Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 | 2:02 a.m.
“Nevada has unlimited potential but is hindered by its lack of investment in higher education and lack of performance in lower education.” So says Jon Ralston in his Wednesday column.
The need to fix the state’s education system is a given. However, Nevada’s economic potential is severely handicapped by its lack of natural resources. The only reasons there are more than a few miners and ranchers in the state are Hoover Dam and favorable gaming laws. The state is landlocked with no easy access to markets or raw materials. Lack of water means very limited industry and agriculture. There is abundant sunlight, but the high cost of solar power will be a negative for attracting businesses.
What we do have is a very favorable climate, and we should be trying to take advantage of it. More needs to be done to attract retirees to settle here. That is one of the few growth areas available, bringing housing construction, more medical facilities and their supporting of local restaurants and entertainment.