Letter to the Editor: Parks Board Made Right Choice on Natatorium Rates
The following was submitted by Pastor Chris McCombs of Broadman Baptist Church.
Natatorium Rate Structure Debate proves Cuyahoga Falls is a Great City with Great People despite differing opinions:
For months Cuyahoga Falls discussed the sacred, constitutional, historic, and financial aspects of marriage pertaining to the Natatorium rate structure. The media coverage, overall, was slanted toward the “gay” marriage position, so please consider another perspective.
The citizens who were involved in this process represented our community well. Those supporting traditional marriage argued for the sacred and Constitutional definition of marriage, between one man and one woman, while remaining compassionate and considerate toward differing views. Proponents of “gay” marriage attempted to suppress the value of traditional marriage, with little to no regard for those who espouse such a position.
One would think the “gay” marriage proponents would reciprocate the tenets of their own arguments of equality, tolerance and consideration. But instead, they attempted to impose “gay” marriage upon our community.
This truly proved to be a complex problem with no easy solution. However, a valiant attempt was made to solve this problem with several pastors and city council members providing the Park and Recreation Board with a possible solution. This proposal resolved the Sacred, Constitutional, and Social elements, but not the financials. It maintained the traditional definition of marriage, Biblically and constitutionally, while resolving the social issue by adding a second adult rate, other than spouse, to be included in the rate structure.
The one downfall of this proposal was that it required allocating approximately $50,000 a year, indefinitely. This proposal was considered and moved upon as a motion, twice. Ultimately the Park and Recreation Board did not pass this motion, but made a fiscally responsible decision, keeping the rate structure the same. Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the decision, we should all be proud of the efforts everyone put into this from the community and board. Hopefully we can now move forward supporting this decision as being made in the best interest of our community.
Pastor Chris McCombs
Broadman Baptist Church