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April 18, 2014

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Hearing from the Greatest Generation
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Where I Stand:
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.
Does that baby bird need help? Interfering can actually hurt
Sunday, April 13, 2014
other voices:
As surely as April showers bring May flowers, spring brings baby animals. Chicks are hatching, rabbits are digging dens and fawns are meandering through meadows, so chances are good that many of us will encounter young wildlife. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to scoop up a vulnerable-looking fledgling bird or squirrel pup, but well-meaning people often hurt — rather than help — animals’ chances for survival by “rescuing” baby animals who are perfectly fine and whose parents are foraging for food nearby.
Photo: A streetscape rendering of the Shops at Summerlin.
City makes room for another mall
Sunday, April 13, 2014
OPINION:
The Shops at Summerlin is slated to open near the end of this year. But after the ceremonial ribbon has been cut, after the congratulations and adulations are doled out, what exactly will shoppers walk into?
Health care reform, then reform, then reform
Saturday, April 12, 2014
other voices:
So you think it’s finished? So you think now that enrollment has hit 7 million, now that the president has declared the debate over repeal “over,” now that Republican predictions of a swift Obamacare unraveling look a bit like Republican predictions of a Romney landslide, we’re going to stop arguing about health care, stop having the issue dominate the conversation and turn at last to some other debate instead?
The birth of the new gay orthodoxy
Saturday, April 12, 2014
other voices:
To appreciate how rapidly the ground has shifted, go back just two short years, to April 2012. President Barack Obama didn’t support marriage equality, not formally. Neither did Hillary Clinton. And few people were denouncing them as bigots whose positions rendered them too divisive, offensive and regressive to lead.
What suffering does to people
Saturday, April 12, 2014
other voices:
During the past few weeks, I’ve found myself in a bunch of conversations in which the unspoken assumption was that the main goal of life is to maximize happiness. That’s normal. When people plan for the future, they often talk about all the good times and good experiences they hope to have. We live in a culture awash in talk about happiness. In one three-month period last year, more than 1,000 books were released on Amazon on that subject.
Playing hockey with Putin
Saturday, April 12, 2014
other voices:
Shortly before the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin played in an exhibition hockey game there. In retrospect, he was clearly warming up for his takeover of Crimea. Putin doesn’t strike me as a chess player, in geopolitical terms. He prefers hockey, without a referee, so elbowing, tripping and cross-checking are permitted. Never go to a hockey game with Putin and expect to play by the rules of touch football. The struggle over Ukraine is a hockey game with no referee. If we’re going to play, we, the Europeans and the pro-Western Ukrainians need to be serious. If we’re not, ...
No more chatter at the water cooler
Friday, April 11, 2014
other voices:
If you’re closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I’m doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don’t make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.
Government for sale to highest bidder
Friday, April 11, 2014
other voices:
Look for this advertisement on TV, in your local newspaper and online in the not too distant future: “For sale at auction: 535 seats in the U.S. Congress — 100 in Upper House and 435 in Lower Chamber. Seats to be occupied by person of buyer’s choice after bipartisan elective process with no restrictions on qualifications of candidates other than those set out by the major bidders."
Defending a high achiever
Friday, April 11, 2014
other voices:
Congratulations, Kwasi Enin. You’re a 17-year-old Long Island high school student who applied to all eight of the nation’s elite Ivy League universities — and received acceptance letters from all of them!
Photo: Brad Garretts Comedy Club
It’s good times for Brad Garrett as his Comedy Club turns 2 at MGM Grand
Thursday, April 10, 2014
When he was a kid, Brad Garrett once performed an impression of a television star. The results were mixed, to put it mildly. This was in 1974, Garrett was age 14 at the time, and the hot sitcom of the moment was ...
What to do with the flu? Bring me my dragons!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
other voices:
I’d been hoping to get the flu. I hadn’t had it in years, and there were so many TV series I’d never seen — “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “True Detective” — that required an extended convalescence.
The price of admission in politics
Thursday, April 10, 2014
other voices:
Three years ago, I wrote about research showing that white lawmakers are more likely to respond to folks named Jake Mueller and minority lawmakers are more likely to respond to folks named DeShawn Jackson.
Photo: Manny Pacquiao works out at the Wild Card Boxing C
Now starring on the Strip: Manny Pacquiao?! Plus, Holly Madison, Melody Sweets
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This is one of those subjects bound to spark skepticism among boxing devotees, but we’re going there anyway: Would immensely popular Manny Pacquiao be a credible headliner in a Las Vegas stage show? ...
Photo: Comedian George Wallace appears in court for his l
After the fall, George Wallace to close standup show — and hints at TV project
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Longtime comedian George Wallace opened at the Flamingo Las Vegas 10 years ago, but, after winning $1.3 in damages from Bellagio on Tuesday afternoon, the Strip headliner has decided to shutter his live show April 26. ...

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