At a recent function, several City Council candidates were asked their opinion of the proposed recreation center. Some candidates made polite but noncommittal replies, while others heartily endorsed the project.
One of the older candidates, however, made the comment that only people under the age of 35 would support a recreation center, and that people his age don't want it, and consequently he would have a hard time voting for it. First, I don't agree with this premise. I am 43 years old and would certainly find a use for the rec center, as would my teenage children. Frankly, I think seniors may be among the top beneficiaries, especially of the proposed indoor walking track and the lap pools. Out of interest, however, I did a quick check of census figures. Persons under 35 outnumber persons older than 35 almost 2-to-1 in Steamboat. So, by the candidate's own logic, in order to represent the interests of the majority of constituents, all of our older candidates should also be voting yes for the rec center.