Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 | 2:04 a.m.
Mark Muro’s thoughtful commentary in Sunday’s Las Vegas Sun, “Las Vegas’ dilemma: America’s, only more so,” was a welcome relief from the tired, negative rants generally found in the other local journal. The Brookings Institution, with its new Brookings Mountain West Initiative, is providing local analysis on real issues while proposing sustainable alternatives.
Transportation, energy, infrastructure and education were all mentioned in the insightful discussion by Mr. Muro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the policy director of its Metropolitan Policy Program. I would add two important aspects of change and growth to the dilemma: leadership and political will.
History has clearly shown that positive leadership can overcome most any obstacle. (We don’t have that with Gov. Jim Gibbons.) We need the rallying of the populace to attack local and state issues. We, as a citizenry, must not lose hope.
At this low point in our community, we have a great opportunity to set a path toward enlightened change. This starts with bipartisan, altruistic legislators and the will of the people to get involved. Las Vegas has the opportunity over the next five years to become the jewel of the Mountain West region. Let’s get it right!