Watching the debate going on in the City Council meeting of April 17th between Councilwoman Liz Miele and Mayor Campana brought many memories back to me. Mayor Campana is exactly right in quoting that the city is not a "Day Care Center".
I also was amused about Mr. Nichols explaining about passes (at a small rate for the summer) for city children getting to East End Pool, because when we were kids we didn't ride the bus we walked to where we needed or wanted to go because we didn't have money.
When I was a child we didn't have all the advantages that the kids have today. We had no swimming pools to go to. When we went to the parks to play we packed a lunch or our mother did so that when the noon hour came we would go to the pavillion and eat our lunch.
There were 3 of us that needed to have a lunch but we always managed to have lunch either at home or in the park. To me I really loved having lunch at the park because it was a rest period and it was like having a picnic without adults and with friends.
If you didn't live near a park (I was fortunate to live close to Memorial Park) you had to walk to the nearest park we didn't have money to ride the bus.
We cannot blame Mayor Campana for not having Memorial Park Pool open because it is very expensive and this economy is bad.
The people should be grateful for at least the East End pool is available as well as cheap transportation for the kids to go there.
If you check out some of the houses in the city they have swimming pools and I am sure that some of the kids are fortunate enough to have friends that have pools.
Sally L. Wiegand
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