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February 22, 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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Human contribution to climate change is clear
Global warming skepticism is a sign of blatant illiteracy. ...
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By Mark Bird, Las Vegas
Trump’s actions do not inspire confidence
Then there are his press conferences with foreign heads of state. Watching him deliver his prepared speeches can be excruciating, most recently when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited. Trump speaks so slowly that one could believe he has a significant impairment. On the podium, his hands follow every word on a prepared page while his mind attempts to follow. This does not engender confidence in his ability to govern. ...
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By Richard Rychtarik, Las Vegas
Heller sold out kids for a chairmanship
He is a senator of a state with one of the poorest records in public education. I would think a high priority of his would be to have the best person possible to head the Education Department. He knew his no vote would have stopped this nomination, yet he chose to be a just another mop squeezer for the party and feather his own nest. He gets a cushy chairmanship while gambling with our children’s education. Every mom, dad, administrator and educator should view his vote as a slap in the face — something to remember in 2018. ...
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By Joe Van Rhyn, Las Vegas
Encourage clean energy in Nevada
n a best-case scenario, Nevada could potentially produce enough renewable energy to cover 77 percent of the state’s electricity use by 2030. Even in a worst-case scenario, Nevada could go beyond Environmental Protection Agency expectations of renewable energy development (seven times over). Here is a call to Nevadans to make their voices heard during the legislative session. ...
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By Alondra Regalado, Las Vegas
Trump’s policies hurting animals
The animals’ turn came at the beginning of the month by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) site that reports on government regulation of roughly 9,000 animal-handling facilities, including laboratories, dog breeders, fur farms, circuses, zoos and aquariums. The site is used every day by animal-protection activists to monitor government enforcement of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act, the only effective federal law protecting animals. ...
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By Lester Valez, Las Vegas
Marvin Menzies deserves credit
Any sane individual tasked with what he faced would understandably decline. He had a returning roster of three players, one of whom dwells in constant injury hell. How he fielded a team in the time allotted is truly miraculous. And the fact that the team has won games is a tribute to his coaching ability. This was a good hire. ...
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Jim Hunter, Las Vegas
Trump involved in his own Watergate
Not only do we have to listen to Trump’s divisive rhetoric, outright lies and fear mongering, we must watch him deny that he had any involvement in Flynn’s liaisons with the Russians. The Russians want to undermine the functioning of democratic governments. We have a White House staff in chaos, while Trump criticizes “fake news.” ...
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By Don Hiddleson, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tobacco sales should be criminal
If tobacco causes 500,000 deaths a year and adds $300 billion a year to health care costs, it is a deadly poison that should have been outlawed years ago. Tobacco kills more people than highway accidents, military casualties and pollution put together. For Congress to allow tobacco sales to continue should be considered a crime. ...
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By Tom Keller, Henderson