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Garrett students benefit from trip to Kidvention, devoted teacher

I recently had the opportunity to accompany 37 outstanding Garrett Junior High School seventh-grade U.S. history students to Kidvention. Kidvention was sponsored by our local Boulder Dam Credit Union.

At Kidvention, the students were presented with four topics that were debated by high school debate students versus some of our elected legislators. The students were given a chance to vote on the argument they found most persuasive. It was an interesting process to watch, and it started many conversations on the bus ride back to school and in my own home.

Our students are lucky to have Kathleen West, who makes history fun and engaging every day. She should be commended for taking the extra time and energy to expose our students to such a civic engagement and intellectual discussions. May they continue to listen to one another and engage in their civic duty as they mature.

Special thanks to Mrs. West, the leadership of Garrett Junior High School and Boulder Dam Credit Union for sponsoring Kidvention 2017.

Jenifer Jefferies

Release of trapped cat in same area doesn’t solve issue

The other day I live-trapped a cat that had been harassing and killing wildlife in my yard. I took it to the city animal control office. The fellow there took my pertinent information. And then told me what was going to happen.

The cat would be checked for an identification chip, spayed or neutered, given its shots and then kept for a week or more. If it was not claimed, it would be released in the general area where it was captured — that would be my yard.

At this point I became quite irritated and asked the young man why he thought I had trapped the animal. He was not sure. I told him I did not want that cat in my yard again to kill more wildlife. He said he would have to check with his supervisor to see if the cat could be placed somewhere else.

I now realized, as I scrutinized the cat carefully, that I had trapped it before, and was likely going to do it again. Through my taxes I would pay for medical care, three hots and a cot for this cat and then this animal would be returned gently back near my residence to start the process over again. If this isn’t job security for bureaucrats, I don’t know what is.

I told the young man that if I trap this cat again, I would take it to Searchlight to determine if it lived there. If it got away from me, oh well.

I will admit I do not like Boulder City government, and this incident will surely not lessen my disdain.

Del Kidd

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Get to know candidates before casting vote

Election Day for our local primary election will be April 6. Voting for this election will again have a mail-in ballot sent to every registered voter in Boulder City. Early voting in person will also be available. The early voting this year will be in the city recreation center next to City Hall for easier access.

In-person communication crucial to democracy

What is happening to Boulder City as well as America has parallels. Having been a member of City Council as well as the mayor for 12 years, I have some insights to offer.

Is mask mandate realistic?

We’ve all heard the term “Where’s the beef?” The new 2021 term should be “Where’s the data?” That’s right, the data. Many, espousing to be our leaders, have continually warned us about the steps required to stay healthy while navigating this pandemic. Mandates soon followed the warnings.

Truth will help reveal solutions to nation’s woes

How do you stay calm and limit your stress every day? Personally, I take lots of deep breaths, stop whatever I’m doing and focus on something else. I push what’s bothering me to another part of my brain and move on. It’s rough, but I’ve had practice over the years, and it works most of the time.

City clerk vital to election, transparency

Mayor (Kiernan) McManus is on a mission to destroy our city. He has scheduled an agenda item at the Feb. 23 City Council meeting to terminate City Clerk Lorene Krumm’s employment contract.

Historical ignorance ruining America

While stationed in West Germany in 1978, I visited Dachau, the site of a former Nazi concentration camp. My bride is of Jewish ancestry and chose not to accompany me. I am glad she stayed home. No history book or teacher can prepare you for such an experience. Suffice to say, the stench and ambience of death still lingered and are forever etched in my memory.

Look for the good

Last week I wrote about our nation having hope and needing healing. Based on comments I received on social media and email, I can see we have a long way to go — a very long way.

City makes progress vaccinating residents

I have heard the suggestion that we should give January of 2021 back to 2020 and start 2021 in this month of February as January presented so many of the same challenges we have had to confront. February does in fact hold promise for beginning the process of recovery from all the hardships and stress the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted on us.

Prioritize spending for public projects

How would you react if a store stocked merchandise few customers were interested in buying and those few customers who did buy were unwilling to pay the fully burdened price? Would you, a nonpurchaser, willingly subsidize stocking and distribution costs?

Hope returns to our nation

Last Wednesday morning I watched the inauguration of our nation’s 46th president, Joseph R. Biden, with tears in my eyes.