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LETTERS: Waiting on the Y

— Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”

The YMCA has strengthened communities all through Syracuse. Now it is time to bring it to the Northwestern Onondaga communities of Baldwinsville, Lysander and Radisson.

“This would be huge for the greater Baldwinsville community,” said Mayor Saraceni regarding the Town Center Plaza, located at Rt. 48 and Smokey Hollow Road. “It’s a great location to the Baldwinsville school district.”

The YMCA is one of those places with a better idea than anybody else and no matter where it is built, people will beat a path to it. It’s a health facilitator, a community bonder, a cancer recovery center and an invaluable aid for the growth and welfare of school children.

“We really need grassroots support to make this happen,” said Trudy Pieper speaking of the national organization. “The YMCA belongs to the community and is run by the community with a board of volunteers from the community.”

The community has spoken regarding their commitment and passion for a YMCA and their patience has been tested awaiting a final decision.

“Our site selection committee has narrowed the search to just three sites,” said Cindy Dowd Greene, Chair of the Greater YMCA Board of Managers. “No matter where it’s located, the Northwest Family YMCA will benefit all of us, our families, our senior citizens, our young adults, our kids, our community needs.”

The thing is, no one is benefiting from this seemingly endless delay of choosing the correct site. The communities are splintered and frustrated, the children are aimless and itching for trouble and the cancer patients aren’t getting any younger. The people want to know what’s taking so long. Is it money? Is it politics? Is it personal?

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