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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 14

Local organizations grateful for volunteers

Volunteerism: The willingness of people to work on behalf of others without the expectation of compensation or other personal gain.

There are wonderful, compassionate people in our community who give selflessly of their time and talents. I work for an organization that is eternally grateful for these people and the time they give us. We would not be able to accomplish our work without our volunteers and are always in need of them.

Then there are people out there that want to volunteer with ulterior motives. When those motives are not realized, they become frustrated and lash out.

Last week’s letter titled, “Need for volunteers missing” was one such case. The statements made were false and hurtful to agencies that appreciate and need volunteers. The writer contacted my agency on three occasions by email. He was contacted back within an hour each time. Unfortunately, he was not actually interested in volunteering. He would not give us his availability, nor did he ask us what areas we needed help in or what does the process consist of. What he did give us was a link to his webpage and an positive overview of his career.

My point? If you are interested in volunteering, any number of organizations will be more than grateful for your help. Please do not let the ego and falsehoods of one individual ruin the experience for you. Go speak to one of the agencies; we would all be happy to see you and welcome your time and talents.

Victoria Mason

https://www.scribd.com/document/434652882/Volunteer-response

Criminals must really serve their time

Good news that the Boulder City Police helped in ridding our town of three drug traffickers. The article stated that drugs and guns were taken off the street and the offenders were put in prison.

Back in the day, when criminals were treated like criminals, this would be a reason to rejoice. Today, however, they received a four-to-10-year sentence. We all know that what they will actually serve is toward the lower end, what with good behavior, overcrowding, etc.

The added on gun charges were worth 2⅓ to six years. Since the gun charges are to run concurrently with the drug charges, there will be no extra time served.

Until criminals are made to actually pay for their crimes, don’t look for much to change. Just sayin’.

Jerry Berg

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Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

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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.