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Much work to do as we say goodbye to 2012
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012
It is hard to dampen the Christmas spirit, no matter how hard we try.
Urgency for sanity in gun culture
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
There are 20 dead children in Connecticut. We can no longer throw our hands up in the air and do nothing.
Waking up to what, exactly? Not actual statehood
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
Just stating the obvious. This morning, the Arab population woke up in the West Bank and in Gaza the same way they have awakened for decades. Some will awake with plans for war, but most will plan for the day when their children can grow up in peace with their neighbors so they can seek education and the jobs they need for happiness and prosperity in the coming years. The difference this morning, unlike last Sunday, is that today they awoke knowing that the United Nations General Assembly has conferred upon them the status of a nonmember observer state. They are just like the Vatican! Sort of.
A new generation and changing times
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
I know the future. And if you pay attention to the students from this year’s Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum, you can, too.
Real problems deserve our focus
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
There are still people freezing back East. They still are sitting in the dark, waiting for someone to turn the power back on. And there are new, potentially deadly, storms on the way.
The lesson of a life well-lived
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Rachel Smith was a very quiet woman. Unless you were her husband, Arnold.
What do I think? Glad you asked
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012
“What do you think about the election?” Who hasn’t heard that question asked in the last month.
The real effect of the election
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
Health care is an important issue this campaign season, and it goes beyond the rhetoric in the debate.
Smirks and smiles, style and substance
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012
Oh, the dreaded “S” word.
Is this the Romney we’d get if he wins?
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012
Big Bird lost, Mitt Romney won. That’s the consensus of those who watched the presidential debate in Colorado this week, and I have to agree. Whatever President Barack Obama thought he was doing during the 90-minute debate at the University of Denver, what he did was allow those who tuned in to witness the Romney that so many of his friends and supporters have said he was all along, but whose actions and words on the campaign trail had screamed just the opposite.
Online gaming is more than political
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
The Day of Atonement has come and gone for another year.
Opening doors to the art world
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012
The Las Vegas Art Museum has a new home at UNLV. Thank you, Steve Wynn.
Putting things in perspective
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012
Happy New Year.
Passion, soul and conventional wisdom
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012
It is all about conventional wisdom.
America could use a little fiction
Sunday, July 29, 2012
We need Andrew Shepherd.
Games bring more than sports
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The 2012 Olympic Games could make dreamers of us all.
A great birthday present for the U.S.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Happy birthday, United States.
Time to change to another channel
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Where is the truth channel?
A Father’s Day gift for Dad, kids
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Make this Father’s Day a real celebration, as it should be, because a father’s life is not an easy one. He serves in many ways. Just taking out the garbage isn’t one of his primary functions. No one on earth can love a child more than a father, with the possible exception of a mother. So bring Dad a precious gift to show the love you bear him in return.
Cutting through the punditry
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I couldn’t help think about overthinking during the coverage of the Gov. Scott Walker recall vote last Tuesday in Wisconsin. As you can imagine, and if you were following the election shows you will understand what I am saying, there were all kind and manner of comments, opinions and surmises that attended the build-up and let-down of the evening’s purpose.
How a good argument for education falls flat
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a smart and well-educated man.
There’s no debate about UNLV’s success
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The pros and cons of debate. It was just a few years ago — remember the university budget meltdown of 2008-09 and the redux in 2011? — that an up-and-coming debate program at UNLV found itself, along with many other excellent programs, on the chopping block.
Customs officials could learn from Las Vegas
An open letter to Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Maybe it is just me, but ...
For everyone’s sake, it’s time to reach out to Cuba
Sunday, April 29, 2012
If you don’t like the word stupid, try foolish, ridiculous, nuts — or other words that describe the foreign policy of the United States toward Cuba for the past 50 years — because what we saw there just ain’t working.
There’s no need for a crisis, Senator
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Please forgive me. I am having a constitutional crisis! I have been around politics my entire life, so there is very little that I don’t understand about the motives of politicians or the methods they employ. There comes a time, however, even in my cynical world, that what is being done and said in the name of good government, well, defies good sense.
Examples of leadership lead up to Easter, Passover
Sunday, April 8, 2012
To my Christian friends, Happy Easter. To my Jewish friends, Happy Passover.
Political winds hit the court system
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Quick, our judicial system is drowning.
Culture plays well in Las Vegas
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The night culture came to Las Vegas.
Looking back to look forward
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I have spent considerable time this past week focusing on the future.
Making a ‘more perfect union’
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Getting back to work. I was saddened to hear that Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine was retiring from the United States Senate.
Las Vegas is finding its way back
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
A sign of the times. For almost four years, Las Vegans have been struggling to: First, understand what hit us when the economic collapse almost destroyed the underpinnings of our entire financial structure; and, second, figure out how, when and why a recovery would take place in what was once the envy of the modern world of growing cities.
A wife's wisdom on D.C. fight
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
I asked my wife, Myra, her opinion about this latest dust-up about contraceptives and religious freedom. I was interested in what she believed was the right policy for women in America. After all, she is a woman.
A lesson from Gabby Giffords' resignation
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012
In the end, they acted like Americans.
Nothing is free, even on the Internet
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
The Internet is free. Really?
We must demand clear answer from Romney on Yucca Mountain
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
It is no secret that our elections — especially presidential elections — have become contests in which what candidates don’t say is at least as important as what they do tell the voters.
GOP needs to ride with a visionary
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
The Republicans are coming! The Republicans are coming! I recount the role that Bostonians played in the birth of the United States in order to give some context to what I believe is another valiant effort to advance the cause of our maturing democracy.
Birthday wishes for a better tomorrow
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
Today is a birthday that even the government determines should be worthy of note.
Killing Yucca Mountain would be a real gift
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
This is the time we think about ending one more chapter while we prepare to start another.
Another chance for our leaders to lead
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011
Let’s try something different in Nevada.
Monstrous nuclear waste dump just won’t die
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
Yucca Mountain and the politically undead.
We may need to rebuild Las Vegas — literally
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011
The good news is creeping back into Las Vegas. So why is everyone still so gloomy?
For sake of jobs, time to legalize online poker
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
It is about jobs, jobs, jobs.
Medicine making strides in Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011
It is big news in Las Vegas when 2,000 to 3,000 residents who suffer from multiple sclerosis don’t have a doctor or the ability to be treated in one of the largest metropolitan areas of the country.
Why news industry is indebted to Steve Jobs
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
Steve Jobs changed my life. There is no question the world lost one of its brightest stars last week when Mr. Jobs died at just 56 years of age. Whatever has been written about him and whatever praise has been heaped upon him by the world’s social, technological and political leaders has, I am certain, been amply justified.
New year, but same quest for peace
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Rosh Hashana, the year 5772.
War within our borders threatens all of us
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
There is nothing classy about the trouble we’re having. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am tired of hearing politicians, talking heads, wannabe pundits and know-nothing know-it-alls telling us that good fiscal, tax and revenue policy is nothing more than class warfare. Because it is not.
His spirit, and life lessons, live on
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
I met Arnold Smith in April 1969. The Smiths were guests at my sister’s wedding. I remember Arnold very clearly because he embraced me as a son.
This city, this team need each other
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011
I can’t believe that the UNLV Rebels are playing a basketball game against the University of Wisconsin this early in the year.
Venturing into the classroom
We are going to provide one of the most in-depth community-interest projects we have ever done
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011
Barbara and Hank Greenspun, my parents, started the Las Vegas Sun just over 61 years ago because my father believed that Las Vegas was a community worth fighting for, and the best way he could do that was to publish a newspaper.
Terry Lanni’s funeral a glimpse of all the lives he has touched
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Terry Lanni would have liked his funeral. He had so many of his friends and family in rapt attention.

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