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Letters to the Editor

All efforts to ensure Sunrise celebration’s success appreciated

I would like to thank all those who participated in and attended our Easter Sunrise Celebration at Hemenway Park on April 1. It was indeed a joyous celebration in an incredible setting overlooking the lake. The amber-lit crosses stood as a wonderful reminder that Jesus died for the sins of all and then rose to defeat death. Our Savior has risen indeed.

Thanks especially to Albertsons for donating dozens of doughnuts and Starbucks for offering a large discount on their coffee to us. You are both such wonderful community members, and we are grateful for all that you do in Boulder City.

All the committee members, readers, singers, players and sound/light Pacinis are so faithful to work every year on this event. You are appreciated.

Thanks to the community for quietly streaming down the hill in the dark, taking your places on the hill and waiting for that glorious “Son” to appear. We are so touched by your faithful attendance and generosity.

Once again we will be donating to Lend a Hand of Boulder City and Emergency Aid of Boulder City equally after expenses.

Kathy Whitman

and the Boulder City Interfaith Lay Council members

Old water filtration plant could become museum site

The future of the water treatment facility has many Boulder City residents concerned. The city has lost many of its historical buildings, and the Historic Preservation Committee has no power to keep owners from changing buildings in the historic district or even saving the water treatment facility.

Have you ever heard of a water museum? They exist, and they’re all over the world from Spain to California to Iceland to Bangladesh, New York, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ecuador and even Russia. This means Boulder City is sitting on an exciting opportunity. The “Away for a Day” can be even more significant.

Instead of selling the water treatment facility for a commercial enterprise or a private home, Boulder City should seriously consider the possibility of a nonprofit enterprise — a water museum. Think of the advantages not only to Boulder City, but to visitors and schoolchildren. Think of it as a learning center with displays, exhibits, demonstrations and movies illustrating how water is purified; the struggle for water in certain countries; climate change and its effects on our rivers, lakes and oceans; droughts and rain; the Bureau of Reclamation; the National Park System and water; what the Las Vegas Water Authority does; the need for water conservation; drinking water; legislation; how daily demand for water affects its future availability; and much more. Grants can be sought from sources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (New) Tamarind Foundation, National Science Foundation, Park Foundation, John Hopkins University, Panta Rhea Foundation, Waitt Foundation and UNESCO. There are scientific grant funders and organizations that are grant finders. In addition, Boulder City donors and memberships can be established.

Reflections Park remains with hopefully more sculptures added. The gardens should remain as an excellent show piece.

Boulder City cannot throw this opportunity away. It has a historic building that can be repurposed for the benefit of thousands and not just the few.

Sue Burger

Not on my turf

In early April, the City Council heard a presentation by Lage Design about staff’s recommended option to remove 35% of the turf at the Boulder City Municipal Golf Course.

I-11 is NOT the Autobahn

When the I-11 highway opened almost six years ago, it alleviated much of the heavy traffic congestion through Boulder City. But this beautiful expanse of open road brought with it a sense that “opening up” and putting the pedal to the metal is OK. It’s not.

New law shapes golf course design

I like golf. While I was in college, I decided to take a class in golf – you could call it a “golf course” course. I figured it would be a great way to relax, enjoy nature, and (maybe) boost my grade point average at the same time! For a semester, I learned the basics: how to drive, chip, putt. It was enjoyable. Many of my classmates that semester had been golfing for years. They were better than me, but I was determined to get a good grade out of the class.

The art of communication in consciousness

For Memorial Day I am exploring human consciousness with you. Many misunderstandings have been fought over the lack of a mutual perspective among the parties involved. What better gift is there than one that assists in the art of communication? My work in formulating the discipline of Aquarian Theosophy has led me to the following understanding of humanities’ reality; consciousness is the basis of understanding.

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

City manager bids fond farewell

I may be leaving Boulder City, but it was not an easy decision. From the first time I came in and met the staff and community leaders, I saw a city filled with people who truly care about where they live and work. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with some incredible people.

Is the grass always greener?

Many people in the past played a golf game to cement a business deal, didn’t they? They also played golf to socialize. Has Boulder City recognized lessening play on golf courses? Or, from another perspective, what happens when million-dollar homes are placed around our open space golf course with views of the McCullough Mountains? Do fewer people play golf on the Boulder Creek golf course?