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August 26, 2016

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

A look at Phyllis McGuire's 65,000 square foot mansion located in Rancho Circle, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. McGuire has decided to put the estate on the market.
Mansion brims with stories of Las Vegas’ rich history
Aug. 4, 2016
It is not just a house — excuse me, a mansion. The story of Las Vegas lives within its walls. The history of an era that spanned three generations echoes from every corner. The ...
A true leader, Hillary clears a bar set high
July 31, 2016
I was wrong. Last week I quoted the great Charles Dickens from his “A Tale of Two Cities” when I wrote about the just-finished Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, which has …
Light and hope will distinguish the Philadelphia story
July 24, 2016
The Republican conclave in Cleveland was itself a tale of two cities. There were the best of times: the Trump children speaking about their father and their lives. They also were the worst of times: the refusal of Ted Cruz to forgive …
Fallen Dallas heroes prove police do ‘protect and serve’
July 17, 2016
Summertime, and the living is anything but easy. Only the people can make it better. First, we have to talk about the tragic events that took place 10 days ago …
How can Trump be so ignorant, uncaring as to invoke such bigoted images?
July 10, 2016
Never again. As a young, Jewish child growing up in the United States, the words “never again” were etched in my brain. In part because I grew up in my father’s house and, in part, because every …
Keep it civil: Not standing up for those who were sitting in
June 27, 2016
Any reasonable American who watched the Democratic congressmen and -women taking over the well of the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening had to be somewhat sympathetic to …
In spirit and at home, fathers deserve nod today
June 19, 2016
Today is Father’s Day. This is the day we traditionally have given over to the dads in our lives to do as they wish. It never quite works out that way, however, because no matter …
Ali, GOP on opposite ends of courage spectrum
June 12, 2016
The world said goodbye to Muhammad Ali on Friday. There is not much I can say about The Champ that wasn’t said so eloquently by President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, John Ramsey and others …
Trust the data: Solar energy benefits everyone
May 29, 2016
We are blessed with an extraordinary abundance of natural resources, especially solar energy. Yet, a decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in December has virtually eliminated the residential rooftop …
New American’s faith in elections isn’t rattled despite Nevada’s flare-ups
May 27, 2016
My wife, Perla, recently became a citizen of the United States. She was born in rural Aguascalientes, Mexico, and raised on a farm. Her parents decided to pursue …
After Nevada debacle, democracy feels the burn
May 22, 2016
It is no secret that Secretary Hillary Clinton is my friend. It is also well-known that my wife and I are ardent supporters of Clinton’s candidacy for president of the United States. Now I am going to say something that is probably not helpful to ...
Teaching appreciation on Mother’s Day
May 8, 2016
Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day. And happy Mother’s Day, too. For all of you fathers out there who somehow have forgotten what today is, now is your chance to make a solid recovery. Find the mother of your children and …
Do-nothing GOP is poised to repeat history
May 1, 2016
“I’ve got plenty of nuttin’.” I have been singing the lyrics (in my head because out loud would be a supreme injustice to Ira Gershwin and a host of marvelous voices) to that famous song from ‘Porgy and Bess’ ever since I started thinking about …
Let’s help ensure residents aren’t under the gun
April 24, 2016
Our country is under the gun. If we have learned anything from this political season, it should be that motivated Americans can act in a way that threatens to disrupt “the way things are” and make needed …
When will our next generation of leaders step up?
April 17, 2016
America is ready for the next generation of young leaders to step up in the home, in business and in the community — to analyze challenges and execute plans that lead to successful …

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Gun lobby the only opponent of background checks
Recently, a number of Republican elected officials have announced their opposition to Question 1, which would require a criminal background check before anyone buys a gun in our state. Polls show that requiring background checks has more support than just about …
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By Angela Angers, Las Vegas
As NV Energy stonewalls, don’t give up fight for solar
To see the two sides of NV Energy on the rooftop solar issue, start by looking at the television ads being run by Citizens for Solar Energy Fairness. The ads state that solar companies want Nevada residents to pay higher electricity bills …
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By Charles Parrish, Las Vegas
Exercise rights women fought for
America’s freedom fighters were publicly humiliated and beaten, unlawfully detained and tortured for over a century to gain the freedom of speech and the right to vote. And Aug. 18, we celebrated the …
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By Erin Bilbray, Las Vegas
GOP hinders the right to vote
Has the irony been lost on the GOP’s flag bearer? As Donald Trump complains about the election being rigged against him, Republicans in a number of states have …
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By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
Trump doesn’t seem to want to be president
Is it possible Donald Trump never wanted to be president and was just as surprised he beat out 16 others as everyone else was? He opened with …
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By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
For sake of nation’s prosperity, elect a Democrat
Lying Donald continually lies by omission and exaggeration. He is quick to point out numbers such as America’s trade deficit in only one category, never mentioning our very significant offsetting trade surpluses. Unlike the Clintons and every …
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Get Trump a dictionary
The Republican presidential nominee has claimed he can be the Secretary of Keeping All the Jobs in the U.S. He has a close friend who is building the eighth wonder of the world in Mexico. He never tells us who, what and how, only that he knows this great man. He is going to charge carriers 35 percent to bring products into the U.S. He has no idea …
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By Bob Hartman, Las Vegas
Trump may drop out of race
I can just picture Donald Trump’s devious smile. Would there be mass political chaos, celebrations or both? Trump is now sure he has no chance to win the general election against Clinton. And there is also no doubt that Trump intends to punish both America and the Republican Party for, as he sees it, politically “stabbing him in the back.”
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By Bradley Chapline, Las Vegas