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EDITORIAL: Strong reasons exist to create Ontario recreation agency

Mary Jo Evers is fashioning a life ring to rescue the Ontario city recreation program from disappearing. She wants voters, not city officials, to determine the importance of youth sports and aquatics to the community.

She is exercising a fundamental duty of a good citizen – petitioning her government to act. She is not complaining. She’s not sitting on the bench, waiting for someone to solve problems. She has stepped up to promote a new recreation district in the Ontario area. She’ll soon learn whether there is popular – and then government – support for the idea.

Ontario’s city recreation program is headed for demise. The defeat of the sales tax doomed the office that fielded sports teams for kids throughout the area. Ontario city leaders concluded before the vote that if the tax failed, the city could afford to run the recreation . . .