City

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


Government

GOP

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


Business

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Gannett’s Conflict of Interest with the YMCA

Published on February 14th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

A picture is worth a thousand words. ~ Frederick R. Barnard When reading the 2/13 article on the YMCA’s Invest in Youth campaign, it reminded me of last years campaign announcement from Yorktown when CEO Cathy [&hellip... Read More


Culture

Working Poor

Indiana Receives Low Grades from CFED

Published on February 5th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard offers the most comprehensive look available at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. The Scorecard is prepared by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), [&hellip... Read More


Business

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YMCA, Profit or Non-Profit (Part 4)

Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

(This is Part 4 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) When you discuss the YMCA, you get plenty of feedback from community members. The talking points are the Y [&hellip... Read More


Culture

Carnegie Library

Literacy and the Hoosier State

Published on January 28th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

  A simple term such as literacy has many different interpretations. Some may say it has to do with reading and writing, while others expand the definition to include abilities with current technology. According to our [&hellip... Read More


Government

Beneficence Statue, Ball State Univeristy

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


Business

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YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit? (Part 3)

Published on January 22nd, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

(This is Part 3 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA.) In Part 2, we discussed the closing of the YMCA’s Southway Shopping Center site in December, 2010. While the [&hellip... Read More


Business

Fitness Club 2

YMCA – Profit, or Non-Profit (Part 2)

Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

[This is Part 2 of a series of articles questioning the tax exempt status of the YMCA. The first article can be read at http://www.muncievoice.com/2429/ymca-profit-or-non-profit/] As stated in the previous article, the Muncie Family YMCA closed [&hellip... Read More


Business

Exercise Equipment

YMCA – Profit or Non-Profit?

Published on January 16th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens

[This is Part I of a series of articles addressing the local Muncie Family YMCA – does it operate like a for-profit or charity non-profit] As Muncie Voice has published in recent weeks, the health and [&hellip... Read More


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