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Gekko power: Michael Douglas in the 1987 role that epitomises greedy bankers

Public Ownership of Banks is the Solution

Published on July 22nd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

What happens when the powerful become so powerful making regulation ineffective? Or, what happens when the rich and powerful know the difference between right and wrong, and still choose badly because there are no consequences? We [&hellip... Read More


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Big Banks, Government & The Mafia

Published on June 26th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

The truth has a tendency to rip through layers of justification and rationalization and really opens the mind. Thanks to social media for circumventing the flow of information that normally gets filtered and even blocked by [&hellip... Read More


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What is Crowdfunding?

Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

What is crowdfunding? According to Wikipedia, crowdfunding is defined as: Crowd funding or crowdfunding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, or hyper funding) describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their [&hellip... Read More


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Time to Take Action Against the YMCA

Published on April 22nd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Millions of Americans exercise and relax at tax-exempt health and fitness clubs. Like taxpaying clubs, these facilities promote health and physical fitness, but they do not pay taxes. Furthermore, they can accept donations from individuals and [&hellip... Read More


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Gannett’s Conflict of Interest with the YMCA

Published on February 14th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

A picture is worth a thousand words. ~ Frederick R. Barnard When reading the 2/13 article on the YMCA’s Invest in Youth campaign, it reminded me of last years campaign announcement from Yorktown when CEO Cathy [&hellip... Read More


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YMCA, Profit or Non-Profit (Part 4)

Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

(This is Part 4 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) When you discuss the YMCA, you get plenty of feedback from community members. The talking points are the Y [&hellip... Read More


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YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit? (Part 3)

Published on January 22nd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

(This is Part 3 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) In Part 2, we discussed the closing of the YMCA’s Southway Shopping Center site in December, 2010. While the [&hellip... Read More


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YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit (Part 2)

Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

[This is Part 2 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA. The first article can be read at http://www.muncievoice.com/2429/ymca-profit-or-non-profit/] As stated in the previous article, the Muncie Family YMCA closed [&hellip... Read More


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YMCA – Profit or Non-Profit?

Published on January 16th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

[This is Part I of a series of articles addressing the local Muncie Family YMCA – does it operate like a for-profit or charity non-profit] As Muncie Voice has published in recent weeks, the health and [&hellip... Read More


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Poor Ethics by Gannett

Published on October 30th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Big Media Chooses Money over Objectivity In “not-so-surprising fashion”, the locally owned Gannett newspaper has chosen their candidates for City Council At-Large. While they’re justifying picking winners, and then rationalizing their chosen candidates, there are several [&hellip... Read More


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