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June 30, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Las Vegas in 1961: A miracle wrought in the desert
June 28, 2015
Progress is moving forward — the eternal quest to conquer boundaries that limited the past. And nowhere is it more evident than in Southern Nevada. Our remarkable advancement from a small desert community to ...
It’s time to wipe out guilt-by-association tactics
June 23, 2015
If the men in top authority are a gang of buggers, the nation is in peril, for its citizens can be destroyed through the flimsiest of …
Kirk Kerkorian builds; Howard Hughes buys
June 22, 2015
Rather than write in glowing terms — as the life of Kirk Kerkorian certainly deserves from all who write about his passing — the Las Vegas Sun can provide a unique insight into Kirk’s life that will give everyone a glimpse into what it was really like in the earlier days when Kirk was taking the risks that made both him and this city that he loved so successful.
Kerkorian elevated stature, economy of Las Vegas
June 21, 2015
Las Vegas benefited greatly because Kirk Kerkorian loved this city, its people and its attitude that allowed dreamers to build what they imagined and, then, to imagine so much more. In short, our city was the beneficiary of all he imagined ...
Larry Ruvo, chairman and founder, at the fifth anniversary of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
Let’s celebrate the power of one man’s love
June 7, 2015
Larry Ruvo has the sizzle. And, like his parents taught him growing up in Las Vegas, he knows when to use it and how to share it — with his family, with his friends and with Las Vegas, the community he loves. This Saturday, the Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena will feature as much sizzle as can possibly be put on a stage in Las Vegas ...
Expectations, payoff high at new charter school
May 24, 2015
I much prefer SWOT to SWAT. We all know SWAT is the highly trained, highly capable and successful police unit that enters the fray when practically every other option for peaceful resolution has been exhausted. It looks great and exciting on television, but in real life no one really celebrates the fact that it is needed, especially the men and women of SWAT.
How about some power to the people?
May 17, 2015
Do yourself a favor. Walk outside. Look up, toward the sun, not directly into it. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you think about that? Here is what I think. In 2005 …
Men, today is not the day to go golfing
May 10, 2015
Why is it that Mother’s Day is the single best day of the year to play golf or another favorite sport? And how is it that the lady you sleep with knows you …
As in 1955, the old gives way to the new
May 3, 2015
Once again, the old will give way to the new. It is the Las Vegas way, and it works in a city that is barely 68 years old (the opening of the Flamingo started it all). Most Las Vegans have probably not even visited the Riviera and, unless they do so by …
Ruining America, one ‘news’ story at a time
April 26, 2015
Our American democracy is being poisoned. And just like my friend Pogo used to say, the person responsible for that poison is us. We are killing the greatest system of governance on the planet. We are the enemy.
Time is right for a woman in the Oval Office
April 19, 2015
From the mouths of babes — and into the hearts and minds of their mothers. Their grandmothers. Their aunts, sisters and cousins. The 2016 presidential election could shape up to mirror the instincts of a 6-year-old child ...
Building roads is building futures
April 12, 2015
This past week, a couple hundred people descended on a vacant lot overlooking Lake Mead to witness something historic: a groundbreaking for the bypass of what will become Interstate 11, the last remaining significant section of the country’s interstate highway system that was …
Letter not only sabotages Obama, it harms U.S.
March 15, 2015
I have found the 47 percenters. They call themselves United States senators. And they are doing their best to destroy …
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he step to the podium prior to speaking before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Any nuclear pact with Iran must protect Israel
March 8, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Congress, said his piece and went home. All of the drama surrounding his visit has all but dissipated (hard feelings will soften and hurt feelings will heal — at least that is our hope) and what is left is …
Relationship between U.S., Israel is what matters
March 1, 2015
When it comes to Israel, I have to admit, I am biased. Call me sentimental, but I believe that the State of Israel, which was created by the United Nations in 1948 with the blessing of the United States and practically every other nation on Earth following the Holocaust, has …

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A better name for Obamacare
Justice Antonin Scalia suggested renaming the Affordable Care Act …
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By Gilbert Eisner, Las Vegas
Vet’s spouse feels Clinton’s support
My struggles have been getting my husband decent health care and getting people to listen. Recently, I found someone willing to listen: Hillary Clinton. It all started when …
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By Kelly Smith, Las Vegas
Pipes protected more than people
I just completed installation of three backflow valves on a commercial property. To protect the valves from possible car strikes, the Las Vegas Valley Water District required installing eight bollards, each 4-inch thick schedule 40 steel pipes, 6 feet tall, filled with concrete, painted with OSHA safety paint and with reflective tape at the top.
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By Cyril Tammadge, Boulder City
Lack of discipline plagues our schools
In November, Nevada residents took a bold step in changing the leadership of our Legislature, a move that made education reform possible for the first time since the ’60s. Kudos to the Republicans! But have they really fixed the underlying problem by throwing money at education?
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By Fredrick Wilkening, Henderson
Rebel flag a symbol of racism, treason
In the wake of the mass murder in South Carolina, one of the primary topics of conversation was a flag. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appeared on national television, sincerely upset with these racially motivated murders, yet during this same interview, she evaded the question concerning the flag flying near South Carolina’s Capitol. In many people’s view, the previous tears were political in nature. On Monday, she called for the removal of the flag from the North Carolina Statehouse. Perhaps she actually felt compassion. I think she knows this banner represents to many people the hateful era in which it ...
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By Roger Warrick, Las Vegas
Cab drivers defending a bad business model
I have a message for all the cab drivers in town. I am a local (born and raised here), and the fact that you are protesting Uber is insulting and utterly ridiculous.
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By Doug Wilgar, Las Vegas
Immigrant issues a priority for Clinton
I grew up like any other American child, but I didn’t have the same opportunities. Why? I’m undocumented. I’ve lived in Nevada since I was a baby, but my family got caught in our broken immigration system. We fell victim to fraud: An attorney falsely promised to fix our statuses. Instead, we received deportation orders.
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By Rafael Lopez, North Las Vegas
Guns are far from the only lethal weapon
Never passing up an opportunity to turn a solemn occasion into promoting a personal agenda, President Barack Obama managed to degrade his “heartfelt sorrow” comments on the tragic Charleston church shootings into a statement on gun control. As usual, his mindset centers not on the deranged shooter, but the fact that a handgun was involved ... as if the gun itself was at fault. Predictably, he called for new legislation to solve this pesky Second Amendment problem of private citizens owning firearms, since mass acts of mayhem like this occur “only in America and nowhere in any other civilized nation.”
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By J.J. Schrader, Henderson