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Letter: Rifle needs a rec center

I am writing in support of the Rifle Recreation and Community Center.

I have lived in Rifle for seven years, and in small towns my entire life (Evergreen, Durango and Glenwood Springs). My biggest complaint about Rifle is the lack of a recreation center; people tell me that I’ll never get one here, because only big cities have them. Yet every other town I’ve lived in has provided its community with a recreation center.

In the past, I have tried to sell my house just to move back to a town with an indoor recreation facility. Only recently, thanks to the campaign for the Rifle Recreation and Community Center, have I believed that staying here was best for my children.

Some say it doesn’t make sense to raise sales taxes for a recreation center. To me, it doesn’t make sense not to. I am not here to argue or push my views on others. I am here to stand up for what I believe in: the health and wellness of our community. I want to live in a community that is bound together with physical activities, a place where our children can grow and play together, sharing thoughts and ideas.

We all have different priorities, but for my family, it is about being happy and healthy. I don’t worry about diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or obesity. I hope my children won’t have those worries either, because I have taught them to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be nice if our whole community could say the same?

We should ask ourselves what is important to us and our community. I don’t have a $500/month car payment, cable TV, a smart phone, or the fastest Internet connection. I do, however, spend a lot of money on healthy food, weekend trips outside, and $80/month for a fitness membership. To me, the tiny tax proposed to fund the rec center construction is just another payment for a healthy, happy family. This recreation center is just the beginning for Rifle. I encourage you to vote yes on D.

Stephanie Barnett


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