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Take action, be part of the solution

Sometimes I think the world has gone mad. Other times, I’m touched by the kindness of one individual. Are we on the brink of destruction or is there hope for the planet?

If you follow social media and watch the news channels, you might think the world is going to end if you do or don’t vote for a certain candidate or candidates this November. If you don’t watch the news or stay away from social media, you might have another view of life. I think there is a middle or common sense ground, but it is hard to find.

In talking to many people about countless issues, all agree that our society lacks common sense. OK, that’s fine. We agree, but how do you instill common sense, whatever that really is, into people?

Generally, you receive no answer or explanation. Folks blame the government, or the homeless, or the educational system or the media.

I’m not an anthropologist or sociologist and can’t share specific data, but people are what they have always been. Certainly, people today have different factors influencing them than those 500 or 2,000 years ago, but there have always been good people, bad people, people in between, people who don’t care and those who give their lives for others.

It seems that the idea of common sense, or lack thereof, is something to be examined.

I happen to think that common sense should operate in our public school system, a system that should be continually enhanced and supported by the government, parents and all taxpayers. The system’s only goal should be preparing our young generation in reading, writing and arithmetic (if they still call it that).

To do that, the system needs well-prepared teachers who are compensated adequately for the task they undertake. The system cannot simply rely on devoted teachers who take on the job because they love it. The pay must equal the difficulty of the task. A teacher’s job must be elevated to the same level of importance that society assigns to educating young people.

Perhaps society doesn’t assign enough importance to educating its young people. Thus, we have a problem. If you want to blame bureaucracy and the unions, go ahead. Casting criticism doesn’t fix problems: involvement does, caring does.

Parents, the community and politicians might consider taking up one specific educational issue at a time to act upon. You can’t resolve everything at once. Either you care enough about the educational system or you don’t. Either you spend some time working on common sense approaches or you don’t. You choose.

Common sense needs to be applied in the workplace. There are employees in every job who love what they do, hate it or fall somewhere in between. If you love your job, you are fortunate. If you hate your job but need the money, you have lots of company. If you fall somewhere in between, you’re halfway to having a fairly decent time most of the day.

Seems like if everyone had a proper education and the affordable higher education and training they needed to do a job they wanted to do, there would be fewer folks hating what they do for a living. Until we provide the finest educational opportunities possible, we are going to have unhappy people performing jobs they detest, making those they serve upset and unhappy as well. It seems that common sense would dictate parents, educators, politicians and governments make education priority No. 1 so that it creates a contented, productive workforce.

Why we don’t make education priority No. 1 baffles me. If it does the same to you, I suggest you do something about it. Don’t blame the “enemy,” whomever that might be in your mind. Talk to an educator. Visit your local school. Ask your politicians and candidates how they want to improve our educational system.

Don’t get angry. Read an article about what works in the educational field and what doesn’t. Talk to other parents. Don’t have kids in school? Volunteer your time and help a teacher. See what goes on in a classroom.

There is no one solution to our problems but using common sense and involvement could secure solutions.

Rose Ann Miele is a journalist and was public information officer for Boulder City for nine years. She can be reached at roseannrab@hotmail.com or at 702-339-9082.

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

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.