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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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Government

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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Government

Time for “Non-Profits” to Fund Public Services

According to our favorite source, Wikipedia, the two largest employers in Muncie are IU Clarian/BMH Hospital and Ball State University. Due to the end of the industrial age, and the massive departure of our manufacturing base, our community is now concentrated in two industries: healthcare and education. Both industries have been fortunate to see solid […]

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Wellness

YMCA Should Fund Community Wellness Programs

After the previous articles written about the YMCA, we’ve received many positive responses within the community by citizens who also believe the Y no longer represents the best interests of our community. However, as we’ve indicated, many will not go public with this opinion due to fear of retaliation by this local “Christian” organization which […]

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Fitness

Where is the Parity at the Muncie YMCA?

According to Webster’s dictionary, parity is defined as, “the quality or state of being equal or equivalent.” Based on my recent experience, I question whether the Muncie YMCA has this quality. The 2nd annual Shamrock 5k/10k was this past weekend in Yorktown was an overwhelming success with over 260 participants walking, running, pushing strollers and […]

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Wellness

YMCA Not Deserving Charity

Sometimes it can be very unpopular to point out that the Emperor really is naked, or the sacred cow doesn’t pass the sniff test. Yet, one of my favorite quotes was from Dr. Seuss and his new movie Lorax has been a huge success. He once wrote,  “Be who you are and say what you […]

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Government

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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Government

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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Government

YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit (Part 2)

[This is Part 2 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA. The first article can be read at https://www.muncievoice.com/2429/ymca-profit-or-non-profit/] As stated in the previous article, the Muncie Family YMCA closed its fitness center in the Southway Shopping Center at the end of 2010 while opening a new fitness center […]

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Government

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 […]