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‘Religious Freedom Bill’ Exposes the Ugly Side of Indiana

Religious Freedom Bill Brings Darkness to the Light MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – None of the Indiana colleges played in the Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament, but it was still an emotional week for Hoosiers across the state. A republican governor, with the support of a supermajority of republicans in Indianapolis, who were still feeling the […]

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City Education

Muncie Schools- Thrown under the Buses they Tried to Save; Waiver Denied

Muncie Community Schools- Thrown under the Buses they tried to save; Waiver Denied “Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan.”- John F. Kennedy Muncie, Indiana- January 14th, 2014 The bus transportation waiver for which Muncie Schools applied was denied by the Indiana State Board of Education on Friday, January 10th, 2014. Muncie Community Schools will […]

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Government

Delaware County Financial Woes Continue

It’s Been a Stressful Year To Be a Delaware County Public Official So, you want to run for political office and serve your fellow citizens, taxpayers, employees, and union? It’s a thankless job, or maybe worse. President of the County Council, Kevin Nemyer (D) knew before the meeting that he and other members of council […]

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Government

Government Modernization – Vote YES/NO

On the general election ballot for citizens of Delaware County, we will be asked the following question: “SHALL DELAWARE COUNTY, INDIANA AND CITY OF MUNCIE, INDIANA, REORGANIZE AS A SINGLE POLITICAL SUBDIVISION?” Are you prepared to answer that question, honestly? We’re guessing that 95% of voters have not read the recommendations made by the bi-partisan […]

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County

Smoking Ban Proves Beneficial

DATA PROVES BENEFIT FOR DELAWARE COUNTY Indoor Air Pollution Drops 86 Percent Following Implementation of Delaware County Ordinance MUNCIE, Ind. – A new study indicates that workers are breathing easier, as bars have dramatically lower levels of indoor air pollution now than before Delaware County’s comprehensive smoke free air ordinance was adopted. In Delaware County, the […]

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Government

Investing in Our Future

As a political scientist and entrepreneurship professor interested in economic development in this region, I speak with a lot of local and state politicians of both parties.  It may surprise you in this polarized environment that I hear a solid consensus among Democratic and Republican politicians alike when it comes to public spending. Most politicians […]

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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 […]