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Las Vegas in 1961: A miracle wrought in the desert
Sunday, 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
Tuesday, 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
Monday, 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
Sunday, 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 ...
Let’s celebrate the power of one man’s love
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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?
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
I have found the 47 percenters. They call themselves United States senators. And they are doing their best to destroy …
Any nuclear pact with Iran must protect Israel
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 …
Tarkanian’s funeral a testament to his legacy
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church resembled the Thomas and Mack Center in the heyday of Runnin’ Rebels basketball. It was a standing-room-only crowd, with some of the greatest ...
Governor falls short with funds for UNLV med school
Sunday, 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 …
The time is now to root out Islamic extremism
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Wednesday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
We could all take a lesson from a group of Rwandan gorillas this holiday season.
What better way to celebrate Nevada Day than by voting
Sunday, 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.
Let’s look forward to Nevada’s next 150 years
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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.
Thank you, Tesla, and thank you again, Harry Reid
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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.
We fathers have a commitment to our children
Sunday, June 15, 2014
What is a father to do?
Not much of anything, unless he wants to. That’s because on Father’s Day, the people the kids call Dad are entitled to do whatever they want — as long as it meets the approval of the women who got to celebrate Mother’s Day a month earlier!
Eager to get started on the next 20-year plan
Sunday, May 18, 2014
All my life I have been part of a 20-year plan. As far back as I can remember, the early 1950s for example, my father and his friends like Wilbur Clark, Jerry Mack and Parry Thomas would talk about the future of Las Vegas. And they did it in 20-year increments. They were relatively young men at the time; I was just young.
One of our own inspires the nation through dance
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Las Vegas should get behind Amy Purdy, an inspiration on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mother’s Day through the eyes of Eastern Europe
Sunday, May 11, 2014
I took the mother of my beautiful Amy on what I billed a second honeymoon two weeks ago. The trip through Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic was a huge success, although I’m not sure Myra will agree that the honeymoon part lived up to its billing.
It’s great to see construction cranes taking roost
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Las Vegas is going to be OK. Let me rephrase, Las Vegas is OK and is going to keep getting better. There is no one project or piece of good news that shows...
Preserving my marriage
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Communication was key when deciding to try to break into medical marijuana business ...
Hearing from the Greatest Generation
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I have spent a lifetime reading the comments of readers of the Las Vegas Sun and, more recently, our new weekly publication, The Sunday. For the most part, those who comment on stories and columns are thoughtful and sincere. It matters not whether I agree with what they say, only that they are respectful and considerate of the ideas of others.
It seems like our republic is moving backward
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Votes matter. No matter how many times we have heard that – or I and others in the media business have said that – the truth remains that our votes do matter. But after all this time, I don’t think the majority of voters get it.
How many more chances will we get for peace?
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Strangely enough, Iran gives us hope for peace in the Middle East.
One short trip will make you grateful — and fearful
Sunday, March 30, 2014
And although many of us argue about the rightness and wrongness of government assistance for those in need, few of us ever have the opportunity to actually touch someone who is living the nightmare of not having enough. Of anything.
Commemorating the day Vegas came together
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Last Wednesday was Moulin Rouge Agreement Day. What a day it was.
Business community wises up over UNLV
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Six years after the Great Recession knocked our city and state for a loop to beat all loops, the issue of UNLV and what it could mean for Southern Nevada is front and center. And it comes to that status when everyone understands ...
Inspired by the dancers even more than the dance
Sunday, March 23, 2014
This season of "Dancing With the Stars" promises to be a most energetic and dramatic season, thanks to the dancers’ life stories ...
Vegas loved Gaughan. New Jersey? Not so much
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Jackie Gaughan died earlier this week at the age of 93. Las Vegas will continue to live on, just as Jackie had always known. What all of us who knew him know, however, is ...
In this case it’s Ukraine, but it could be anywhere
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Millennials wonder why it is in our national interest to worry about what Vladimir Putin wants to do in countries that have nothing to do with us anyway, but there are very good reasons to care ...

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