Opinion

Opinion: Don’t Vape and Tell Your Kids Not to Start

By: Dee McKinsey, Coordinator, Tobacco Free Coalition— Muncie, IN—Indiana just announced a $2.1 million project to combat youth vaping in the wake of an alarming number of respiratory illness nationwide. There are more than 300 cases nationally, seven suspected vaping deaths, including one in Indiana, along with several Hoosiers seriously ill. The Indiana campaign will be three-pronged with a youth support component, social media outreach, and a toolkit for educators and parents. The message is simple, according to Indiana Gov. Eric…

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Opinion: Why Muncie Community Schools Is The Smart Choice For Students

By: Jim Williams, president of the Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees— At Muncie Community Schools, we are remaking our education system. We’re using an innovative cradle-to-career community-based model, with support from local businesses and non-profit organizations. Our schools’ current, distinctive opportunities make MCS a smart choice for families. For example, kindergarteners, first- and second-graders at West View Elementary School this fall will be taught in Spanish and English in the Dual Language Immersion Program. At Muncie Central High School,…


We Are All in “Tech” Now – And We Better Work Together to Seize the Moment

By: Casey Stanley, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Ontario Systems— Muncie, IN—Every business is in tech now. But you likely know that. The technology that powers your business has become just as essential to success as the product or service you provide. Every sector – from finance to agriculture to transportation to healthcare to government to media – is subject to this truth. Another truth is that as the United States experiences this economic revolution, there will be winners and losers. We…


Preparing For The Polar Vortex: Tips From Our Readers

By: Friends and Associates of MuncieJournal.com— Muncie, IN— A polar vortex is expected to arrive in Muncie and Delaware County this week, bringing below zero temperatures with wind chills of up to minus 35 degrees or more. We asked friends and associates of MuncieJournal.com for their best tips in preparing for super-cold temperatures. Minimize Sticking Using Silicone-Based Spray On Your Garage Door It’s a good idea to spray some silicone lubricant on the rubber at the bottom of your garage door…


Opinion: Cradle To Career—Mobilizing A Community Approach To Public Education

By: James R. Williams— Horace Mann founded the common school movement that formed the basis for universal American public education. When Mann’s work started in the 1840s, the Industrial Revolution was underway. Americans were educating students to work in an agrarian, mercantile, and light industrial economy. “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men [and women], and the balance wheel of social machinery.”—Horace Mann   Public schools adapted as we…


Opinion: 10 Years After Merger: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

By: Kelly N. Stanley— I have lived in Muncie most of my adult life. I was associated with Ball Memorial Hospital for many years. Over the past two years, I have regularly received care as an outpatient.  And I have been an inpatient. I have seen “our hospital” in action.  While not perfect (and no hospital is), Ball Memorial is an outstanding facility with top-notch, well-trained, compassionate, dedicated staff (including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and technicians). However, 10 years ago it…


Opinion: Let’s Discourage Smoking and Save Hoosier Lives With Smart Public Policy

By: Jeff Bird, MD, President, Indiana University Health East Central Region— Muncie, Indiana—Too many Hoosier babies die before their first birthday. The toll is tragic. Indiana’s infant mortality rate of 7.5 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births equated to the deaths of 623 babies in 2016. fAnd African American infants face worse odds, dying at a rate twice that of white infants. Only five states have higher rates of infant mortality than Indiana’s. While the past two state administrations…


Opinion: How To Find The Best Professors

By: Dom Caristi and Gary Pavlechko— Muncie, IN—We have advice for college students hoping to find the best teachers: Look for professors who believe they can always improve. Student evaluations of teaching have been criticized for years for a variety of shortcomings. “Rate My Professors” also suffers from unreliable data. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that the best college teachers care about their teaching. Most professors would rather mentor hard-working students than bright students. So it is with…


Opinion: Reflections on Muncie Journal Turning 3 Years Old Today

By: Mike Rhodes, Publisher and Managing Editor, MuncieJournal.com— Muncie, IN—It’s official. Today is Muncie Journal’s 3rd birthday. Or anniversary. Wow. Where did the time go? (That can be answered by the photos that appear at the bottom of this story.) Three years ago today, I got up at 4:30 am, and with a queasy, nauseous feeling in my gut, took a deep breath and approached my computer. Specifically, my computer’s mouse. I stared at that mouse for a while, then…


Opinion: Relocation of Delaware County Courts

By: Muncie Downtown Development Partnership— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP) Board of Directors concurs with the attached resolution from the Muncie Bar Association. The MDDP board members, while understanding the underlying goal of ensuring safety, feel moving the courts would be detrimental to the entire community. The downtowns of cities with county seats have more retail businesses, more professional service businesses, and an overall greater mix of businesses than those that do not have a county seat. Muncie…