Las Vegas Sun

February 8, 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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Despite PUC’s ruling, we have solar options
After Warren Buffett bought our electric company, why is anyone surprised at the Public Utility Commission’s ruling about rooftop solar? I’m sure Mr. Buffett bought the company to make money, and this is one way he can benefit.
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By Jack Oliver, Las Vegas
Thanks to Obama for protecting us from gun violence
Thank you, President Obama, for your courage in taking a stand against the proliferation of gun violence and protecting the rights of the innocent and unarmed. The abundance of guns and easy access to guns have a taken a huge and tragic toll on society.
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By Susan Fong, Las Vegas
GOP race’s drama has yet to unfold
Regarding the column “The GOP rebellion could change the face of politics” (Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 22):
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
Treat solar customers fairly
I find this amazing! NV Energy is crying to its customers, saying that if NV Energy doesn’t get its way the cost of energy for nonsolar customer will increase substantially because of rooftop solar. NV Energy has convinced the Public Utilities Commission to take its side ,along with many non-solar customers. Once again a large corporation with deep pockets is able to spread false information, or at the very least deceptive information.
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By Ken Hamm, Las Vegas
Solar conflict isn’t just PUC’s fault
In the letter to the editor “PUC doesn’t act in public’s benefit” (Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 16), the writer repeats the oft-misunderstood idea that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada’s prime objective should be as a protector of consumer rights. That would be the role of the Bureau of Consumer Protection in Carson City.
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By Michael Henderson, Las Vegas
State of politics is a crying shame
I have been voting for more than 60 years and have never seen an election quite like this one.
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By Jerry Zodin, Las Vegas
Blame Democrats for nation’s health care debacle
Holier-than-thou liberals are so proud of themselves for their takeover of our health care system. They mostly needed the law to take care of injuries they suffered while patting themselves on the back.
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By Eric Yaillen, Las Vegas
King’s article tells a funny truth
Llewellyn King should take his show on the road. His article “While amid clouds, it’s hard to find silver lining” (Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 16) was …
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By Darlien Breeze, Las Vegas