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April 26, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
Danny Tarkanian eulogizes his father, Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, during services Monday at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church. The younger Tarkanian paid homage to his father, calling him “the greatest coach in the history of college basketball.”
The ‘greatest coach’ and ‘best father’ there ever was
Feb. 22, 2015
I believe I can provide a unique perspective on Jerry Tarkanian. I was his ball boy, his player, his assistant coach and his attorney, but most importantly I am his son, and …
Lois Tarkanian talks to her husband, former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, after a statue of the coaching legend was unveiled in front of the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Tark was beloved by his players and Las Vegans
Feb. 15, 2015
Jerry Tarkanian didn’t care about your background, even if it included a criminal history, coming from a broken home, living in the projects or academic struggles. He saw the good in everyone. That’s something …
Governor falls short with funds for UNLV med school
Feb. 1, 2015
When Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed the UNLV medical School his top priority for UNLV, I was shocked to hear his commitment of only $9 million to make it happen …
Scary message: Signs point to another intifada
Jan. 18, 2015
Khalil Shikaki, director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, spoke softly, but his message was scary. He found that for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, the last Gaza war ended with a victory for Hamas, and that, as a result, the terror movement …
The time is now to root out Islamic extremism
Jan. 11, 2015
Yes, people are enraged. And they are scared. Perhaps not for their own safety, but certainly for the safety of their loved ones and friends who are being targeted by radical Islamic terrorists who care not about societal norms or the sense of moral decency that has…
Happy New Year, from the mouths of babes
Jan. 4, 2015
To suggest that there were many Americans who, at the end of 2014, were awaiting the close of one year in anticipation of a new one that held the promise of something better is an understatement. Here we are some six years removed from the single greatest economic meltdown of our lives, and we are …
Brookings: Good policy is priority
Dec. 24, 2014
A crucial think tank report on STEM education was plagiarized, but the issue mustn't overshadow the far more important pursuit of the policy recommendation from which it stemmed ...
Our nation’s role in striving for goodwill toward all men
Dec. 14, 2014
I wanted to write a Christmastime column about good people doing good things in our community. People who are striving for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men. And then the U.S. government released the findings of a significant investigation into the interrogation techniques employed by America in its war against terrorism.
Gorillas in Rwanda have the holiday spirit
Nov. 30, 2014
We could all take a lesson from a group of Rwandan gorillas this holiday season.

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Democrats’ idea of job creation
Most of our Democrats want the government to “create jobs” — you know, that’s when the government union bureaucrats invent new products and new methods of production, save their own capital to construct new factories, hire workers, create and develop new markets, and then expand ... and so on.
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By Marc Jeric, Las Vegas
Bill O’Reilly’s next best-seller
Bill O’Reilly’s next book should be called “What Our Planet Needs to Do to Conquer Hell,” published in all languages for the benefit of all races, all cultures and all religions.
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By David Oliver, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Forget official dance, get a state cat
This may come as a shock to you: Nevada doesn’t have a state cat. Two states do — Maryland (the calico cat) and Maine (the Maine Coon cat). The Silver State can show leadership in the West. It can be a breed of cat, such as the Maine Coon or the calico.
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By Jerry Gordon, Henderson
Why impede solar development?
I cannot understand why anyone would want to impede the spread of solar energy in our state.
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By Angie Nantz, Las Vegas
Embracing solar energy makes sense
Solar energy is part of living sustainably and responsibly. It is part of taking care of our environment, our planet and …
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By Theresa Holstrom, Las Vegas
Obamacare is not right for Americans
Well, dear reader, the United States is not Canada. Not that we don’t value compassion and community, but we also fiercely value …
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By Dave Downer, Henderson
Obamacare is not right for Americans
Well, dear reader, the United States is not Canada. Not that we don’t value compassion and community, but we also fiercely value …
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By Dave Downer, Henderson
Voter ID laws don’t infringe on rights
Identification laws do not infringe on the rights of anyone to vote in this country. The author of a recent letter to the editor said requiring a person to show an identification card …
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By Michael Kreps, Las Vegas