I am writing in regard to Dr. Greg Thorgaard’s letter to the editor (Courier: Oct. 7, 2006). While I agree with his statement that “repairing the railroad bridge ... is a terrific idea,” we as a community should be asking if this is a need or a want. The dictionary defines need as a necessity and want as a wish or desire. So, let’s see what is available in Ottumwa for walking/hiking. Currently in Ottumwa we have beautiful neighborhoods, the IHCC campus, parks such as Wildwood, the paths at the lagoons, the mall, an indoor track at the YMCA and Hellyer Life Center, the trail from The Beach Ottumwa to Applebee’s, as well as the old railroad from the skate park to Cargill Meat Solutions. With all of these choices, would a new trail suddenly get Ottumwans up and walking?

In response to his statement that “amenities such as city trails” are a factor families and professionals look for in deciding where to settle, while trails might add to the image, most people are looking for: good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods and employment opportunities.

Ottumwa has much to offer all citizens. Many talented, caring, community-minded people make sure there are plenty of activities to attend. Let’s get up, get out and enjoy what we have. Get involved in and support the many opportunities Ottumwa has to offer. What other city our size has all we have — GOVAP, and two symphony orchestras!

Sandra Readel

Ottumwa

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