I would like to offer a rebuttal to the letter of June 11, "Do we want Ogden district pools?" In it, the letter writer insinuates nobody but Brad Smith will care if the pools close because he won't be able to use them. I can't recall personally ever seeing him swimming in either pool; but I can tell you who I have seen: seniors, just like the writer, participating in fitness classes, families, students and other athletes training in competitive swimming, groups of Boy Scouts passing off water requirements, kids taking life-saving swimming lessons, and diverse multitudes of children from all walks of life.
I don't know most of the people I see there, but I gladly offer up my share of taxes so they can enjoy these amenities. Why? Because I'm part of a community and in choosing to live here in Ogden, I also choose to support even programs I don't use. For example, I fortunately have never had cause to use 911 services, fire, police, paramedics, but I pay taxes so others can. I don't attend the Weber County Fair or events at Golden Spike Center but pay taxes so others can. I may not walk in the same parks others do but I pay taxes to support all parks. I don't utilize the health department but I pay I taxes so others can. I don't drive down every street in the winter but I pay for snow removal so others can. Lastly, but not least, in a long line of tax-supported programs, I don't utilize Weber Human Senior Services, but I willingly pay taxes so others can. Amongst the many services they offer are transportation, senior centers, and home deliveries of meals for senior citizens.
So, in response to "close the pools," who cares? I care, members of five local swim teams do, pool employees that will be out of a job do, and the outstanding people of my community, young and old alike, that support one another, even strangers, by supporting the pools do----That's who!