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August 29, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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…
Happy New Year, from the mouths of babes
Jan. 4, 2015
To suggest that there were many Americans who, at the end of 2014, were awaiting the close of one year in anticipation of a new one that held the promise of something better is an understatement. Here we are some six years removed from the single greatest economic meltdown of our lives, and we are …
Brookings: Good policy is priority
Dec. 24, 2014
A crucial think tank report on STEM education was plagiarized, but the issue mustn't overshadow the far more important pursuit of the policy recommendation from which it stemmed ...
Our nation’s role in striving for goodwill toward all men
Dec. 14, 2014
I wanted to write a Christmastime column about good people doing good things in our community. People who are striving for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all men. And then the U.S. government released the findings of a significant investigation into the interrogation techniques employed by America in its war against terrorism.
Gorillas in Rwanda have the holiday spirit
Nov. 30, 2014
We could all take a lesson from a group of Rwandan gorillas this holiday season.
Using the ‘Tesla Bill’ to Southern Nevada’s advantage
Nov. 16, 2014
Just as Tesla Motor’s lithium battery factory was attracted to Northern Nevada in part by a lucrative package of tax benefits, John Lee is trying to work similar magic in …
Las Vegas needs a medical school
Nov. 2, 2014
A UNLV Medical School would generate tens of millions of dollars per year in federal aid that instead is going elsewhere. Nevada needs to access these funds by placing a qualified institution in its most …

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Simple steps can prevent drownings
Nothing is more heartbreaking to me than a child’s death. As a parent of young children, I am deeply saddened to learn that 2-year-old Israel Hall died in a drowning at his northwest Las Vegas home (“Toddler’s death in Las Vegas apartment hot tub probed as drowning,” lasvegassun.com, Aug. 4). Within the past few weeks, there have also been two near-drownings in neighboring communities, leaving one toddler in critical condition (“Toddler in critical condition after being pulled from pool,” lasvegassun.com, Aug. 5).
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By Elliot Kaye, Bethesda, Md.
Trump, like Cheney and Romney, is an elitist draft dodger
As a World War II veteran, it is always irritating to me that most rich people can avoid military service. I’m thinking about Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney and now Donald Trump, who were able to avoid the draft for the Vietnam War.
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By George Haushahn, Las Vegas
Jeb Bush mixes messages about Iraq ‘victory’
Jeb Bush, GOP presidential candidate, has said American and allied forces won a hard-fought military victory in Iraq during the 2007-08 surge. He also claimed Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state at that time, stood by as the military victory was thrown away. The military offensive better known as the surge (2007-08) is a deeply flawed statement, claiming the war had been won by President George W. Bush, and that Barack Obama was the president who lost the war. Another big lie.
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By Sam Pizzo, Henderson
Net-metering system is fair the way it is
Say this to yourself three times: Solar roofs are not wholesalers to NV Energy; they are for homes. The current net-metering program is fair for all. Currently, when installed, solar roofs are limited to 100 percent of the kilowatt-hours the homeowner used the previous year. Doesn’t that sound like the program is devoted to each home and not a wholesaler for NV Energy?
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By Gary Musser, Las Vegas
Planned Parenthood provides vital care
This country’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care is once again being targeted by anti-choice extremists. This time they pretended to be a health care research company to trick and film Planned Parenthood staff. The videos they created are …
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By Lucy Flores, Las Vegas
Protect lands to preserve dark skies
The Perseid meteor shower blazed across our dark desert skies, and I was fortunate enough to share the experience with a group of youths who had never even witnessed a …
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By Christian Francisco Gerlach, Las Vegas
Teachers need community support
It’s no wonder there’s a teacher shortage. Some residents have spent the past 30 years complaining about teachers and …
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By Thresia Tish Pier, Las Vegas
Signs show GOP must face real world
On June 29, the Supreme Court emphatically endorsed the ability of voters to create an independent commission to draw a state’s legislative and congressional districts. The previous week, the Affordable Care Act, gay marriage and the Fair Housing Act were upheld.
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By Daniel Prestridge, Las Vegas