August 10, 2002

Tom and Sandra Tokarski say Hoosiers across Indiana had better wake up to the economic realities of the I-69 highway extension through Southwest Indiana. Every taxpayer in the state will help pay for this billion-dollar transfer of taxpayer funds to the politically well connected every time they fill up their gas tanks.

August 10, 2002

A monumental struggle is brewing over the soul of the Democratic Party, and Bloomington and the State of Indiana are right in the thick of it.

August 10, 2002

Monroe County Councilman Scott Wells called on the county to crack down on developers who threaten Lake Monroe by clearing trees along shoreline developments.

August 10, 2002

Meteorologists from Indianapolis to the British Isles last week added more statistical evidence to what southern Indiana residents intuitively know and are increasingly concerned about – global climate change is fundamentally altering the experience of life on earth.

August 10, 2002

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests that the public has reawakened to the American press’ failure to meet its civic duties.

August 10, 2002

San Francisco judges have cut all ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the organization’s outright discrimination against gays.

August 10, 2002
August 4, 2002

Mind-numbing. Insulting. Corrupt.

How else could Indiana citizens characterize the arrogant disregard for the public interest displayed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for I-69 released last week by the Indiana Departmental of Transportation?

August 4, 2002

Headlines in Bloomington and Washington last week highlighted the contrasting positions on homosexuality taken by two nonprofit youth groups with Bloomington-area affiliates, demonstrating that in post-Matthew Shepard America, homophobes still rule.

August 4, 2002

When Chris Gaal, Andy Ruff and Jeffrey Willsey were elected to the City Council in 1999, I wrote a column in the Bloomington Independent celebrating the emergence of a long-overdue progressive voting bloc on the council. Even though three new voices were two shy of a majority, it seemed the progressive community would finally have a voice on the council, especially on the critical issues of the environment, growth and development.