Opinion

Opinion: The Hope of Easter

By: Paul Ward, Spiritual Life Coordinator, Youth Opportunity Center (YOC)— Muncie, IN—Do you ever feel like all hope is lost? Sit in front of the evening news and you’ll see violence, arguments, and injustice. No one offers any real change. No one offers any real hope. When we lose everything, we lose hope. During World War II an Austrian psychiatrist named Viktor Frankl was sentenced to the Auschwitz concentration camp. While he was living in the midst of pure misery, Frankl…


Opinion: “Welcome and We’re Glad You’re Here”

By: Jeff Bird, MD and Dave Hyatt— “Welcome and we’re glad you’re here.” When Jay County Hospital joined IU Health and became IU Health Jay Hospital on March 1, that was the message you could hear echoing down the halls repeatedly. Teams from Muncie and across the state have descended on Portland in recent weeks to ensure that the transition to joining the state’s largest and most trusted healthcare system would be a smooth one. That meant change. Not just…


Opinion: Mayor Dennis Tyler HB 1315 Statement to Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee

By: Dennis Tyler, Mayor of Muncie— Editor’s Note: The following is a copy of Mayor Tyler’s statement to the Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee that was read on February 15th in response to House Bill 1315. “Good morning Mr. Chairman and committee members. Thank you for allowing me to submit my testimony this morning. I apologize for not being here in person. Scheduling conflicts today would not allow me to attend. “As you begin your Senate hearings today on HB1315 and its…


Opinion: Still More To Be Done On Tax Reform

By: Jonathan Lamb— Congress passed a comprehensive tax reform package – the Tax Cut and Jobs Act – that was not without controversy, as we all know. As an economist, I believe it was the right legislation at the right time. I would have voted with my Republican colleagues had I been representing Indiana’s Congressional 6th District. There are three simple reasons to support the changes. First, the new tax laws make for lower and less complicated corporate tax rates,…


Opinion: Health Centers Need your Help

By: Bryan Ayars, CEO— What would you do if 70 percent of your income disappeared? Open Door Health Services will find out if the U.S. Congress does not reinstate essential funding to community health centers throughout the country. Without these vital funds, Open Door — which provides affordable, expert care to more than 30,000 area residents — will lose more than $2 million. That’s money we planned to invest in our community through critical diabetics monitoring, hypertension treatment, dental work, behavioral…


Opinion: Creating Opportunities for All Hoosiers

By: Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch— Growing up as a 12 year old who towered over her peers and teachers at 5-foot eight, I was a target for many of my classmates’ ridicule and jokes. Suffering through those harsh words, my father gave me some advice that helped shape who I am today. His valuable lesson was to love, accept and respect myself, and when I began to do that, even with all of my imperfections, I could accept and respect…


Opinion: What to Expect From the State-Appointed Emergency Management Team

By: Steve Edwards— There’s no two ways about it. Muncie Community Schools is at a crossroads. It’s designation as a distressed district takes its fate solely out of the hands of the local school board and existing administration. That’s where Administrator Assistance (AA) and I come in. Administrator Assistance, a 10-year-old company specializing in strategic planning for public schools, work for the State of Department of Education and under the direction of the state’s Distressed Unit Appeals Board (DUAB).  Our…


Opinion: The Delaware County Fair Board Has Been Working Hard For You

By: Mark DiFabio, President of the Delaware County Fair Board— July 23rd 2016. That was the day that planning for the 165th edition of the Delaware County Fair began. July 12th thru the 22nd are the dates for the fair this year and will be the result of much work from what I am pleased to call the “hardest working volunteer board in Delaware County!” Countdown to Fair I am constantly amazed at the passion and commitment demonstrated by these…


Opinion: “Thank You Muncie Community Schools”

By: Charles Jamieson— Nearly three years ago, our family moved back to my hometown of Muncie from the Chicago area, due to a series of horribly difficult personal events that were occurring simultaneously. When our move became common knowledge, no less than a half dozen people asked, “Where will you enroll your daughter Kaitlyn in high school?” Yorktown was suggested as was Delta. I remember being surprised that people who lived in Muncie and knew we would reside in Muncie,…


Muncie Journal Adds NEW “Opinion” Section

By: Mike Rhodes— When MuncieJournal.com launched in July of 2015, our founding partners and leadership felt it was important to keep the publication’s content positive within the 3 key coverage areas of our core mission: Education, Economic Development and Quality of Place in Muncie and Delaware County. Thousands of articles later, that is still our mission and focus. That will not change. However, we are introducing a new OPINION section, so our over 117,000 users can express their own unique thought…