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October 18, 2019

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

Deep patriot state keeps America safe
Oct. 13, 2019
They want the law to be obeyed. They understand that political norms exist for a reason. They belong to all manner of political parties, but in their jobs and in their lives they act in a nonpartisan manner. They act as Americans first and make simple demands of leaders — don’t break the rules, don’t abuse your power for personal benefit, value the nation and respect the Constitution. These are the hundreds of millions of Americans who would best be described a …
Rosh Hashanah, can the U.S. learn from Israel?
Sept. 29, 2019
Tonight begins the Ten Days of Awe during which Jews around the world ask God for forgiveness and pray to be …
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives to the podium to speak as she takes part during the Climate Strike, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in New York. Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies on Friday as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change began ahead of a U.N. summit in New York.
Real lessons from a real-life Pippi Longstocking
Sept. 22, 2019
While she has gained international recognition since she was a 15-year old speaking out against the outrage of doing nothing, Greta Thunberg burst onto the American scene in a most dramatic way this past week when she …
A safe bet: August isn’t always a day at the beach
Sept. 15, 2019
The first time I remember the danger of vacationing in August was in 1972. My parents loved to travel to Southern California during that month for a little respite by the ocean. The time off brought them back refreshed and ready to recommit their newspaper to the job of …
Guest column: Why this tech firm moved to Las Vegas and hasn’t looked back
Sept. 2, 2019
Having started a company that some industry gurus believe may just come to dominate an entirely new sector, you would think that the only place for us to grow would be San Francisco. After all, isn’t it “the place to be” for tech? But …
Time is running out to act on climate change
Sept. 1, 2019
There’s no denying the disastrous effects climate change is having on every corner of Nevada, our country and our planet. In the last few years alone, we’ve seen …
In giving, we receive a greater gift
Aug. 31, 2019
As I share my story, I hope readers are encouraged to also become part of something bigger than …
Time to renew promise of educational opportunity for all
Aug. 30, 2019
Every year, educational opportunities that were once plentiful and affordable are now scarce and out of reach for millions of Americans. After decades of insufficient funding and disregard from our elected leaders, our public elementary, middle, and high schools fail class after class of students, particularly low income and minority, throughout the country. A bachelor’s degree, let alone any graduate degree, now costs as much as …
Reed-Francois: Community is key for both UNLV athletics, Las Vegas
Aug. 29, 2019
We have built a strong foundation and a department culture that expects championships despite obstacles. I look at student-athletes like Lauren Tycksen and Ty’Jason Roberts who …
Marta Meana: UNLV is on the precipice of greatness
Aug. 26, 2019
UNLV is, and should be, valued as a jewel in the crown of this community. We educate future generations of Nevadans, who in turn play a major role in …
Constitutional changes will spur higher-ed reforms across Nevada
Aug. 25, 2019
The Board of Regents has argued in court that it has virtual “immunity” from checks and balances. The board has used this status as a sword, defeating reform proposals …
Nevada: America’s innovation state
Aug. 22, 2019
We’re leading the way in groundbreaking transportation technologies and renewable energy production to create more accessible cities and a more sustainable world …
Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., listens to a question during a news conference at the Nevada State Democratic Party headquarters in Las Vegas Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.
We must find common ground
Aug. 18, 2019
When I chose to run for public office, I pledged to stand with the people of Nevada rather than follow a partisan line. Throughout my time in Congress, I've made it my priority to …
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee holds up a shovel during a water pipeline groundbreaking ceremony near Speedway Boulevard and Centennial Parkway in North Las Vegas Tuesday, July 31, 2018. At right is pipeline partner Weston Adams. The pipeline, expected to be completed in late 2020, will jumpstart development in the Apex Industrial Park, officials said.
A mayor’s vision for North Las Vegas
Aug. 16, 2019
Let me take you on a journey into the future: It’s 2029, and North Las Vegas has hit its stride. Industry bustles at Apex Industrial Park, where tens of thousands of workers arrive …
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and current Mayor Carolyn Goodman dedicate the City of Las Vegas’ gateway sign.
In Las Vegas, life is truly beautiful
Aug. 13, 2019
It is sometimes difficult to recognize history as it is happening, but I believe our city has entered a key moment that will affect our community for years to come. Put simply, our city is on the cusp of becoming …

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Kurds not our responsibility
In the Oct. 16 letter “We are enabling another genocide,” the writer says she is a third-generation Armenian-American. I am a 91-year-old second-generation Armenian-American whose father was …
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By Malcolm Telloian, North Las Vegas
Even presidents subject to law
President Donald Trump doesn’t think he’s accountable to anyone. In court, his lawyers argue that only Congress — not prosecutors — can hold the president accountable to the rule of law. But when Congress tried to do just that, the White House …
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By Rick Hall, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
New campaign slogan: MIGA
President Donald Trump is …
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By Carl Heck, Aspen, Colo.
Horses’ fate best left up to nature
Exactly what plan does Congress have for “fixing” the wild horse issue other than …
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By Ron Moers, Henderson
Turkey decision stains presidency
No matter what he says or does next, President Donald Trump made a deep and painful mistake when he …
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By Bob Jack, North Las Vegas
We are enabling another genocide
As a third-generation Armenian-American, whose ancestors fled their ancient homeland in the 1890s during the Ottoman Empire, I fear and tremble at …
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By Sandra Miner, Las Vegas
People can’t stop nuclear progress
Some letter writers are stuck in the past; nuclear energy is the way of the future. Nothing can stop …
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By Carmine DiFazio, North Las Vegas
GOP has lost its respectability
In the Trump era respectable Republicans are nearly extinct. The party that used to speak of fiscal responsibility — but which never seemed to practice it — has totally abandoned even a façade of …
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By Ed Ewert, Las Vegas