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February 7, 2016

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
As in 1955, the old gives way to the new
May 3, 2015
Once again, the old will give way to the new. It is the Las Vegas way, and it works in a city that is barely 68 years old (the opening of the Flamingo started it all). Most Las Vegans have probably not even visited the Riviera and, unless they do so by …
Ruining America, one ‘news’ story at a time
April 26, 2015
Our American democracy is being poisoned. And just like my friend Pogo used to say, the person responsible for that poison is us. We are killing the greatest system of governance on the planet. We are the enemy.
Time is right for a woman in the Oval Office
April 19, 2015
From the mouths of babes — and into the hearts and minds of their mothers. Their grandmothers. Their aunts, sisters and cousins. The 2016 presidential election could shape up to mirror the instincts of a 6-year-old child ...
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 …

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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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
By Darlien Breeze, Las Vegas