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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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“No one grows up wanting to live on the streets.”

Recently, I learned of a very large family that had fallen on hard times. I don’t know where they are from, but like thousands of other families in Southern Nevada, they were unsure of where to turn for help. They went into survival mode, camping in the desert not far from our community to keep their young children safe, the kind of distress that some people try not to notice as they pass by.

You can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube

A topic that’s been on the minds of several as of late, including city staff and council, has been short-term vacation rentals and whether or not to allow their existence in Boulder City.

The Consciousness of Love

Where did love go? The kindness in our world seems to have dissipated. When I go into a coffee shop, I witness almost everyone distracted from other human beings by their cell phone or computer.

Just call me Ron-Boy

As some of you know, I grew up here in Boulder City having started school in sixth grade at Garrett Junior High.

Keeping our waters safe

Lake Mead National Recreation Area prioritizes the safety of its visitors by conducting regular water testing at beaches and hot springs.

It’s just a piece of paper, right?

I’m not sure if it is because the Spousal Unit and I are now empty-nesters or if it is leftover influence from that Netflix show called “Swedish Death Cleaning,” but a substantial portion of my weekends for the past few months has been trying to sort through and eliminate some of the “stuff” that has taken over the house.

Can a song help reduce military, veteran suicides?

For too many years now, the growing problem of military personnel and veterans (as well as civilians), taking their own lives has been seemingly unsolvable.

Fighting the fentanyl epidemic

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but there is a dangerous drug killing about 150 people every day in the U.S.: fentanyl. Right here in Boulder City, three people died from fentanyl overdoses in 2022. This year, that number has nearly doubled – five deaths, and we still have two more months before the year ends.

Be Like Coke

In the late 60s, Cheryl, my future mother-in-law, received a surprise telephone call that changed her life forever.