Anne Barounos: Represent majority

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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.

Anne Barounos

Steamboat Springs

Comments

another_local 6 years, 6 months ago

Like many things, I suspect this one will come down to who is paying for it. Folks paying less than their share will vote for it recognizing a good deal when they see it and folks paying more than their share will oppose it.

This plan has too many things we do not need, costs too much and is being funded by an unbalanced and unfair tax mechanism. If you want to swim, join health and rec!

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id04sp 6 years, 6 months ago

The rec center will just become a shopping mall for drug transactions among the teens. The only way to prevent such a thing from happening is to require membership fees and IDs for admission.

DARE to think about it.

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retiredinss 6 years, 6 months ago

Is there enough in the Pilot / Today on the costs of the rec center?

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colobob 6 years, 6 months ago

another_local, Your remarks echo my thoughts to the letter! Great Post!

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