Muncie Star press

Last call for Larry Riley

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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.

Last Call Over and Out

Saturday morning ramblings: What’s happening? Local politics and how it works for you.

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Muncie Politics

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.

Advanced Walls and Ceilings violation report

SOS Advanced Walls and Ceiling business filing history

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 »

Saturday Morning Ramblings – Putting the Human back into Humanity

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Recently, actually before the election, I took to viewing liberal blogs, tweets and FaceBook pages.  What I found was astounding in the fact, the comments mirrored our local posters almost to a tee.

Take for example, what was written immediately after Mia Love spoke at the Republican Convention.  The “N” word flowed like a flood.  Ranging from Aunt Tom to a house “N” and other misguided, vulgar and very racist comments spewing from what was obvious leftist liberal sites.    Here was an articulate, beautiful, conservative woman running on a ticket not theirs.  In my opinion, color, race, ethnicity and gender respect is only applied if the liberal party can get a vote.  Outside of that, everyone else is racist, except for those calling a conservative woman the “N” word, then it is perfectly acceptable. Read the rest of this entry »