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January 31, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Scary message: Signs point to another intifada
Jan. 18, 2015
Khalil Shikaki, director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, spoke softly, but his message was scary. He found that for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, the last Gaza war ended with a victory for Hamas, and that, as a result, the terror movement …
The time is now to root out Islamic extremism
Jan. 11, 2015
Yes, people are enraged. And they are scared. Perhaps not for their own safety, but certainly for the safety of their loved ones and friends who are being targeted by radical Islamic terrorists who care not about societal norms or the sense of moral decency that has…
Happy New Year, from the mouths of babes
Jan. 4, 2015
To suggest that there were many Americans who, at the end of 2014, were awaiting the close of one year in anticipation of a new one that held the promise of something better is an understatement. Here we are some six years removed from the single greatest economic meltdown of our lives, and we are …
Brookings: Good policy is priority
Dec. 24, 2014
A crucial think tank report on STEM education was plagiarized, but the issue mustn't overshadow the far more important pursuit of the policy recommendation from which it stemmed ...
Our nation’s role in striving for goodwill toward all men
Dec. 14, 2014
I wanted to write a Christmastime column about good people doing good things in our community. People who are striving for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men. And then the U.S. government released the findings of a significant investigation into the interrogation techniques employed by America in its war against terrorism.
Gorillas in Rwanda have the holiday spirit
Nov. 30, 2014
We could all take a lesson from a group of Rwandan gorillas this holiday season.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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Enforce penalties for gun offenses
We don’t need new gun laws. What we need is the courts to …
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By John Walsh, Las Vegas
Higher gas tax not needed for roads
There is no tax or increase in taxes that politicians and lobbyists don’t love. The fact that an increase in the gasoline tax is not needed to fund roads and bridges seems to …
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By Michael Donnelly, Las Vegas
Work to avoid sage grouse listing
There is a tendency among us here in Nevada to put our heads in the sand when we think about the many public-lands issues we face, but …
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By Jim Boone, Las Vegas
A GOP Congress and the market
There is a well-known phrase in Latin, “post hoc, ergo propter hoc,” translated as “after this, therefore because of this.” Although this …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
The myth of compromise
Until now, the Obama administration was largely portrayed in the media as willing to compromise and the GOP …
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By Michael Casler, Las Vegas
The marriage problem
In regard to the Frank Bruni column “Your God and my dignity,” I have listened to and read rantings about marriage more times than I can identify. I think the whole problem is …
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By Valerie Goldstein, Las Vegas
Here’s why God would be Democrat
Private charity is great but lacks efficiency and the ability to cover large groups of people and is too arbitrary to do the job. In other words …
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By Daniel Olivier, Bullhead City, Ariz.
End of crime bad for economy?
What if there were no more need for police, lawyers, judges, prison guards, probation officers …
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By Stephen Anthony, Las Vegas