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Honor those who died by flying a flag

Memorial Day is to honor those who served and protected our country by being our warriors. They died so that we can have the freedom to do what I am going to complain about. On Monday, I returned home to find that out of 43 houses on my street only two bothered to put up U.S. flags to honor the dead. I fly my flag, day and night EVERY day, so only one other person even bothered to put up a flag.

Come on folks, men and women since the 1700s have died for our freedom. Your freedom does mean the right to ignore Memorial Day. My freedom says, please, respect the dead. Next year if you can’t afford to buy a flag, let me know: I’ll buy it for you!

Gary Berger

Barbecue challenge ‘vendors’ underwhelm

I am a Boulder City resident who has attended the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge in each year of its existence. This event has changed from its inception when attendees could buy or get free samples of barbecue directly from competitors to a period when attendees could buy samples of competitor barbecue from the Rotary Club, to the present when attendees could purchase barbecue from two “selected barbecue vendors” (12th Annual Best Dam Barbecue Challenge official program, page 2) who were not competitors in this event.

Unfortunately, the barbecue available from these two vendors does not begin to approach the quality of the barbecue featured in the competition.

At the 2016 event I stood in line to purchase a barbecue platter that was advertised to contain beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken. The beef was not brisket; it looked and tasted like sliced roast beef that had been cooked well in advance. The pulled pork portion amounted to barely more than a bite, and the chicken was baked — not barbecued. All of this was “camouflaged” with a liberal dousing of barbecue sauce intended to cover the shortcomings of the meats.

Needless to say, it was very disappointing not to have been able to enjoy authentic barbecue of the quality that is produced for the competition. While I understand the issues with competitors giving away or selling their barbecue, I also contend that the allure of experiencing authentic barbecue is the main attraction of this event for most who attend.

If future Best Dam Barbecue Challenges will continue to enlist “selected barbecue vendors” who are not competitors, is it possible to attract vendors of higher quality so that the barbecue available for purchase is authentic and approaches the quality of that featured in the competition?

Molly Weaver

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Smart development key to sustainable future

I commend my friend and colleague Mayor (Kiernan) McManus for his comments in the Boulder City Review on Sept. 1 regarding his focus on conservation to best serve the residents of Boulder City. Together, our cities have a long-standing commitment to conservation and sustainability.

Solutions to nation’s woes just take action

What if you had solutions to a multitude of problems? Would you share what you knew or would you hesitate because the facts were contrary to the status quo?

Terrorists killed more than people

Sept. 11 changed us. And not necessarily for the better.

Dont let city become ‘Pothole Paradise’

Two years ago at a public event, a friend got in my face and in an uncharacteristic, agitated voice said, “Fix my street!” Initially I thought he was joking. But after two attempts to change the subject, I realized he wasn’t laughing.

Court of public opinion too quick to judge

Most people know me for my former Throwback Thursday columns with the Boulder City Review and some people may know of me from my failed run for City Council. What people don’t know, however, is that I used to work for actor Johnny Depp through a contract I had running events at multiple properties on the Las Vegas Strip. I was Mr. Depp’s private dining planner for all of his Las Vegas trips, including events with his family.

Relax, it’s Labor Day

Monday is Labor Day, and it’s somewhat ironic that a day devoted to celebrating the American workforce is a day that most of us strive to do anything but work.

Options for conservation must be explored

Fall weather will be a welcome change in the next few weeks, it has been a hot summer. Some of the hottest temperatures on record for Southern Nevada. And most of those records have been over the past few years. We can look at the changes in water levels at Lake Mead and know that things are very different from any other time in our lifetimes.

Agostini, Eagles Closet help those in need

Since the new school year began at the beginning of the month, students and staff members at Boulder City High School have made a variety of changes to help ensure their health and welfare in the wake of COVID-19.

Water’s low cost makes it expendable

Water is essential to life. Humans and every living species can go without many things but not without water; yet many take water for granted. We water our lawns, fill our swimming pools, wash our cars, take long showers, hose down our driveways and rarely even think about the costs involved. Why? Because water is too convenient and, most importantly, inexpensive.

City long devoted to conservation, environmental issues

The water level at Lake Mead fell to 1,068 feet in July 2021. That is the lowest level since the lake was first filled following the Hoover Dam’s dedication in 1935. This month, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River for the first time, triggering cutbacks in water allocations to surrounding states from the river.