Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | At the same time the city has been forced to spend millions in taxpayer dollars on the Children’s Pool litigation, services for children across the city have been cut. As a mother of two school-age children, I’ve experienced the cutbacks firsthand. On a hot summer day, the recreational swim times are just around 3 hours. It’s hard to watch kids having so much fun get kicked out of the pool — and do what? Head home to the televisions and video games?
If everyone truly cares about the wants and needs of the children n ask them. I did this morning. I asked my daughters, “If the city only had money to keep the rec center pools open an extra hour or two in the summer, or to make the seals leave so you could swim at that beach, which would you prefer?” They both said in unison to keep the pools open. “Plus,” my eight year old added, “We like watching the seals.”
With the city and state on the verge of insolvency, the adults should really put the children first by putting an end to this taxpayer funded litigation.