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December 12, 2017

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 …
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 ...

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GOP trampling environment
The Republican tax bill that just passed the Senate allows for drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to many species of wildlife that are struggling to survive. This nonpolluted region also provides sustenance to …
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By Susan Fong, Las Vegas
Put Sandoval in Oval Office
Brian Sandoval has been a great governor — a man of the people. And he would make a great president. Further, I have faith he would end the acrimony and divisiveness now in …
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By Clyde Dinkins, North Las Vegas
Tax cuts will aid businesses
Those who are still uncertain about Congress’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should look to Nevada for evidence that …
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By Brian Cassidy, Reno
Trump a Putin wanna-be
Donald Trump is a sham of a president and a …
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By Robert T. Steffan, Las Vegas
Deficit will balloon
It’s an old saying: “Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome is the definition of …
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By Charles Parrish, Las Vegas
Let’s recognize the real prez
The day after Thanksgiving, our president pro-tem (aka: The Manchurian Candidate) tweeted a pitch to be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year again. He touted more accomplishments than any other president in history for the equivalent time in office — this in spite of having …
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By Michael Plaisted, Las Vegas
No mention of Franken?
I noticed that he made no mention of Sen. Al Franken’s documented sexual misconduct and demeaning behavior toward women. Very typical of …
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By George Evashwick, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Species must be protected
The Trump administration’s denial of climate change and climate science has taken many forms beyond just the obvious. We know that the repeal of the Clean Power Plan is predicted to result in 90,000 more asthma attacks, 300,000 more missed days of school and work, and …
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By Joseph Berg, Las Vegas