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October 4, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Frank Schreck
Honor for gaming lawyer Frank Schreck is well-deserved
Oct. 4, 2015
Nevada owes a debt of gratitude to Frank Schreck. And Frank owes some thanks to Howard Hughes. For reasons that will become apparent in a few …
Moving beyond email servers to what really matters
Sept. 13, 2015
Movies are about art imitating life, so let’s go to one of my favorites, “You’ve Got Mail.” Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were masterly in this “chick flick” about emails and anonymity. It was released in 1998, so no one knew about smartphones or ...
The Iran nuke deal would be OK if …
Aug. 31, 2015
Today I find myself in a similar position to that which caused my dad to knowingly and unflinchingly violate the laws of the United States in the ...
Tesla, Faraday can be electrifying for Nevada‘s future
July 26, 2015
Tesla, Faraday. There is a pattern coming together, and it looks like Nevada could be the pot into which the future of electric travel and electric power is melded. We all know about the incredible all-electric car ...
Stakes are high in Iran deal; let’s not rush to judgment
July 19, 2015
A week after the United States announced it and the other negotiating nations had reached a deal regarding the nuclear ambitions of the terrorist state Iran, every country and every leader and every person has rendered an opinion. So ...
Time to get to the bottom of sordid workplace story
July 12, 2015
Let’s create the setting for this in the headquarters of the Nevada System for Higher Education. I may have picked that one because it is where Chancellor Dan Klaich holds sway over Nevada’s public universities and community colleges. He has been under a little fire lately ...
Ignoring high court rulings is anarchy, not conservatism
July 5, 2015
Here is the news flash: There is nothing conservative about calling for the disbanding of the Supreme Court, demanding that the order …
Las Vegas in 1961: A miracle wrought in the desert
June 28, 2015
Progress is moving forward — the eternal quest to conquer boundaries that limited the past. And nowhere is it more evident than in Southern Nevada. Our remarkable advancement from a small desert community to ...
It’s time to wipe out guilt-by-association tactics
June 23, 2015
If the men in top authority are a gang of buggers, the nation is in peril, for its citizens can be destroyed through the flimsiest of …
Kirk Kerkorian builds; Howard Hughes buys
June 22, 2015
Rather than write in glowing terms — as the life of Kirk Kerkorian certainly deserves from all who write about his passing — the Las Vegas Sun can provide a unique insight into Kirk’s life that will give everyone a glimpse into what it was really like in the earlier days when Kirk was taking the risks that made both him and this city that he loved so successful.
Kerkorian elevated stature, economy of Las Vegas
June 21, 2015
Las Vegas benefited greatly because Kirk Kerkorian loved this city, its people and its attitude that allowed dreamers to build what they imagined and, then, to imagine so much more. In short, our city was the beneficiary of all he imagined ...
Larry Ruvo, chairman and founder, at the fifth anniversary of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in downtown Las Vegas.
Let’s celebrate the power of one man’s love
June 7, 2015
Larry Ruvo has the sizzle. And, like his parents taught him growing up in Las Vegas, he knows when to use it and how to share it — with his family, with his friends and with Las Vegas, the community he loves. This Saturday, the Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena will feature as much sizzle as can possibly be put on a stage in Las Vegas ...
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 …

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Utility should look out for customers
Regarding “It’s time for NV Energy, PUC to embrace future in innovative ways” (Las Vegas Sun, Sept. 27): In your excellent editorial, you ask how much rooftop-solar customers should pay for the use of NV Energy’s distribution grid.
By Gary Musser, Las Vegas
Bernie Sanders can address our nation’s pressing issues
Brian Greenspun’s column “Moving beyond email servers to what really matters” (Las Vegas Sun, Sept. 13) was right to conclude with “It is time for the American voters to get serious, too. Enough with the emails and apologies.”
By Nat Lerner, Las Vegas
Carson is the master of one science: ignorance
In many ways, it would be advantageous to elect a president with a working knowledge of science. After all, we have not had one with such expertise since Thomas Jefferson. One potential candidate for that position might have been Dr. Ben Carson, but his statements show he does not fit the criteria.
By Wallace Henkelman, Henderson
GOP chooses poorly in deciding which rights to defend
The GOP is defending Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who spent five days in jail because she refused to follow the Constitution concerning giving gay couples a marriage license. She says it violated God’s law. Maybe she should also refuse to issue licenses to divorced people seeking to get remarried. After all, divorce is also against God’s law. Wait a minute. I forgot she has been divorced three times and is in her fourth marriage.
By Robert Blanner, North Las Vegas
Co-op was a bold move; why didn’t it work?
I would first like to appreciate the relatively more professional tone of Jackie Valley’s piece in comparison to other reports of the Nevada Health Co-Op closing. It offered a dignified salute to a bold public health move. Nevada embraced the option of running a health insurance exchange, and although it wasn’t a mandatory component of the Affordable Care Act, this decision demonstrated a commitment to expanding health services to locals. It is disheartening to think of the people left uninsured at the year’s end.
By Megan Flaviano, Henderson
GOP is squeezing voters in red states
Ever since Justice John Roberts and the Republican Supreme Court overturned the amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the red states have gone nuts with new voter-suppression laws. The red state laws differ from one another but have the same goal, to suppress voting rights for the poor, the elderly and minorities (the typical non-Republican voters).
By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
‘Liberal’ media does Democrats no favors
This ado about nothing, Hillary’s email server, has gone on for months. Having exhausted the Benghazi non-scandal, the Republican smear campaign changed topics, aided and abetted by the “liberal” media. The goal is to paint the Democrat frontrunner as a pathological liar, when she is really a very smart lady. Once her campaign is buried under a mountain of lies and inuendo, they will go after whoever is next in the polls.
By Kitty Smith, Las Vegas
Spend tax money on training for citizens
This is in regard to an article by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, “The poor need food to eat but cash to live” (The Sun, Sept. 11). There are so many safety-net and welfare programs that it seems a shame this family must have fallen through the cracks. The first example given, of 19-year-old Ashley with her baby, illustrates this. One of the first programs Ashley should have taken advantage of was the free birth control. There was no reason for another fatherless child to be brought into her situation.
By Marcia Romano, Las Vegas