Government

Occupy Muncie

Where is the Outrage?

Published on May 28th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

We’ve not even finished the Memorial Day weekend and there is yet another Mitt Romney moving target for American voters. This week it is his magical move of targeted unemployment from the 4% range he promised [&hellip... Read More


Community

Downtown Planning

What is Progress for Downtown Muncie?

Published on May 20th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

As a side note, while sitting in the public planning session for downtown this past week, one thought kept coming to mind over and over…why not Muncie? During the meeting, there was one statistic that was [&hellip... Read More


Government

Austerity a Recipe for Disaster

Published on May 16th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

With a Tea Party faction of the Republican Party who insists that the only way to save the United States is through austerity measures, the following comment from a recent article in Slate really jumped off [&hellip... Read More


Government

crony capitalism

Big Money Over Health

Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

When we choose our representatives that go to Washington, we expect them to carry out the difficult decisions of negotiating policies that benefit “we the people”. While protecting and creating jobs are important to our economy, [&hellip... Read More


Business

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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


Government

Downtown Muncie

Investing in Our Future

Published on May 8th, 2012 | by Susan Clark-Muntean

As a political scientist and entrepreneurship professor interested in economic development in this region, I speak with a lot of local and state politicians of both parties.  It may surprise you in this polarized environment that [&hellip... Read More


Government

Ball State entrance

Citizens Feel Manipulated by Ball State

Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

According to the great revolutionary teacher and leader, Paulo Freire, “Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they [&hellip... Read More


Business

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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


Culture

tobacco-industry

Tobacco Industry’s Design for Civil Wrongs

Published on April 19th, 2012 | by Dean Baker

BY JUDY MAYS, Tobacco Control Advocate/Coordinator, Health Coalition of Delaware County At the very heart of the civil rights movement is the desire and demand for social equality. For over six decades, the tobacco industry has [&hellip... Read More


Government

Beneficence Statue, Ball State Univeristy

Time for “Non-Profits” to Fund Public Services

Published on April 11th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

According to our favorite source, Wikipedia, the two largest employers in Muncie are IU Clarian/BMH Hospital and Ball State University. Due to the end of the industrial age, and the massive departure of our manufacturing base, [&hellip... Read More


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