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Supports sports complex, YMCA

Posted: September 5, 2012 4:39 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.

I support building the proposed Camden Sports Complex and contracting with the YMCA to operate and manage it for many reasons, some of which benefit me and some because others in Camden would benefit from having a YMCA in the city. My wife and I are Senior Citizens who still happen to be working (as many more of us have to do). Working beyond age 65 means we must be fit and healthy to remain viable employees. Some of the facilities proposed for the new YMCA, including an air-conditioned walking track, aerobic and fitness machines and, we hope soon, an indoor heated pool would help us remain employable as we age.

My wife and I volunteer our services in our church and in the community, as time permits us to do so (we both work two jobs). When we are able to retire from paid employment, we both hope to be able to volunteer more of our time in the community. We will be on fixed-incomes and that will be a consideration, but more importantly, we will need to remain healthy and fit to be able to contribute more of our time for the benefit of the Camden community; especially as we will continue to age and be vulnerable to the health problems most commonly associated with aging. I think this is true for many other Seniors in Camden. I believe it is in Camden’s best interests, including financially, for us to have access to this type of facility. If we live longer and are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the more property sales and hospitality taxes we will be able to pay; thus remaining a benefit and not a drain on the economy of Camden.

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