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Government Wellness

YMCA: It’s Time to Hold Them Accountable for Poor Performance

MUNCIE, Indiana – Being a competitive brand in Muncie, we try to avoid mentioning the Gannett owned, The StarPress, and its Big Brother in Indianapolis, but sometimes we just can’t help it. There is reporting and then there is whitewashing. From my vantage point, we get two kinds of journalism from The StarPress: 1) Reporting […]

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Culture

Who Has the Right to Define Family?

(Title artwork by www.catster.com) In case you haven’t been watching, there has been a legal storm following the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision striking down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states that permit them. Almost immediately after, Governor Mike Pence essentially told […]

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Wellness

YMCA Should Pay Property Taxes to Fund Youth Programs

I read a nice article this weekend from Michelle Kinsey about the youth programs in our parks. According to the article, “About 215 kids are participating in the P.A.R.K.S. Program day camp…that number does not include the children participating in the other recreation programs this summer, from cheerleading to Judo to Zumba, held in the […]

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Business

Time to Take Action Against the YMCA

Millions of Americans exercise and relax at tax-exempt health and fitness clubs. Like taxpaying clubs, these facilities promote health and physical fitness, but they do not pay taxes. Furthermore, they can accept donations from individuals and corporations who receive tax deductions for their contributions. In effect, all taxpayers subsidize a tax-exempt health club’s ability to […]

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Business

Gannett’s Conflict of Interest with the YMCA

A picture is worth a thousand words. ~ Frederick R. Barnard When reading the 2/13 article on the YMCA’s Invest in Youth campaign, it reminded me of last years campaign announcement from Yorktown when CEO Cathy Clark said, “The money raised by our annual youth campaign goes to help inner city kids at Buley and […]

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Business

YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit? (Part 3)

(This is Part 3 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) In Part 2, we discussed the closing of the YMCA’s Southway Shopping Center site in December, 2010. While the executive board pondered the business decision, nobody from YMCA leadership was seeking community advice from the shopping center owners, […]

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Business

YMCA – Profit or Non-Profit?

[This is Part I of a series of articles addressing the local Muncie Family YMCA – does it operate like a for-profit or charity non-profit] As Muncie Voice has published in recent weeks, the health and wellness of Delaware County citizens ranks near the bottom of at least three well-known health indicators. Our rankings are […]