weather icon Partly Cloudy

Make your opinion heard: vote

By the time this issue hits people’s driveways and newsstands Thursday morning, our candidate forum, held Wednesday night, will be just a recent memory.

When combined with the stories that are featured on page 6 about James Howard Adams and Cokie Booth, who are seeking the sole remaining open seat on City Council, and the municipal ballot questions, it is my hope that you will be able to head to the polls with enough information to make a decision you are comfortable with when casting your votes.

These are not always easy decisions to make. Fortunately for us, there have been ample opportunities to meet with the candidates in person and learn more about them and their stance on issues of importance.

I have seen and met with the candidates at various events throughout the community. And, from what I have witnessed, they are always happy and ready to chat with anyone who approaches them. That’s a good indication of how approachable they will be if elected, and how willing they are to listen to their constituents’ concerns.

There also have been meet-and-greet events, additional stories in our paper and notices on social media where the candidates have been able to share their points of view since the beginning of their campaigns.

Information about the ballot questions is out there, too. It just takes a bit more effort to find as questions can’t attend functions like the candidates.

County, state and national candidates who are on the ballot also have been out meeting with constituents and sharing their viewpoints in countless ways. If you watch television, it seems that nearly every commercial is for or against one particular candidate, followed by another that espouses the opposing candidate/viewpoint.

All of this information, coming from seemingly every direction, can be overwhelming despite its importance and relevance. It also seems never-ending.

The recent change in the municipal election schedule from odd to even years to coincide with presidential and midterm state and federal elections — in an effort to increase participation — has stretched this year’s political season.

Nearly 11 months before the Nov. 8 election, Boulder City saw its first candidate declare his intention to run for office when, on Dec. 23, current mayor-elect and Sen. Joe Hardy announced he planned to seek the municipal leadership spot.

But the end is in sight. The general election is less than a month away and early voting begins Oct. 22 in Clark County and Nov. 1 in Boulder City.

All of the campaigning and election hoopla indicates just one thing: the importance of voting. Just like it takes many drops of water to fill a lake, it takes many single votes to get a person into office or a ballot question passed/defeated. Whether you choose to vote early, on Election Day, in person or by mail, make your opinion heard.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Give thanks for all we have

Because the Boulder City Review publishes on Thursdays, I get the honor of wishing all of our readers a “Happy Thanksgiving” each year — and this year is no exception.

Much can be done in an hour

Have you ever figured out just what an hour a day represents? How often have you wanted to do something but said, “I didn’t have the time”?

Consider alternative ideas for lawn’s replacement

History is the story we want to pass on to future generations, hopefully somewhere they can find it. How we tell the story for future generations is the responsibility of the present generation.

City true winner from elections

After months of campaigning, the 2022 election is complete. Ballots have been counted and congratulations are in order for those who were elected.

Low-cost grocery store needed

One of the hot topics I’m hearing discussed in town is whether or not Boulder City needs a second grocery store. There is a question on the ballot this month (by the time this piece is published, the votes will have already been cast) regarding whether or not to allocate land at the corner of Veterans Memorial Drive and Boulder City Parkway for a shopping center that would include space for a new grocery store.

Pelletier’s dedication was blessing for city

After five years of service to Boulder City, Finance Director Diane Pelletier is retiring. I was mayor in 2018 when Interim City Manager Scott Hanson hired Diane. She came to us after 18 years of distinguished service for the Atlanta Regional Commission and 12 more for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority in North Carolina. We thought she was a major steal at the time. And she’s proved us right in every respect.

Media is the mess-age

My entire, mostly monolithic career was spent as a commercial broadcast professional. Knowing at an early age broadcast would be my chosen field, I took requisite communications studies preparatory to entering the business.

Land sale for grocer not in city’s best interest

Boulder City voters will have a chance to weigh in on whether or not the city should sell 16.3 acres of land for the development of a shopping center, primarily a grocery store. From a resident’s standpoint, a second grocery store would be nice, competition is often good and choice can benefit the consumer.

Preservation ordinance remains controversial

Last week, after years of discussion and planning, the City Council passed a new historic preservation ordinance.