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Is the American Dream of Homeownership Available to Millennials?

In 2018, the homeownership rate of millennials was roughly one in three, a number that was significantly lower than that of baby boomers or Generation X before them. In fact, when compared to past statistics, it equates to several million more adults of working age that are not living in their own homes. Whether they’re […]

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How to Be Strategic About Assisted Living Options

In the past, the only option for people with aging loved ones who need regular care was to either become their caregiver or send them to a nursing home. Many people don’t have the time or skill necessary to become a full-time caretaker for their loved ones, but may still be hesitant at the idea […]

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Community Wellness

Handling Addiction in the Workplace: Your Responsibility as an Employer

Image Source: Unsplash Nearly 30 people die every day because of a drunk driving-related crash. In 2017, drunk driving took a life every 48 minutes. While drunk driving deaths have gone down over the last 30 years, they’re still a major concern. In some cases, a person who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol […]

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Community Government

The Housing Crisis Hits Rural America

For years now, urban areas in America have felt the pressure of the housing crisis. Cost of living has climbed steadily across the board, while wages remain stagnant. Gentrification has been pushing people out of their once-affordable homes, further and further away from the city. However, the struggle of finding an affordable, safe place to […]

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Business Community Government

Muncie’s Oligarchy

The power structure in Muncie is a perfect example of an Oligarchy. In my last article, I concluded with the following question for which I’ll attempt to answer today: “If the government isn’t holding the private sector accountable and our free press/media has become more like state-sponsored public relations firms, what kind of political-economic society […]

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Community Culture Government Wellness

What is Next Muncie?

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana Blog– In case you’ve not discovered the connections between all things Muncie, we have a trust fund managed by Jud Fisher, a descendant of the Ball Family who became incredibly wealthy off access to cheap natural gas and low land and labor costs. They amassed a fortune even though their […]

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Community Food/Drink

How to Make Your Local Farmers Market a Force for Positive Change

How is Your Local Farmers Market Changing Culture Muncie, Indiana Blog – The Midwest is notorious for its glorious farmer’s markets where the food is fresh, abundant and tasty. Some would argue that the Midwest is best when it comes to growing good food. People across the country want to support the local economy and eat […]

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Papa John Schnatter Still on Ball State’s Center

Muncie, Indiana BLOG– In a world where our POTUS has given the term “bad weeks” a new meaning, a close second would have to be John Schnatter’s fall from grace as CEO & Chairman of Papa John’s Pizza franchise. His pizza empire has lost over 30% of its value since his last November comment about […]

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Community

Poor People’s Campaign – 2018

By: Todd Smekens Fifty Years Later MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Begins Muncie, IN Blog – Everyone is familiar with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s work on the non-violent civil rights movement in the 1960’s which assisted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Former President John F Kennedy introduced the bill to […]

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Business Community

Career Ideas to Steer Outdoorsy At-risk Teens in a Positive Direction

At-Risk Teens Have Plenty of Career Options By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – Today’s youth face risk on many fronts. One in five kids have been bullied on school property within the past year, while one in six have been bullied online, data summarized by Pew Research shows. One in four teens get in […]