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Skate park decision right one

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By Ralph Damiani

While we understand the disappointment of the local skateboarders, we think that the council’s decision to rethink the skate park was the right one.One of our community’s greatest assets is the library  – and every T should be crossed and every I dotted before that landmark is used for something other than books and book-related activities.While we are not sure that the site next to the Community Center is the best choice, the council is right in taking a look there – and we hope in other places as well.One thing we like very much is that the council listened.A grass roots effort spearheaded by two local residents resulted in a petition with 324 signatures from people opposed to the library location and gave the council pause.And it should have.Representative democracy means that – in the end – the people rule. And the council acknowledgment of this was good to see.Some serious and strong questions were raised about the Mesa Public Library site and the council was right on target to at least go and get some answers. Ashley Pond may not be the answer, but at least this discussion is worth having – and necessary.Neighborhood opposition to a project should not be – must not be – the reason not to do something.


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