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It’s wrong to sit idly by

A few weeks ago, I drove through Henderson along Sunset Road and noticed a couple of flags on the light poles. They’re kind of like the ones we have in Boulder City that say different things depending on the holiday seasons. However, the first flag read “See something” while the next flag read “Say something.”

For those of you who don’t understand what that references, it’s a message from homeland security. However, it’s also used as a slogan to encourage defending, calling out and or reporting sexual harassment.

Even though the flags aren’t up to discourage sexual harassment, I thought it would be an important and much-needed message that many people need a reminder of. In fact, I believe that because that is such a positive, strong and relevant message, we should have flags encouraging this in our town.

It’s so important to teach others that sexual assault, and really any assault, directed toward others is wrong. Anyone who’s experienced sexual assault usually feels that they can’t report it or tell others. That’s a fair point because every gender has this pressure on them; they are blamed for getting raped, molested and sexually harassed. But it’s not their fault; they are not the rapist, molester or sexual harasser. These are the people who only care about what they want, and that is not the victim’s fault.

If you think Boulder City has been immune to this, you’re wrong. I have male and female friends who visit from time to time. Everyone typically seems to enjoy themselves. Overall, I’m given positive reviews of the town, mostly because it’s “quirky” and people enjoy many of the local businesses.

However, the young women usually have the same complaint. They tell me that older men tend to stare vulgarly and some start random, persistent conversations that have lead into inappropriate topics.

Unfortunately, the women almost always feel it’s necessary to mention that they were made to feel very uncomfortable while visiting our town. It’s many of your fathers, brothers, husbands, friends and sons who are making these women, and others, feel uncomfortable and objectified.

It isn’t just older men; it’s everyone who wasn’t taught to value consent. So now, we are left with people who are expected to live their lives with the burden of being a victim, who are even blamed for being that.

There needs to be more encouragement in town to report when they see inequality. Please keep in mind, reporting isn’t necessarily calling the police. Sometimes it’s notifying the owner of an establishment, restaurant or store that someone is making another person uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s holding someone accountable for what they said.

The point is it’s no longer acceptable to allow others to get away with hurting someone. Do not “mind your business” and do your best to flee from what you are seeing. Instead, we all need to help one another, because nobody can survive in the world all on their own.

Emily Anderson is a student at College of Southern Nevada High School. She can be reached at anderemily001@gmail.com.

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.