A gem gone dark
To the Editor:
To the community of Rumford:
I recently had the opportunity to visit Rumford and attend a gathering at Black Mountain Ski Area and was impressed.
Listening to my teenage nephew describe the history and activities in which he and his friends and family participate left me with a great feeling of community. He is very proud of his community and of Black Mountain.
I heard of the owners of the mountain caring far and supporting the community and I saw a fine young man who is healthy in all the ways we want our children to be healthy, physically, mentally and socially.
I was disappointed (to put it mildly) to see that the community voted not to support Black Mountain and other programs that benefit their children and community.
Please do not forget that which is most important to your future. None of us want to see increased taxes; we struggle with the same here in Vermont and I'm sure all over the nation. Please consider the importance of raising healthy adults and supporting healthy families who will, in turn, want to return to Rumford and raise their families after college and who will, in the future, be the tax base of your community as home and business owners.
Will this generation want to return to Rumford or will they look elsewhere for that which is important to them?
I hope you will look at the big picture, the present and the future of your community. Often to take away programs comes with a longterm cost that is physical, mental and/or social, and taxes will need to be raised to return your community to a healthy functionality.
Hang in there Rumford!