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SUMNER: Building YMCA will be good for community

Letter by Virginia Cullivan, Sumner on Oct. 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm | 3 Comments »
October 3, 2011 2:33 pm

As a resident of East Pierce County for 43 years, I support the Orton Junction project in Sumner.

I have seen this community grow for more than four decades, and I know that this project will be one of the best improvements ever. Our small town had seen many changes, some good and some not so good. But in the end, Sumner has grown in a very manageable and thoughtful manner.

I am a senior citizen and have raised my family in this community. I now have great-grandchildren and want this community to continue to thrive for them.

A regional YMCA would be a great way to improve the lives of everyone from infants to seniors. I don’t like to drive far from my home anymore, so I really would like to have this great organization within a few miles from my home. I know many other seniors feel the same way.

We love the farm land and the beauty of our community. My children grew up picking berries and flowers and working all through high school and college for farmers. But these jobs are not available today. By adding a YMCA and the other businesses planned for the Orton Junction project, I can see all kinds of jobs for our community. I would love to see my great grandchildren working at the local YMCA in the next decade.

Sumner needs a great community center, jobs and new sources of revenue.

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