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Letters to the Editor

Hansen’s experience, vision makes him ideal city manager

It seems a shame to have go outside searching for a new city manager when we have a qualified and dedicated person already on city staff that could fill this position.

Scott Hansen has lived in Boulder City since he became city engineer in 1998. He has done an outstanding job as public works director for the last 12 years.

At times when we have not had a city manager, Scott has always been selected to fill that post.

Scott has a vision and thinks outside the box.

He has always been responsive in any contact we have had with him. He is a dedicated and conscientious employee who would make an excellent city manager.

Steve Cottrell

Support of Lend A Hand fundraiser appreciated

Lend A Hand of Boulder City is grateful to all who donated and contributed to the success of the recent “non-event” fundraiser. Your donations will help Lend A Hand continue its mission of assisting Boulder City seniors and disabled residents remain independent by providing transportation to medical appointments, helping with daily errands and chores and providing companionship and caregiver respite.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Shannon Eckman

Executive director

Solar leases should directly benefit city’s residents

What is the city of Boulder City? It’s not the administrators or elected officials. It’s us, the residents who live here. All those above just work for us.

Let’s hear a story: I have a house with a huge backyard and a company asks if they can put solar panels there. They claim the panels will generate electricity to sell. I listen and do some homework. I come back with four requirements for using my land.

First, you will provide me with cheap/free electricity for the duration of the lease. The solar company shall provide the grid system and/or make arrangements for the delivery of this electricity to my house. (It is a common practice for power companies to share grid systems from other companies. The onus of making this arrangement is on the solar company.)

Second, the facility must stay environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. I’ll set these standards.

Third, there also will be an annual fee for leasing my land. That money goes to me and not Clark County.

Fourth, Upon expiration a) renegotiate a new lease; b) purchase the facility at a fair and equitable price (like a landlord purchasing a renter’s furniture when the tenant moves out); if no agreement is reached, the solar company will remove all remnants of the facility. The solar company must restore my backyard to its original state. That includes all natural flora and fauna and washes and gullies.

Now that my friends is the negotiation we, the owners of Boulder City, demand our hired City Council do. We cannot allowed these hired guns to sell us out like the last utility vote.

If anything, our rates should be going down. The use of our land by others needs to effect directly each of our pocketbooks: i.e. our power bills. A good portion of our citizens are on fixed incomes and cannot afford these costs.

Mark St. Arnault

Return to old-fashioned values, end to loneliness needed

We need to return to the old-fashioned values of yesteryear. We need a companion to take walks with through leaf-sodden woods, where we can smell the aroma of birch and pine trees and feel the mulch under our feet.

We need old-timers sitting on their front porches wearing bib-jeans who will share their wisdom while talking under the shaded canopy of a large maple tree.

I see you people go to the park with your dogs hoping to find someone real who will take away your grief and heartache, if only for a moment (yes, the sage sees all).

In the past, we had individuals who reach out to us from their hearts with their writing — like poet Robert Frost. But where are people like him today?

Men, you look at that lady. And ladies, you look at that man in the park and you desire to tell them to “stop talking about your shaggy pet dog and give me the answer that will give me certainty and end my loneliness.”

What we need is to return to our basic core values that have been stolen from us. Loneliness and anxiety will continue to chip away at us until we stand firm and fight back. We fight back by saying no to pot, drugs, drinking, vulgarity, tattoos, vile behavior, homosexuality, dishonesty, greed, lies gossip, calumny, etc. Let’s return to what God originally intended for us. Are you coming with me? Please do. There’s always room for one more where I’m going.

Bobby Morrow

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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.