YMCA energy needs dose of logic

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 2, 2006

We need some real facts &8212; in the form of a study to see what blend of programs would be supported. Although YMCAs aim to provide services to all, regardless of one&8217;s ability to pay, an oft-overlooked fact is that that means they must function like a business. Being self-sustaining is critical. Many Natchez and Adams County residents point to the need for a &8220;public&8221; swimming pool. It is, indeed, a huge need. Maybe the YMCA is the answer, but logic tells us that many of the likely users of a public pool may be unable to pay user fees for access. That means some other program or segment of the population must help offset the money flowing out of the pool with other support. The key is partnering.

Whether the YMCA partners with a local hospital for a wellness center or, perhaps, Alcorn State University for a similar health-related venture, having a partner will help the YMCA get off the ground. Enthusiasm is a great start. Now we just need to add a little logic and planning to the mix and see what germinates.

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