Culture

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1 in 15 Americans Live in Extreme Poverty

Published on November 4th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Extreme poverty means personal income of $5,500, or $11,000 for a family of four. This is unacceptable in a country that generates such great wealth. Watch Census: 1 in 15 Americans Among the Poorest of the [&hellip... Read More


Culture

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Community Gardens

Published on November 2nd, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Planting seeds in Neighborhood Garden Surviving 1918 and 2011. Did you know that Muncie/Delaware County has an impressive and fascinating past of surviving through a WW1 by means of community gardening? According to the book “Delaware [&hellip... Read More


Wellness

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Seven Quick Fixes to Feel Better

Published on November 2nd, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Getting Back to Wellness Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing. The signals our bodies use to tell us we need to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally are multifaceted and often mirror [&hellip... Read More


Government

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Personal Foul on Mayor McShurley!

Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Fall is for football, so we have a metaphor for you! What does a “political football” look like, and how much does one cost? Based on the latest reports from City Hall, a “political football” looks [&hellip... Read More


Wellness

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Making Life Yours – Perception

Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

A simple shift in attitude can help us recognize the hidden potential for fulfillment in every event. There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. The people who move through life joyously have not necessarily [&hellip... Read More


Business

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Poor Ethics by Gannett

Published on October 30th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

Big Media Chooses Money over Objectivity In “not-so-surprising fashion”, the locally owned Gannett newspaper has chosen their candidates for City Council At-Large. While they’re justifying picking winners, and then rationalizing their chosen candidates, there are several [&hellip... Read More


Business

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Promoting Fairness

Published on October 29th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

We’ve shared several stories over the past week meant to prompt conversation with our readers – it’s been working. One of our goals is sharing with our readers about local government operations. Why do we feel [&hellip... Read More


Business

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Gannett, Problem or Solution?

Published on October 27th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

After reading a recent article in the NY Times titled, “Why Not Occupy Newsrooms”, the Occupy Muncie movement may want to consider relocating to the grounds at the Gannett owned StarPress. While local investigative journalism has [&hellip... Read More


Business

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Un-principled Journalism?

Published on October 26th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

One aspect of our mission at Muncie Voice is to hold our local newspaper media accountable for what they print. The newspaper has a code of ethics, or principles, but what happens when they don’t abide [&hellip... Read More


Government

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Occupy Muncie, or America?

Published on October 16th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens

In a recent article addressing the October 4-5 poll by Washington Post-ABC News, it referenced that 70% of American’s have deep protestations toward Wall Streets financial institutions, and that has been the impetus behind the Occupy [&hellip... Read More


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