The right choice

The voters of Southwest Harbor are to be commended for their decision last week to reconstruct the playground used by the elementary school and community center, as well as families and visitors year-round.

Months of wrangling at meetings of the Board of Selectmen and school board were focused not on whether to support the initiative but mostly on getting the details straight and choosing the best funding mechanism.

Some projects in neighboring towns have been accomplished with more private contributions, but groups of parents met resistance for many years as they attempted to improve the playground.

“It shouldn’t have to be an angry parent committing to raise money for their kid to be on a safe playground,” one of the parents said. “It should be the town taking care of its youngest citizens.”

Voters agreed to shoulder that responsibility. The whole town now stands to benefit.

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