We are sure that the council president has some valid questions and concerns that caused the rift between him and the mayor on this issue. To his credit, Mr. Young has long been a staunch advocate for youth and has held his ground against four mayors on this issue. However, as leader of the council and a city-wide elected official, it is incumbent upon the council president to hold a public hearing so that all matters can be discussed and debated openly. This plan for a critically important infusion of capital dollars to improve our recreation centers is too important to not be heard. The personal concerns of the council president, mayor or council members should not stand in the way of something so important to our city's young people, especially on the heels of last year's unrest.