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Letters to the Editor

Alternative lifestyles might be worth considering

By now it should be obvious that the millions in tax dollars spent on the downtown beautification, the city-funded statue purchased, and RDA handouts to failing businesses, are monies long gone and wasted. Boulder City is due to be bypassed, and before that happens, casual tourism will be choked off by the traffic problems associated with the construction of the interchange at Railroad Pass.

Using tax dollars to support the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce and the Boulder City Tourism Commission is likewise a waste as the same people who did nothing when something could have been done are now the ones promising great things if only the taxpayers will continue to fund them. It is time to accept that the grand schemes to turn Boulder City into another Flagstaff or Sedona, Ariz., have failed.

Tourism is all about bringing in tourist dollars. Under the present circumstances you have to ask just how realistic Boulder City has been in its efforts to attract tourists. Legalized gaming remains a proven drawn and our best option. If residents could gamble here, they would not go out of town to spend their money.

Unfortunately, there is too much local opposition from folks who would say that gambling is immoral, but who say nothing when council candidates accept large donations from the gaming industry, or when tax dollars are used to promote our city-owned golf courses in partnership with an out-of-town gambling hall.

The next best alternative might be to cater to the folks who, because of their alternative lifestyles, are assumed to have more disposable income than people in more traditional relationships. Now that the city fathers and mothers have spent us into a hole, and the only hope of climbing out requires mortgaging the town’s soul, it is time to embrace what has been proved to work elsewhere.

If Palm Springs had not become gay friendly it might have ended up exactly where Boulder City appears to be headed. The epiphany for me came this summer while I was driving on Interstate 15 toward the Strip. I saw one billboard advertising “Boulder City, a world away for a day.” I saw several other billboards announcing Las Vegas’ “gay days.” Which promotion do you think brought in more tourist dollars?

The fact is it is almost a historical certainty that some of the workers who built Hoover Dam were gay. Given the features of various statues on display downtown it has been suggested that something gay is already going on here. What consenting adults do in private could easily be overlooked if only they paid to do it at the Boulder Dam Hotel and spent the rest of their money in the historical downtown.

Times change. It took me a while to accept that we have a councilman who cries in public over the smallest things. With that said, I suppose I could also get used to seeing same sex couples strolling the Art Scape while they enjoy Boulder City’s unique culture, history and ambience.

It’s official(ish)

It’s all over, at least until November.

Slice of Americana turns 76

Boulder City’s annual July 4 Damboree is almost like a Norman Rockwell painting that has jumped off the canvas and has come to life.

Capturing life through the lens of a camera

If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s safe to say that Bill Bruninga has enough to fill an entire set of encyclopedias.

Boulder City dodges insurance inflation

Insurance is one of those things that are super important but that most people are not going to discuss over a beer like it was a football game. Which is a nice way of saying that the subject can be a little… dry.

It’s (un)official

“Every vote counts and every vote has not been counted.”

City council to mull recruitment firms

When departing and now former city manager Taylour Tedder was on his way out, he took some steps to try to smooth out the transition to a new city executive in the form of five recruitment firms vying for the call to be hired to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

Brown proud to represent BC in Nationals

For those who are into the rodeo scene, you may want to remember the name Aiden Brown in years to come.

Church seeks senior housing

Leaders of the Boulder City United Methodist Church have a project in the works that they feel will benefit many in the community but understand those who may have concerns.

Fancier/foster permit back on city council agenda

If you call in to a city council meeting for public comment twice in one meeting, you officially qualify as a gadfly. (noun: 1) a fly that bites livestock, especially a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly. 2) an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism.) Fred Voltz, already quoted in these pages for comments on other issues, also addressed the issue of pet breeding, likening the practice to prostitution or the dealing of narcotics.

Liquor Board approves BC Company Store request

In the 1930s, the original Boulder City Company Store included a “club room.” The city was officially dry until the late 1960s, so booze would not have been officially served. Except it was.