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November 21, 2017

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Columns by Brian Greenspun

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 ...
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 ...

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Hate to see Sandoval go
I do not always vote a straight Democratic ticket, especially since moving to Nevada over 20 years ago. One of my split votes was for Gov. Brian Sandoval, whom I believe is one of the best state chief executives I’ve experienced. But he will be …
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By Earle Malkin, Las Vegas
Nothing sweet about this
Judge Roy Moore’s salacious attraction to teenage girls is absolutely repulsive, especially as described by a woman who said Moore attacked her in a car in a back alley when she was …
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By Peter McMurran, Henderson
Tax plan will bring relief
Each year, it gets tougher for us to stay afloat. Although small businesses are the backbone of America, it seems we have somehow …
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By Sherman Ray, Las Vegas
Activism is fueling change
This month, in a historic sweeping fashion, the U.S. saw progressive wins across local and state elections. In Virginia, the first transgender woman was elected into office and beat the man who wrote the controversial Virginia anti-transgender bathroom bill. Voters in Charlotte, N.C., for the first time elected a black woman as the city’s mayor, and in New Jersey, a Sikh American won the race to become the mayor of Hoboken. ...
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By Karl Catarata, Las Vegas
It pays to shop around
Twenty-plus years with my auto/home insurance came to an abrupt end when, at renewal, the auto premium was increased by 42 percent from the previous six-month premium. The home insurance on my condo is on a yearly premium.
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By Dee Hopkins, Las Vegas
Did ‘lunatic’ fit the bill?
President Donald Trump recently took offense to Kim Jong Un referring to his speech in South Korea as “reckless remarks by an old lunatic.” ...
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By Michael Plaisted, Las Vegas
Leaders should hear the truth
Despite new research by the federal government, which found “no convincing alternative explanation” to climate change other than it being caused by humans, the proposal to cut the EPA budget remains. ...
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By Brandon Monson, Las Vegas
STEM measure is a winner
The National Science Foundation is proposing a nationwide bill that awards grants to institutions of higher education in order to foster young girls interested in computer science and other science, technology, engineering or mathematic occupations to pursue a degree in those fields. ...
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By Tiffany de Luna, Henderson