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It's My Opinion: Save The Pools in Dallas!!!
Fighting to save city pools for closing in Dallas is a good thing.
In an age where video games and television has trapped many youth and holding them hostage indoors, more needs to be done to encourage youth to get involved with outdoor activities.
Growing up, we were not allowed to stay cooped up in the house all day.
I remember my grandmother saying countless times, get outside and play. That admonition sent up outdoor to experience nature, play sports, interaction with animals and opened the way for our socialization with other children and adults.
We have all but imprisoned our youth by giving them cell phones, the ability to text message and play interactive games on-line.
It is time parents get involved with the physical fitness of our children.
Get them out playing softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and yes swimming by all means.
African-American children need to learn to swim. It is not just for rich folks.
Being surrounded by numerous lakes, hot summers and escalations in drownings, it would behoove us to encourage some learn-to-swim programs after school and during the summer.
The argument in Dallas is not many kids are using the pools and that blame lies with parents and the city department of recreation for not encouraging it.
However, it may be one of those few children that do come and swim that may be on the beach one day and because of the Dallas pools remaining open will be responsible for saving your life or the lives of one of your grandchildren.
There are many other places the city budget can be trimmed and should be... but never at the expense of children or any program the encourages children to be outdoors, active and involved in positive activities.
We salute Mayor Pro Tem and District 4 Councilman Dwaine Cararway's efforts to save the pools.
Black Leaders Today:
Roy C. Brooks, Precinct #1 Commissioner-Tarrant County
Roy C. Brooks, Tarrant County Commissioner, has had a long career in Public Affairs. He served for 14 years, as Precinct Administrator for Tarrant County, Precinct One. Additionally, he served three terms (six years) on the City Council for the City of Forest Hill, during which time he served as Mayor Pro Tem for four years.
Commissioner Brooks has embraced four initiatives in his first term as County Commissioner.
- Healthcare for the Homeless--create a well informed, comprehensive and efficient strategy for addressing the problems of homelessness and champion the implementation of that strategy countywide;
- Team Health--a Tarrant County Public Health initiative to reduce minority health disparities;
- Prisoner Re-entry--raise awareness around ex-offender reentry issues, provide skill building exercises, equip volunteers with specialized knowledge and training to mentor offenders, children whose parents are incarcerated, disruptive and violent youth, and foster relationships between law enforcement and community; and
- Government--responding to the issues affecting the electronic delivery of government services and assist county and local agencies to achieve more Internet and customer-oriented delivery of services. Commissioner Brooks will establish partnerships with community groups to develop his four initiatives.
His current board memberships include:
Member of Board of Directors of National Association of Counties, Camp Coca Cola Texas, Board of Trustees, Texas Wesleyan University, Member of the Advisory Board of Community Hospice of North Texas; Member, National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee; Member, Board of Directors of Leadership Fort Worth; Member, the Advisory Committee of Tarrant County United Negro College Fund Campaign; Member, Infant Mortality Steering Committee, member of Board of Directors of Fort Worth/Dallas Birthing Project; member of the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of several Tax Increment Financing Districts charged with financing various “big ticket” economic development projects in Tarrant County.
He is Past President of NABCO, National Association of Black County Officials, which represents both Elected and Appointed County Officials across America, in creating and shaping public policy in this Nation’s counties. He is also Past President of the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Minority Leaders and Citizens Council.
As President, he led the MLCC in spearheading the African American Immunization Coalition, the African American AIDS Summit, and in providing crucial information vital to the shaping of opinion in the African American community. He has also served as President of the AIDS Outreach Center, Tarrant County’s largest AIDS service organization. Member Board of Directors of the Community Hospice of North Texas from 2003 through 2006.
His wife, Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks is Director of the Center for Urban Education at Texas Christian University. They have two children, Royce, a practicing attorney in Washington, DC; and Marion, a first-year law student at The University of Texas at Austin.