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Government

Gannett’s Reporters Auditioning for Drama Queens!

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 “dumbfounding” or were “pulling their hair” over the cost of a Indianapolis consultant report completed by Crowe Horwath. Muncie […]

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Government

CAFO’s Get More Rights than Hoosiers

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 effect of shutting the door of the courthouse to Hoosier families living near factory farms also known as confined […]

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City

Who’s Got the Burt Whitely Money?

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 Sharon McShurley, interacted with the public. Racial tensions erupted during several meetings, and we even had Fox59 News pay […]

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Government

Fracking Republican Party in Muncie

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 on within the republican party. Or, is fracking a freudian slip? Either way you look at it, the republican […]

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Government

Gannett’s Conflict of Interest with the YMCA

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 Clark said, “The money raised by our annual youth campaign goes to help inner city kids at Buley and […]

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Culture

Indiana Receives Low Grades from CFED

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), a national nonprofit dedicated to financial security and opportunity, and explores how well residents are faring in the 50 […]

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Government

YMCA, Profit or Non-Profit (Part 4)

(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 helps kids and poor people who cannot afford memberships. One of the Y’s members in Yorktown was quick to […]

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Culture

Literacy and the Hoosier State

  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 favorite free encyclopedia source, the definition of the term literacy is: Literacy has been described as the ability to […]

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Government

Muncie Leaders Should Explore PILOTs

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 help with community investment. Payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) are voluntary payments that tax-exempt nonprofits make to local […]

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Government

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

(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 executive board pondered the business decision, nobody from YMCA leadership was seeking community advice from the shopping center owners, […]