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July 7, 2013

READERS' FORUM: July 7, 2013

VCSC swimming pool proposal has great merit

I am a Terre Haute resident, Terre Haute South graduate and current student at the University of Notre Dame. A vast majority of my success as a student and as a person has been due to the swimming program, which is why I am writing today.

I know that Terre Haute along with much of the country is facing difficult economic times, which means making hard decisions. But I believe abandoning swimming as an entire community is the wrong decision and puts us on a slippery slope of cutting sports simply because they aren’t as “popular” as basketball or football.

Never mind that the Terre Haute South Swimming and Diving Team repeatedly has one of the best average GPAs in the school, regularly out-performs other sports on the state level and is increasingly gaining attention from the national swimming community.

The benefits of having swimming pools in this city go beyond the swim teams. Having pools shows we are serious about public health (an issue with which Indiana struggles) and that we want to give kids the chance to learn a skill that can potentially save a life one day.

Replacing outdated pools with one new one at a cost less than the repairs would require is a common sense solution. I hope that the school board can look past public opinion on this matter and make informed and professional decisions that benefit the constituents they care most about, the children of the Vigo County School Corp.

— Sarah Senseman

Terre Haute

Pool hearing will need larger room

The Vigo County School Corp. meeting on July 22 is a chance for all of us to be heard on the proposal of a new centrally located pool.

We all have the right to have our voices heard because this is our tax money being spent.

The meeting room is not large enough for many people. I am proposing a change of venue to a different school building so that all who wish to attend and voice an opinion may be heard. Possibly Woodrow Wilson Auditorium?

— Karen Harris

Terre Haute

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