To the Editor,
I would like to add my voice to the many who have already come forward in support of the community pool millage.
I remember when the pool was in its planning stages and people in town were wearing little buttons on their jackets that were light blue with white waves on them. I proudly wore mine on my jean jacket because I couldn’t wait to jump off the diving board the second the pool opened. When it did, I was almost too intimidated at first. The pool seemed like a beautiful cathedral. Everything was shiny and new and had that wonderful scent of fresh chlorine. You could just feel the excitement in the community when people asked, “Have you been to the new pool, yet?”
I shudder to think that the pool has been left in such disrepair, forgotten (it seems) amid other concerns and priorities. My reasons for supporting the pool millage are the same as the reasons that should be behind keeping the pool a priority in the community. A community pool is one of the few venues that everyone can theoretically use from in utero to old age, every day, for exercise, education, or even entertainment. One cannot say this about a football field or gymnasium.
A community pool gives students another way to compete in interscholastic sports and especially in a sport that can provide them with lifetime fitness and therefore help ensure a healthy community.
A community pool provides high school and college students with jobs in the summer where they learn such valuable life skills as working with children, water safety, and teaching strategies in addition to the obvious skills of responsibility, time management, and accountability.
Finally, a thriving community needs a community pool in the same way that it needs a bustling downtown economy, public parks in good condition, a local newspaper, and a well-stocked, well-staffed library. Tecumseh, are you a thriving community? If so, do the right thing. Please support the pool millage on February 28.