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May 24, 2018

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Let’s talk peace in the Middle East
May 20, 2018
This past week marked two distinct celebrations of the state of Israel’s 70th birthday. One was the official opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The other was an acknowledgment in Washington, D.C., by Israel of 70 Americans who have contributed to …
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 2nd left, his wife Sara Netanyahu, left, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, 3rd left, US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, center, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Las Vegas resident Miriam Adelson, third from right, attend the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018.
Let’s talk peace in the middle east
May 17, 2018
This past week marked two distinct celebrations of the State of Israel’s 70th birthday.
UNLV President Len Jessup delivers the State of the University address at Judy Bayley Theatre on UNLV campus Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. UNLV turns 60 this academic year.
UNLV’s President is leading on his way out the door
May 10, 2018
Pushed out by the Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly, UNLV’s dynamic president, Len Jessup, was a gentleman.
Even on the way out, Jessup is a leader
May 6, 2018
He didn’t need to be as gracious and forward-looking and honorable as he was when he spoke to the UNLV Foundation Board members this past Wednesday morning — especially in front of a room full of UNLV community supporters who were still seething at the way the Nevada Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly chased UNLV’s dynamic leader out of town — but to Jessup, UNLV deserved the best of what this community could muster and not a devolution into some of our less-worthy instincts.
Nevada needs Heller to just say no to Yucca Mountain
April 29, 2018
I realize there are many new as well as younger residents of Southern Nevada who may not be familiar with the federal government’s efforts to bury the nation’s high-level radioactive waste just 90 miles from Las Vegas. For those of us who have been fighting against the feds’ desire …
Believe it: True believers of Trump will be our downfall
April 22, 2018
The tell-tale sign that we may, as a country, have crossed that line between democracy and authoritarianism-in-the-making was what I witnessed this past week on two occasions following former and fired FBI Director James Comey’s interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Opportunities plentiful on UNLV's horizon, but only after truth is told about Jessup
April 8, 2018
It is, sadly, common knowledge that UNLV President Len Jessup is leaving the university to take the job as president of the Claremont Graduate University. While that is a great and prestigious place for Len to go, it is sad for the rest of us because he is leaving UNLV, which, for the first time in a long time, has been on the upswing in so many important areas of growth — students, contributions, athletics, academics and a medical school. Additionally, Las Vegans were finally convinced that this university was theirs to protect and nurture because, in return, our institution ...
Time to reconcile our two different worlds
April 1, 2018
“Two different worlds, we live in two different worlds.” When Don Rondo made that song famous some 60 years ago, the United States was No. 1 in the world and a country that spoke with one mind on practically every major issue. Those “separating “ words were …
Young leaders ensure our future is in good hands
March 25, 2018
I remember a time when you couldn’t find 40 young Las Vegans, let alone the kind who can influence so many others in the business, social and civic community. Today, we are just like so many of our much older cousins across the country in that we have a committed cadre of …
On road to greatness, regents take a wrong turn
March 18, 2018
Just when we thought our community and UNLV were on the same page — you know, the one that says a city is only as strong as its university and the university is only as strong as the community behind it — along comes a challenge that requires us to prove the point.
An American first: Russian aggression met by impotence
March 4, 2018
Every other U.S. president would have taken Russia to the woodshed by now to protect the sanctity of the United States’ election process. After all, our ability to govern ourselves through free and fair elections is the hallmark of this democracy, which has endured for the past two and a half centuries. Destroying the sanctity of the voting booth is every bit as lethal as …
Where I Stand: Don’t bet against the kids getting the job done
Feb. 25, 2018
This time the kids aren’t buying the argument of the National Rifle Association the way their parents and politicians have been so eager to accept. This time the young people are …
Kaitlynn Cooper, 12, facing, hugs her friend Allison Shonk, 18, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a vigil at the Parkland Baptist Church, in Parkland, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning.
Prayers appear no match for NRA’s clout
Feb. 18, 2018
Lest there be any confusion about why our children keep dying in their classrooms, the answer is as clear as a membership card ...
Las Vegas still needs its visionaries
Feb. 11, 2018
Who among us can honestly claim that we are not living in a state of high anxiety, uncertainty and, yes, sometimes outright fear for the future? Not having a reasonable idea about tomorrow — it’s a stability thing — causes most humans to live in an anxious state.
Where I Stand: State of Union teeters on the brink
Feb. 4, 2018
I will assume that a large number of Nevadans watched President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. I will also assume that the number of Americans who tuned into Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s response was significantly less. And so, as a public service to our readers, I will try to …

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First things first for waste dump
The Sun’s May 6 roundup of opinions regarding nuclear waste in Nevada was a study of contrasting opinions — there is a lot of uncertainty in dealing with such waste. Two of the opinions point to issues that need to be addressed before …
By Evan Blythin, Blue Diamond
Trump caught in another lie
Our liar-in-chief continues to dazzle and amaze his minions. What one sees in the news “Trump promotes hiring military spouses” was simply another hollow photo op and a platform by which he could …
By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
What happened to just driving?
In the past few months, self-driving cars have been involved in traffic accidents. There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, that when someone got in the driver’s seat of a car …
By Rubre Gratton, Las Vegas
Like it or not, future is nuclear
The Sun readers are stuck in the past; nuclear energy is the way of the future. Nothing can stop the forward advance of human progress — not the Las Vegas Sun, not hundreds of its readers, not the …
By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
The meaning of religion
The May 8 column “Hypocrisy and the flight from religion” asks the question, “Do you wonder why the proportion of Americans declaring themselves unaffiliated with organized religion has skyrocketed in recent decades?” First, let me say…
By Robert Nycek, Boulder City
Cabinet member needs to go
Since taking office, President Donald Trump and his Cabinet have been plagued with scandals, with one of the most recent being that of …
By Beth Putinta, Las Vegas
Trump makes us untrustworthy
We now are alone, because the president yanked the United States from another multinational pact, the Iran deal.
By Bob Hartman, Las Vegas
Get it right the first time
Time after time, we are told that some person put in a position to investigate or prosecute possible wrongdoing is experienced, widely respected and admired, and oozing integrity.
By James Moldenhauer, North Las Vegas