93°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Letter to the Editor, Oct. 4

Public-access TV teaches kindness, aids communication

Resolution No. 2792 signed by me on Aug. 13, 1996, as mayor is the current policy for BCTV as a public-access station. When Boulder City has funds for 16 new employees and 3 percent raises in the fiscal year 2019 budget, we certainly can justify funding a public-access TV station.

Our city could be losing the opportunity to teach the kindness in communication with a public-access TV station. City access only is unwarranted. Due to our desire to use the internet to communicate with each other we are losing opportunities to teach communication skills.

We can teach our children the value of communication by allowing our school children access to a public-access TV station. Asking the question “How would I like to be treated when communicating with others?” is a way to generate empathy while communicating. It can be learned by practicing it on public-access TV.

Why not therefore expand the use of BCTV as a public-access station? BCTV used to have interviews of prominent citizens to catalogue our history and make it accessible to the citizens. When we did that we could better enjoy communicating in a manner to enjoy our humanity.

Boulder City did air BCTV in the past on a much smaller general fund budget since we believed in the voice of the people. The Eldorado Valley is providing about $16 million a year to the city; $10 million is placed in the general fund budget for 2019. Where is the other $6 million spent? There was no money from the Eldorado Valley while I was on City Council while we afforded public-access TV.

More practice in communicating and understanding is what we need with a public-access BCTV.

Eric Lundgaard

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Challenging times inspire creative solutions

It’s been 1,728 hours — 72 days — since Nevadans were first asked to work from home and begin isolating themselves from others to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Meaningful thoughts pass test of time

I enjoy well said, meaningful sayings. Thoughts that are well-spoken, especially during a time of confusion, desperation and perhaps, situations that seem impossible, are often priceless.

Political choices dictate nation’s economy

Since March 16, I’ve been at home on the computer sharing educational materials as much as possible with as many folks as possible on social media sites, sending them personal messages and calling them. I’ve done this because, believe it or not, I’ve seen education work wonders.

Science smashes coronavirus conspiracy theories

Baseball legend Yogi Berra famously quipped about a 1973 pennant race, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Berra’s oft-repeated observation couldn’t be more apt for the current public health crisis, as governors (Republican as well as Democrat) lead efforts to contain the nationwide devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Berra’s Mets did eventually come back to win the division title that year. The U.S., and the world, must take decisive, even unpopular steps, to ensure that the coronavirus doesn’t also make a huge comeback.

Who is that masked man?

The other day, my husband and I had to run out to the grocery store to pick up a few things. In these days of COVID-19, it was certainly a different experience than it had been before.

Virus was scam to get political control

After three years of historic economic growth, record unemployment and a proliferating middle-class lifestyle, the anti-Trump cadre, without missing a beat, migrated from their failed three-year impeachment circus and transformed a pandemic into a gigantic economic demolition derby.

Make your mom proud

Sunday is Mother’s Day. To all the moms (and dads who fill that role) out there, I wish you a happy day and offer gratitude for what you do.

Sense of normalcy slowly returns

We are beginning to look toward making a way back to our normal lives. More likely, we will find ways to a new normal. It does not appear it will be done quickly as the COVID-19 virus threat still exists.

Little love, luck help us through quarantine

I hope you are among the lucky ones who are quarantined at home with someone you love. I can’t imagine the feelings of loneliness that would come with being truly self-isolated.

News organizations need your help

The newspaper or news website you are reading is in trouble. Like many other businesses, the COVID-19 crisis has eliminated most of its revenue but not its expenses, delivering a body blow to a business model that was already under pressure. But it continues to publish, providing your community with timely, accurate information about the crisis.