Las Vegas Sun

December 10, 2016

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

In 60th year, Sun Youth Forum still inspires
Dec. 4, 2016
I am writing about the youth forum as I do every year about this time because it continues to inspire not only me but every student counselor, educator, administrator and moderator who are committed to the forum’s success, This year, more than most, the passion …
Constitution among many reasons to be grateful
Nov. 27, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving. I know I’m a few days late, but since we are still in the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is never too late to wish friends, family and neighbors the best of what this celebration means to Americans ...
Reid will be gone, but state’s fight against Yucca Mountain nukes must continue
Nov. 20, 2016
For most Nevadans — there are always a few who either don’t comprehend the consequences of such a decision or just don’t care — the idea that we would be forced to accept the deadliest material known to man just a few miles from the heart of Las Vegas in incomprehensible. And, yet, it is true ...
Newly elected congressman Ruben Kihuen greets supporters as the Nevada State Democratic Party hosts its 2016 election night watch party with Hillary for Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate, and down-ballot Democratic candidates in Southern Nevada at ARIA Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
Blue wave: Nevadans can take pride in state's voting results
Nov. 13, 2016
One of the few bright blue spots in a mostly red map of our country last week was the Silver State. Our voters — who had more right to be angry about what happened during the recession of 2008 than those in most other parts of the country — rose above their personal feelings and ...
President Barack Obama greets supporters while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.
What’s needed to be a president? Let's let our current one explain
Nov. 6, 2016
In two days Nevadans will go to the polls to vote in what I believe is the most consequential presidential election of my life. There is a reason, probably many, that President Barack Obama and all four of our living former …
As election closes in, boomers need to act like adults
Oct. 30, 2016
How did it come to this? How did friends of a lifetime become estranged because of presidential preferences? How did husbands and wives ...
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during closing arguments in the third and final presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2106, at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
It's time for Trump to lead his supporters away from the brink
Oct. 23, 2016
Civil wars happen to other countries. They don’t happen in the United States, with one notable exception. Wednesday night I was fortunate enough to have been at the Thomas & Mack Center for the third and final debate …
No debate, we’re ready for The Debate
Oct. 18, 2016
UNLV will be front and center and a backdrop for much of the media coverage, including the university’s nationally recognized programs in the arts, sciences and health sciences, hospitality, law …
With Trump, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it
Oct. 3, 2016
In 1952, long before a courageous newscaster named Edward R. Murrow stood up to the infamous Red-baiting senator from Wisconsin, my father Hank Greenspun was the lone media voice in the country decrying the …
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks in November during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem.
Shimon Peres: A remarkable man and a longtime friend
Oct. 2, 2016
I remember the first time I met Shimon Peres. I was just a teenager when I traveled by myself — it could have been my first airplane trip — to Israel in 1962. My parents thought I should spend a summer working on a kibbutz while learning all I could about …
Statesman speaks; would-be king gets a pittance
Sept. 25, 2016
I have two words for the many business, social and political leaders of Nevada who filled in as “Where I Stand” columnists while I took a vacation. Thank you. Thank you for becoming columnists for a day, which …
Don’t take all social media ‘news’ as fact; check it out
Sept. 20, 2016
Stories ranging from politics to health and wellness flood our inboxes, feeds and favorite websites daily. So the question becomes what to read and who to follow for the facts?
A look at Phyllis McGuire's 65,000 square foot mansion located in Rancho Circle, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. McGuire has decided to put the estate on the market.
Mansion brims with stories of Las Vegas’ rich history
Aug. 4, 2016
It is not just a house — excuse me, a mansion. The story of Las Vegas lives within its walls. The history of an era that spanned three generations echoes from every corner. The ...
A true leader, Hillary clears a bar set high
July 31, 2016
I was wrong. Last week I quoted the great Charles Dickens from his “A Tale of Two Cities” when I wrote about the just-finished Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, which has …
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 …

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Trump’s actions are concerning
President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at “Hamilton” cast member Brandon Dixon’s opinion, demanding an apology to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. If this continues, all Trump will be doing for the next four years is ask for …
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By Colin J.N. Chauret, Universal City, Texas
Time for Trump to face reality
Donald Trump is faced with the stark realities of life. Either he totally divests himself of all his holdings or else all those properties will become poor investments for the following reason: Rich people don’t want to be …
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By Marvin Adelman, Las Vegas
Cost-cutting plan is misguided
If the Davis-Bacon Act is eliminated, construction contractors on competitive government contracts will tend to lower their wage rates to arrive at the winning low bid. More jobs at lower wage rates is not the answer to …
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By Stan Broselow, Las Vegas
Don’t write off populous states
The distinct advantage of a national popular vote versus the Electoral College is that candidates would have to …
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By Cesar Lumba, Las Vegas
Backing Clinton was right move
Donald Trump’s insensitivity and morals do not represent the people I know and respect …
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By Jo Ann Malkin, Las Vegas
Use funds from VW to aid police
How should Nevada spend its part of Volkswagen settlement?
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By Ann Turnbull, Henderson
Heller should oppose nominees
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller will soon have to decide where he stands on these and other nominees. Nevadans are by turns liberal and libertarian but share concern for …
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By Jeff Schauer, Las Vegas
President can’t also be CEO
When he negotiates a trade deal with a country his business has holdings in or wants to move into, who does the negotiating? Is it the president of the United States or the CEO of his family business? There couldn’t possibly be a …
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By Frank Dase, Las Vegas