To the Editor:
I learned to swim at the Budlong Pool, just as countless young people have through the years. In summer's peak, community pools serve a vital function: to cool down, stay active and get together.
Following an alleged youth altercation at the pool on June 28, Mayor Fung announced a residency requirement in order to limit those from other municipalities: those his Facebook statement infers are “unsafe” (despite the fact that at least one of the arrests was a Cranston resident).
What kind of future does a young person imagine when told by adult leadership they are “unsafe?” Mayors can shape policies that create opportunity and give youth a sense of belonging and purpose. It has been documented that summer programs help reduce violence during the hottest months, when it is known to peak. Instead, Mayor Fung has stoked community prejudice and limited this important gathering place.
With this ban, everyone loses.