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Letters to the Editor

Meals on Wheels provides invaluable service

As an active senior citizen, I knew about the many benefits provided for locals but did not think much about them outside of a check now and then.

Suddenly, I was thrust into a situation where I was paralyzed and unable to do more than feed myself. My husband thought of Meals on Wheels, and we have been the beneficiaries of this service for several months. God bless the wonderful volunteers and donors to the senior benefits we enjoy in this wonderful city.

Nancy A. Carlyle

Cyclists need clearly marked lanes, stay off sidewalks

Boulder City dutifully marks bike lanes on most all of its principal streets. Yet bicyclists seem loathe to use them. Bicyclists are most often seen riding on the pedestrian sidewalks or riding three or four abreast in the vehicular traffic lanes, especially at Industrial Road and Veterans Drive with their multimillion (dollar) bike path just a hundred or so yards away.

Perhaps the city could redirect some funds to renewing the vehicular traffic lane markings, some of which are quite faded.

Jack Corrick

Officials don’t work in public’s best interest

The Feb. 2 Boulder City Review reported dissatisfaction with the land management plan meeting. Duh. The buzzword is transparency.

Every public servant, both elected and appointed, is required by law to practice it. The elites must solicit public input, but, they are not required to listen nor act upon it. It’s another one of those laws that looks good on paper but is worthless in practice.

Here is a truism that every citizen-taxpayer must know and understand. Rule No. 1: Contrary to accepted knowledge, public servants do not work for your best interest. They work for their own best interest. Want proof?

If you can find a financial statement for almost any government agency, you will discover about 75 percent of the operating expenses are wages, benefits and pensions. That means 75 cents of every tax dollar you pay ends up in another person’s bank account. If we are lucky, we the people receive services of less than 25 percent of every tax dollar spent. Such a deal.

When 25 percent goes to one real estate developer, the elites immediately go to Rule No. 2: We the people are not entitled to know of decisions made at the water cooler or in a church meeting room. Want proof?

At this point of the debate, the elites in City Hall will never discuss (or admit) future tax increases required for schools, roads, water and sewer, and police and fire protection. That is a debate to be scheduled for a future time, after the developer has left town and the current elites are enjoying early retirement.

Now, if the elites hold another public input, don’t be surprised.

Curtis Clark

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Congress has way to fix unemployment problems

Folks don’t like to face problems. They’re much easier to ignore. Everyone chooses. Face problems and find a solution or have them blow up in your face. Or, maybe you’ll get lucky and the problems vanish. Or, you carry them around and suffer the consequences day by day, usually for far too long.

New forum allows locals to share thoughts

Today we are introducing what we hope will become a regular feature in the Boulder City Review.

City needs ‘imperfect’ mayor who can see all sides

After only a few articles, demands of life are such that sadly, this will be my last article in the Boulder City Review. So I leave you with what I feel Boulder City needs.

Officers’ heroic actions merit recognition

Despite some who believe I should overdose on a lifetime supply of humble pie, I stand by my May 13 article wherein I claimed the coronavirus was being used by many to seize power. Merely observe those in power as they flaunt their own rules and change the threshold for restarting the economy.

Mayor does much to better Boulder City

Competent leadership of a family or another entity usually comes with weighty responsibilities and the absolute certainty that someone won’t be happy with some of the decisions made.

City needs new mayor now

There is an African proverb that translates to the familiar saying that it takes a village to raise a child. This literally means an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. What’s my point? Right now, city hall isn’t united and our village isn’t healthy.

Build bridges, not barriers

Books and movies are meant to entertain, and often educate us. In today’s world, as we spend more time at home, the need to be entertained and educated has never been greater.

Council acts follow city charter

The blaring headline, the denigrating letters to the editor, the smoke thrown into our already hazy skies. All these false efforts result in the editor of this newspaper calling for the end of chaos at City Hall. Dire statements are cast forward that any action by the current City Council to govern this city are not worth our while.

City wrong to mandate voluntary unit

City Council’s action Tuesday night to require the Boulder City Police Department to maintain a mounted unit is wrong.