Reader wants recreational facility that will boost tax base

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To the Editor,

I read the Letters to the Editor and found I was featured in two of them, so I would like to address these.
I will take the letter from the secretary of the Amherst Lion's Club first. The letter I wrote regarding councillor George Baker's intentions were my own and had nothing to do with the club to which I belong, and nowhere in that letter do I state that I am writing on behalf of the Lion's Club.
I included the fact that I attended the meeting on behalf of the club simply to give people an insight as to what was discussed there and that the suggestions put forth were not acted upon. Nor did the club contact me so that I could clarify this before sending their letter to this newspaper.
The next letter asked a number of questions which I would like to answer, I assume because the writer was angry, about my saying that we should let the YMCA close their pool.
First, who is Walter Jones? I am a resident of Amherst, my wife and I own our home and are taxpayers. I grew up in Amherst and left for more than 40 years. I am a senior citizen, but do not profess to represent any age group.
Do I swim? Yes.
Have I swam in the YMCA pool? No.
The reason why I said to let the Y close its pool is because they stated they could be self-sufficient if they closed it, and I would like to see the Y be self-sufficient.
I lived in a little town out west about half the size of Amherst (4,500 residents), that had a sports complex and Olympic-sized pool. they also had a rink and a curling rink.
My suggestion for a sports complex for Dickey Park was so that everyone could have a pool, including our swim team.
I have no axe to grind. I simply would like to see a facility that would encourage business to come, and improve our tax base.
Perhaps I am beating my head against a wall since nobody seem to be supporting the idea.
A. Walter Jones, Amherst
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  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 11:02

    Good for Mr. Jones...we can use more ideas and comments from people like you with the conviction to sign their names to them, despite the ridicule so often hurled by the annomous masses.