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August 23, 2017

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
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 …

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Thank goodness ACA survived
Tonight, in my Henderson living room, I watched live the Senate’s vote on the partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I am relieved that it did not pass. ...
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By Rebecca Paul Hill, Henderson
It’s a matter of health
Although the health care debate has attracted much of the focus on national politics, our environment here in Nevada is at risk of massive degradation. ...
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By Christian Eng, Las Vegas
EPA cuts are appalling
I spent over 40 years trying to invoke an appreciation for the fragility of our environment in my science students, so I find the proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget very troubling. ...
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By Sharon Batterham, Las Vegas
This is no laugh line
When President Donald Trump was called out on the impropriety of his recent comments to a group of police officers, encouraging them to rough people up when arresting them, he said that he was only joking. ...
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By Don Hiddleson, Middlecreek, Utah
Rabbits aren’t throwaways
Animals are not toys — they need love and care to thrive. Parents often give rabbits to children on a whim, especially at Easter, only to abandon them as soon as the novelty wears off. ...
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By Craig Shapiro, Norfolk, Va.
Trump should watch and wait
President Donald Trump continues to call the Trump-Russian scandal a witch hunt. ...
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By Sam Pizzo, Henderson
Veterans take healthy path
In our society, too many people often depend on the largely unchallenged “quick fix” of medication without first investigating other, more healthful and …
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By Anne Dorre, Kingman, Ariz.
Funding needed to fight cancer
Nevada has made progress (but still has a way to go to change cancer rates and outcomes) on legislative efforts to combat cancer, according to …
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By Jennifer Nordstrom, Las Vegas