The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 4, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Teach kids to swim so pools will be used

All children have the right to be developed physically, mentally and morally. Physically, children develop their strength and flexibility between the age of zero and 16. They should develop their heart and lungs. Sports do this by pushing their heartbeats to its maximum and enlarge their lung capacity.

Running in track and field events and swimming accomplish this.

When I was about 35, I took my children to Pipestem State Park. They had an outdoor swimming pool with lane markers. I couldn’t swim very well, but my children helped and other swimmers gave me pointers on how to improve.

As I improved, I started to swim for exercise. Winter came and I started swimming in the indoor pool. It was crowded. A young lady told me I could swim at Concord College for 25 cents. I drove about 55 miles one way to get to Concord. I did this six or seven times. There was no one using the pool except myself, so the lifeguard became bored, developed a headache and closed the pool. There was a young man with a kayak in the pool one of my trips there. The lifeguard didn’t get bored that day. The lifeguard was a girl, but the pool was closed to swimming.

I started going to the pool at the old Greenbrier Military School at Lewisburg. The pool was not crowded. Sometimes I was all alone. Someone told me they needed a lifeguard at a 4-H Camp. So I was going to get a lifeguard certificate. They were giving certification at the Old Greenbrier Girl College pool, but this was discontinued for lack of applicants.

I was wondering why all these colleges had swimming pools and no one used them. Was it because none of the college students had a swimming background?

We need grade school and high school swimming competition; without a swimming background, no one can swim well enough to swim for exercise.

One writer wrote there is no better exercise then swimming to develop the heart and lungs, long muscles and better for the joints.

We need a equal education amendment in our constitution to pay for swimming pools and a lot more.

We need a children’s rights movement and a law eradicating pornography. If seen by adults, it will be seen by children.

If you love your children, you will behave. Families that work, play and pray together stay together. This is my opinion.

William M. Flanagan

Spring Dale


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