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Government

The USA is a Flawed Democracy

Checks and balances established in our constitution are failing. By: Todd Smekens What caused me to start-up Muncie Voice back in 2011 was our locally owned Gannett newspapers poor local press coverage. They were covering a Republican mayor at the time who was grossly unqualified for the position, but the press coverage was very slanted […]

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Wellness

Daily Tea Rituals for Improved Health

Image Source: Unsplash Next to water, tea is the second-most widely-consumed beverage in the world. It has been enjoyed by different cultures for thousands of years, and many people still enjoy it as part of their daily routine today.  A tea ritual is much more than making a steaming cup on your way to work […]

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Government

How News Events Across America Impact the Stock Market

Anyone who invests in stocks knows that the stock market is likely to change at any given time for a variety of different reasons. One factor for the stock market to change that many investors aren’t aware of is different news events across America. News events can have a huge impact on the stock market […]

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Government

Presidential Debate 2020 – Donald Trump vs Joe Biden

By: Todd Smekens Against my better judgment, I watched the media’s presentation of an argument between a no-nothing bully president and a tired old politician. To me, it was symbolic of what this country has become in so many ways. Our ruling class has captured both political parties making one completely fractured between the donors […]

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Community

How Children Handle Trauma or Grief

Image Source: Pixabay Every child deserves an idyllic childhood. We all want to protect our babies from pain and grief. Unfortunately, though, that’s not always possible. In fact, it’s currently estimated that more than two-thirds of children have experienced at least one major traumatic life event by the time they turn 16. That could include […]

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Community

Live, Love, Learn (But Where?): Should Schools Reopen?

In a matter of months, a microscopic pathogen has infiltrated our lives and transformed the world as we knew it. And our children, though perhaps at lower risk of contracting the illness or suffering its worst effects, are still significantly impacted by the disruptions that coronavirus has introduced into all our lives.  For kids across […]

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Mind Wellness

Protecting Mental Health in Times of Social Isolation

When 2020 began, few people guessed that it would be completely dominated by a small virus that had reportedly broken out in China late in the previous year. In the months that followed, as the coronavirus swept around the globe, it shut down countries, crippled economies, and sent billions of individuals into a state of […]

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Mind Wellness

The Rise of PTSD Among Younger Generations

Childhood is supposed to be a time of carefree innocence when the trials and tribulations of the adult world don’t enter your sphere of consciousness. For far too many children and teens, however, those precious years end much too soon if they ever occur at all.  The simple fact is that, no matter how we […]

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Community

Ways You Can Help Your Community During an Outbreak

Image Source: Unsplash The coronavirus pandemic has swept the entire globe in ways most of us have never experienced before. Over 95% of Americans are currently under some kind of stay-at-home order, schools across the country are closed, and non-essential businesses have been ordered to shutter their doors to the public, too.  The main goal […]

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Government

Distance Healthcare During a Pandemic

Image Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/L8tWZT4CcVQ There’s no question about it: when the coronavirus cropped up, it shut everything else down. From schools and workplaces to public parks and government offices, our world went into lockdown. Just because our worlds were put on pause to try to contain the pandemic doesn’t mean your health needs were as well, […]