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August 31, 2015

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

What better way to celebrate Nevada Day than by voting
Nov. 2, 2014
As we celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday, we should consider it’s our duty as Nevadans to choose what kind of state we want to have — and the only way to do that is by voting.
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 …
Let’s look forward to Nevada’s next 150 years
Oct. 26, 2014
For those of us who live here today and think Nevada is what we have made it, the fact remains that our imprint on Nevada is only the latest iteration of …
An education about the margin tax
Oct. 5, 2014
This is the time when voters usually start to focus — those who ever focus — on the general election just a month away. Unlike with most elections, though, many voters have been paying attention to this one for many, many years.
Community’s female leaders get sweet recognition from Girl Scouts
Oct. 5, 2014
Some of Southern Nevada’s best leaders were honored recently by an organization striving to produce some of the area’s next generation of great leaders — the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Each of the honorees was well-deserving and has made a difference in this community.
Learning to read the Book of Life
Sept. 28, 2014
This past week, Jews around the world celebrated the new year. According to the Hebrew calendar, the Jewish people have been recording history for 5,775 years, which makes their perspective on issues and events a position that cannot be
No help needed losing our heads
Sept. 21, 2014
I don’t believe it matters whether the innocent American or British citizens who have been beheaded or have been threatened with murder were liberals or conservatives, internationalists or isolationists, Democrats or Republicans. They were …
A question for Southern Nevada legislators
Sept. 14, 2014
So, what have you done for us lately? I always questioned the foolishness implied by this question because any reasonable answer knowingly discounts all that people, programs and projects have done over the years for us and, instead, boils it down to what are you doing now. It’s as if all that has happened in the past counts for nothing.
From left, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval; Steve Hill, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development; and Telsa Motors CEO Elon Musk answer questions after a news conference at the Capitol in Carson City on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
Tesla is a win for all of Nevada
Sept. 9, 2014
Decades of strategic and sustainable business-friendly policies have culminated in Nevada landing what could well become the nation’s largest manufacturing plant. I want to congratulate …
Thank you, Tesla, and thank you again, Harry Reid
Sept. 7, 2014
The announcement last week that Tesla Motors, the electric car manufacturer from neighboring California, will build its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory in Northern Nevada is the biggest financial news in our state since Congress passed tax-relief legislation a few years ago and saved some of Nevada’s top gaming companies from certain disaster at the outset of the Great Recession.
A pair of no-brainers for stagnant Congress
Aug. 10, 2014
A do-nothing Congress finally did something. In fact, two somethings. I am sure I am not alone when I express a very high degree of frustration with Congress, which has managed to maintain the lowest ratings of public approval in recorded history ...
Seeing the facts in a world of death
July 27, 2014
At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
Dad would have wanted to save the Sun
July 13, 2014
Hank Greenspun had a chance to sell his newspaper to Howard Hughes and live comfortably for the rest of his life. He didn’t do that, in part because his son wanted to the Las Vegas Sun to be part of his life. So when it came time to decide whether to invest in the future of the newspaper, there was only one responsible choice.
Setting the gold standard — one statesman at a time
June 29, 2014
This past Thursday I had the great honor of being able to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for Israeli President Shimon Peres in the beautiful Rotunda of the United States Capitol. It was a most prestigious event, in part because the medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the highest civilian award in the United States. Another part is that it takes an actual act of Congress to get one of these things done!
A time of worry in the world
June 22, 2014
This world has big problems. There are economic challenges around the globe that affect everyone because our world has become interdependent to such a degree that a financial crisis in the United States creates distress for Asia, Europe and practically everywhere. Sure, it appears we are recovering, albeit slowly, from the Great Recession, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.

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GOP candidates’ boasts are frightful
Watching the GOP debate I couldn’t help but cringe in fear. They boasted proudly of bringing down unions, overhauling Social Security and eliminating Obamacare.
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By Gloria Gonzalez, Las Vegas
County quickly fixed storm damage
In mid-June a storm caused damage to a portion of Twain Avenue at Edmond Street. The damage was virtually invisible from the road, so I sent an email to the Clark County Public Works folks with photos of a dangerous situation in which another storm would collapse the sidewalk and start undermining the street. The email address was intheworks@clarkcountynv.gov.
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By James Geffert, Las Vegas
Banning abortion would only increase dangers
I couldn’t tell if George Will’s column “Planned Parenthood shows nation’s barbarity” (Las Vegas Sun, Aug. 6) was a movie review:
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By Dale Quale, Las Vegas
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