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July 28, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Tesla, Faraday can be electrifying for Nevada‘s future
July 26, 2015
Tesla, Faraday. There is a pattern coming together, and it looks like Nevada could be the pot into which the future of electric travel and electric power is melded. We all know about the incredible all-electric car ...
Stakes are high in Iran deal; let’s not rush to judgment
July 19, 2015
A week after the United States announced it and the other negotiating nations had reached a deal regarding the nuclear ambitions of the terrorist state Iran, every country and every leader and every person has rendered an opinion. So ...
Time to get to the bottom of sordid workplace story
July 12, 2015
Let’s create the setting for this in the headquarters of the Nevada System for Higher Education. I may have picked that one because it is where Chancellor Dan Klaich holds sway over Nevada’s public universities and community colleges. He has been under a little fire lately ...
Ignoring high court rulings is anarchy, not conservatism
July 5, 2015
Here is the news flash: There is nothing conservative about calling for the disbanding of the Supreme Court, demanding that the order …
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 ...

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Clerks should honor their oath
This is an open letter to all county clerks who believe their religious beliefs are under attack in the wake of the recent marriage equality ruling. Please note: You do not work for a church; you are …
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By Jim Graham, Las Vegas
Celebrate renewed relations with Cuba
Why is it that some Cuban-Americans continue to insist that good relations with Cuba are not good for Cubans? A crippling, more than 50-year embargo has …
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By John Esperian, Las Vegas
Lawmakers must revamp broken education system
For more than 20 years I have been complaining about the cost associated with the administration of the Clark County School District. When former Gov. Guinn was doubling the state budget, the administration costs were half the education budget and the education budget was half the state budget. Surely legislators could find some way to cut the amount of funds being stolen by the administrators before the education of our children takes place.
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By Nicholas Gartner, Henderson
Just who are the oddballs? All of us
Remember the 1960s television program “Green Acres,” starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor? The star character, Mr. Douglas, gives up his law practice in New York and moves to a farm in the country. He is surrounded by nuttiness. All of his neighbors are kooky beyond belief.
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By Bobby Morrow, Boulder City
We should establish new ‘good old days’
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, millions of people can now keep their health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act will continue to help millions of Americans. Some people will receive subsidies and others will pay out of pocket for the plan of their liking. I really like my health insurance company.
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By Debbie Starr, Las Vegas
Label doesn’t do ‘Obamacare’ justice
On the 50th anniversary of Medicare this month, we should correct a health care plan misnomer. Let’s stop calling Obamacare Obamacare! We don’t call Social Security Roosevelt Security. We don’t call Medicare Johnsoncare. So let’s call Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) what it is, Americare.
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By Gil Eisner, Las Vegas
The Biden family is a class act
If you listened to the people eulogizing Beau Biden, you would have to be absent a heart to not shed a tear.
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Ruling doesn’t impede rights
I hear people on the right crying daily about how they have lost the freedom of religion and speech because of the ruling on gay marriage. Can anyone explain that to me?
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By Daniel Prestridge, Las Vegas