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Yes on 4A

Dear Editor:

As a mother of two that lives in Blue Lake, I ask why shouldn’t we have the same benefits as other communities? If we are such a “green” valley, why are we encouraged to drive 20-plus miles to recreate? Ten miles in the summer for a pool. Why shouldn’t the midvalley be able to bike or walk to our own Community Center? Why shouldn’t our kids have the same advantages as Aspen’s and Glenwood’s? And Carbondale to some extent, although their rec center isn’t as comprehensive.

Recently an early release was proposed by the Re-1 school district, with the thought that on early release days kids could go to the rec center. Oops – Carbondale and Glenwood both have one, but there is nothing for Basalt kids. Almost every community in Eagle County has its own rec center, why not us? It will benefit every resident in the midvalley whether they choose to use it or not because property values should go up. Ultimately, it will be the taxpayer’s decision whether we have a rec center or not.

But Referendum 4A is not a vote for the rec center, it is a vote for planning for a rec center. When a vote on the rec center actually happens, we will have a solid plan and we will know exactly what we will be voting for or against. Will it have a pool? Ice Rink? Climbing wall? Covered tennis courts? Exercise room? Without the proper planning, it is all irrelevant. Referendum 4A in and of itself is relatively harmless. Why not vote yes so we can have an actual, well-thought out plan to vote on when the time comes. Yes on 4A.

Judi Simecek

Carbondale

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