OPINION COLUMNS

Square Talk for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do you think municipalities should use taxpayer funds to provide parks for children in the community? Why or why not?

“It’s a community responsibility. Everybody should have a safe, nice area to play in with parental supervision.”

– Toni Schalzried, 57, of Decatur

“I definitely think it’s important. I think it’s important not only as a parent, but also as a former member of this community. When you have the type of amenities that draw people in, it’s great for the community at large. You want to be a community where people can congregate, come together, socialize, have that sense of unity, and parks provide that.”

– Veronica Gromada, 39, of Bentonville, Ark.

“They help give a sense of unity and community. It definitely welcomes outsiders as well. It gives a place for those who are new to the community to socialize with those who have been in the community. It’s a good hub for that kind of melting pot where everybody can get together.”

– Bonnie Bundens, 27, of Argyle

“I would say, yes. Less kids are spending time outdoors these days, and it gives everybody an opportunity to run around some.”

– Lee Johnston, 27, of Fort Worth

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