Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in Princeton. During this time, I have watched my grandchildren flourish as wonderful swimmers and athletes. Their active lifestyle has been a blessing. They are all very healthy responsible adults now.
Now my great grandchildren are following in their parent’s footsteps. I always encouraged my children to live healthy lifestyles. They grew up farming in Saskatchewan. It was a life that was not always easy. Some of my children are gone now, but my grandchildren and great grandchildren are their legacy and mine.
I have been following the debate on the aquatic centre with much interest and must say that I am surprised by those who are so vehemently opposed to a place for our children to go that is healthy. Many of those opposed must surely have children and grandchildren like myself. There is no door I would not open for my family. Nine million dollars does not seem like so much money when all around us people are building half million dollar homes and buying flat screen televisions and expensive vehicles left right and centre. Why is it okay to make a payment on a car or a TV, but not on the future of our community?
It is so often the arrogance of those who have that holds communities back from prosperity. They hide behind false indignation that they are fighting for the rights of the poor or the ‘have-nots’ when really they are just cheap. THEY are the property owners. The aquatic centre will be for everybody no matter what their societal class level is.
I grew up with little, but worked hard and lived a good life. I outlived two husbands and some of my children. Six million or nine million, it doesn’t matter. We live in a rich country with much to offer. It is time these old skin flints open up their wallets and start thinking about our youth and what is best for them and most of them could use a swim or two too.
Sarah Nesbitt – Princeton, B.C.