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Business Community Government

Muncie’s Oligarchy

The power structure in Muncie is a perfect example of an Oligarchy. In my last article, I concluded with the following question for which I’ll attempt to answer today: “If the government isn’t holding the private sector accountable and our free press/media has become more like state-sponsored public relations firms, what kind of political-economic society […]

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Community Culture Press Releases

Sustainable Muncie Collaboration to Develop Maker’s Place

Cintas Building Site Purchased for Community Collaboration The Cintas building has a new owner. The building which sits adjacent to Muncie’s core downtown district is now owned and operated by Sustainable Muncie Corporation, a non-profit entity organized to focus on the economic development of Muncie. This Cintas program is focused to attract and support makers […]

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Culture

Thinking of Moving to Muncie Indiana?

Thinking of Moving to the Muncie Indiana Community? Dwight Eisenhower claimed “planning is everything,” but when it comes to moving to a great family environment, Americans need look no further than Muncie Indiana community. Known since 2007 as America’s “most affordable college town,” Muncie also offers a range of amenities that will prove attractive to […]

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Culture

County Health Rankings for Delaware County

The 2013 County Health Rankings were released this week and Delaware County saw a small improvement in their ranking from 87th to 82nd out of 92 counties. While some might want to acknowledge our improvement, we’re still in the bottom quartile. If Indiana was a healthy state, than we might be able to congratulate ourselves, […]

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Wellness

Medical Industry Requires Further Reforms

We’ve talked numerous times on Muncie Voice about a variety of systems requiring transformation as we face a new era in the United States. One industry barely altered over the past several decades is the medical industry. Barack Obama pushed through comprehensive reforms, but by the time lobbying groups and politicians completed hacking through the […]

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City

The Power of Organization – Kenmore Neighborhood Association

Most of the time, monied interests manage to get their way without little opposition from Joe Q. Public, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Instead of recreating the scenario and giving you snippets of the November City Council meeting, we think the entire letter read by Stephen Kendall from the Kenmore Neighborhood […]

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Wellness

Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors

Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors by Marshall Allen, ProPublica I was recently browsing through the nearly 200 stories we’ve compiled with our Patient Harm Questionnaire, when I was reminded again of a troubling truth. Many of the people who suffer harm while undergoing medical care do not file formal complaints with regulators. The reasons […]

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Wellness

How You Can Influence Health Care Quality

How You Can Help ProPublica Investigate Health Care Quality by Olga Pierce and Marshall Allen, ProPublica Too many patients suffer harm instead of healing in U.S. medicine. That’s why ProPublica’s reporters have investigated everything from deadly dialysis centers and dangerous hospitals to the failure of state boards to discipline incompetent nurses. As part of our ongoing reporting, […]

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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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Government

Let’s Get Real – Rising Health Care

Headlines a plenty, and recent articles have all discussed the national issues facing this country, and the republican presidential debates have them front and center during prime time while both liberal and conservative media sources attack the opposing candidates. The super PACs pay millions for negative attack ads compounding the problem of dealing with facts. […]