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Through opinions, actions we make a difference

When I became editor of the Boulder City Review, one of my goals was to make the newspaper a go-to place for news and information about events throughout Boulder City. I wanted people to look at the paper as a friend, a place where they could get and share news and stories — good and bad — about things that mattered to them.

It was my hope that our articles would make people think and get involved.

Although we may not be perfect or please everyone, we are trying. And making progress. The past few week’s collections of letters to the editor are proof of that.

People care about our community. They, too, want to make a difference.

Through their letters they are expressing their opinions and making others aware of issues they may not have known about. They are doing their part to make something happen.

Caring about the community and its residents is more than just putting a few words on paper. It’s also about doing.

No matter how large or small the effort, doing something makes a difference.

Take, for example, 9-year-old Kiley Flowers (see story on page 10). When she learned that a fellow student at King Elementary School needed a heart transplant — even though she had never met Madison Elizondo — she took it upon herself to boost the fundraising efforts that were taking place at school.

She brought her fundraising efforts to this weekend’s Best Dam Barbecue Challenge, put on every year by the Rotary Club of Boulder City. She, along with her family and a few friends, sought donations for the Elizondo family by selling red bracelets emblazoned with the words “Madison’s Heart.”

The festival itself is a making a difference for the community. Not only did it provide two days of entertainment for residents, it is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary Club, which returns its proceeds to the community through donations to different programs and activities. On average, the club donates $10,000 to the community from money raised at the event, according to President Christy Springgate-Hill.

Throughout the weekend, those attending the barbecue challenge were able to see the Rotary Club in action. Six checks were presented to organizations and programs such as Boulder City Library, Boulder City High School’s wrestling team and Every 15 Minutes.

This month also brought the Spring Jamboree presented by the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce and the Boulder City Hospital Foundation’s Heart of the Community Gala. Although vastly different, the two events have a common goal: to make Boulder City a great place to live and maintain the quality of life that exists here.

As fundraisers for those two organizations, they provide the necessary finances to ensure they continue to operate, literally a matter of life and death for those who use the hospital.

For the chamber, the money is crucial to underwrite the programs that boost area businesses to support the economy and bring in necessary tourism dollars, as well as provide entertainment for community residents (think Damboree and Christmas parades).

I also saw how people want to make a difference by learning about the community and the issues affecting it. Earlier this month about 50 residents came to hear the three candidates running for City Council address those issues and answer questions.

Then, after the formal presentation, they stopped to talk with the candidates and get to know them better.

Having a say in who represents you certainly makes a difference.

Whether individually or as part of an organization or by supporting an event, every little action counts. Together, we can make it happen.

No parade passes us by

The start of a new year is always a big deal for me. But it’s not the fireworks or parties that I look forward to as one year melds into another.

Change marks past year

As I look back at the past 361 days, there is one thing throughout 2017 that has been constant: change.

‘Twas the baking before Christmas

Last year, many readers commented how much they enjoyed my column about holiday baking and requested that I make this an annual tradition. With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, here it is:

Feminism dominates 2017

Earlier this week, Merriam-Webster, a leading authority on language, declared “feminism” as 2017’s word of the year.

Santa’s arrival heralds magical time

I have come to the conclusion that there truly is something magical about Santa’s red suit. It can turn back time.

Sample sights, sounds, tastes of holidays

Now that you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner, shopped all the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales, and polished off the leftovers, it’s time to let the holiday celebration begin in earnest.

Reasons to be thankful plentiful

Since our paper comes out each Thursday and Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, it seems natural to take this opportunity to give thanks for all the blessings that have come my way — and the way of this staff — over the past 365 days.

Time too precious to squander

It’s been said that time and tide wait for no man.

Time brings steps in right direction

It’s been said that time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve also heard that time passes much more quickly the older you get.