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Muncie Leaders Should Explore PILOTs

Published on January 26th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Faced with budget gaps, and the need for investment in our community, public sector leadership in Muncie should be looking to PILOT fees from religious institutions, universities, medical centers, fitness facilities, and other tax-exempt nonprofits for [&hellip... Read More


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Are Poor Receiving “Luxuries”?

Published on December 17th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

As Rachel Maddow pointed out while she was in town visiting Ball State University and taping her live MSNBC show, the republicans are literally using the poor as punch lines for their jokes, and to demonize [&hellip... Read More


Community

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Drugs and Violence in Our Community

Published on December 4th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

The announcement included below was sent to Ball State employees, but let’s share it with all citizens. There has been way too much violence in that area as local drug-using residents see early morning college students [&hellip... Read More


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Gannett Columnist Obsessing Over Mayor’s Loss

Published on November 16th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

While most have moved on past November 8th elections, there is still one local columnist trying to figure out what could have caused the demise of Mayor Sharon McShurley. In Larry Riley’s 11/16 column titled, “More [&hellip... Read More


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Resident Accuses Parks Board of Unfair Treatment

Published on November 15th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

  This past year has been a shaky one for the City of Muncie’s Parks Board, and tonight’s meeting was no different. City resident, Wayne Scaife, complained to the Board, and more specifically to Parks Board [&hellip... Read More


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Gannett and Mayor Still Bitter

Published on November 10th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

The Star Press just can’t help themselves. Their columnists spent 4 years spinning stories of a renegade mayor cleaning up Muncie from the “good ole boy” network, completely forgetting that a Republican Mayor operated Muncie for [&hellip... Read More


Government

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Gannett & Republicans Lose Temper

Published on November 9th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

During an awkward post-election moment, the executive editor of The StarPress, Lisa Nellessen-Lara, got into an online argument with several local citizens about the “lack of class” displayed at democrat headquarters for chanting a song about [&hellip... Read More


City

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Democrats Sweep Municipal Elections

Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Municipal Ballots delivered to County Building The polls have closed for the 2011 Municipal elections, and voters have requested new leadership. Our State Representative Dennis Tyler (D) defeated Mayor Sharon McShurley (R) by a margin of [&hellip... Read More


Culture

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TSP Sounds Desperate

Published on November 6th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Any informed voter in Delaware County knows the locally owned Gannett paper is a pro-republican paper. Some say it had been much worse, but the bias is still with us today. However, as this years municipal [&hellip... Read More


Culture

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Citizen Journalism

Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

This is a great video about crowdsourcing the news, or citizen journalism, highlighting why the media’s message shouldn’t be controlled by a select few. News and information need to be shared among those we trust most [&hellip... Read More


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