The State Budget: Being Responsible Stewards of Taxpayer Dollars

As we put tax day behind us, discussions are intensifying about how the state will be spending your money over the next two years. House Bill 49, which sets the budget for the next two fiscal years, is currently under consideration in the House and will move on to the Senate in early May. Anyone […]

Right-to-Work: It’s high time, Ohio

On February 6th, Missouri’s Governor signed right-to-work legislation into law, making Missouri the 28th state to wake up to the fact that freedom of choice for workers is a major boon for their citizens, businesses, and economies. The Midwest is now swelling with right-to-work states. Both Indiana and Michigan became right-to-work states in 2012. West […]

Prayer Makes a Difference

This guest column was written by Bob Goyer, Community Relations Director of Kingston Residence of Marion Prayer is something that most of us do at some point in our lives. I have never conducted a study on how many people pray, but my guess is that it is a very high percentage. Even if a […]

Should I tithe off my income tax return?

A friend of mine asked me if they should tithe off of their income tax return the other day. It’s a question I usually hear every year so here’s my quick thoughts in case you wondering…. If you tithe off of your “take home” salary, then yes. This is finances coming back to you that […]


This guest column was written by Bob Goyer, Community Relations Director of Kingston Residence of Marion What are you worried about? Everyone worries about something at one time or another in their life. Some people seem to worry about everything all the time. They never have any peace or rest from the worry or anxiety. […]

Disrespectful Leaders

A friend of mine put on Facebook…. “Where do ” leaders” in the church find it in the Bible to be disrespectful to anyone? I am tired of supposed “leaders” posting disrespectful videos, memes, etc. We are to love everyone and pray for our leaders whether you like them or not! Please stop! You are […]

Pastor Tom: Control Freak

One thing you need to know about me is one of my spiritual gifts is administration. Whenever I am in a discussion with a decision to be made, I find I am not thinking about the repercussions of the difference choices. I am thinking of the repercussions of the repercussions of the repercussions of the […]

Memory Lane

This guest column was written by Bob Goyer, Community Relations Director of Kingston Residence of Marion Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy 32:7 I have been going down memory lane recently. For most of […]

YMCA Works in Youth Development

Written by Theresa Lubke, Executive Director What I see each day at our Y often triggers me to reflect on my own Y experience as a child and teen. Back then, I wasn’t aware of the profound influence the Y was having on me. It was only after leaving home and attending college in a […]

Why did God Allow This?

Reminder: Not everything that happens is God’s will. Since we have been given free will (the power to choose to act in God’s ways or the world’s ways), many things happen that are not God’s will. I say this because often times I will hear people attribute divorces, financial struggles, broken friendships, loneliness, or other […]