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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 9

Solutions needed to aid the homeless

Regarding Tina Ransom’s thoughtfully written article on the taboo subject of homelessness, I wholeheartedly agree that this social problem needs to be conquered. It is much too often we see a housing-challenged individual out on the street holding a sign asking for assistance, or someone seeking shelter from the summer heat. It really bothers me to see people having to endure such hardships.

Recently, I visited a homeless community in the heart of Las Vegas and was shocked with what I saw. A large crowd had assembled for basic needs, clothes, haircuts, showers. One gentleman was delighted to receive clean clothes and although I didn’t have the opportunity to talk with him, I believe that he felt hopeful that someone cared.

I recently gave a thirsty young man a small bottle of water in Boulder City. Although I have no knowledge of his situation, he was grateful and very thirsty. I realize it is a small gesture to give someone a little water, but it is a step.

The last sentence in Ransom’s column states, “It’s past time for the community to come together to find a solution to the growing issue.” I want to implore people to be kind, friendly and as helpful as possible. Also, I am on board with this. I desire to be part of a community discussion and brainstorm solutions. This is the best thing for Boulder City: finding solutions.

Susan Reams

Eagles’ football team’s actions merit congratulations

As a relatively new resident of this fair city, I want to congratulate the members of the football team. In the last few days I have had the privilege of meeting several of the players while they were working to raise money for the team. Each of the young men I encountered was not only polite and courteous but certainly represented the team very well.

I worked for years with high school kids and thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. I plan to attend as many of the team’s games as possible this year. Go Eagles.

Garold M. Henson

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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.