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Slow growth will not inhibit prosperity

I very much appreciated the responses of Jan Daugherty, Ed Knapp and Byron Johns to Mayor (Rod) Woodbury’s August editorial. All these responses made very good points.

Since Mr. Johns is new to Boulder City, he probably did not know that a former council raided the utility funds to build our new golf course. Nor do I think he knows that when the solar contract was negotiated, that we do not have the ability to buy power at a reduced rate should the dam not be able to produce enough power for the city’s needs.

These facts, plus those you listed, make your suggestion to clearly separate the finance and operation of the utilities from the city government even more necessary. I also am unwilling to gamble all the land, which a more forward-thinking council bought from the Bureau of Land Management as a buffer to prevent becoming a part of the Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson megalopolis.

I agree that we have to have affordable, family-friendly housing for younger people, as well as bike paths, renovations to the recreation building, and a new pool (which is also enjoyed by seniors).

However, I don’t really agree that we need more street beautification. It will be more money spent on unnecessary facade instead of improvements which would be appreciated by residents, as well as those who choose to visit our beautiful town.

As far as Mayor Woodbury’s belief that slow growth will inhibit prosperity, I strongly disagree. I went to high school in Carpinteria, California, which has similarities to Boulder City. It is home to Carpinteria State Beach, is about the same size as Boulder City, and roughly 50 percent of the population is 50 or older. It also has a slow-growth ordinance.

On a recent trip back there, I asked how their economy is doing. One person commented that there were more tourists than usual this year. When we went downtown, the restaurants seem to be doing a brisk business.

One difference is their Haggen store has already been replaced by a Smart and Final and the Albertsons is busy, too. Mayor Woodbury made reference to being unable to entice another grocery store to Boulder City.

Recently, I went to a grocery business in Henderson. While there, I asked the manager, if there was a chance that his company would open a store in Boulder City. He answered that he had heard that the company was having trouble negotiating with Boulder City.

If you have been in Albertsons lately, you have probably noticed that it is very busy. Our town was able to support two markets for many years. It should still be able to now. Is someone hoping to have a market closer to one of the off ramps?

Another difference is that Carpinteria has four or five off ramps from U.S. Highway 101, which was built a few decades ago. There have been new businesses built, but not many by the off ramps. Instead the exits take visitors into the town.

Businesses that are built by the freeway will attract traffic that is going past. An off ramp that goes to the historic part of Boulder City will attract visitors. I believe that there will have to be an exit by Railroad Pass which would come to Boulder City and one by the Hoover Dam Lodge. Will either of these off ramps be used to attract business to old Boulder? Or will it be a case of the new businesses attracting all the business?

Kathryn Hartman

Business owners understand need for rate hike

Just a comment about anyone that would come to Boulder City and complain about the management of our elected council and mayor, and utility holdings.

We own a great city that should be applauded and not criticized. We own the most beautiful city in the West and that is what brings the seniors to live with our other folks that love our great activities, beautiful parks, well-maintained streets, yes a great utility company and beautiful schools.

We, in the past, have had newcomers from all over the place and many of them take a shot at teaching us how to run our city and utility company. If anyone ever knew the history of our fair city and how it was developed, he would learn that our city has been managed by our elected councilmen since 1960 when we were incorporated.

From the beginning of our ownership of this city in 1960 as granted by the federal government, (there was) not limited but … controlled growth, no gambling or hard liquor after 1969.

When I had a business in Henderson my power bills were much more than it was here in Boulder City. Finally our councilmen and mayor have increased the cost of our utilities to have funds for the parks and reclamation costs for management of our other assets here in town and funds for the unexpected expense.

We don’t want to run on a shoestring and anyone that has ever had a business and needed to make payroll has had to worry about repair and maintenance, tax, insurance — both liability and health — for the employees wouldn’t have such a comment on the pricing of our utilities. I would think instead of complaining about anything here in our management you have one choice — vote our councilmen and mayor out of office.

I moved here in 1950, went through the Boulder City schools, and have businesses here. After I did leave for awhile I brought my daughter here for the schooling and am proud I did. I try to help out and not criticize everything that bothers me. Seems like Bryon Johns should write another article about what he likes about Boulder City. So, you see my friend, we like it like it is.

Pepper Coombes

Right to protest against protest also protected

I agree with conservative radio commentator Laura Ingraham when she explained how quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest, when he “took a knee” against the American flag, fits into a politically correct category, and this is why it is allowed in the National Football League and why the media is going easy on him. Even President Barack Obama commented that Kaepernick has a right to exercise his freedom of speech which is protected by the Constitution. Indeed.

One could only wonder what the outcry would be if, for example, Tom Brady was to exercise his right by taking a knee in protest against same-sex marriage?

Tim Tebow (remember him?) also “took a knee” but in a vastly different way. He knelt in prayer and consequently was unofficially blacklisted from the NFL for it. (Oh, yes he was.) Where were his constitutional rights?

I get it. Any protests that are anti-Christian and anti-American are allowed. As for people like Kaepernick? I am taking a knee in protest against anti-American, spoiled, immature people like him. I’m sure President Obama and Kaepernick will support and encourage me in my right to do so.

Bobby Morrow

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