Las Vegas Sun

December 1, 2021

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City’s recovery dependent on forward-thinking

Taxes, surcharges, pay cuts and, now, proposed toll roads? The fat is gone. Nevada has been cutting into the muscle and we’re getting down to the bone.

Some, however, are still safely tucked away in their bubble, insulting the downtrodden outside. They’re having delusions of grandeur.

More has become less — just about everywhere in the Las Vegas Valley. But to get more, you have to produce more. In Nevada’s current state of operation, given the dominant mentality, increased production is not possible.

The old market is rapidly fading into history with Macau, out-of-state casinos and the Internet. Las Vegas will either discover a new market or will have to fold its hand and leave the table.

The current leaders have replaced imagination and fortitude with corporate ties and obligations.

The casino and government executive staffs are clueless and offering desperate and generic advice, clinging to their jobs and what little is left of their credibility.

The solution is going to have to come either from “the bottom” or from outside the valley.

The year 2011 has slowed to a crawl, making 2012 look 100 years away.

It’s crunchtime in Las Vegas.

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