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January 19, 2022

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Where is Mr. Smith when we need him?
Jan. 16, 2022
The latest example of how our democracy is not functioning properly is not coming from the Republicans for a change. No, the GOP has made it clear to all that participating in this democracy is antithetical to its cult-like, anarchistic tendencies so it has focused its efforts in a more dangerous direction.
Now is the time for all good men …
Jan. 9, 2022
Every American knows that Dec. 7, 1941 — the day that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and signaled the United States entry into World War ll — is a day to remember not only the carnage of that attack but the ensuing battles that followed in the ultimate triumph of good over the evil of Nazi Germany and its Axis partners. Not every American is convinced that Jan. 6, 2021 — and the days preceding it and the many months that have followed — is a day far more critical to the survival of the United States of America than that ...
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with his wife Landra, gives a victory speech during a Democratic election party at Aria on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
Thank you, Senator. For everything.
Jan. 2, 2022
The year 2021 — I think we can all agree — while better than 2020, was not a very good year either, mostly because of the unrelenting COVID-19 attack on the world. It got decidedly worse on Dec. 28 ...
A family checks in for a flight at McCarran International Airport Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
What’s in a name? Everything!
Dec. 12, 2021
Welcome to Harry Reid International Airport. This week the name change to Las Vegas’ airport will be official. McCarran’s name comes down and Harry’s goes up to signal ...
It is not Mother Nature; it is the nature of mothers
Dec. 5, 2021
Finally, the decades-long effort of a minority of Americans may pay off when the Supreme Court issues what is expected to be a decision next year either overturning or gutting Roe v. Wade. It will be a happy day for the pro-life movement, a day of angst for the pro-choice movement, and a very dark day in the history of this democracy for anyone who still believes …
A Thanksgiving message: We should preserve our great bounty for future generations
Nov. 21, 2021
With the Build Back Better Act, Congress is considering major initiatives to address root causes of climate change, among other serious issues. While nothing is final and intense negotiations are ongoing, the policies currently on the table would make important progress toward getting us where we need to be to avoid …
Kyle Rittenhouse, center, enters the courtroom after a break at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year.
Kenosha verdict won’t answer why such behavior is allowed
Nov. 14, 2021
Whether young Kyle Rittenhouse is found guilty of murdering two looters, rioters or victims, or not guilty by reason of self-defense is not the only question hanging in the balance of this trial.
A broken America can be fixed — again
Nov. 7, 2021
Jon Grinspan wrote a most interesting guest essay last month titled, “What We Did the Last Time We Broke America.” I don’t know whether he is a distant cousin of mine, but Grinspan is a curator of political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. That’s the place a person should go to find out what actually happened in this country during its …
Thanks to Congress, the trick’s on us
Oct. 31, 2021
This Halloween is different, though. This time there are some exceedingly selfish adults who are scaring the children. And, yes, their parents as well. While hope continues to spring eternal, I don’t know where President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation will land — if, indeed, it ever takes off — because …
Our choices are not free from consequences
Oct. 24, 2021
I know it’s been hard during COVID and, for most people before COVID, but traveling around the world to visit other countries, experience different cultures and see myriad governing philosophies at work has made it clear beyond question that the difference between the United States and almost everywhere else is our ability to choose for ourselves.
Under Biden, public has angst-free presidential problems
Oct. 17, 2021
Americans have developed a relatively new pastime. Or should I say we have overdeveloped a very old pastime. And that is picking on our elected representatives mercilessly until we either feel better about ourselves or we make those …
Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen listens to opening statements during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington.
Social media needs to be responsible — just like the rest of us
Oct. 10, 2021
I remember almost 20 years ago, I was in Israel for Shimon Peres’ 80th birthday. Myra and I wound up in a car with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Is there life on Mars? UNLV may have the answer.
Oct. 3, 2021
What should not be lost on anyone is the fact that UNLV, our university, is a significant part of the Mars science program that may one day provide answers to …
Walk the talk, Republicans, and choose life
Sept. 19, 2021
Both the Jewish and Christian traditions teach adherents to treat thy neighbor as thyself, have respect and compassion for the least among us, protect the newest generations and the weak for they are the inheritors, and do unto others, etc. The theme is consistent and critical to a good life, a good Jewish life and a good Christian life. So, knowing that vaccinations for COVID-19 actually save lives and protect those who can’t be vaccinated — the young people especially — why are so many people refusing to …
Vote, lest the autocrats steal our country
Sept. 12, 2021
Will this nation, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” endure much longer? There have always been what the Founding Fathers called “ intense minorities” who care more about a particular issue than they do almost any other, sometimes to the point of …

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Free markets are not without rules
The writer of the Jan. 12 letter “ ‘Free market would be chaos” makes a confused mischaracterization. Free markets do have rules — fundamental ones. A free market is one in which participants can interact in any way they like, so long as all transactions are voluntary. Force and fraud are not permitted in a free market.
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By Adam Haman, Las Vegas
Mask mandate works for state
To argue that a COVID-19 vaccine is useless because it does not prevent someone from catching the virus is as foolish as arguing that seat belts are useless because they do not prevent car wrecks. Just as buckling seat belts reduces severe injuries and deaths, vaccinations reduce severe illnesses and deaths.
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By John Burke, Henderson
Keep public land in public’s hands
Jennie Scherbinski, who wrote the Jan. 9 guest column “Nevadans deserve a fair return on public land leases,” is absolutely right: Reforms to the outdated federal oil and gas leasing program are common sense.
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By Christian Gerlach, Las Vegas
Retire Hoover’s name from FBI
We are now tearing down confederate statues. It is long past time to take Hoover’s name off of the FBI building. We do not honor demigods.
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By Stan Olson, Weiser, Idaho
Letter: Just let tigers live in peace
The Jan. 12 letter “Tiger show has economic benefit fails to take into account the burden this venue would impose upon first responders and law enforcement if something went wrong — as it has with so many other similar enterprises where humans have been injured, lost limbs or their lives. Ultimately, the animal also loses its life when it gets put down.
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By Annoula Wylderich, Las Vegas
BLM land lease bill is ruinous
The Jan. 9 guest column “Nevadans deserve a fair return on public land leases” took a good shot but missed the target. It correctly states “our lands should not be up for wild speculation.” But Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases are not the threat to Nevada, or at least Clark County.
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By Stacy Standley, Las Vegas
Threat of cancel can push change
In 1964, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. After winning this prestigious award, his hometown of Atlanta planned an event to honor him. Its most influential residents were invited but almost none responded to the invitations. Conservatives simply refused to support an integrated dinner.
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By Damond Kelly, Las Vegas
GOP is a party of cowardly bullies
It is time to clean house, to get rid of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.; and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.; and others who bow down to Donald Trump’s will and kiss his ring.
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By Ken Kolman, Henderson