I have to chuckle each time I read a letter to the editor favoring an investment in what is considered the meritorious (i.e. sewer system) over the frivolous (i.e. pool). Arguments against the pool, and in support of the infrastructure suggest that is the way to achieve such things as sustainable economics, a better quality of life, affordable housing and population growth. I doubt that it's quite that simple. But it doesn't have to be an either/or situation; we can have both.
Nevertheless, if the infrastructure wins out and the pool goes down, I can't help but wonder how our community will be portrayed to prospective residents. Perhaps future recruiting brochures will read "Come to Juneau. We may not have a fancy recreation center, but we sure do have a great sewer system."
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