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Let's vote for a new pool
By R.K. Rice


October 01, 2009
Thursday PM

As a regular user of the pool, and observer of the non-stop use of the pool, I would hope we can continue access to this vital facility. Reading the letters from native Ketchikanites who recall numerous, yearly drownings of their classmates, before we had a pool, dramatically illustrated how important this pool is for the safety of Ketchikan's children. Swim teams, Killer Whales, kids birthday pool parties are all healthy activities to help our children make good choices.

The wonderful change in my physical health and general well being, that I have experienced over the past two years, is directly attributable to regular use of our swimming pool. For many families, access to a quality swimming facility can be a reason to move to, or stay in Ketchikan. If we remodel a 30 year old pool, we still have a 30 year old facility. If we choose to remodel the existing facility:how long will we be without a pool here in Ketchikan????? Regardless of the optimistic projection, of the engineers, I would point to the Schoenbar remodel, or the 28 million dollar 4 year bypass project, as examples of the unpredictability of all remodels.

We are giving the bankers trillions, the defense contractors trillions and everyone else with their hand out billions. I would suggest we give ourselves a gift of a new, modern swimming facility. Let's vote for a new pool instead of being without a pool for who knows how long.

Thank you,

R.K. Rice
Ketchikan, AK

About: "30+ year Ketchikan resident and pool user."

Received September October , 2009 - Published October 01, 2009


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