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EDITORIAL: For kids’ sake, Ontario voters should approve rec district

Unless voters decide otherwise, hundreds of kids in Malheur County will be without sports and other programs next year. The Ontario City Council has decided to chop the city’s recreation program by the end of this year. A measure on the Nov. 6 ballot would fill that void with a new, separate recreation district.

The city’s Recreation Department runs the flag football program, offers pickle ball, and teaches tennis. Through the summer, kids can get involved in a variety of summer camps. They can learn to cook, work with wood, and how to paint, among other camps. These activities provide a safe haven for kids. Fees typically are modest, opening the door to as many kids as possible to join the fun. In a community with a high rate of poverty, that’s essential.

But the Ontario council decided the . . .