2, 2014
As we celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday, we should consider it’s our duty as Nevadans to choose what kind of state we want to have — and the only way to do that is by voting.
Let’s look forward to Nevada’s next 150 years
Oct. 26, 2014
For those of us who live here today and think Nevada is what we have made it, the fact remains that our imprint on Nevada is only the latest iteration of …
An education about the margin tax
Oct. 5, 2014
This is the time when voters usually start to focus — those who ever focus — on the general election just a month away. Unlike with most elections, though, many voters have been paying attention to this one for many, many years.
Community’s female leaders get sweet recognition from Girl Scouts
Oct. 5, 2014
Some of Southern Nevada’s best leaders were honored recently by an organization striving to produce some of the area’s next generation of great leaders — the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Each of the honorees was well-deserving and has made a difference in this community.
Learning to read the Book of Life
Sept. 28, 2014
This past week, Jews around the world celebrated the new year. According to the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish people have been recording history for 5,775 years, which makes their perspective on issues and events a position that cannot be
No help needed losing our heads
Sept. 21, 2014
I don’t believe it matters whether the innocent American or British citizens who have been beheaded or have been threatened with murder were liberals or conservatives, internationalists or isolationists, Democrats or Republicans. They were …
A question for Southern Nevada legislators
Sept. 14, 2014
So, what have you done for us lately? I always questioned the foolishness implied by this question because any reasonable answer knowingly discounts all that people, programs and projects have done over the years for us and, instead, boils it down to what are you doing now. It’s as if all that has happened in the past counts for nothing.
From left, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval; Steve Hill, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development; and Telsa Motors CEO Elon Musk answer questions after a news conference at the Capitol in Carson City on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
Tesla is a win for all of Nevada
Sept. 9, 2014
Decades of strategic and sustainable business-friendly policies have culminated in Nevada landing what could well become the nation’s largest manufacturing plant. I want to congratulate …
Thank you, Tesla, and thank you again, Harry Reid
Sept. 7, 2014
The announcement last week that Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer from neighboring California, will build its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory in Northern Nevada is the biggest financial news in our state since Congress passed tax-relief legislation a few years ago and saved some of Nevada’s top gaming companies from certain disaster at the outset of the Great Recession.
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!

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Smooth seas ahead? Not likely
A sage letter writer (GOP agenda may help Democrats, Nov. 17) believes the next two years of GOP rule will likely allow a Democrat to …
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By Frank Bean, Henderson
Motivation needed for education
Hardly a day passes without a media reference to just how bad Nevada’s public education system is. Reporters rant about meager funding, poor English language skills, teacher salaries and class size. This is accompanied by an assortment of …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
A demonstration of sex education
Suppose a resident set up a small table and chair on the sidewalk in front of any local elementary school and brought a case of bananas and condoms along.
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By David Baker, Las Vegas
Were pipe’s effects on lake studied?
I would like to comment to the writers of the article “Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage (Robert Lang and Jaewon Lim, Nov. 16). The North Las Vegas mayor wants to run a high-capacity water pipeline to the Apex project. Did anyone study the effects of that with the lake currently drying up?
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By Dave Nelson, Henderson
Make a deal for Yucca Mountain
I believe we have a great opportunity if our state politicians have the will to pursue it.
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
GOP majority will expose hypocrites
I was glad to see the Republican Party take the Senate and keep the House and governorships. This is the last hurrah for their party, and the public will finally see …
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By Michelle Bracey, Henderson
Vote for your interests, not pols’
How is it politicians, Republican and Democrat, are able to get voters to either not vote or vote against their best interests? The last national election turnout was …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Think about securing savings
The rich have taken control of the House and Senate, and if you are middle class, you may want to start putting your savings in a secured hold. I say this because …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson