In response to the "thinking" of some council members' desire to donate public land to the YMCA:
1.If I want to learn "Christian Values," I'll attend church.
2.I learned "Family Values" from my parents, siblings, and other relatives.
What are people thinking when they advocate going to a gym to learn these things?Furthermore, what about separation of church and state?Is it legal to donate public land to a Christian organization?
The argument that three businesses of the same nature would cease to exist in 10 years, is a stretch of probability, to say nothing of ludicrous!Speaking of Payson then being left with "aile of dirt," causes me to wonder what these council members think will happen when they donate up to five acres to a business that will be in direct competition with people who went through the proper channels.
Actually, to start out with donated land, then probablya "sweetheart deal" on an annual lease, would put the YMCA in an extremely advantageous position, that byny stretch of the imagination cannot be considered a true competition with existing gyms.Is it fair to the people who expend their own (not donated) money, talents and efforts?
I was membership secretary of the Santa Monica YMCA, which was one of the few paid positions;the Y depends heavily on volunteers.Payroll is the largest expense for most businesses, so here's another unfair advantage for the YMCA.
Look abound town at the vacant buildings where businesses have gone bust.Can council members in good conscience believe that by giving land to a competitor, they will not be responsible for more empty buildings?
I believe that a truly Christian organization would refuse to acceptreferential treatment over their brothers and sisters.
C. Anne Boisvert