To the editor:
Our Independence YMCA is closing, why? The abrupt and unilateral decision by the Y leadership of the Kansas City metro area to close its facilities in Independence, Raytown and Kansas City, Kan., comes as an unexpected punch to the gut to those who enjoy them so much and use them daily for exercise and recreation.
Local families and senior citizens are being asked (no, told) to give up a big and beneficial part of their lives so a mega Y can be built in downtown Kansas City. Though, somehow, this might make “cents” to the Y leadership, it makes no sense to the people it serves here locally.
The Independence Y is always busy, and many depend on it to maintain good health or work toward it. Most will be left out in the cold by its closing. The loss of convenience, as well as the daunting challenge and cost of making a half-hour drive to another Y will cut them off from affordable exercise and recreation opportunities.
Before our Y is closed, let us hope those in charge will listen to the people, reconsider and come up with a solution that will recognize their loyal members. With the closing set for April 12, there remains sufficient time to work things out and keep your Y open.