Letter: Fields without fees editorial missing points
To the editor:
On the subject of the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s editorial, “Players dream of fields without fees,” the following may be important.
1. The city owns no play fields. So why is it necessary for city staff to be involved in handling large sums of money, especially when the money is put to questionable use or nonuse? The money doesn’t belong to the city so city staff should keep its mitts off of the money.
2. The school district owns the play fields. Thus, Little League, Pop Warner, etc. might be better off contracting with the district for use of the fields. The contract should be limited to the actual cost of field use and maintenance. It would be up to Little League, Pop Warner, etc. to assess (set a fee) the individuals in the programs. The above organizations are private and should handle their own business affairs.
3. The city’s parks superintendent has said that the community athletic coordinating council’s money is being saved for future projects. What projects? And who in city government has authorized the superintendent to plan such projects? It appears that the superintendent might be engaged in empire building at the expense of boys and girls whose families, in many cases, can ill afford to pay excessive fees for their children to play organized sports.
I suggest that it is time to rethink the role of the CACC because it seems to have strayed from its original purpose. Last year it cost, according to the editorial, $8,300 for field maintenance. Presently, the CACC has nine to 10 times that amount in the bank. So it appears that the boys and girls in the programs have a cash value beyond what is needed because some say it is for future projects. I ask again, what projects? And who authorized public employees to make such “plans?” We should not build empires at the expense of those who cannot speak for themselves, namely the kids.
South Lake Tahoe
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
It is an article of faith among progressives that income inequality is getting worse in California. In fact, claims of a widening gap between rich and poor are used nationally to justify raising taxes and…