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Feedback:Sprinklers aside, activities plentiful
I enjoyed your blip (Editors Column, Sept. 8) about no children in sprinklers these days. I agree with you, except in that our reason for not letting our children run through the sprinklers on hot days is that the city of Coupeville scalps its city-water users in the summer. The summer city-water is just too expensive (about 3-4 times the regular rate) to let the children play in sprinklers.
As far as the city of Oak Harbor not being kid-friendly, Oak Harbor and Whidbey offer much to families. There are ample hiking and bicycling trails, state parks, beaches (other than City Beach), free bus, the skate park next to the pool, swimming lessons all year, all manner of sports and clubs like Awana, scouts, 4-H, kite-flying and stargazing.
Many people believe it is the citys or the governments duty to entertain and provide for the masses. Frankly, I believe that is a rather poor attitude and bad policy for our constitutional republic. Still, Oak Harbor, as well as all of Whidbey, does offer much, even if you are financially strapped.
Besides the public libraries, where one can improve the mind or serve as a volunteer or page, there is a wonderful law library in Coupeville, right on the bus route No. 1, where anyone can self-study. Imagine being able to defend oneself in court without an attorney simply because you made the most of your spare time learning constitutional, statutory and common law and court procedure and rules of evidence. Its not really that hard.
As far as chasing cows, it puts them off their milk or can contribute to the cow getting injured and that hurts that familys industry. A cow is mighty expensive for your kid to replace or pay for its vet bills and often Ol Bessy is loved by her masters. You can still run through sprinklers if you can afford the water, and you can still build forts. My kids build forts all the time, sometimes in the living room with our couch cushions and blankets or even the occasional refrigerator box. Occasionally, they chase the chickens but that puts them off their eggs, so they get in trouble for that.
We put our TV in the garage. There is so much to do on the island. Whidbey is really wonderful and beautiful. You can take the free buses just about anywhere. Begin enjoying this wonderland with gusto.