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YMCA Should Fund Community Wellness Programs

Published on April 9th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

After the previous articles written about the YMCA, we’ve received many positive responses within the community by citizens who also believe the Y no longer represents the best interests of our community. However, as we’ve indicated, [&hellip... Read More


Richard Longworth

Caught in the Middle – A Review

Published on April 1st, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

A review of the book Caught in the Middle by Richard Longworth. Last week, a former Chicago Tribune journalist turned author, Richard Longworth, was in Muncie to speak about his book at the Ivy Tech campus [&hellip... Read More


County Plaza

Truth and Accuracy in Reporting – Not by Gannett

Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

You expect an occasional error from local reporters at our big media firms, even though they charge outrageous fees to advertise in their paper to employ copy editors, editors, executive editors, etc. That is why they [&hellip... Read More


YMCA Downtown

Where is the Parity at the Muncie YMCA?

Published on March 22nd, 2012 | by Steven N. Tomboni

According to Webster’s dictionary, parity is defined as, “the quality or state of being equal or equivalent.” Based on my recent experience, I question whether the Muncie YMCA has this quality. The 2nd annual Shamrock 5k/10k [&hellip... Read More


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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


YMCA Downtown

YMCA Not Deserving Charity

Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

Sometimes it can be very unpopular to point out that the Emperor really is naked, or the sacred cow doesn’t pass the sniff test. Yet, one of my favorite quotes was from Dr. Seuss and his [&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


Citizen Press

Why a Citizen Press is Essential?

Published on February 26th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

When America began after a successful revolution, its citizens decided there should be a government, but it had to be accountable to the people. This meant that the people had to know what the government was [&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

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