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Letters to the Editor

Mothers, children need to be saved

With an invitation to join an elite camp to practice with college coaches and professionals, Boulder City High School junior Lily Osman is flourishing in her softball career. Each child deserves a chance, like Osman, to thrive in their favorite sport. Let’s make this happen by providing every child with basic maternal and child health care.

From Day One, our mothers promised to protect and nurture us so that we could reach our full potential. However, despite the noble efforts of mothers across the world, many lack the resources to ensure their children can thrive. Every minute, 11 children under age 5 die of unnecessary causes around the world. I cannot fathom the anguish that these mothers face.

Uniquely, both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have come together to support moms and kids through the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R. 3706 and S. 1911). Almost 200 legislators have signed on to the Reach Act with the goal of ending unnecessary mother and child deaths by 2035.

It is imperative for Rep. Joseph Heck and Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller to co-sponsor the Reach Act. Will the call to action be made to honor children and moms around the world?

Cecilia van Wijk

Older American Act essential for seniors

As an aging professional, I urge Congress to fund Older Americans Act nutrition programs at the increased levels proposed by President Barack Obama and approved by the House Appropriations Committee for fiscal year 2017.

OAA nutrition programs, such as Meals on Wheels and congregate meals at senior centers, provide nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety and wellness checks each day. These programs enable the independence of our nation’s most vulnerable. They also save significant taxpayer dollars by preventing unnecessary trips to the emergency room and delaying or eliminating altogether the need for nursing home care.

However, these programs are sorely underfunded due to declining public funding, stagnant private funding, and rising food and transportation costs. I’m a volunteer at Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and I’m aware of a long waiting list of elderly people who want help and this organization just can’t help them because of lack of funds. There are many elderly people in Southern Nevada that need help.

As Congress considers funding for fiscal year 2017, I urge our local Congressional delegation to fund these nutrition programs at this bipartisan agreed-upon level. With more than 12,000 people turning 60 every day, now is the time to boost investments in these proven and cost-effective programs.

Betty Campbell

THE LATEST
Not on my turf

In early April, the City Council heard a presentation by Lage Design about staff’s recommended option to remove 35% of the turf at the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course.

I-11 is NOT the Autobahn

When the I-11 highway opened almost six years ago, it alleviated much of the heavy traffic congestion through Boulder City. But this beautiful expanse of open road brought with it a sense that “opening up” and putting the pedal to the metal is OK. It’s not.

New law shapes golf course design

I like golf. While I was in college, I decided to take a class in golf – you could call it a “golf course” course. I figured it would be a great way to relax, enjoy nature, and (maybe) boost my grade point average at the same time! For a semester, I learned the basics: how to drive, chip, putt. It was enjoyable. Many of my classmates that semester had been golfing for years. They were better than me, but I was determined to get a good grade out of the class.

The art of communication in consciousness

For Memorial Day I am exploring human consciousness with you. Many misunderstandings have been fought over the lack of a mutual perspective among the parties involved. What better gift is there than one that assists in the art of communication? My work in formulating the discipline of Aquarian Theosophy has led me to the following understanding of humanities’ reality; consciousness is the basis of understanding.

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?