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Letter: Rec center is good for our health

Rec center is good for our health

Organized cultures and communities create, protect, and insure institutions for the public good, among them being schools, police, fire, hospitals, medical centers and recreation centers.

As we all know, any issue that will raise or lower taxes brings up the same arguments. Spend the money on "this" or spend it on "that." And yes, good arguments can be made for "this" or "that," but we have not satisfied the public's need for a new recreation center.

This is the time for the public to pitch in for the new recreation center here in the mid Roaring Fork Valley. It's location, location, location — on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's new bus rapid transit system, in the center of the Roaring Fork Valley, 20 miles from Glenwood Springs and Aspen.

This is not about money; it's about our community's health. This is not about a few individuals; it's about our community's health. This is not about your favorite indoor or outdoor exercise; it's about our community's health. This is not about your pocket book; it's about our community's health. This is not about luxury; it's a necessity for our community's health. This new recreation center is not about tax increase; it's about a healthy first-class community.

Organized physical fitness will reach many in our community. Organized physical fitness will prevent many diseases. Organized physical fitness will substantially improve our community's health. Organized physical fitness will improve our community's mental health.

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We put the public's money into schools for our children's education. We put the public's money into police and fire for our community's physical safety and protection. We put the public's money into hospitals for community's health care.

We must now put the public's money into a new recreation for our community's physical fitness and health. Sometimes you just have to think of the greater good of the community.

Jay Leavitt

Missouri Heights

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