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April 30, 2017

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

When Trump plays God, tell him to go to Heller
Feb. 5, 2017
No good Bible story is complete without a devil. So ours will be called Lucifer Bannon. He sits on Lord Trump’s right shoulder, whispering all manner of evil thoughts designed to undo all that the other Bible’s God has so painstakingly created over many millennia. What we have today isn’t the greatest but we continue to work toward making our union more perfect. And now the people are concerned that all they have accomplished will be reversed. ...
Hope and a prayer for our new president
Jan. 22, 2017
It is our ability to cede the power of the presidency from one person to another every four or eight years — without guns or bloodshed, and with proper respect for our Constitution — that distinguishes the United States from almost every other country on Earth. ...
One day, two very different presidents
Jan. 15, 2017
At the very least it is far more than a contrast in style. While I was thinking about this column and the subject matter — President-elect Donald Trump’s Putin problems ­— I was watching CNN for the latest “breaking news” about the man who will be our next president. I happened upon a live feed from the White House and a special going-away ceremony for Vice President Joe Biden ...
Don’t dismiss Russia, that ‘bad ol’ putty tat’
Jan. 8, 2017
Soon it will be Inauguration Day and the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, will take the oath of office and immediately begin trying to make America great again. As a fellow in the news business, I know we will have to be more vigilant than ever. As an American, I am happy to root for his success and pray his failures will be few. But that isn’t what’s on my …
United States goes AWOL in its support for Israel at U.N.
Jan. 1, 2017
Former Rep. Shelley Berkley has responded to the U.S. abstention on a United Nations Security Council resolution that allowed the rest of the world to condemn Israel for ...
Wisdom is gained through the ages, but also through continuing education
Dec. 11, 2016
In this fast-paced communications world of the 21st century, the ability for people to have the “wool pulled over their eyes” is exponentially more likely and alarmingly more dangerous …
In 60th year, Sun Youth Forum still inspires
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
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
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 ...
Newly elected congressman Ruben Kihuen greets supporters as the Nevada State Democratic Party hosts its 2016 election night watch party with Hillary for Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate, and down-ballot Democratic candidates in Southern Nevada at ARIA Resort and Casino on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
Blue wave: Nevadans can take pride in state's voting results
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 ...
President Barack Obama greets supporters while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.
What’s needed to be a president? Let's let our current one explain
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
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 ...
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during closing arguments in the third and final presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2106, at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
It's time for Trump to lead his supporters away from the brink
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 …
No debate, we’re ready for The Debate
Oct. 18, 2016
UNLV will be front and center and a backdrop for much of the media coverage, including the university’s nationally recognized programs in the arts, sciences and health sciences, hospitality, law …
With Trump, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it
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 …

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How to pay for infrastructure
By the end of World War II, the U.S. had sold more than $185 billion ($2.5 trillion in today’s dollars) worth of war bonds to finance the war. War bonds were government-issued savings bonds that generated capital for that war and made citizens feel involved in the national effort. ...
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By Ed Mikula, North Las Vegas
Land program deserves support
For many of us in Southern Nevada, the public lands that surround Las Vegas are a place to picnic with our children, hike, mountain bike, camp and boat. Many of the amenities that we enjoy and make our experiences richer have been funded through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA). Recently, a leak of the federal budget proposal revealed a plan to remove $230 million from the program. ...
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By Paula Garrett, Las Vegas
President’s word means nothing
During a recent interview with CNN about President Donald Trump’s commitment to early campaign promises, Vice President Mike Pence said, “President Trump is a man of his word.” ...
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By Sam Pizzo, Henderson
State should lead on clean energy
I appreciated your article examining some of the great work being done by the Nevada Legislature this session on making Nevada the national leader in clean energy. ...
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By Jerry Holliday, Las Vegas
Rebutting letter on death penalty
The writer of the April 19 letter headlined “Death penalty should endure” claims that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to future crimes. He argues that death penalty opponents ignore “the obvious fact” that executing someone deters that individual “100 percent” from committing another crime. ...
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By Steve Danning, Las Vegas
Help environment by changing diet
At a time of concern over environmental budget cuts, each of us can also help with our driving, our recycling and our diet. ...
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas
Beastiality bill deserves support
It’s a sensitive subject, but having sex with animals in Nevada is still surprisingly legal. ...
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By Annoula Wylderich, Las Vegas
I’m hanging up on Las Vegas
On March 15, I was enjoying my annual trip to Nevada and Arizona. ...
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By Paul Smotas, Calabash, N.C.