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Heroes rise during pandemic

In the 1970s, I listened as a lecturer explained that in police work it seemed as though 20 percent of the population hated the police no matter how well they performed, 20 percent loved them no matter how poorly they did and the remaining 60 percent stayed on the fence to gather facts before reacting. I realized how true that is the older I got.

In today’s political world, 40 percent of the population is anti-Trump regardless of how well he performs, 40 percent is pro-Trump regardless of how well or how poorly he performs and the remaining 20 percent can’t wait until early voting starts. Inside that 40 percent anti-Trump cadre is a broad spectrum of national news media and numerous career politicians.

With drill team precision, the media has marched in lockstep from the two-year special prosecution, to the impeachment hearings, to the impeachment trial, and now, without missing a step, to the current pandemic. Americans outsource a lot of work to China, but I never imagined some media folks would import Chinese propaganda and blame America for China’s fatal errors.

While President Donald Trump was restricting international travel to and from China months ago, Congress was too busy criticizing his decisions and stayed laser-focused on the impeachment process.

We are now at war with an invisible, but lethal enemy — COVID-19 — and all of us have been drafted into action.

In any war or conflict, cowards and saboteurs abound.

The cowards are those hiding underneath a golden boulder inside their comfortable, air-conditioned ivory tower foxholes lobbing pandemic impeachment grenades at President Trump. One would hope for a victory before an after-action report is published.

The saboteurs in this emergency are those Chihuahua-barking, fear-mongering, ankle-snarling nitpickers who played volleyball on the beach despite tsunami warnings.

While President Trump was heeding his advisers’ warnings and restricting travel from China and directing other courses of action, Nancy Pelosi and her camp followers in Congress were conjuring up articles of impeachment based on a failed, two-year investigation founded in part upon perjured testimony and spurious documents.

As the tsunami neared shore, the same folks encouraged people to virtue signal their racial tolerance by visiting Chinatown in San Francisco and participating in the Lunar New Year festivities in New York.

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow smugly claimed that the Navy’s hospital ships would not arrive for several weeks to help the coastal metropolises of New York City and Los Angeles. Ten days later, the USNS Comfort arrived in New York City and began treating non-COVID patients.

A virus is Mother Nature’s way of telling us we are not in charge and we are not invincible.

Our nation is the best country in the world because of our collective sacrifices and our teamwork during this wartime-footing pandemic. However, we will emerge victorious and more determined to be less reliant on a communist regime and its circle of media and political allies.

In any war or conflict, heroes and acts of valor occur at every socioeconomic level.

The heroes in Boulder City are many and include those mentioned in Mayor Kiernan McManus’ commentary of last week. Also, Cindy Ford’s Southwest Diner is providing free meals for schoolchildren while school is closed.

The other heroes include peace officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and numerous other health care professionals in every town, city, village and state.

I pray that by the time this commentary is published the casualty rate will be in decline.

We have plenty to be thankful for this Easter holiday. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not the lamp of an oncoming train. For those who know the story and for those who don’t, it’s a promise of eternal life via the resurrection of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago.

Dan Jennings is a retired Army captain and a retired BCPD lieutenant. He can be reached at bcpd267@cox.net.

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

City manager bids fond farewell

I may be leaving Boulder City, but it was not an easy decision. From the first time I came in and met the staff and community leaders, I saw a city filled with people who truly care about where they live and work. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with some incredible people.

Is the grass always greener?

Many people in the past played a golf game to cement a business deal, didn’t they? They also played golf to socialize. Has Boulder City recognized lessening play on golf courses? Or, from another perspective, what happens when million-dollar homes are placed around our open space golf course with views of the McCullough Mountains? Do fewer people play golf on the Boulder Creek golf course?

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Shakespeare was the man when it came to comedy and tragedy. His ability to make people feel the intense emotions of the characters is still imitated today. The past few months have been filled with a bit of excited anticipation at City Hall as several longtime and high-level employees have found new roles in other acts. I’m here to borrow some Shakespearean lines, the first being from Ophelia, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)

Me, my brother and Silo Sam

Recently, I’ve been enjoying watching shows on A&E related to professional wrestling back in the earlier days, with profiles on wrestlers I grew up watching as well as classic rivalries.

Let’s talk about the ‘D Word’

OK, as a starting point, I must note that it’s weird to think that I might be writing something that would put me in agreement with the Language Police.

Make a new plan, Stan

A plan is a method for achieving a desirable objective. It’s a program of action, usually memorialized in writing. Plans start with goals and ideas. But ideas alone (even good ones) don’t constitute a plan.

Time to recognize unsung heroes

We have so many functions within the Boulder City Police Department, from school resource officers to road patrol to the detective bureau. The work that they do keeps Boulder City among the “Safest Cities in Nevada” (newhomesource.com, alarm.com) year after year. One unit is the backbone of our public safety response: Public Safety Dispatchers.