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October 17, 2021

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
In this Feb. 19, 2020, photo former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid listens during an interview in Las Vegas.
Harry Reid: Abolishing the filibuster would pay dividends for Nevadans
Sept. 8, 2021
An arcane Senate rule, the filibuster imposes a 60-vote threshold on the majority of legislation, and it allows just one senator of the minority party to effectively block …
As Las Vegas rebounds from virus, community’s input needed
Sept. 2, 2021
Las Vegas has proven itself to be one of the most resilient communities in America. We have rebounded stronger than ever before, and we will do so again in 2021. Why am I so sure? Because of the people who call this city home. From doctors and nurses to first responders and teachers, from front-line workers to resort employees, we have come together like never before for the common good. We have made tremendous progress in our recovery, but we …
People wait in their cars to get vaccinated at a drive-thru vaccination site at the Las Vegas Convention Center Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
Yes, there is a way out of this pandemic
Aug. 31, 2021
For most people, the decision to get vaccinated comes down to a simple comparison of the risk of COVID versus the risk of vaccination. As long as you see the vaccine as …
Pedestrians are shown on a sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Community is resilient, but help never hurts
Aug. 29, 2021
Las Vegas is a resilient community. We’ve proven it before — after the oil crunch, 9/11, the housing crisis and the Oct 1 massacre. And now we’re proving it again as we climb out of the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19 …
This March 26, 2019, file photo, shows a bathtub ring of light minerals showing the high water mark of the reservoir which has shrunk to its lowest point on the Colorado River, as seen from the Hoover Dam, Ariz.
DRI works toward a more water-resilient future for Southern Nevada
Aug. 25, 2021
It’s no secret that the Western U.S. is in a major drought. The water level at Lake Mead, which is its lowest since the 1930s, wildfires are spreading more quickly, and last year the Las Vegas valley experienced 240 days without measurable rain. These are results of the drought we are experiencing – and a water crisis …
Syringes filled with the COVID-19 vaccination lay in a tray at UNLV, Monday, April 5, 2021.
Sen. Rosen: We can continue our recovery process by getting vaccinated
Aug. 22, 2021
Vaccinations have allowed us to drive our state forward, putting us on the road toward a place where we can finally put COVID in our collective rearview mirror.
Mary Gauthier, nurse practitioner at the UNLV Student Health Center, instructs people to move their arm after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination at UNLV, Monday, April 5, 2021.
Time is now to step up for our community
Aug. 20, 2021
This summer we have reached a turning point in our battle against the coronavirus that gives all of us the opportunity to make important choices for ourselves and the health and safety of our community. New cases, driven by the highly contagious delta variant, are surging once again, and we need all who live here to …
In this Feb. 10, 2021, photo, people prepare doses of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Martin Luther King Senior Center in North Las Vegas.
NLV has been hard at work to help community get through pandemic
Aug. 18, 2021
When Congress jumped into action to allocate much-needed relief dollars for the community, it was never a question of if the city of North Las Vegas was going to use the money to support constituents but how …
Combating drought and promoting sustainability in Southern Nevada
Aug. 15, 2021
Everyone in the West knows that we’re living through a historic, two-decade drought. The climate crisis is making droughts worse, putting pressure on all of us to use the water we have more wisely. When I was elected, I knew confronting water issues would be one of my top priorities. I’m doing everything I can in the U.S. Senate to …
In this Wednesday, July 7, 2021, file photo, people wait in line for COVID-19 vaccinations at an event at La Bonita market, a Hispanic grocery store, in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas’ caring nature can help stop COVID
Aug. 11, 2021
Today we stand at a pivotal moment in this pandemic. Will we choose the path of repeated uncertainty and restrictions? Overwhelmed hospitals and overwhelmed health professionals? Canceled conventions and reduced visitation? Masks without end? Or will we come together as a community once again and do what we must do to …

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US, Denmark not comparable
Denmark has less than 6 million people, with a land area equivalent to Massachusetts. Denmark’s politics, quite different from ours, combine socialist with capitalist policies and very high tax rates.
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By Barry Heifetz, Las Vegas
Raiders couldn’t keep Gruden
Bravo to Mark Davis for having zero tolerance for what turned out to be an ugly pattern of Gruden lobbing disparaging remarks against women, gay people and people of color.
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By Janice Hayes Kyser, Las Vegas
Ignorance is no excuse for racism
Wow, so much to digest; but let’s talk about the first email in which a racially charged description of a Black man was sent by former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
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By Sandra Rodriguez, Henderson
It takes all of us to stop the virus
To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we should require everyone to get fully vaccinated (including a possible third dose), unless exempted by a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition.
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By Alvin Blake, Las Vegas
Vaccines are the path to normalcy
It looks like vaccination passports are going to be needed for entry into venues, sports and even countries, but why? Can’t we trust people to tell the truth? In this case, it appears we can’t.
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By Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia
Put an end to senseless killing
Kudos for the Oct. 6 letter to the editor “Drones don’t promote peace.” Diplomacy is truly the answer, not killing.
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By E. Linda Wenning, Portland, Ore.
Families need child tax credit
I’m a mother of two. As an airline employee, my income was severely affected by COVID-19. Though fortunate enough to go back to work, my rent was raised by $250 a month.
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By Amber Roger, Henderson
Be careful when buying insurance
Ana Wood’s Oct. 10 guest column “Medicare Advantage works for seniors, should be protected” was well written but left out several aspects of Medicare Advantage plans that are important when choosing Medicare coverage.
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By Richard Munk, Las Vegas