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January 23, 2017

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks in November during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem.
Shimon Peres: A remarkable man and a longtime friend
Oct. 2, 2016
I remember the first time I met Shimon Peres. I was just a teenager when I traveled by myself — it could have been my first airplane trip — to Israel in 1962. My parents thought I should spend a summer working on a kibbutz while learning all I could about …
Statesman speaks; would-be king gets a pittance
Sept. 25, 2016
I have two words for the many business, social and political leaders of Nevada who filled in as “Where I Stand” columnists while I took a vacation. Thank you. Thank you for becoming columnists for a day, which …

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Finland plan may be problematic
found the concept of Finland giving money to its citizens interesting (“Finland experimenting with universal basic income,” Las Vegas Sun, Jan. 3), but I have …
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By Jack Oliver, Las Vegas
Officials worked hard for Nevadans
The Gold Butte region is home to a pristine desert landscape with rugged mountains and canyons, Joshua trees, prehistoric fossils, majestic wildlife and an abundant …
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By Jacqueline Palacios, North Las Vegas
Trump should not be president
All the facts have been established by our intelligence agencies, and they prove that Russian agents hacked our democratic election process. Donald Trump encouraged this hacking by blatantly requesting that …
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By Don Ellis, Henderson
Trump’s ego is running the show
His ego is running the most powerful machine in the world and has all U.S. assets at its disposal. Trump is not a successful businessman, he’s a successful con man. He has caused thousands of people who trusted him and did business with him to lose a lot of money. ...
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By Dave Starr, Las Vegas
Cybersecurity a major concern
Populations en masse can be immobilized and rendered paralyzed. They can be starved of their capacity to produce the stream of life-sustaining energy and other resources needed for survival. For this reason, contra cyberwar technology is not only urgently required, but America must see living proof of this fact. ...
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
Israel needs American support
Israel continues to stand ready at all times to negotiate a two-state peace agreement with Palestine in spite of the fact that the little sovereignty they have is divided between Hamas and Fatah, both terrorist organizations committed to destroying Israel. ...
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By Patricia Luther-Mank, Henderson
Once hidden gem, now monument
Native American tribes enjoyed the rock features, the resources and the location of Gold Butte long before modern Nevadans. One of the best things about Gold Butte is the feeling of being transported back in time, sitting in a shady spot admiring the rock art. ...
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By Jesy Simons, Las Vegas
Remember Clinton, improve elections
Trump’s actions must make China nervous when he demanded they return our drone — two days after they had returned it. Then he tweeted about adding more nuclear weapons. That’s crazy! He tweets at night, and his staff has to spend the next day “explaining” what he meant. Mitt Romney was right when he said Trump was a phony, a fraud and a con man. ...
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By Janice Herr, Las Vegas