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Prayers appear no match for NRA’s clout
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Lest there be any confusion about why our children keep dying in their classrooms, the answer is as clear as a membership card ...
Las Vegas still needs its visionaries
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Who among us can honestly claim that we are not living in a state of high anxiety, uncertainty and, yes, sometimes outright fear for the future? Not having a reasonable idea about tomorrow — it’s a stability thing — causes most humans to live in an anxious state.
Where I Stand: State of Union teeters on the brink
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
I will assume that a large number of Nevadans watched President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. I will also assume that the number of Americans who tuned into Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s response was significantly less. And so, as a public service to our readers, I will try to …
Schumer forced debate on ‘Dreamers’
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Last week our government was shut down. Other than the media build up and nonstop reporting about that calamitous event, not too many Americans noticed. That’s because it happened late on a Friday night and was over by dinnertime Monday. To loosely quote our president, it was a …
Brian Greenspun: Our parents did the right thing for the right reasons
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
As a parent and, lately, a grandparent, I can attest that the very inexplicable observations I heard from my parents’ lips are now crossing my own. And as much as I didn’t understand what they were talking about …
Saying something positive about the president is a challenge
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
A longtime Las Vegan and supporter of the Las Vegas Sun Camp Fund, let’s call him Don, has thrown down the gauntlet. He will donate $10 every time a story appears in the Sun that is positive about President …
Tax reform and Russia: hoaxes real and imagined
Sunday, 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? ...
With Allen, Brookings will continue to lead
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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
Sunday, 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. ...
Decency, courage lacking as GOP transforms
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
It is an American tradition to risk it all in defense of the truth and in defense of our country and the ideals for which it stands. What happened to that tradition? What happened to America’s heroes?
Bush: America needs to recall, recover its identity
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Las Vegas Sun owner, publisher and editor Brian Greenspun is using his weekly column space this week to present the transcript of George W. Bush’s speech Thursday at the “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World” event in New York. ...
Trump’s base isn’t getting the joke — it’s him
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
There are a hundred jokes that end with a similar punch line. I am going to focus on just one. It pains me a great deal to talk about the president like this because I respect the office so much, but enough is just about enough. The joke is the POTUS, and he continues to make a laughingstock of my country. ...
Brian Greenspun: Experiencing a full spectrum of emotions
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
I am profoundly sad. I am extraordinarily proud. I am, somehow, grateful. I am angry beyond words. And I am always optimistic. ...
Foundation honorees are heroes of education
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
You don’t have to look far in Las Vegas for a hero. Especially when it comes to helping public education in our community. ...
Brian Greenspun: As a new year dawns, hope, humility are in order
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Each year I try to reflect upon the year just ended and look forward to the opportunities that a new year provides. In the past, these reflections have almost always centered on prospects for peace in the Middle East, because I believe that is one of the keys to a more understanding and peaceful world. ...
Don’t take chances with Mother Nature, human nature
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
What the American people and people all over the world proved in the wake of Harvey and Irma over the past couple of weeks is that human beings are overwhelmingly kind, caring and concerned people in the face of devastating circumstances that befall their fellow man. ...
Bravo President Trump — maybe
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
President Donald Trump acted, well, presidential last week. That shouldn’t be big news in this space, but it is. And it is welcome news. ...
Don’t let bad ideas take root, R-J
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Fortunately, I don’t think any sane person in this country will criticize the MGM leader for supporting his employees and his company, customers and communities in their desire to fight back against the rising tide of neo-Nazi thought that has been allowed to move from the dark fringes of society into the mainstream of political thought over these past couple of years. ...
3 GOP senators stand tall at legacy moment
Sunday, July 30, 2017
McCain is a patriot. Practically his entire adult life has been given to public service. Whether as a member of the armed services of the United States or as a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, our neighbor from Arizona has epitomized the selflessness of public service. ...
McCain well-equipped for his fight, as all should be
Sunday, July 23, 2017
I am writing about John McCain because his recently revealed medical challenges are not dissimilar to those of so many Americans. And, like many others in this great country, the courage he displays in dealing with those challenges is what we should celebrate and respect. ...
Russian interference is no Hollywood fantasy
Sunday, 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 …
Declaring independence and standing for Nevadans
Sunday, July 2, 2017
We have heard words to that effect before. In fact, this coming week — July 4 to be exact — our country will celebrate the 241st anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. You know, that’s the document that started this whole American democracy thing. ...
Heat is on, yet Trump remains oblivious
Sunday, June 25, 2017
President Trump is perhaps the only person in America who remains uncommitted to the plain truth that the Russians interfered with the free and ...
On this Father’s Day, stand up for America
Sunday, June 18, 2017
So as a father and a grandfather, I am exercising my prerogative to discuss with my grandchildren — and, by extension, all grandchildren — a matter of significant concern. At least, to all men of my generation who were raised by the Greatest Generation, it should be! ...
D.C. presents contrasts in majesty, misery
Sunday, June 11, 2017
To say that the mood in Washington is just strange and unlike it has been during the administrations of the last three presidents — Democrat and Republican — would be a significant understatement. ...
Let’s leave childish behavior to 2-year-olds
Sunday, 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 …
Trump due credit on Mideast peace efforts
Sunday, May 28, 2017
The president got it right, I believe, when he decided that the key to Middle East peace ran through Riyadh. This isn’t the first time the Saudi king has been at the tip of the Arab spear when it comes to leading the charge toward peace with Israel ...
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 …

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