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July 28, 2016

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Light and hope will distinguish the Philadelphia story
July 24, 2016
The Republican conclave in Cleveland was itself a tale of two cities. There were the best of times: the Trump children speaking about their father and their lives. They also were the worst of times: the refusal of Ted Cruz to forgive …
Fallen Dallas heroes prove police do ‘protect and serve’
July 17, 2016
Summertime, and the living is anything but easy. Only the people can make it better. First, we have to talk about the tragic events that took place 10 days ago …
How can Trump be so ignorant, uncaring as to invoke such bigoted images?
July 10, 2016
Never again. As a young, Jewish child growing up in the United States, the words “never again” were etched in my brain. In part because I grew up in my father’s house and, in part, because every …
Keep it civil: Not standing up for those who were sitting in
June 27, 2016
Any reasonable American who watched the Democratic congressmen and -women taking over the well of the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening had to be somewhat sympathetic to …
In spirit and at home, fathers deserve nod today
June 19, 2016
Today is Father’s Day. This is the day we traditionally have given over to the dads in our lives to do as they wish. It never quite works out that way, however, because no matter …
Ali, GOP on opposite ends of courage spectrum
June 12, 2016
The world said goodbye to Muhammad Ali on Friday. There is not much I can say about The Champ that wasn’t said so eloquently by President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, John Ramsey and others …
Trust the data: Solar energy benefits everyone
May 29, 2016
We are blessed with an extraordinary abundance of natural resources, especially solar energy. Yet, a decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in December has virtually eliminated the residential rooftop …
New American’s faith in elections isn’t rattled despite Nevada’s flare-ups
May 27, 2016
My wife, Perla, recently became a citizen of the United States. She was born in rural Aguascalientes, Mexico, and raised on a farm. Her parents decided to pursue …
After Nevada debacle, democracy feels the burn
May 22, 2016
It is no secret that Secretary Hillary Clinton is my friend. It is also well-known that my wife and I are ardent supporters of Clinton’s candidacy for president of the United States. Now I am going to say something that is probably not helpful to ...
Teaching appreciation on Mother’s Day
May 8, 2016
Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day. And happy Mother’s Day, too. For all of you fathers out there who somehow have forgotten what today is, now is your chance to make a solid recovery. Find the mother of your children and …
Do-nothing GOP is poised to repeat history
May 1, 2016
“I’ve got plenty of nuttin’.” I have been singing the lyrics (in my head because out loud would be a supreme injustice to Ira Gershwin and a host of marvelous voices) to that famous song from ‘Porgy and Bess’ ever since I started thinking about …
Let’s help ensure residents aren’t under the gun
April 24, 2016
Our country is under the gun. If we have learned anything from this political season, it should be that motivated Americans can act in a way that threatens to disrupt “the way things are” and make needed …
When will our next generation of leaders step up?
April 17, 2016
America is ready for the next generation of young leaders to step up in the home, in business and in the community — to analyze challenges and execute plans that lead to successful …
With a clean assist from regents, Let’s go Rebels!
April 8, 2016
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and the community that supports them, need to be a contender. Again. With apologies to Marlon Brando, Las Vegas may not be a very long way from …
Stars align for 2-state solution, Mideast peace
April 3, 2016
They put the ad in the wrong paper! Last week, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace published a most powerful ad in The New York Times under the heading, “Israel’s Security Chiefs Agree: Separation into two states is in Israel’s vital security interest.” I have been …

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Trump must answer: How?
I, like several million other Americans, watched the Donald Trump reality/acceptance show. He spent more than an hour of prime time telling the world about the many things that will magically begin on Jan. 20, 2017. I was beyond fascination by his ability to weave an almost hypnotic spell over the hundreds of convention delegates …
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By Roger Warrick, Las Vegas
GOP, practice what you preach on guns
his country is having an internal debate concerning guns. The Republicans and the National Rifle Association believe that if everyone had a gun, we would be safer. The GOP has made it clear ir intends on passing no legislation that in any way …
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By John Pauli, Las Vegas
Make weed legal if it’s done safely
The problem I find is this: How do you test to assure that people who show up for work are not impaired? With alcohol it is simple; you blow into a machine, and if you are impaired you go home. Marijuana is different. The THC stays in your system for weeks, if not months. So if you are at a party Saturday night and you smoke, how do you prove …
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
As ex-LAPD chief pointed out, police officers are only human
The late Daryl Gates, former Los Angeles Police Department chief, said it best when he stated, ““I’d have a perfect police department if …
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By Bill Wilson, Henderson
NRA wears the pants in its marriage with GOP
Who carries the most weight, 90 percent of Republicans who say yes to a law that would prohibit people on the no-fly list from buying a weapon, or the NRA? What about 92 percent of people who …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Say yes to Question 1 to curb gun violence in Nevada
We cannot afford to stand idly by any longer as our communities are hurt by gun violence. As a mom, a businesswoman and a Nevadan, it is imperative to me that we stand together as a community to help prevent …
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By Elaine Sanchez, Las Vegas
Hispanics are great for America
The truth is, Hispanic immigrants have helped make America the great country it is with their contributions: hard work, intelligence, family values, etc. Illegal immigration is wrong but it’s a problem in which …
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By Clyde Dinkins, Las Vegas
Gold Butte should get designation
We have an incredible resource in our backyard: Gold Butte. A 350,000-acre scenic wonderland, Gold Butte is truly one of this country’s most beautiful and culturally diverse landscapes. Visitors are treated to such sights as …
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By Alan O’Neill, Henderson