Opinion

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…


Muncie Action Plan Supports Local MCS Solution, Urges Public Unity

By: MAP Board of Directors— Muncie, IN—Last week, the Muncie Action Plan sent a letter of support for Muncie Community Schools to Senator Doug Eckerty.  The letter was addressed to Senator Luke Kenley and Representative Tim Brown and urged the removal of Muncie Community Schools from State Bill (S.B.) 567.  Today, MAP released the following statement and encouraged the public to contact legislators in a demonstration of unity in support of allowing Muncie educators to find a local solution to…


3 Ways to Grow Indiana’s Economy by Investing in Tech

By: Casey Stanley— Slow-moving economies don’t often emerge as leaders. That’s a basic lesson anyone building a community or a business has learned. We’re seeing it play out today: Indiana’s tech and innovation community has a lot of momentum, and the ability to create more high-wage, tax-paying jobs – but not without more venture capital and connectivity to other major hubs. We are proud to call Indiana “home,” but we need support from those who influence policy and their constituencies,…


Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Offers Support to MCS, Urging Legislators to Act

Earlier today, the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce sent a communication addressed to Senator Luke Kenley and Representative Tim Brown regarding the possible insertion of Muncie Community Schools in State Bill (S.B.) 567.  The chamber, which represents more than 1,000 member-organizations and the thousands of people that make them up, is united in asking that MCS be removed from S.B. 567 and offered this letter of support to the Muncie Community Schools (MCS).  The insertion of MCS in S.B. 567,…