Dawn Dabler, 11th Grade, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno

“All For Our Country”

Nevada is often recognized by its well-known Seal, which represents the various aspects of Nevada’s history. It is composed of mountains, a quartz mill, the sunshine, a silver miner, agriculture, a train, and many more. In a golden banner across the bottom, the words “All for Our Country” are shown. These words carry a great deal of significance about Nevada’s past and present opportunity to enhance the nation today.

As the 36th state to be accepted into the Union, it was a driving force in the advancement of Lincoln in the Presidential Election. There are several possible explanations for the phrase attributed to Nevada. One explanation could be that during the Civil War, the admission of Nevada into the Union allowed the Union to win against the confederacy, thus influencing the future of the nation without the control of the south and their principles and lifestyles. Interestingly, the motto was changed in 1866 after the Civil War from “Willing and Able”; encapsulating promising emotion. A probable explanation could be a motto more dedicated to its delight of participation in the victory of the Civil War rather than the promising supportive components it has to offer to the flourishing country. A present-day truthful way of explaining Nevada’s motto is flawlessly put by U.S. Senator Dean Heller, who says, “willing and able to give all for our country”. Nevada has much to offer to America and its resources have and will continue to benefit the country as a whole.

A good foundation is critical to the success of any venture. After improving the state’s mechanisms and governmental works to meet insurmountable standards, the state can more efficiently contribute to the success of the nation. To better our nation, the strengths of Nevada need to be directed towards the country. Our abundance of precious minerals can be sold for a profit and boost the economy for all. Early in its history, the Silver Rush attracted many settlers and led travelers to wealth as well as increased the financial support of the Civil War. Just as the silver and gold of Virginia City and other various parts of Nevada benefited America in the past, it can continue in the present and future. This attractive characteristic needs to be reevaluated by the country that seems to have forgotten its possible impact.

The beautiful landscape and climate seen three hundred sixty five days a year by residents from the beginning is a blessing in its own. Consisting of high and lowland desert, mountain ranges, lakes, and a variety of weather, the use of energy efficient products would be a beneficial decision meant for the common good. Nevada could embrace the use of solar panels, wind mills, hydroelectricity, and electric automobiles in order to decrease Nevada’s impact on the ecological footprint of the nation. The importance of maintaining balance between the use of resources and the conservation of resources will set a standard for other states to follow and thus hopefully evolving the American culture of wastefulness.

From an economic standpoint, there is a significant advantage of residing or starting business in Nevada. While holding a spot as one of seven states not having state income tax, many people are drawn here. Nevada also does not have corporate, inventory, or franchise tax, allowing new businesses to prosper in Nevada. The intention of incorporating successful local businesses into the entire country could stimulate the economy’s growth and expansion although it depends on the subject and goals of such. In addition, the competition between states would amplify and thus encourage the desire to have new successful businesses in other locations as well. As in the age of the California Gold Rush, Nevada competed against California but currently Nevada can shed light on its advantage over majority of states and be competed with. It has the potential to indirectly guide future American achievement.

All in all, the establishment of Nevada and its unique resources and advantages can be used to benefit our state and most importantly, our beloved nation. From the start, Nevada has been an attractive place to dwell in for residents and businesses. With the success that is present now, it can be intensified to improve America today by stimulating economic growth, reducing the ecological footprint, starting businesses, and so forth. Nevada is rich with history and numerous resources that can be dedicated to the wellness of our nation.

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