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June 2, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
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…

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Jeb Bush must face Iraq War criticism
Now that Jeb Bush may run for president, the Iraq War is brought back into focus. It has always been my belief that the real reason for that war was a …
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By George Haushahn, Las Vegas
Is everything all about the money?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. demanded more than five times in a news conference that the press print how great he was. Does he know the meaning of class and sportsmanship? I thought he …
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By James Guynup, Las Vegas
Start acting like real conservatives
Gold Butte richly deserves and badly needs permanent protection, preferably as an NCA. But if the anti-conservationists prevail in Congress …
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By Tony Barron, Mesquite
It’s time to hold police accountable
Enough is enough! It’s time to establish and improve conspicuous eccentricity of police officers in the United States through a citizen oversight committee that will mandate the highest ethical standards in police organizations that oversee law enforcement.
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Marc Kaplar, Boulder City
Remember heroism of WWII veterans
My wife and I care for her brother in our home. He is 92 and a World War II veteran who was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, landed at Normandy on June 9 and fought in Europe.
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Michael Casler, Las Vegas
Desalination could have averted crisis
The old axiom “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” could have been a better title for Brian Greenspun’s column “How about some power to the people?” (Las Vegas Sun, May 17).
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Sandra Miner, Las Vegas
Societal parenting does children no favors
I couldn’t agree more with George Will’s column “In childhood, risk is inherent — and many are stuck in it” (Las Vegas Sun, May 18), wherein he reflects upon and laments the state of contemporary child-rearing and the bureaucratic interference when Maryland children, who were walking home from school by themselves with their parents’ permission, were whisked off the street by police and turned over to Child Protective Services for their safety.
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Ian Gecker, Las Vegas
Don’t let Buffett kill solar progress
Regarding solar, Brian Greenspun said in the column “How about some power to the people?” (Las Vegas Sun, May 17), “I know the answer. It is money.”
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Gary Musser, Las Vegas