Bloomington progressives have been disabused of the notion that there are depths to which local right-wing vigilantes will not sink. Two Fridays ago, Monroe County Councilman Scott Wells was set up, roughed up and arrested on politically motivated, bogus charges of drunken driving and resisting arrest. Plot participants included uniformed officers of the Indiana State Police.
Mr. Maloney:I read in the paper last week that you have assumed the title of Herald-Times publisher. I read in your column your pledge to be accurate, complete, thorough, fair, balanced, original and creative, or at least to strive to achieve those noble journalistic goals. I would urge you to add civic to the list.
The great Roman historian, Titus Livius, said, "All things will be clear and distinct to the man who does not hurry; haste is blind and improvident."
Bloomington citizens curious about whose interests their mayor has been serving the past couple years should peruse his campaign finance reports. They'll learn that over the 17-month period ending last May 7, John Fernandez raised money for his Secretary of State campaign at an average of nearly $40,000 per month.
Watching Chris Gaal, Al Gore and Mark Stoops these past few weeks has me contemplating questions I recall first broaching 30 years ago when I was an IU senior studying political science in Woodburn Hall, questions of how and why power corrupts principle?
The income gap between Bloomington's richest and poorest residents grew during the "boom years" of the 1990s, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the Associated Press. And it grew faster than the statewide average.
Three of our major public services are so financially fragile that they may soon break. The Monroe County Jail teters on the brink of federal lawsuits from overcrowding and understaffing. Bloomington Hospital Ambulance Service is $770,000 in debt due to changes in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements. And our emergency medical dispatch center is too short-staffed to provide phone line help to a caller in crisis. The reason these situations exist is due largely to an obscure decision made 30 years ago, a decision which can be remedied.
Drawing upon environmental writer Wendell Berry's characterization of American forest management as alternating cycles of abuse and neglect, activist Andy Mahler last week detailed how our consumer-based society has spawned a new era of widespread forest abuse.