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Letters to the Editor

No government ‘meddling’ needed

The quotation from Ms. Heidi Grigg — park employee — is a perfect example of government-issued phony baloney. Pure BS.

“… I’m most sad about the businesses that operate in the park. …” (Oct. 24 Page 1, Boulder City Review ).

Ms. Grigg, the last thing those businesses need is government supervision. These are experienced, professional private enterprise innovators. They know how to provide goods and services to the public and make a profit (after taxes). Something Ms. Grigg does not have a clue about. They can function quite well without supervision and meddling.

As for the services they sell, how much government oversight is required for an individual to operate his/her/its boat? Or to hike in Red Rock (Canyon National Conservation Area)? Or reside in a vacation cabin? Or visit a Word War II memorial? The crowning insult was permitting a Latino group permission to demonstrate on the (National) Mall.

The National Parks Service should be condemned as overbearing thugs. The fact their police force was considered “essential” to harass and intimidate law-abiding citizens is outrageous.

Ms. Grigg, take your crocodile tears somewhere else. May I suggest the government-supplied water cooler in the government-supplied break room, stocked with government-supplied amenities.

There is a reason 800,000 government employees were considered nonessential. I wish it was more permanent.

Who is a stakeholder?

I have finished reading “RDA funds distributed to area businesses” article (Oct. 24 Page 1, Boulder City Review) by Dale Napier.

Tell me, Mayor Roger Tobler, these stakeholders, am I one? I have lived here more than 16 years. Please tell me who is a stakeholder or why is someone a stakeholder.

Missing rifle is no small matter

In his letter (to the editor, (Oct. 24 Page 1, Boulder City Review) Wayne Colla made some valid observations, but was in error in assuming that an AR-15 was a fully automatic rifle. It is a semi-automatic rifle and only fires one shot with each pull of the fire. (The AK-47 rifles sold to civilians for sport shooting are also only semi-automatic.) I agree that whoever had documented possession of it should be accountable for replacing the rifle, and not just write it off as inadequate controls in place and stick Boulder City taxpayers wit the bill (almost $2,000.)

Thanks for the Beerfest Saturday

Thanks to Boulder City for the Beerfest Saturday! The organizers of this first year’s Beerfest did an absolutely wonderful job and are to be congratulated. The event with its beer and food vendors was exceptionally well-organized. All of the vendors we visited were not only knowledgeable but also very interesting and eager to please. The food also was delicious. We definitely want this event to return!

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?

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Shakespeare was the man when it came to comedy and tragedy. His ability to make people feel the intense emotions of the characters is still imitated today. The past few months have been filled with a bit of excited anticipation at City Hall as several longtime and high-level employees have found new roles in other acts. I’m here to borrow some Shakespearean lines, the first being from Ophelia, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)

Me, my brother and Silo Sam

Recently, I’ve been enjoying watching shows on A&E related to professional wrestling back in the earlier days, with profiles on wrestlers I grew up watching as well as classic rivalries.

Let’s talk about the ‘D Word’

OK, as a starting point, I must note that it’s weird to think that I might be writing something that would put me in agreement with the Language Police.

Make a new plan, Stan

A plan is a method for achieving a desirable objective. It’s a program of action, usually memorialized in writing. Plans start with goals and ideas. But ideas alone (even good ones) don’t constitute a plan.

Time to recognize unsung heroes

We have so many functions within the Boulder City Police Department, from school resource officers to road patrol to the detective bureau. The work that they do keeps Boulder City among the “Safest Cities in Nevada” (newhomesource.com, alarm.com) year after year. One unit is the backbone of our public safety response: Public Safety Dispatchers.

Honoring National Public Health Week

In my eight decades of this amazing life, I have worn a great many hats: son, brother, father, major (USAF), grandfather, council member, state representative, state senator.