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January 20, 2018

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Saying something positive about the president is a challenge
Jan. 14, 2018
A longtime Las Vegan and supporter of the Las Vegas Sun Camp Fund, let’s call him Don, has thrown down the gauntlet. He will donate $10 every time a story appears in the Sun that is positive about President …
Tax reform and Russia: hoaxes real and imagined
Dec. 3, 2017
If this Russia thing is a hoax — which has been Trump’s position all along to his followers in order to keep them on his side — why did special counsel Robert Mueller cut Gen. Michael Flynn a sweetheart of a deal in order to get him to roll over on higher ups in the Trump administration? ...
Defying logic, leaders back accused pedophile
Nov. 26, 2017
The world has changed. Women have earned and taken their rightful and more-than-justified place in the workplace in practically every facet of American commerce. No longer are they a minority to be trifled with but, rather, a growing force to be reckoned with. And that means that what could and was overlooked a few decades ago will no longer be tolerated. ...
With Allen, Brookings will continue to lead
Nov. 19, 2017
Last week, at the dawn of the next 100 years of Brookings leadership throughout the world, a new president took the helm. He is, I believe, a man for these times. And he represents what I believe are the qualities of great and inspired leadership. ...
Brian Greenspun: Sun Youth Forum sees Clark County’s best
Nov. 12, 2017
Sixty one years and counting. This past Wednesday, close to 1,000 of Clark County’s best and brightest high school students met at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 61st Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum. ...
For meaningful tax reform, give families a shot at some real green
Nov. 5, 2017
I was hoping that the speaker would say middle-class working families would get a minimum $5,000 tax cut. That would be meaningful. Alas, that wasn’t the case. ...
Russian interference is no Hollywood fantasy
July 16, 2017
What’s so great about writing, directing and acting out screenplays is that if you don’t like the way it sounds, looks or feels, you can always do it over. Rewrite and re-shoot and viola, a new reality courtesy of …
Let’s leave childish behavior to 2-year-olds
June 4, 2017
The events around the Paris Climate Accord this past week made me think back to those wonderful days when I watched my grandchild grow from childish immaturity toward the responsibility we wish for them as adults. I likened the many years of America’s leadership around the world on the critical issue of climate change to the time I got to spend with a 2-year-old …
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 …

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AGs could ask for notification
State attorneys general might be able to accomplish the intent of the proposed NICS Denial Notification Act, which would …
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By Steven P. Haver, Las Vegas
Enough with the taxes!
God help us, they will never stop! (“Segerblom floats proposal to boost CCSD funding via county sales tax hike,” Jan. 3, Las Vegas Sun.) So now that he’s term limited out of the state Senate, Tick Segerblom is running for Clark County Commission so he can continue to ;
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By Josh Kunis, Las Vegas
Why is Trump barking?
If there was nothing wrong with the conduct of the Trump campaign, why is Donald Trump so dismissive of the Russia investigation? It is said that the dog who barks the loudest is …
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By Don Hiddleson, Millcreek, Utah
Trump goes his own way
President Donald Trump doesn’t fit the mold, which is why almost every working citizen I know …
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By Victor Homick, Las Vegas
He’s a genius, all right
Donald Trump recently tweeted that he was a “stable genius.” Nobody would disagree with him, as long as …
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By Steve Danning, Las Vegas
Tune in while you can
The latest hit reality television show is being produced, directed and staged at the …
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By Thomas Hayden, Henderson
Columnist out of line
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s column on Mitt Romney and the Repubican Party (“Romney has opportunity to cure illness he helped create,” republished Jan. 8 in the Sun), was interesting but included one glaring …
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By Michael R. Stilley, Mesquite
Time to address isolation
Repulsed at this horrific massacre, I still wonder: Where were we as a society — teachers, family members, personnel at …
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By Carol Mason, Las Vegas