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Virus threatens more than health

These are indeed scary times.

Every day we hear about new threats by the unseen enemy: the coronavirus.

Just yesterday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak extended the order for people to stay at home and for schools and nonessential businesses to remain closed until April 30.

That also means we need to keep our distance from friends and family, as well as avoid any type of public gathering through the end of the month.

This follows in the wake of the president’s order Monday to extend social distancing guidelines through April 30 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Worldwide, the virus has been contracted by more than 918,000 people. It has killed 46,069, but the good news is that many more have recovered — 193,350 people as of noon Wednesday.

News cases are reported daily, which is why these drastic actions are being taken to “flatten the curve.”

Not only does the virus threaten our health, it also threatens our livelihoods. For however long nonessential businesses remain closed, they lose income.

Nationwide, millions of people have lost their jobs. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the latest forecast predicts that 19.8 million jobs will be lost by July, bringing unemployment rates across the country into the midteens.

Even businesses that remain open are hurting economically. They have tried to adapt their operations, cut hours and cut staff while trying to keep their businesses afloat and their workers employed.

We, here at the Boulder City Review, are among those “essential” businesses that are struggling with the times.

In this era of uncertainty, it is our job to keep you informed, to present the facts. But, we, too, face losses in revenue as local businesses that advertise in the paper have pulled their advertisements. We can’t fault them. There’s no reason to let people know about store hours or specials when there are none.

Fortunately, for the time being, the owner of our company believes in our mission. Other newspapers throughout the state and nation are not as fortunate.

Many community newspapers in Nevada have ceased publication, including those in Mesquite, Eureka, Reno (News and Review) and Mineral County.

Other publications have cut the number of pages they are printing or their frequency. Some have moved to an online platform in an effort to save money.

Industry trade magazine Editor and Publisher reported earlier this week that one company alone suspended print publication of 60 local newspapers.

Additionally, staffs have been reduced and journalists are being asked to take pay cuts or being furloughed until times are better.

While some suspensions may be temporary, the odds of many of these publications returning to their previous state are dubious at best. The industry has been struggling for years as people turn to other types of media to get their news.

For now, we will continue to publish. We hope that when we emerge from this crisis, the community will also believe in our mission and continue to turn to us as a trusted news source.

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.

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.

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.