October 27, 2002

Recently I came across a letter signed by liberal Democratic state representative Mark Kruzan supporting Democratic Congressman Baron Hill's re-election, on the grounds that "Baron Hill has consistently fought to protect our environment."

Excuse me, but is this the same Congressman Hill who voted, along with 101 of his fellow House Democrats, to send all of the nation's high-level nuclear waste to geologically volatile Yucca Mountain, Nevada, despite the opposition of the overwhelming majority of the state's residents and elected officials (so much for the 10th Amendment)?

October 27, 2002

News Release

Bill Hayden is calling for a Monroe County Alternative Transportation and Off-Road Trails Plan that can set the stage for making Monroe County safe and enjoyable for bicycling, provide the quality of life demanded by industries that value a high quality of life for their employees, and reduce conflicts between cyclists and motorists.

October 20, 2002

Through the 20-some years I've written about and worked for Business Democrats, more than one has looked me in the eye and said, "What are environmentalists going to do? Vote Republican?" They haven't needed enviros since Evan Bayh was elected governor in 1988. They've taken them for granted ever since.

October 20, 2002

Every three minutes a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Five will die of breast cancer every hour. Since 1940, a woman's risk of getting breast cancer has doubled. More have died of breast cancer over the past 20 years than all the Americans killed in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.

October 20, 2002

Hundreds of Southwest Indiana residents will join in the biggest motorcade in the region's history next Sunday for a massive but peaceful protest against the proposed new terrain Interstate 69 highway.

October 20, 2002

Iraq isn't a rogue state; it's a captive nation, the world's first prison state, kept under a level of microscopic control and surveillance that would have made Jeremy Bentham tremble with envy.

October 13, 2002

Julie Roberts and Isabel Piedmont were active in the Monroe County Green Party long before the County Council vote on the Canterbury Apartments. They attended that May 2001 meeting in the Courthouse and became activists on the spot.

October 13, 2002

Andy Ruff hit a nerve over at the H-T editorial board when he accused them of bias in the I-69 survey they published last Sunday. In an editorial last Wednesday, the editors responded with righteousness indignation, arguing that their poll was the penultimate act of professionalism, an honest attempt to represent the views of "everyman" on an issue of public importance.

October 13, 2002

SEADRIFT, Tex. - Seadrift stinks like hell.

A sulfur smell spews from smokestacks that mar the flat, Texas horizon with steam and flames. Along Highways 185 and 238, chemical companies Dow/Union Carbide, Formosa Plastics, BP, Seadrift Coke, and Alcoa are braided among the modest farmhouses and black, loamy fields. When the rain pours and the wind whips - like today - the tropical breeze lifts the water and sulfur and drops the acidic mixture on the cotton, corn, and soybeans.

October 13, 2002

OREGON CITY. Ore. - More than 35,000 fish lay dead in the bed of the Klamath River and the death count continues to rise. These are not just any fish. They are wild salmon, both coho and chinook, the very totems of the Northwest. They suffocated from lack of cool water.