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Friendlier approach to traffic safety needed

On June 8, what I observed made me shake my head in disbelief; the powers to be threw logic out the window on this one.

About 8 a.m. when many of us are commuting to work and visitors are traveling through maybe considering stopping to eat, or shop, I watched a person in an orange construction safety vest, presumably a construction crew member, approach the crosswalk across from McDonald’s. Just after passing, I observed this person step both feet onto the edge of the roadway right in the oncoming lane of a large semitractor traveling approximately the speed limit.

My first thought was a drunk or impaired person, but then I observed the strategically placed Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle poised to strike, and the realization hit that this was yet another misguided revenue-generating joint force sting operation. Well, the tractor-trailer did not have sufficient room to stop, so he slowed but went on by as the pedestrian backed off waving his arms. I don’t know if he was stopped, but I did observe many others pulled over by law enforcement, presumably for failing to yield violations.

These types of citations, while appropriately applied when dangerous or reckless action has occurred, when issued in a sting setting to generate revenue leaves a bad taste a visitor won’t readily forget. They will tell others about it, and word-of-mouth is the best publicity to encourage/discourage tourism.

Boulder City, yes, we are a world away! I applaud efforts to improve safety, but let’s do something more effective and permanent, work with Nevada Department of Transportation to get a crossing light installed at this pedestrian crossing, like the one in front of 7-Eleven. It would be a much more practical, effective and friendly solution. It might even give the perception that we care about safety.

Oh, right, maybe it’s really only about the one-time revenue generation.

John Richner

Methodist church appreciates support

Our church would like to acknowledge the community and thank the businesses of Boulder City that so generously supported our recent Loaves and Lobsters, a fundraising event for a church building.

The Elks Lodge gave us a substantial discount on the use of its wonderful facility and its members were very helpful. Albertsons donated a large wish list of its products for the dinner. Mike Pacini added his exceptional personality and DJ skills the entire evening. Flightlinez, Boulder Creek Golf Club, Black Canyon River Adventures and the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce all donated generously to the silent auction and several business leaders bid much. All these local businesses greatly contributed to our overwhelming success which will help us realize a church facility of our own sometime in the future.

Don’t let anyone tell you that Boulder City isn’t a wonderful place to live — the people here all make it that way. And by the way, plan on a second annual Loaves and Lobsters next May.

Boulder City United Methodist Church

Thanks offered for support of mural project

This letter is to express my thanks for all those people who helped make the mural project happen.

Charlie Mitchell of Mitchell Painting primed all of the buildings involved. Jack Gaal of Jack’s Place; Jim Schumacher of Ace Shopper Stopper; Rejily Miller, Milo’s assistant; Boulder City Review; Don Hyde; Pete McCluskey; Gary Allen of GoatFeathers; the Turners of The Dillinger Food and Drinkery; and Joyce L. Swenson gave generous donations to help with the cost of paint and supplies.

All of the artists involved in the mural project are very grateful for the help that was provided from the individuals listed above.

Pepper Coombes

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