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Burt Whitely Trust Fund Report Furnished

Published on March 21st, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

In our article dated February 22nd, we discussed the mishandling of city money by the former parks superintendent and then acting parks board president. The one item pending from that article was a formal review by [&hellip... Read More



Let’s Get Real – Rising Health Care

Published on March 4th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Headlines a plenty, and recent articles have all discussed the national issues facing this country, and the republican presidential debates have them front and center during prime time while both liberal and conservative media sources attack [&hellip... Read More


Drama Queens

Gannett’s Reporters Auditioning for Drama Queens!

Published on February 23rd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

In a very brief report written by the dynamic duo of Doug Walker and Keith Roysdon in the Gannett owned The StarPress, they expressed that local community leaders were “scratching their heads” or found the report [&hellip... Read More



CAFO’s Get More Rights than Hoosiers

Published on February 22nd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Needless Factory Farm Protection Bill Heads to Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee HB 1091 Would Effectively Close Courthouse Doors to Hoosiers Suffering from Factory Farm Pollution INDIANAPOLIS  (Feb. 21, 2012) – A bill that would have the [&hellip... Read More


Parks Board Feb

Who’s Got the Burt Whitely Money?

Published on February 22nd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Over the past two years, we’ve been following the City of Muncie Parks Board meetings because of the developments at Tuhey Park, and we watched how the administration, and volunteer board, primarily appointed by former Mayor [&hellip... Read More



Fracking Republican Party in Muncie

Published on February 16th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Don’t look now, but there is a tea party coup on our hands in Muncie. Okay, it might not be a group of patriots from the far right-wing tea party, but there is some fracking going [&hellip... Read More


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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


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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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