LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Support urged for water park facility

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Wake up Walla Walla! Time to come into the 21st century.

Let's not damage our reputation as a great place to live, and vote "yes" for the water park facility.

It was only a few years ago that Walla Walla had four adult pools and one wading pool. Now we have only the Jefferson Pool, 2-1/2 feet deep, for public use. Our neighboring communities have or are spending millions for new swimming facilities. The measure on the ballot is offering a minimum cost water park at the most optimum financial time. Let's do it!

Walla Walla is making an extensive effort to break down juvenile delinquency. Swimming is a wonderful outlet for juvenile restlessness and not all young people enjoy team sports.

Young people of this age also need employment and the latest inventions in farming and the advent of child labor laws and practices make employment opportunities in our area limited to fast food junctures. It is healthier and better to have young people working outside.

Many families with multiple children have a very difficult time finding even one dollar per swim. Maybe one of our local philanthropic trust funds could conjure up a fund to allow their kids to enjoy one of the most pleasurable and healthy recreational opportunities we can offer.

Gregg Loney's letter to the editor in the July 11 Union-Bulletin was easy to understand and explained the financial implications perfectly.

So, come on Walla Walla. Vote "yes" for the water park facility.

"Doc Bob" Thomsen

Walla Walla

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