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Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

First thing to note: I am not Brian. I am arts editor Miranda Jesch. Although for this issue, the annual Women’s Issue, I’ve been playing editor. It seemed appropriate. It was Brian’s idea, not mine.

At first, I wasn’t really all that interested in taking on the responsibility of putting together more of the paper than I usually do—e.g. the cover story, guest comment and this editor’s note—but as I settled into the idea, it grew on me. I like having control of things. I will enjoy looking at the paper this week and thinking, “Hey, I did that. It’s got my name written all over it”—well, my name and names of all the dedicated female freelance writers who work for/with me … and the names of the female essayists in the cover story … and the names of the women featured in the other stories.

The question has been raised: If we have a Women’s Issue, why don’t we have a Men’s Issue? Don’t we try and cover women as much as possible anyway? So, I’ve tried to analyze why a Women’s Issue is perhaps more meaningful to the women in a community than a Men’s Issue would be to men.

Primarily—I think it matters to women. I think we women thrive on feeling bonded and connected to other people, especially to other women. I think this year’s Women’s Issue draws specific attention to the fact that many diverse women can come together with a cohesive goal and create a product that has meaning for all of them.

Put another way: Flowers typically don’t matter to men, neither do cards, but both are usually very special to women. The way I see it is that this year’s Women’s Issue—by, about and for women—is one big thank-you card to and from us girls.

Reason to vote No. 46: To support candidates who would never make decisions that go against the rights women have fought to achieve.