Muncie Star press
The local Muncie newspaper has lost a valuable resource. Larry Riley, a local journalist, has penned his last column for the Star Press.
For decades Riley has been educating the public on local, state and sometimes national happenings. He was a true investigative journalist with a talent for writing. To be honest, at times his columns could be controversial, sometimes whimsical, sometimes boring.
The columns offered more than just insight, it gave you a wealth of information lacking in many of the articles we read today. He attended several government meetings and you would often see him visiting the local library.
He had his critics especially when he wrote about events such as the infamous city demolitions (the target of an FBI probe) or when he jogged our memories with his yearly “Famous Quotes” columns. I would venture to guess he had more fans than critics, though.
He wasn’t so arrogant to not admit he made a mistake or two. Reporting the correction usually as soon as possible normally in the next column. In one instance he had written city council person, Nora Powell, was sporting a double homestead credit. She corrected him in a letter of her own. He responded with a retraction.
Riley was also well-versed on the working of TIF districts. I remember reading his blog several years ago when he did an essay on the Mall TIF. This TIF Riley penned was how a successful TIF should function. Of course, most of it was like trying to decipher Greek to me. It was an introduction and he did not disappoint with subsequent columns over the years. So, he was an educator as well as a columnist.
He was and still is a well-respected writer. I know his columns will be missed by those interested in learning more about our local government. I hope he continues.
The Road to Prosperity
September began with a bang when the State of Indiana levied fines of $12,500 on a local construction company for work being done at Muncie’s City Hall. The city’s building commissioner, who is the owner of the company, Advanced Walls and Ceilings, said he took a hands off approach when his business was awarded a contract and knew nothing about the violations, as well as Mayor Tyler. Mayor Tyler plans to appeal to the State of Indiana.
Last week the Muncie Star Press newspaper reported the Building Commission tagged the headquarters of Team Democrat candidates for code violations. There was no construction or remodeling going on, and no other units received violations.
The initial implication of the red-tagging was that the dissidents — who prefer to be considered the mainstream Democrats now, as was noted in an earlier W/R column — had been targeted by appointees of Mayor Dennis Tyler, the standard-bearer of the mainstream Democratic Party.
Source: W/R REPORT: Dissident Dems red-tagged by city Star Press 9-7-14
The building commissioner could not be reached for comment. The mayor however did comment.
“No, absolutely not,” Tyler said. “I will not allow them to be treated any differently than any other organization.” Source: W/R REPORT: Dissident Dems red-tagged by city 9-7-14
Well, O.K. Let’s move on. Read the rest of this entry »