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July 4, 2015

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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.



Matt Hufman is editor of the editorial and opinion pages. Twitter: @MattattheSun.

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  1. I the next 2 decades, Nevada has to diversify its economic base. Not just tourism and gold. We need new political leaders with new visions for Nevada. Our elected officials have to attract businesses to the state. They need to examine how other states have done it. Many have done so with great success. Tax relief is one way. Another is a stellar education system. The way to do the latter is with more options: Charter schools, home schooling, and school vouchers. The tide of new people to Nevada likely have, or want, these education options and will be reluctant to move to Nevada if they are not available.

  2. "Anyone that wields an axe to silence BIG BIRD should be condemned"

    The inventors of Big Bird are millionaires as a result.


  3. The things I would like to see happen for the state of Nevada,is for the state to be out of debt and have a surplus in the coming years.Increasing the taxes on mining co's that operate in our state would be a good start.

    The next thing I would like to see happen is more culture for our state.Along with more university's that could bring some of the best teacher's and student's into our state.