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Lessons these new doctors teach must be retold
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Even though today we have institutions dedicated to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive and teaching its tragic lessons to the newer generations, it is all too evident that those lessons have not yet …
Even in retirement, Reid remains the leader
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Unlike most people who use retirement as an excuse for taking it easy and seeking new thrills out of life, Harry Reid remains the leader. And Nevadans are …
Where I Stand: For now, voters should decide ‘impeachment’ in 2020
Sunday, April 28, 2019
To impeach or not to impeach. That is the question. Actually, that is just one question Americans must answer as we head toward the 2020 presidential election cycle. My answer is simple …
Come November 2020, will the ‘I’s’ have it?
Sunday, April 7, 2019
There are plenty of “I” words that we should be talking about, now that the Mueller Investigation is over and his report has been turned over to the Justice Department, which so far has seen fit to not do much with it. I expect we will be fighting over its complete release to the public well into the 2020 election cycle. Soon enough, voters will be able to weigh in on issues like …
Russian election interference — nyet. GOP condemnation — not yet
Sunday, March 31, 2019
The dust hasn’t even settled on the 300-page Mueller report, a four-page summary of which was released last week by Attorney General William Barr when partisans on both sides — mostly in the dark about what Mueller actually found because …
GOP spines re-emerge; cue the next emergency
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Twelve Republicans stood up for the Constitution, the Congress and the foundational belief of our Founding Fathers that our democracy could and would work best when there existed three co-equal branches of government — the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Whatever other reasons those 12 GOP senators who voted to put a check on Trump’s power grab this past week may have had, at the core was the …
Anti-Semitism, not Israel, is the issue
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Muslim woman from Minnesota, is the latest leader to speak the words that have for centuries caused pain, suffering and death to Jews ...
Brian Greenspun: Shut the Russians down now!
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Our democracy is under attack by some bad people who are doing their best to undermine our way of life and our collective belief in a government of, by and for the people. There isn’t a sane and thinking American who doesn’t believe the entirety of our intelligence community when they tell us that the Russians interfered with the 2016 presidential elections. And while some Americans may argue about the extent of that interference and the impact it had on the outcome, there is …
Brian Greenspun: George Dickerson leaves a legacy of integrity
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
George Dickerson, a lifelong Nevadan and attorney whose commitment to public service set the bar for honesty and integrity, died earlier this month at the age of 96. George’s legal career was highlighted by his service as
Here’s the deal: We need to listen to the young
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
I vote for the Green New Deal*.

Consider this: The State of the Union is fragile
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
Is it me or has the United States actually chased itself through the keyhole? What else can explain how utterly …
Brian Greenspun: UNLV now sits on a very short list
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
There is no question that our community is well-served by having a growing and going university to help lead our way into the future. Likewise, it is essential for a university to have the backing and support of …
Walled in: Time to quit playing to the chorus
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
All the president wants is a wall, and he has been willing to have the people he works for (that’s us) and who work for him (that’s the federal workers) pay the price. As a result, he has built a wall around the box he has put himself in as he struggles to …
Wall or no wall, this government shutdown is immoral
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
Walls can be immoral as well as moral, so whatever the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thinks about the president’s campaign promise and the universally agreed-upon need to secure our country’s borders, that political position pales when pressed up against the sheer immorality of President Donald Trump’s decision to shut down the government of the United States.

Mr. Adelson, take responsibility for your newspaper
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
I haven’t much cared about what is written in Sheldon Adelson’s newest acquisition in Las Vegas — the Review-Journal — because whatever his folks write, there is always the …
Ike had it right: Be an informed citizen
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018
As we head into the Christmas season with high hopes for more joy, not less, more freedom, not less, and a better understanding of our responsibility to keep our democracy strong and vibrant and not one given to autocratic tendencies by some of our leaders, try to remember the concerns of President Dwight Eisenhower …
Youths offer the antidote to our ills
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
How do we get our country back and where are the leaders who will get us there? That answer to our ills has been available for 62 years. It is called the Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum …
Obvious choice for speaker is Nancy Pelosi
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018
Nancy Pelosi has been made the poster child for all that is bad in our country, a yearslong effort by the Republican Party, whose playbook is simple and to the point: Find the one person whom your opponents can’t live without and make that person too hot to handle, an unspeakable household name and a person not worthy of belief or consideration by decent people.
Firing of Sessions shows there’s no time to rest
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
The 2018 midterm election results weren’t even in the books Wednesday morning when President Donald Trump stuck yet another finger in the eye of justice ...
A word to the young: Vote!
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
This election has to be about putting the brakes on crazy, on delusion, on authoritarianism, on demagoguery and on everything else about this administration that reminds many of us too much of the run-up to to Nazi Germany in the late 1920s …
Will America correct its mistake?
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
What have the people done to sully the idea of America and threaten the 21st century ideal of world leadership — in all aspects of human life?

FBI probe will put trust back in confirmation process
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Regardless of the machinations grinding through the Senate halls this weekend, a razor-thin majority has been frothing at the mouth to push this nomination through come hell or high water because most of the Republicans feel compelled to seat Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court …
Brian Greenspun: The decency of America demands the truth
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
The issue is simple: Is an accusation by a woman toward a Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct, possibly attempted rape, worthy of the time and energy of the United States Senate? Or is it just a “hiccup,” as Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., described it, on the way to …
Brian Greenspun: For US, it’s time to rekindle the light
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
We find ourselves and our world at a point that most people would consider challenging, certainly when viewed historically over the past century. A worldwide depression and a world war — which witnessed the worst of man’s inhumanity — was overcome by the nations of the world coming together in a way previously …
Where I Stand: It’s 2018, do you know where your kids are?
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Today, there are hundreds of parents — in varying degrees of immigration status — who have no idea where their children are at any time of day. And, despite court orders to the contrary, that problem doesn’t seem like it will …
Where I Stand: Is Trump a traitor?
Sunday, July 22, 2018
By this time, most Americans have an opinion about President Donald Trump’s disastrous performance on the world stage with Russia’s Vladimir Putin this past Monday. Mine is simple. It was nothing short of the worst example of American leadership in the face of our enemy since …
Boomers to blame for the mess we’re in
Sunday, July 15, 2018
When did we move from being the No. 1 superpower both in military and economic terms to a nation torn in half and fighting among itself?
Are we near dissolving ‘our political bands?’
Sunday, July 8, 2018
It is no secret that our country has been dividing itself between right and left in a way that is causing great frustration and anger between the two sides ...
Heller can stand up for Nevadans. Will he?
Sunday, July 1, 2018
If Heller stands up to Trump and says “no” to any nominee who isn’t at least as fair and open-minded and independent as Justice Kennedy has been, Heller will force his party to …
A conditional welcome to President Trump
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Welcome to Las Vegas, Mr. President. I hear you are coming for a fundraiser for Sen. Dean Heller. He can use your help. I am sure you will do well because raising money is ...
Sound fatherly advice: Follow the money
Sunday, June 17, 2018
It is Father’s Day, so I am thinking about my role as a father and grandfather and my ongoing responsibility to my family and my country. It’s just like every father in America. And how does that mesh with …
Knights more than filled Las Vegas’ cup
Sunday, June 10, 2018
When the game was over and the fate of the Stanley Cup was sealed, what impressed me most is that the fans didn’t file out. They stayed at their seats in T-Mobile Arena …
Brian Greenspun: We must restore checks and balances
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Who in the Republican Party has dared to challenge the president when he lies, bullies, denigrates and deceives the American people?
This city’s rally cry: Go Knights, go!
Sunday, May 27, 2018
I am putting important matters on ice for a while.
How do we honor the dead who honored us with their lives?
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Memorial Day gives our country pause to reflect on brave men and women who died while in the service of the United States Military.
Let’s talk peace in the Middle East
Sunday, May 20, 2018
This past week marked two distinct celebrations of the state of Israel’s 70th birthday. One was the official opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The other was an acknowledgment in Washington, D.C., by Israel of 70 Americans who have contributed to …
Let’s talk peace in the middle east
Thursday, May 17, 2018
This past week marked two distinct celebrations of the State of Israel’s 70th birthday.
UNLV’s President is leading on his way out the door
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Pushed out by the Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly, UNLV’s dynamic president, Len Jessup, was a gentleman.
Even on the way out, Jessup is a leader
Sunday, May 6, 2018
He didn’t need to be as gracious and forward-looking and honorable as he was when he spoke to the UNLV Foundation Board members this past Wednesday morning — especially in front of a room full of UNLV community supporters who were still seething at the way the Nevada Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly chased UNLV’s dynamic leader out of town — but to Jessup, UNLV deserved the best of what this community could muster and not a devolution into some of our less-worthy instincts.
Nevada needs Heller to just say no to Yucca Mountain
Sunday, April 29, 2018
I realize there are many new as well as younger residents of Southern Nevada who may not be familiar with the federal government’s efforts to bury the nation’s high-level radioactive waste just 90 miles from Las Vegas. For those of us who have been fighting against the feds’ desire …
Believe it: True believers of Trump will be our downfall
Sunday, April 22, 2018
The tell-tale sign that we may, as a country, have crossed that line between democracy and authoritarianism-in-the-making was what I witnessed this past week on two occasions following former and fired FBI Director James Comey’s interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Opportunities plentiful on UNLV's horizon, but only after truth is told about Jessup
Sunday, April 8, 2018
It is, sadly, common knowledge that UNLV President Len Jessup is leaving the university to take the job as president of the Claremont Graduate University. While that is a great and prestigious place for Len to go, it is sad for the rest of us because he is leaving UNLV, which, for the first time in a long time, has been on the upswing in so many important areas of growth — students, contributions, athletics, academics and a medical school. Additionally, Las Vegans were finally convinced that this university was theirs to protect and nurture because, in return, our institution of higher learning would help lead the way for Southern Nevada into a promising future.
Time to reconcile our two different worlds
Sunday, April 1, 2018
“Two different worlds, we live in two different worlds.” When Don Rondo made that song famous some 60 years ago, the United States was No. 1 in the world and a country that spoke with one mind on practically every major issue. Those “separating “ words were …
Young leaders ensure our future is in good hands
Sunday, March 25, 2018
I remember a time when you couldn’t find 40 young Las Vegans, let alone the kind who can influence so many others in the business, social and civic community. Today, we are just like so many of our much older cousins across the country in that we have a committed cadre of …
On road to greatness, regents take a wrong turn
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Just when we thought our community and UNLV were on the same page — you know, the one that says a city is only as strong as its university and the university is only as strong as the community behind it — along comes a challenge that requires us to prove the point.
An American first: Russian aggression met by impotence
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Every other U.S. president would have taken Russia to the woodshed by now to protect the sanctity of the United States’ election process. After all, our ability to govern ourselves through free and fair elections is the hallmark of this democracy, which has endured for the past two and a half centuries. Destroying the sanctity of the voting booth is every bit as lethal as …
Where I Stand: Don’t bet against the kids getting the job done
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
This time the kids aren’t buying the argument of the National Rifle Association the way their parents and politicians have been so eager to accept. This time the young people are …
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 …

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