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Letter: Rec center an investment in our children

Rec center an investment in our children

I just received a handout on my doorstep highlighting the reasons to vote “no” on 4C and 4D. The second line reads: “This is money that you will not be able to spend on your children over the next 20 years.” Do they not realize that many of us are thinking about our children, and their children, when we vote “yes”?

The gift of health and recreation is one of the greatest presents we can bestow upon the next generation, and it is the reason why many of us have chosen to live here. If it were all about money, many of us would live in the big city, where we could make two or three times what we earn here. But we re-prioritized our lives to focus less on material things and more on a healthy lifestyle. Recently, my 13-year-old son sold some electronics on eBay and made a tidy little profit. I asked him what he wanted to do with his earnings, and he surprised me with his answer. He said, “Mom, I want to donate my money to Crown Mountain so we can have a rec center.”

It’s clear what the next generation wants. Let’s invest in them, and we will start to reap the rewards. With more after-school and weekend activities, we will see less juvenile delinquency, more personal focus and responsibility, and more community involvement.

So, instead of asking the question, “Can we afford it”, I’d like to ask, “How can we not?”

Andrea Olson


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