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Amid echoes of Watergate, courage under fire is a necessity
Sunday, May 21, 2017
So, here we are in 2017, some 45 years after the break-in and the specter of Watergate has raised its ugly head again. This time, however, the questions to be answered are not about a third-rate burglary of the Watergate Hotel ...
Where I Stand: Women rule, and mothers rule even more
Sunday, May 14, 2017
So, my first mistake the other day was asking my dear wife, Myra, what plans she had for Mother’s Day. ...
Read a book; you may just learn from it
Sunday, May 7, 2017
I understand that not everyone likes to or has the time to or even wants to read a book. But, as we are learning almost daily, making stuff up instead of dealing with facts and figures as a basis for our beliefs is a dangerous way for Americans to conduct our democracy. ...
Kerkorian’s ‘Promise’: Making sure truth will endure
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I am especially mindful of this subject — man’s inhumanity to man — because today is Easter and if Christianity around the world is celebrating anything it is the magnificence of the human spirit coupled with a sincere faith that man can be better, do better and act better toward his fellow man. ...
Bottom line in the health care debate is the people
Sunday, April 9, 2017
I realize that the country’s fascination with a businessman as president was enough to carry the day last year for Donald Trump. For a thousand different reasons, I opposed Trump’s candidacy. One was an insistence that I have maintained for decades that a businessman may not, by definition, be the best person for the job as commander in chief and leader of the free world. ...
Tired of ‘negative’ news? Blame Trump
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The media’s job is to keep the citizens informed about anything that affects their lives, their families and their country. There is no greater source of the information that impacts those lives than the workings of their government. And the president of the United States is the embodiment of our government. Therefore, what he does on behalf of this country is, by definition, news. ...
Moral argument should lead health care debate
Sunday, March 19, 2017
It is possible, I assume, that President Trump was the only person in this country who actually believed his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare on Day One or thereabouts. But not likely. I am certain there were millions of American voters who believed candidate Trump when he said it would all happen just like that! ...
When Trump plays God, tell him to go to Heller
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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’
Sunday, 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.
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 ...
Blue wave: Nevadans can take pride in state's voting results
Sunday, 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 ...
What’s needed to be a president? Let's let our current one explain
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 ...
It's time for Trump to lead his supporters away from the brink
Sunday, 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 …
With Trump, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it
Monday, 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 …
Shimon Peres: A remarkable man and a longtime friend
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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 …
Mansion brims with stories of Las Vegas’ rich history
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
It is not just a house — excuse me, a mansion. The story of Las Vegas lives within its walls. The history of an era that spanned three generations echoes from every corner. The ...
A true leader, Hillary clears a bar set high
Sunday, July 31, 2016
I was wrong. Last week I quoted the great Charles Dickens from his “A Tale of Two Cities” when I wrote about the just-finished Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, which has …
Light and hope will distinguish the Philadelphia story
Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Republican conclave in Cleveland was itself a tale of two cities. There were the best of times: the Trump children speaking about their father and their lives. They also were the worst of times: the refusal of Ted Cruz to forgive …
Fallen Dallas heroes prove police do ‘protect and serve’
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Summertime, and the living is anything but easy. Only the people can make it better. First, we have to talk about the tragic events that took place 10 days ago …
How can Trump be so ignorant, uncaring as to invoke such bigoted images?
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Never again. As a young, Jewish child growing up in the United States, the words “never again” were etched in my brain. In part because I grew up in my father’s house and, in part, because every …
Keep it civil: Not standing up for those who were sitting in
Monday, June 27, 2016
Any reasonable American who watched the Democratic congressmen and -women taking over the well of the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening had to be somewhat sympathetic to …
In spirit and at home, fathers deserve nod today
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Today is Father’s Day. This is the day we traditionally have given over to the dads in our lives to do as they wish. It never quite works out that way, however, because no matter …
After Nevada debacle, democracy feels the burn
Sunday, May 22, 2016
It is no secret that Secretary Hillary Clinton is my friend. It is also well-known that my wife and I are ardent supporters of Clinton’s candidacy for president of the United States. Now I am going to say something that is probably not helpful to ...
Teaching appreciation on Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day. And happy Mother’s Day, too. For all of you fathers out there who somehow have forgotten what today is, now is your chance to make a solid recovery. Find the mother of your children and …
Do-nothing GOP is poised to repeat history
Sunday, May 1, 2016
“I’ve got plenty of nuttin’.” I have been singing the lyrics (in my head because out loud would be a supreme injustice to Ira Gershwin and a host of marvelous voices) to that famous song from ‘Porgy and Bess’ ever since I started thinking about …
Let’s help ensure residents aren’t under the gun
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Our country is under the gun. If we have learned anything from this political season, it should be that motivated Americans can act in a way that threatens to disrupt “the way things are” and make needed …
With a clean assist from regents, Let’s go Rebels!
Friday, April 8, 2016
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, and the community that supports them, need to be a contender. Again. With apologies to Marlon Brando, Las Vegas may not be a very long way from …
Stars align for 2-state solution, Mideast peace
Sunday, April 3, 2016
They put the ad in the wrong paper! Last week, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace published a most powerful ad in The New York Times under the heading, “Israel’s Security Chiefs Agree: Separation into two states is in Israel’s vital security interest.” I have been …
For dance, Obama unfairly called on the carpet
Sunday, March 27, 2016
I am struck by the crescendo of voices converging on the concept of political correctness during this presidential primary season. So much so that I am ...
GOP spreading its do-nothing insanity to Supreme Court
Sunday, March 20, 2016
If this wasn’t such serious business, the 2016 political season would be the best comedy on television. Alas, choosing the president — the person to lead not only the United States but …
Is the sky falling for the GOP?
Sunday, March 13, 2016
First truth: The sky is falling. No, it isn’t. Despite the Chicken Littles in our lives, our skies have managed to stay intact for as long as any of us can remember. It is true, however …
Brookings’ work trumps GOP’s circus show
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Washington, D.C., is a tale of two cities in more conflict than ever before. The Republican presidential debate Thursday night did not take place in our …
Apple and the FBI must stop bickering like Congress
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
“Every man’s house is his castle.” Since the 1600s, this maxim has been part of both English common law and, since the ratification of the Bill of …
Olympians are coming to town; an Olympian task awaits voters
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016
The weekend of Feb. 19-22 it is Reunion 2016 for Olympians and Paralympians in Las Vegas. Many of the athletes we watched in their primes as they won medal after medal will be here to celebrate that special status that …
It’s time for U.S. and Obama to speak up for Israel
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
The European Union insists that a decision not to include any services, grants, scholarships and other relationships that come from the “occupied territories” or “Greater Israel” or the West Bank and Gaza — whatever Europe wants to call the land that Israel captured when the invading Arab armies lost …
Getting Southern Nevada’s future on the right track
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Throughout our history, Las Vegas has always been ready, willing and able to step up and own the kind of future we envision. Our dreamers and our builders have always been able to capture the imaginations of our people to build the kind of city that, despite the setbacks of the 2008 crash, has made us a city to be envied and emulated.
A State of the Union address of Biblical proportions
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
I know a little about politics and government and, yes, State of the Union addresses. It is hard not to know something after studying and being part of the process for as many years as I have spent trying to learn. If I fall short …
Obama takes on guns; Bundy takes up guns
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
Just when the country needed something to take our minds off the insanity of the Donald Trump and gang phenomenon taking place in the Republican presidential primary race, along comes Ammon Bundy …
Special delivery tells exactly what kind of man Sinatra was
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Belated happy birthday to Frank Sinatra, and happy birthday to my dear friend John Moran Jr. and, while I am at it, me! John and I are superfluous to this story; it was just a way to mention John’s name because I forgot to buy him …
Sen. Reid stands up for Caesars and Nevada workers
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Politics aside, when you couple Harry Reid’s deep concern for his home state with his uncanny ability to see around legislative corners, it is hard to find a more successful …
Sinatra’s spirit strengthens the fabric of our city
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
This week marks the 100th birthday of the Chairman of the Board. Of course, Frank Sinatra is no longer with us, but his music, spirit and all-American attitude are brighter than ever. My father, Hank Greenspun, was a close and dear friend of Mr. Sinatra’s, a bond that was forged in 1948 and remained strong until their deaths.
Youth Forum participants provide hope for the future
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
This is a time for thanksgiving. We all have something in our lives for which to be thankful, some far more than others. Happy and healthy families and friends should be foremost among those blessings. In that regard I am a very …

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