To the Editor:
I read with dismay of the problems that the City of Lebanon is facing funding the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.
During the 18 years that our family has lived in Lebanon, three great things have happened. While I was not the best fan of former Mayor Don Fox, these things happened on his watch. I refer to the Don Fox Park, the Jimmy Floyd Center and the Music City Star commuter train.
We joined the Jimmy Floyd Center and as a result my wife, Angela, is now a committed runner having participated in Sherry’s Run three times and in the Nashville Half-Marathon. Our youngest daughter is now also a committed runner and took part in the Nashville Marathon. I am a keep-fit enthusiast and I walk the Don Fox Park and exercise regularly.
I see the activity in the park is tremendous. People of all shapes and sizes are walking to keep fit. All this activity must have a good effect in reducing the cost of health care in Lebanon.
The same goes for the Jimmy Floyd Center. Remember that the land was donated by the Floyd family for the use of Lebanon citizens. The $50,000 deficit is probably a small price to pay for the improvement of public health. Please don’t hand it over to the YMCA. We would be prepared to support a moderate increase in the annual subscription.
This leads us to the train. We’ve traveled several times to Nashville on Friday nights and love the trip. No driving on the interstate with heavy trucks bearing down on us all the time. No parking problems in Nashville or associated fees, and no gas expense, and on top of that a relaxed atmosphere. We just wish we could stay another hour, and maybe even travel there on Saturdays.
The train seems poorly supported. I don’t know why other than the fact that people have gotten attached to their vehicles. Please don’t put the train in jeopardy, give them all the support you can.
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