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In 60th year, Sun Youth Forum still inspires
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
I am writing about the youth forum as I do every year about this time because it continues to inspire not only me but every student counselor, educator, administrator and moderator who are committed to the forum’s success, This year, more than most, the passion …
Constitution among many reasons to be grateful
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving. I know I’m a few days late, but since we are still in the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is never too late to wish friends, family and neighbors the best of what this celebration means to Americans ...
Reid will be gone, but state’s fight against Yucca Mountain nukes must continue
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
For most Nevadans — there are always a few who either don’t comprehend the consequences of such a decision or just don’t care — the idea that we would be forced to accept the deadliest material known to man just a few miles from the heart of Las Vegas in incomprehensible. And, yet, it is true ...
Blue wave: Nevadans can take pride in state's voting results
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
One of the few bright blue spots in a mostly red map of our country last week was the Silver State. Our voters — who had more right to be angry about what happened during the recession of 2008 than those in most other parts of the country — rose above their personal feelings and ...
What’s needed to be a president? Let's let our current one explain
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
In two days Nevadans will go to the polls to vote in what I believe is the most consequential presidential election of my life. There is a reason, probably many, that President Barack Obama and all four of our living former …
As election closes in, boomers need to act like adults
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
How did it come to this? How did friends of a lifetime become estranged because of presidential preferences? How did husbands and wives ...
It's time for Trump to lead his supporters away from the brink
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
Civil wars happen to other countries. They don’t happen in the United States, with one notable exception. Wednesday night I was fortunate enough to have been at the Thomas & Mack Center for the third and final debate …
With Trump, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
In 1952, long before a courageous newscaster named Edward R. Murrow stood up to the infamous Red-baiting senator from Wisconsin, my father Hank Greenspun was the lone media voice in the country decrying the …
Shimon Peres: A remarkable man and a longtime friend
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
I remember the first time I met Shimon Peres. I was just a teenager when I traveled by myself — it could have been my first airplane trip — to Israel in 1962. My parents thought I should spend a summer working on a kibbutz while learning all I could about …
Statesman speaks; would-be king gets a pittance
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
I have two words for the many business, social and political leaders of Nevada who filled in as “Where I Stand” columnists while I took a vacation. Thank you. Thank you for becoming columnists for a day, which …
Mansion brims with stories of Las Vegas’ rich history
Thursday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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’
Sunday, 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?
Sunday, 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
Monday, 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
Sunday, 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 …
After Nevada debacle, democracy feels the burn
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 …
With a clean assist from regents, Let’s go Rebels!
Friday, April 8, 2016
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and the community that supports them, need to be a contender. Again. With apologies to Marlon Brando, Las Vegas may not be a very long way from …
Stars align for 2-state solution, Mideast peace
Sunday, April 3, 2016
They put the ad in the wrong paper! Last week, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace published a most powerful ad in The New York Times under the heading, “Israel’s Security Chiefs Agree: Separation into two states is in Israel’s vital security interest.” I have been …
For dance, Obama unfairly called on the carpet
Sunday, March 27, 2016
I am struck by the crescendo of voices converging on the concept of political correctness during this presidential primary season. So much so that I am ...
GOP spreading its do-nothing insanity to Supreme Court
Sunday, March 20, 2016
If this wasn’t such serious business, the 2016 political season would be the best comedy on television. Alas, choosing the president — the person to lead not only the United States but …
Is the sky falling for the GOP?
Sunday, March 13, 2016
First truth: The sky is falling. No, it isn’t. Despite the Chicken Littles in our lives, our skies have managed to stay intact for as long as any of us can remember. It is true, however …
Brookings’ work trumps GOP’s circus show
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Washington, D.C., is a tale of two cities in more conflict than ever before. The Republican presidential debate Thursday night did not take place in our …
Apple and the FBI must stop bickering like Congress
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
“Every man’s house is his castle.” Since the 1600s, this maxim has been part of both English common law and, since the ratification of the Bill of …
Olympians are coming to town; an Olympian task awaits voters
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
The weekend of Feb. 19-22 it is Reunion 2016 for Olympians and Paralympians in Las Vegas. Many of the athletes we watched in their primes as they won medal after medal will be here to celebrate that special status that …
It’s time for U.S. and Obama to speak up for Israel
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
The European Union insists that a decision not to include any services, grants, scholarships and other relationships that come from the “occupied territories” or “Greater Israel” or the West Bank and Gaza — whatever Europe wants to call the land that Israel captured when the invading Arab armies lost …
Getting Southern Nevada’s future on the right track
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Throughout our history, Las Vegas has always been ready, willing and able to step up and own the kind of future we envision. Our dreamers and our builders have always been able to capture the imaginations of our people to build the kind of city that, despite the setbacks of the 2008 crash, has made us a city to be envied and emulated.
A State of the Union address of Biblical proportions
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
I know a little about politics and government and, yes, State of the Union addresses. It is hard not to know something after studying and being part of the process for as many years as I have spent trying to learn. If I fall short …
Obama takes on guns; Bundy takes up guns
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
Just when the country needed something to take our minds off the insanity of the Donald Trump and gang phenomenon taking place in the Republican presidential primary race, along comes Ammon Bundy …
Special delivery tells exactly what kind of man Sinatra was
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Belated happy birthday to Frank Sinatra, and happy birthday to my dear friend John Moran Jr. and, while I am at it, me! John and I are superfluous to this story; it was just a way to mention John’s name because I forgot to buy him …
Sen. Reid stands up for Caesars and Nevada workers
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Politics aside, when you couple Harry Reid’s deep concern for his home state with his uncanny ability to see around legislative corners, it is hard to find a more successful …
Sinatra’s spirit strengthens the fabric of our city
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
This week marks the 100th birthday of the Chairman of the Board. Of course, Frank Sinatra is no longer with us, but his music, spirit and all-American attitude are brighter than ever. My father, Hank Greenspun, was a close and dear friend of Mr. Sinatra’s, a bond that was forged in 1948 and remained strong until their deaths.
Youth Forum participants provide hope for the future
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
This is a time for thanksgiving. We all have something in our lives for which to be thankful, some far more than others. Happy and healthy families and friends should be foremost among those blessings. In that regard I am a very …
Where I Stand: Giving thanks for what we have; wishing we had more
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
This week is my favorite time of year: Thanksgiving. Those able to celebrate with their families are the lucky ones, and they know it, because so many others don’t have the luxury of family and good friends. I was …
Fremont school, at 60 years old, still performing its mission
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015
John C. Fremont the pioneer explorer has been dead for a long time, but John C. Fremont Middle School, named after the man for whom our most famous street is also named, is just 60 years old …
Where I Stand: Leave it to Bernie to get a winner on Broadway
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Twelve years ago, when Siegfried and Roy’s career ended with a terrible onstage accident at the Mirage, the man behind the scenes but in front of all the action, Bernie Yuman, saw ...
Author’s note offers more than just an inspiring message
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
My precious, brilliant and beautiful little granddaughter Julia told her mother she wanted to write to Judy Blume to thank her for …
St. Louis joins in waste worries once reserved for Nevada
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
Where there is fire, there is a good chance there is nuclear waste. As if we really need to be reminded that nuclear waste, however it is disposed …
Boys & Girls Clubs secure great future for Sun campers
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
We are put on this earth to advance the cause of humanity. We do that one generation at a time. That theme came through loud and clear at this past week’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Those seeking the presidency …
Right’s Benghazi ploy is exposed, costing McCarthy the speakership
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
You can be blinded by the right, but you shouldn’t refuse to see in the cold light of day. Or, put another way, what does David Brock’s latest book have to do with the debate …
Honor for gaming lawyer Frank Schreck is well-deserved
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 …
Monday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 ...

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