Whose opinion counts?

"I don’t much care if the person is from Trail, Montrose or from wherever. The point is the facility is well used."

I have read with considerable amazement opinions registered with the Trail Times from a variety of people. I am baffled by the request for statistics about usage and the notion that it must be easy or for that matter inexpensive to gather. What about privacy?

The first thing that happens when statistics are gathered is privacy is lost. Tied to the statistic is your name, address, age, etc.  I for one do not want anything to do with this notion.

It would be a walk in the park for a low level computer hack to steal this information. The expense to protect this information would far exceed any perceived value. A simple counter at the door would suffice to determine usage at the aquatic center.

I don’t much care if the person is from Trail, Montrose or from wherever. The point is the facility is well used. I wonder if the statistic requesters have ever spent any time near the facility to get an idea of how much the facility is used.

I also wonder where the area would be without the swimming programs. Many lives are enhanced, the safety of our children and grandchildren is important to all of us. Swimming in the Columbia just doesn’t cut it for me.

I was told that the cost for the average Warfield home is about $150 per year for the recreation program.  I consider that price a bargain.

I’m not so sure that the $1,500 or so charged to each homeowner for the renovations and repairs to community centre and outdoor pool meet my guidelines of a bargain.

I am disappointed that former politicians have chosen to ignore this while maintaining their unrelenting criticism and divisiveness of the community at large.

Ron Proulx


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