Dear Editor:

So, now it’s an indoor “rec center” … again, just what is this all about? Some say our young folks and tourists need it. Hmmmm. Well, some of us believe it’s more about money, “our” money. Of course, it takes money to make money. Do we really need another swimming pool in town … yeah, “another one?” We already have a nice affordable swimming pool across the street from the hot springs and for those who wish something more “posh,” we have the hot springs — two facilities, the one by the river and the one atop a building where the view is awesome.All three are supplied by our unique natural “healing waters.”

Such an indoor facility will require a supply from our valuable domestic water supply. Do we really “need” this? Oh, but it will have a water slide! Oh my, we have nature-made slides all over the place during our winters and when they melt away, we enjoy other outdoor activities that are available free of charge.

Is this simply to keep up with the Joneses? Do we really want to be like the Joneses? Do our tourists really miss what they have at home when they come here? If so, then why do so many come? And why do so many return year after year?

They come because we are different, our community and surroundings are “refreshing,” a true “getaway.”

Again, I ask, what in the world is wrong about being different? Pagosa Springs is one of the most blessed places on earth because of our surroundings and the quality of our people. Don’t let the money idea fool you. Is this the way you want to spend your money and our precious water supply?

Patty Tillerson

This story was posted on August 8, 2013.