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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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Government

The Dilbert & Peter Principle

(photo courtesy of Dilbert Comic Strip) During a meeting recently, the Dilbert Principle was mentioned and very few people had any idea what it was beyond a comic strip. There were several blank stares among group members. To be honest, the individual sharing her story about the Dilbert Principle was confusing it with the Peter […]

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Government

Tuhey Partnership Sound – Gannett is Not

It must be difficult for a daily newspaper to create content that would keep people buying product when less people are reading it while turning to social media/internet for news and information. Furthermore, if your job is to write stories and there is nothing to write about, would you create stories that don’t really exist? […]

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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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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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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

Muncie Leaders Should Explore PILOTs

Faced with budget gaps, and the need for investment in our community, public sector leadership in Muncie should be looking to PILOT fees from religious institutions, universities, medical centers, fitness facilities, and other tax-exempt nonprofits for help with community investment. Payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) are voluntary payments that tax-exempt nonprofits make to local […]