Silly question. Of course.
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We don't need a recreation department. Absorb the employees into other departments and shut down the free services that my taxes are providing. I provide recreation for my own kids, in these economic times I shouldn't have to provide it for others' kids. Based on all the DirecTV and Dish receivers I see in front of all the HUD housing, I'd say they getting enough entertainment.
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anschutz2012, I guess that your prejudice prevents you from knowing any factual information. For example, the MLK recreation center provides a beautiful place for young people to play basketball AND for senior citizens to play Bridge. It's a nice feeling to see two very different sets of people utilize the same space. I assume your reference to HUD housing is directed at low-income housing establishments in the city - just for the record, many of those people are not on Section 8 (inaccurately called HUD). The recreation facilities in this town are utilized by individuals and families from all walks of life and both the Recreation Department and it's employees are vital to the community.
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Because I dislike being abused as a taxpayer I'm prejudice? Haha! You're using that old, worn out race card, and nobody pays any attention to that now. I don't care who uses these facilities as long as they are paying for it and keeping the recreation program sustainable with thier fees. It is not my job to support bridge parties and basketball games. Again, I fully support the costs of my children's recreation. Stay out of my paycheck, for the money was earned by me. Perhaps you should pay more attention to other news in Steubenville to see what providing these free (for them not me) recreation services has done for our community. All ages are involved in drugs, murder, and rape. The socialist concept of "it takes a village" is playing out right here, and the disaster is quite apparent. Providing recreation is not paying it forward or preventing any destruction of our community. If you want to continue funding these vacuous programs, by all means do so. Don't require it of
I think we do need a director if for nothing else at least a system of checks and balances. Anschutz2012, the recreational programs are utilized by people of all ages from all walks of life. You come across as very rude, selfish, and arrogant. I too fund my children's extra-curricular activities however there are some families who can't afford these extras so if I can help I am going to. They're children and our elderly for crying out loud. Simply because there are Dish TV satellites outside of an apartment doesn't mean that they have active service further because someone has Dish doesn't mean they're bad people who don't deserve any help. With that attitude don't be surprised when your Karma makes it's way back around to you. Thankfully, I've been blessed but in the beginning my husband and I had it tough with a small baby. Your ignorance just shocks me. If all recreational programs were cancelled you'd see a rise in crime for sure.
Karma? What kind of karma will you receive for taking from the producers to give to the moochers? I'm investing for my retirement therefore I owe retirement activities to seniors? I'm supplying recreation activities for my children therefore I owe others' children recreation facilities? You're not the only one who's had it tough. My husband and I also struggled in the beginning, and now we CHOOSE to live on lesser income so that we heavily invest upfront for our children and our future. We CHOOSE to give generously to local charities to which our donations go directly to needy Steubenville residents. My husband and I both volunteer, taking our kids with us, to be active members of our community and to give to those less fortunate. The prevalent idea here is CHOOSE. In fact, it's economically proven that when taxes are lowered, like in the elimination of a recreation department, that taxpayers are more generous with thier money. Look at what happened with the pool.
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