pleasure and we did not have so many incompetent drivers causing
accidents on a daily basis; when people used to go to bars, have a few
drinks with coworkers at the end of their swing shifts and there were
not so many drunks on our streets; when our teens could troll Las
Vegas Blvd. up and down on weekends and parents never feared for their
safety. I remember when election time was nothing but fun with rallies
for the candidate of choice and there were never hard or bad feelings.
I still remember when we had a morning and afternoon newspaper. The
Review-Journal was delivered early in the morning, and the Las Vegas
Sun was delivered without fail between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.
Those were the best years of Las Vegas, when children could ride the
bus to downtown after school to go to the old Woolworth’s store and
the bus driver even knew where they lived. Nowadays you are lucky if
you can put a foot on the bus before the driver takes off without any
During those wonderful years family was just that: FAMILY.
This is why I am shocked and disturbed to read about the
double-crossing and back-stabbing among siblings of such a well-known
family as the Greenspuns.
If Hank Greenspun could raise his head from the grave and see the
rivalry among his children, he would turn around and bury his face as
deep as he could in pain and sorrow. The late Hank Greenspun was a man
who during his life put himself on the line to defend the rights of
all his friends in need on the pages of the newspaper he started in
1950, the Las Vegas Sun.
Personally, I stopped reading the Las Vegas Sun after it became an
insert of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In part, as respect to the
memory of a man of great integrity, Hank Greenspun, and in part
because I disagree with their latest editorial views.
Nonetheless, I am firmly convinced that what the Review-Journal wants
to do is to create a monopoly in this city of diversity of opinions.
Stephens Media, a media holding company that publishes 11 daily and 64
weekly newspapers in nine states, publishers of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal, had an agreement with Greenspun Media Group for the
Las Vegas Sun to receive a share of the Review-Journal’s advertising
revenue amounting to about $1.3 million a year.
Stephens Media struck a deal with three of the Greenspun siblings to
end the annual profits payments and pay each of the Greenspun children
— Danny Greenspun, Susan Greenspun Fine and Janie Greenspun Gale —
$70,000 in severance.
Brian Greenspun was unaware of any negotiations between Stephens Media
and his brother and sisters to close the Las Vegas Sun.
It is unbelievable that those three had set the family name, the
memory of their parents, and loyalty to their older brother, at such a
paltry price of $70,000 each.
As I mentioned before, we have lost everything, including family values.
I also remember the teachings of my grandfather who used to tell us:
“Family first, right or wrong.” Discuss your disagreements in private,
but never disclose those disagreements in a public arena.
I don’t even have $7,000 to my name, but if someone offers me not
$70,000 but $70 million to betray a brother of mine, I would without
hesitation say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” The love and respect from my
brothers are priceless.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.