65°F
weather icon Clear

Letters to the Editor, March 21

McManus aims to preserve town

Bravo for Councilman Kiernan McManus, a hard-working, honest Boulder City native concerned with the direction our community has been heading. He’s a man free from outside control, who stands for transparency and integrity in our local government, and who continuously supports, among other goals, historic preservation, conservative growth and fiscal responsibility. Anyone who has followed City Council meetings knows Councilman McManus has continually been an independent voice and that he’s for us, the residents of Boulder City, to preserve the town we love and know, not only for now but for future generations.

On another note, anyone taking a swipe at Boulder City Community Alliance, an organization that was founded to give the residents of Boulder City a voice against big business practices and questionable transparency, just hasn’t attended enough meetings.

Linda Barnett

Alliance’s special interest to maintain city as special place

Recently, Boulder City Community Alliance has been called a “special interest group” and that any candidates endorsed by the group will need to do our “bidding.” BCCA is a special interest group, but not like the ones that receive large campaign contributions from corporations and families with deep pockets that like to call shots for their “endorsed” candidates. Our special interests lie in protecting the special interests of the community.

We do endorse candidates that believe in maintaining the growth ordinance, focus on historic preservation, and in giving a voice to the community as a whole. We do not have funds that we use to propagate back-door deals, nor do we request any endorsed candidates to use their seat in order to propose and vote on items that would cause harm to our community.

BCCA is open to anyone who wants to attend meetings, share their voice on our Facebook page and share ideas that maintain our quality of life. So, yes, we are a special interest group. Boulder City is a special place and we are interested in keeping it that way.

Laura Pyzer

Candidate’s campaign misleading

In a recent ad, mayoral candidate Kiernan McManus falsely claims he removed more than 2,000 acres of land supposedly proposed for development.

In fact, the council voted unanimously with no debate to remove several large parcels from the land management plan. Now, McManus claims he removed the parcels because they were “proposed for development by Rod Woodbury,” which is a complete fabrication.

Some truths about Eldorado Valley: When the federal government (transferred ownership of ) … Boulder City in the 1950s, the town was only 33 square miles. Due to rapid growth, in 1979, citizens passed the controlled-growth ordinance (about which, my late father was quite pleased).

However, the valley was still in unincorporated Clark County, on federal land, so developers were constantly lobbying to release it for development. That led, in 1995, to our city leaders acquiring 168 square miles as a buffer against development.

In 2006, when developers proposed to build 7,000 homes in Eldorado Valley, we once again fought them off.

McManus has lived here since 1953, so he either knows the truth and chooses to ignore it or isn’t as familiar with history as he attempts to convey.

Mayor Woodbury continues fighting at the forefront, spending hundreds of hours working with the county, the city of Henderson, and the federal government to hold the line against massive development.

A couple of examples: Rod is leading negotiations to prevent valley land from being annexed by Henderson for residential development and he’s fighting the county’s proposed release of Bureau of Land Management land for development.

Without the tireless work of dozens of our city’s greatest leaders, over the course of five decades, our pristine Eldorado Valley would be overrun with tens of thousands of homes.

McManus is knowingly misleading the people and continues to intentionally twist the land management plan process in order to confuse voters. Don’t fall for McManus’ dirty campaigning.

Will Ferrence

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Every person counts

All it takes is five minutes — five short minutes that could significantly impact your city, state and nation.

Choice to help others is ours to make

People in this country suffer and die every day because we have made choices ignoring their very existence and well-being. Whether you care about it or not, whether you think about it or not, this is cruel, sightless and insensitive on our part.

We celebrate our freedoms today, every day

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Hate triumphs if we do nothing

During firearms training, with marksmanship and safety protocol, instructors stress that you are responsible for every round that leaves the barrel of your firearm because you cannot undo your intentional or accidental harm.

October brings monstrous fun

October is my favorite month of the year. I love Halloween and all things macabre and mystical. Right now, I’m addicted to the Netflix series “Marianne,” which might be the scariest television series I’ve ever watched.

Fall in love with fall

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the earthy tones that accent the decor in our homes and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees.

Exchanges with other Nevada cities benefit all

We are not alone, Boulder City. That point was brought home to me again last week during the Nevada League of Cities annual conference held in Henderson. The League of Cities has existed for about the same length of time as Boulder City has been a chartered city.

Commitment to quality remains steadfast

It takes a lot to get us cynical journalists excited, especially these days when even admitting you’re a journalist can lead to a sticky situation.

Boulder City attractive for many reasons

Last month I talked about the branding of Boulder City and how the “World Away for a Day” might be a little misleading and limiting.