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Small investment in others reaps large rewards

What makes you so excited that you want to get up and do something? While that’s a matter of individual choice, let’s look at just two examples.

Millions of people get excited about sports: They wear team jerseys, go to games, watch their teams on TV, bet on the outcome of games, have pre- and postgame parties and spend money on sports “stuff.” They’re excited and ecstatic and enjoy the action, but what’s left after the game?

Millions of people get excited about going out to a restaurant and then on to a few hours or more of socializing with friends and possibly imbibing their favorite beverages. This is entertaining and satisfying, but what’s left after the merriment?

It’s excellent to enjoy sports and contribute to the economy. The website Statista reported that in 2015, $12 billion was spent on the National Football League, $8.4 billion on Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League generated around $6 and $4 billion, respectively that year.

When it comes to restaurants, Restaurant Business reported that its top 100 independent restaurants across the country had total food and beverage revenues of roughly $1.8 billion in 2015.

All this spending is good for the economy. It’s a small part of what keeps the country moving. Humans need excitement and relaxation and socialization but to what degree and at what cost?

If everyone who spent time and money on these activities applied 5 or 10 percent of the total on other undertakings, what could that investment look like?

Perhaps folks would spend that time reading to their kids or even the neighbor’s little one. Maybe an hour or two could be used volunteering at Lend A Hand of Boulder City to take someone to the doctor or dentist, or delivering Meals on Wheels once a week for the Senior Center of Boulder City or even mentoring the boy next door whose dad passed away.

There might be an occasion to help a teacher at one of the schools or help a neighbor who can’t get up on that ladder anymore or send a meal to a neighbor who just had surgery. Consider spending an hour or two registering voters or working on a social issue in which you believe strongly. Heck, folks might even consider attending a City Council meeting, or volunteering for a city committee/commission, or sending an email to the council members or giving them a call.

If none of these investments of time are appealing, consider using that new-found time to take a walk, or go swimming, or embark on a hike or a bike ride. There’s always visiting the library, or the Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum, or the Boulder City Art Guild, or watching the ducks at Veterans’ Memorial Park, or visiting Hemenway Valley Park and getting a view of the sheep or simply sitting and enjoying the scenery from Wilbur Square or Sundial Park.

When it comes to the money saved by shaving a small percentage from the sports and restaurant expenditures, saving that money might appeal to some. Then there is always donating to your favorite charity or even starting an altruistic project of your own. There may be neighbors or friends interested in the same idea and everyone can pool their resources.

Think about starting a scholarship fund or buying school supplies. Maybe Pantry 34 at the Christian Center Church, or Emergency Aid of Boulder City or the food pantry at the senior center could benefit from a donation.

There is really no end to what we can do with some of the energy, time and money diverted from things that make us excited and sharing it with others. Many folks already do this and enrich themselves and others in countless ways, but what about those who have no time for others, even their own family? Do they keep their excitement locked up inside? Is exuberance something to hide? Wouldn’t it be outstanding to take a fraction of our excitement and energy and a few dollars and pass that around?

Who knows? Maybe we’d see a lot more cheerful, excited people and fewer jerseys. Priceless.

Power of people remains at polls

This Sunday is the first anniversary of the Women’s March. Don’t fret, I’m not writing a commercial. I’m looking at a very abbreviated history of individuals coming together to make a statement.

Smiles plant seeds of hope

Before I sit down to write any commentary, I spend lots of time daily thinking about how to begin. What happened today? What needs addressing? I take so many things so seriously, I end up changing the focus daily. As soon as I submit one commentary, I begin thinking about the next. This one took longer than usual.

Action behind opinion sets city apart from others

For more than two decades, I’ve been getting to know Boulder City folks. I baked, cooked and waited on them at local restaurants. I reported news to them. I served them as foundation director at Boulder City Hospital. I worked as Boulder City’s public information officer. I ran for City Council and continue to be involved in city issues and volunteer organizations.

Sharing opinion first step in getting involved

Worrying could be a full-time job. You worry about yourself, the kids, relatives, your job — an endless list. There’s no energy left to get involved with city issues, much less volunteer your time. How can you do everything? Why should you?

More need to see, study ‘Gateway’ plan

I’ve been sharing this link to the Hoover Dam Gateway plan (http://www.bcnv.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04192017-386) on Facebook. It points to the April 19 Planning Commission agenda packet. To read the plan, you must go to page 113, since it is not a single document.

Let’s get serious about attainable housing

Money has never meant much to me. Guess I was brought up to think that money was a necessity to pay bills and buy groceries.

Change to growth ordinance not good for residents

The other day, I found something I had written in May 1967. I didn’t believe my eyes. Fifty years ago I wrote that I wanted to do exactly what I am doing today.

Voting essential to being part of community

I’m old enough to remember a time when adults were the authority on everything. If you were a kid, what you said didn’t really matter, because the adults knew best. As a teenager, this was changing, and authority was being questioned.

Residents deserve answers to their questions

Information is tricky difficult to find. Town hall meetings where the public asks questions or even submit items for discussion to be shared publicly don’t take place. Public comments at meetings are limited to five minutes, and answering a speaker’s question or having a dialogue during this five minutes is not permitted. Put this all together, and you have those who believe, correctly or incorrectly, that something is being hidden.