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Our children need places to play

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I am replying to the letter of Dec. 1 about the money being spent on the bike park that could have gone to affordable housing. Is it more important for the struggling to have a roof over their heads than a bike park? Yes. Is it more important to have affordable housing than people being able to swim? Yes. Or people being able to borrow books and read, or baseball, football, hockey, or soccer?

What Mr. Borgstede fails to see is the big picture. Not only do people need an affordable home, they need exercise for health and activities for recreation and good mental health. A city with no facilities for our kids to enjoy will have them turn to other less appealing options to fill their time. History has shown that theft, graffiti and vandalism are popular replacements. We end up spending more money on law enforcement and repairs than the cost of having parks, pools, rinks and libraries.

We may have a reputation of being snobs in this community, but I know the people of St. Albert are a very generous people. I cannot help but notice the growing number of stories, all year long, of our youth stepping up to the plate and taking on causes, where they sense a need. I believe that you would be better served explaining the need and importance of your worthy cause to get the kids on your side, rather than taking away their facilities.

If you want to be upset about how council is spending our money, instead of looking at money invested in our future (our youth), why not call out Len Bracko, who refuses to give up his one-trick pony of wasting half a million dollars on an LRT review that will not happen for two to three decades? Donít turn your compassion for the struggling into ire against our children.

Tim Andrew, St. Albert


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