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Government

Citizens Feel Manipulated by Ball State

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 liberated: they oppress.” In essence, Paulo Freire was talking about the importance of dialogue. It hints of the subtle […]

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Business

Time to Take Action Against the YMCA

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 corporations who receive tax deductions for their contributions. In effect, all taxpayers subsidize a tax-exempt health club’s ability to […]

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Culture

Tobacco Industry’s Design for Civil Wrongs

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 positioned favor in the African-American community by providing equal opportunity programs and financial support of important events and programs […]

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Government

Time for “Non-Profits” to Fund Public Services

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, our community is now concentrated in two industries: healthcare and education. Both industries have been fortunate to see solid […]

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Wellness

YMCA Should Fund Community Wellness Programs

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written about the YMCA, we’ve received many positive responses within the community by citizens who also believe the Y no longer represents the best interests of our community.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, many will not go public with this opinion due to fear of retaliation by this local “Christian” organization which […]

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Culture

Caught in the Middle – A Review

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 within the Patterson building in downtown Muncie. His book details the painful history of the Midwest, including what led […]

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Culture

Truth and Accuracy in Reporting – Not by Gannett

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 have retractions, and can make corrections. However, when it becomes a consistent reporting strategy, then it makes you wonder […]

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Fitness

Where is the Parity at the Muncie YMCA?

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 was this past weekend in Yorktown was an overwhelming success with over 260 participants walking, running, pushing strollers and […]

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City

Burt Whitely Trust Fund Report Furnished

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 the State Board of Accounts and legal counsel for the city. Tonight, we got the results of the review. […]

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Wellness

YMCA Not Deserving Charity

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 new movie Lorax has been a huge success. He once wrote,  “Be who you are and say what you […]