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February 12, 2016

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Olympians are coming to town; an Olympian task awaits voters
Feb. 7, 2016
The weekend of Feb. 19-22 it is Reunion 2016 for Olympians and Paralympians in Las Vegas. Many of the athletes we watched in their primes as they won medal after medal will be here to celebrate that special status that …
Join the fight for sensible gun laws in Nevada
Jan. 31, 2016
Going to dinner with your wife can reduce violence. That is one of the things I learned last week at a beautiful dinner hosted by our dear friends, Rifaat and Ikram Khan and Iffat and Javaid Anwar. The good doctors brought a houseful of people together to …
It’s time for U.S. and Obama to speak up for Israel
Jan. 24, 2016
The European Union insists that a decision not to include any services, grants, scholarships and other relationships that come from the “occupied territories” or “Greater Israel” or the West Bank and Gaza — whatever Europe wants to call the land that Israel captured when the invading Arab armies lost …
Getting Southern Nevada’s future on the right track
Jan. 18, 2016
Throughout our history, Las Vegas has always been ready, willing and able to step up and own the kind of future we envision. Our dreamers and our builders have always been able to capture the imaginations of our people to build the kind of city that, despite the setbacks of the 2008 crash, has made us a city to be envied and emulated.
A State of the Union address of Biblical proportions
Jan. 17, 2016
I know a little about politics and government and, yes, State of the Union addresses. It is hard not to know something after studying and being part of the process for as many years as I have spent trying to learn. If I fall short …
A sign tacked outside a Burns, Ore., home reflects growing community sentiment that outsider militia aren't welcome, in mid-December 2015. Self-styled patriots and militia say they are in the area to help two ranchers convicted of arson for burning federal land. The sign refers to Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Obama takes on guns; Bundy takes up guns
Jan. 10, 2016
Just when the country needed something to take our minds off the insanity of the Donald Trump and gang phenomenon taking place in the Republican presidential primary race, along comes Ammon Bundy …
Special delivery tells exactly what kind of man Sinatra was
Dec. 13, 2015
Belated happy birthday to Frank Sinatra, and happy birthday to my dear friend John Moran Jr. and, while I am at it, me! John and I are superfluous to this story; it was just a way to mention John’s name because I forgot to buy him …
Sen. Reid stands up for Caesars and Nevada workers
Dec. 11, 2015
Politics aside, when you couple Harry Reid’s deep concern for his home state with his uncanny ability to see around legislative corners, it is hard to find a more successful …
Sinatra’s spirit strengthens the fabric of our city
Dec. 6, 2015
This week marks the 100th birthday of the Chairman of the Board. Of course, Frank Sinatra is no longer with us, but his music, spirit and all-American attitude are brighter than ever. My father, Hank Greenspun, was a close and dear friend of Mr. Sinatra’s, a bond that was forged in 1948 and remained strong until their deaths.
Ricky Palenik of Liberty High School makes his point during the 2015 Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
Youth Forum participants provide hope for the future
Nov. 29, 2015
This is a time for thanksgiving. We all have something in our lives for which to be thankful, some far more than others. Happy and healthy families and friends should be foremost among those blessings. In that regard I am a very …
Brian Greenspun
Where I Stand: Giving thanks for what we have; wishing we had more
Nov. 22, 2015
This week is my favorite time of year: Thanksgiving. Those able to celebrate with their families are the lucky ones, and they know it, because so many others don’t have the luxury of family and good friends. I was …
Fremont school, at 60 years old, still performing its mission
Nov. 15, 2015
John C. Fremont the pioneer explorer has been dead for a long time, but John C. Fremont Middle School, named after the man for whom our most famous street is also named, is just 60 years old …
Bernie Yuman
Where I Stand: Leave it to Bernie to get a winner on Broadway
Nov. 8, 2015
Twelve years ago, when Siegfried and Roy’s career ended with a terrible onstage accident at the Mirage, the man behind the scenes but in front of all the action, Bernie Yuman, saw ...
Author’s note offers more than just an inspiring message
Nov. 1, 2015
My precious, brilliant and beautiful little granddaughter Julia told her mother she wanted to write to Judy Blume to thank her for …
St. Louis joins in waste worries once reserved for Nevada
Oct. 25, 2015
Where there is fire, there is a good chance there is nuclear waste. As if we really need to be reminded that nuclear waste, however it is disposed …

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PUC shouldn’t be an elected body
In the Jan. 26 letter to the Sun, “PUC goes against residents’ wishes,” the author suggests it would be a good idea to replace the three Public Utilities Commission members with elected officials. There are several reasons this is a poor idea.
By Michael Henderson, Las Vegas
Choose Clinton, not a revolution
Let’s not have a political revolution. We had one. Chicago, the ’60s, the Vietnam War, hippies, Gene McCarthy. The revolution did not work then, and it’s pie in the sky now.
By Denise Kugler, Las Vegas
Heroin scourge is scarier than ISIS
Recently, “60 Minutes” had a 10-minute segment on heroin addiction and deaths in Ohio. It claimed more people die from heroin addiction each year than from car accidents. It is way more serious than the ISIS scare in America, which has killed a fraction of what drugs have killed.
By James Behrendt, Henderson
All cars should be self-driving here
I write to you on a very sad day. Someone in a stolen vehicle, eluding police, driving down Rainbow Boulevard at a reported speed of 100 mph, T-boned an innocent driver at Spring Mountain Road, killing her.
By David Wisar, Las Vegas
Bad taxi experience reflects poorly on Las Vegas
My wife and I came with another couple to visit your wonderful city for a fun weekend. We arrived at the airport and hopped into a taxi to take us to the Palms.
By Scott Schulman, Chico, Calif.
Split-second decisions often are life-or-death
The residents of Nevada must know that our police officers frequently have to make split-second decisions. I distinctly remember when I made a split-second decision as a substitute teacher in a classroom years ago in Compton, Calif. That decision saved my life.
By Thresra Tish Pierce, Las Vegas
Refugees’ plight resonates here at home
Bill Silverstein’s donation of the flag that flew on Exodus in 1947 to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington reminded me of the plight of my people, who were in the same position as the Syrian refugees today.
By Sandra Miner, Las Vegas
Trump, not Cruz, is anti-Semitic
To me, the term “New York values” as used by Ted Cruz refers to a liberal, center to far-left view on social and political issues and is associated with the Democratic Party and not necessarily anti-Semitic. If you are looking for anti-Semitic rhetoric coming out of Republican candidates, look at Donald Trump’s address to the …
By Fern Netzky, Henderson