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September 23, 2014

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Letter to the readers:

State needs an agenda for all of us

What should the candidates be talking about, working on?

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Dear reader,

Every election year, the Sun talks to candidates about the issues and their plans for office should they be elected. Two questions I like to hear candidates answer are:

1. What are the issues people are talking to you about?

2. What’s your vision for Nevada in 20 years?

The answer to the first question this year has been almost unanimous, no matter the party or position: improving the economy and education.

The answers to the second question vary greatly. However, I appreciate when people share their thoughts, regardless of whether I agree with them. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, and we’re going to disagree. Given the way things are going, we could use more conversation about the issues.

As we noted in last Sunday’s paper, the Sun’s new project Nevada 3.0 is designed to look at questions like those being posed to the candidates, but the discussion shouldn’t end with the people running for office. Your thoughts are important.

So let me ask you the questions:

1. If you could set the agenda for the state, what would your top three priorities be?

2. What is your vision for Nevada? What would it look like in 20 years?

(Bonus points if you have ideas about how to get to your priorities or vision.)

We would like to hear from you. You can send a letter to the editor or post a comment on the website. We’ll publish a sampling of what we receive in hopes that we can start talking about your ideas and thoughts of what Nevada should become.

Best,

Matt

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  1. Sorry, Mr. Hufman, I can't help with these questions.

    Only if the voters decide to get rid of the succession of radical and extreme Tea/Republican Party Governors that have destroyed Nevada for the past fourteen years or so, then I am prepared to entertain those questions seriously.

    Right now, nobody can. It would be a fantasy. Something rejected. Because even if you come up with an idea that makes sense, Governor Sandoval will shoot it down.

    Time to level the playing field. We need another Governor. From another political party. Or at least one that doesn't kowtow to mining/casino interests all the time at the expense of everyone else. Or one who doesn't worship at the altar of the His Most Benevolent Tax God Grover Norquist, Ruler of the Tea/Republican Party Supreme Edict of No Taxes for the Rich/Filthy Rich.

    Then and only then can those questions be addressed and, more importantly, any concerted efforts and rational thought patterns to act upon them.

  2. My top three priorities for Nevada would be:

    1. Establish a state tax structure that is less dependent on cyclical tourism and meets the needs of Nevada citizens.

    2. Make higher Education a priority and set, as a goal, not merely adequacy but innovation and quality with affordable costs.

    3. Get smart about attracting new industry. We have tried to use low State taxes as bait to attract industry, but it hasn't worked well. Any company worth its salt can see our tax structure, but they can also see all of our unmet needs. Being at the bottom of the "good lists" and near the top of the "bad lists" doesn't inspire confidence that our tax structure is permanent enough to be reliable. Be creative in attracting new industry to areas outside the Las Vegas valley. We have natural resources, land, transportation assets, and underused infrastucture ouside the Las Vegas valley that could welcome new industry at low cost to the State. Cramming more people into one valley where infrastructure cannot meet current needs, resources are strained, and quality of life is an issue makes no sense.