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Candidate thanks supporters, urges united front moving forward

As I reflect on my recent run as a candidate for Boulder City Council, I am proud of the efforts made by all of those who ran for office to avoid personal attacks and concentrate on the issues affecting our city.

I am also proud of the high voter turnout by our passionate supporters. Boulder City residents have always been an example to the rest of Clark County in this regard, but I would also like us to be known as a community that supports the will of the people after the election is over.

Warren Harhay and Kiernan McManus need our encouragement and support as they assume the roles of City Council members. They both have shown a willingness to listen to opposing views, and I know they want what is best for Boulder City.

I thank all those who put their faith in me at the polls and ask each of you to join me in supporting our new City Council. Mayor Rodney Woodbury and council members Peggy Leavitt and Rich Shuman deserve equal support as they work with the newly elected members.

I have become keenly aware during this campaign that our town is extraordinarily united on what I believe to be our most important issue, controlled growth. We are only divided by our fear of the alternatives. Many fear no growth, while others fear rampant growth. I believe both of these concerns are unwarranted, and it is time to come together and support our mayor and City Council as they tackle the important issues that face our community.

I am proud to be a citizen of this great community and look forward to a positive future.

John Milburn

Houses packed in like sardines take away from town’s beauty

Regarding the land to be used for housing in Boulder City: Is is possible to have more than 5 or 10 feet between and behind the buildings?

Please don’t allow the houses to be built like they do in Henderson and Las Vegas. They are all crammed together like sardines and usually two stories high.

I’ve seen some squeezers already here, and I don’t think they add to the beauty of our lovely town.

Jack Belleau

Elementary teacher seeks old license plates for school project

I am an elementary teacher in Idaho, and I am in need of some help. I want to do a school project for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year with my class. I need a retired license plate from the Silver State (Nevada). If you have one you could donate to me, I would greatly appreciate your help. Thank you.

My school address is: Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center, 2801 Hunters Loop, Blackfoot, ID 83221.

Benjamin Parker

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Give thanks for holidays

Happy Thanksgiving.

Fight to protect freedoms

I appreciated the recent commentary by Daniel Benyshek regarding vaccine and mask mandates. He points out the “dutiful responsibility” that freedom-loving Americans should embrace, and I agree wholeheartedly.

Annexation is not development

I wanted to take this opportunity to share more information with our Boulder City neighbors about the city of Henderson’s proposed annexation of portions of Eldorado Valley, located along the southeast boundary of Henderson and south of Railroad Pass.

Life is like box of chocolates

In the movie “Forrest Gump,” the titular character says, “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”

We must balance freedom, civic responsibility

Despite the overwhelming consensus of the American professional medical community (including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health) that advocate for COVID-19 vaccination and basic disease prevention behaviors such as mask wearing in public in order to lessen the savage toll of the coronavirus pandemic, some Americans remain skeptical of the necessity, safety and efficacy of these public health measures. Indeed, it is likely that no amount of expert medical advice or corroborative scientific data will convince these skeptics and conspiracy theorists otherwise.

Let’s get educated

Following events in Boulder City can sometimes feel like riding the wave machine at a water park. Lots of highs and lows. Some of us are just along for the ride. Some are determined to get to the front, pushing and shoving as we go. Then, some of us like standing on the edge and blowing a whistle.

It’s an honor to serve

Today is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside to recognize and thank those who served our country in any branch of the military.

Action needed to halt Henderson’s sprawl

Mayor (Kiernan) McManus’ Sept. 1 column touted his future plans to conserve wastewater. At the tail end, he offhandedly mentioned Henderson’s intent to annex county land below Railroad Pass to promote its own expansive growth plans. You and I might have missed those three sentences if we weren’t paying close attention. But somehow Henderson’s mayor, Debra March, was well aware.

You have to know how to say no

It’s just two letters. One syllable. But “no” is one of the hardest words in the English language to say.

Plans for city reflect residents’ desires

We all make plans. Some are good and make life better for us. Some plans just don’t pan out. Other plans are bad plans but we don’t always know that until some time passes. And then there are plans presented that were never intended to be a plan because there was another plan being put in place that would never have (been) accepted if it had been presented honestly and openly.