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LETTER: Home swim meets should be in Mitchell

To the Editor: This weekend, my family and I are in Pierre taking part in the Mitchell Aquatic Club's "home" swim meet. There are nearly 300 swimmers taking part in this meet and we are all funneling our money into the town of Pierre when we coul...

To the Editor:

This weekend, my family and I are in Pierre taking part in the Mitchell Aquatic Club's "home" swim meet. There are nearly 300 swimmers taking part in this meet and we are all funneling our money into the town of Pierre when we could be funneling our money into the community of Mitchell. Families will be renting hotel rooms, eating meals at several restaurants, shopping local businesses in between events and all of that money will be going to Pierre instead of staying in Mitchell.

Our family got involved with swimming when our oldest took Swim America swimming lessons. At that time, he was trying out all sorts of things: soccer, baseball and basketball, just to name a few. He wanted to do them because his friends did them, but he never found his niche. After progressing through lessons he was told he could try out swimming. After one week, he was hooked. He was so excited that he would get everything ready to go hours in advance. He came out of his shell and is making new friends of all ages. As a parent my biggest reward is the opportunity for better health for the rest of his life. Building this pool ensures that my entire family, and yours, has an up-to-date facility to enjoy.

I would like to clarify information from an insert that was paid for by Steve Sibson. "Some Mitchell citizens have experienced swimming in raw sewage in their basements and because of this the City government should be focused on new infrastructure." I happen to be one of those citizens who experienced that sewage in my basement. The entire experience was more than unpleasant, but the water and sewer are part of enterprise funds and the minimal rate increase in early 2015 will meet the needs for our future infrastructure needs. The infrastructure in our neighborhood is not older, so it wouldn't have been on the list to be replaced for quite some time.

Vote yes on Dec. 8. For your family, for your friends and for the future of our community.

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Jodi Wilson

Mitchell

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