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October 1, 2014

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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!
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...

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Seeking changes on Linq’s wheel
I’m a longtime resident of Las Vegas, love living here and support most of the attractions we have in town.
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By Charles Berberian, Las Vegas
Golden age turning to rust
I am a 68-year-old diabetic with heart disease. My Medicare plan changed this year. I used to pay $65 for a six-month supply of insulin; this year, I have to pay $600 per month for the same thing.
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By Linda LaLonde, Las Vegas
Extend vacation for congressmen
For the past two weeks, I have read pretty much every page waiting to read some editorial, some conservative or liberal columnist, responding to these so-called members of Congress taking two months off at taxpayers’ expense.
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By Carole Fishman, Las Vegas
Toughen up for terror fight
The fight against the Middle East terrorists will never get anywhere until politicians and the American people wise up and …
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By Bill Wilson, Henderson
Lauding Nevada for landing Tesla
Jobs build the tax base, they don’t deplete it. Your guest columnist, Richard Florida, actually makes the false claim that …
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By Will Edwards, Las Vegas
So this is justice?
Judge Steven Jones gets still another break. This judge and friends knowingly stole over $1 million from various people, committing ongoing …
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By Bradley Kuhns, Las Vegas
Politicians, money and environment
I am truly dismayed by the mostly Republican House of Representatives, which recently approved a bill that enables the pollution of rivers, streams and wetlands by business and other interests.
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By Susan Fong, Las Vegas
Bad decisions at lion ranch
In response to the Sept. 18 article, “Keith Evans, who ran MGM Grand Lion Habitat, working to keep his lion ranch alive,” I have seen articles in which Evans states he is having financial problems and struggles to feed all his lions, yet he continues to breed them and create more mouths to feed.
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By Joanne Brunelle, Las Vegas