Monroe County citizens have more than a passing interest in a court ruling last week that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit charging Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana with violating the Clean Air Act can proceed. The outcome will have a direct impact on air quality in and around the Bloomington area.
Listening to James Alexander Thom last Tuesday recount the recent attacks on Scott Wells' reputation reminded me of an ominous observation Charlotte Read shared a few years ago. Since 1952, Charlotte and her husband Herb, working through the Save the Dunes Council, have dedicated their lives to protecting the crown jewel of Indiana's environmental heritage - the Indiana dunes on Lake Michigan, literally the birthplace of the science of ecology.
Agency to limit public input on plan
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is ready to move ahead with plans to ram Interstate 69 down the throats of the Bloomington community. And it appears that officials there are giving new meaning to the term duplicity.
Mayor John Fernandez and fellow Secretary of State candidate Todd Rokita held "dueling news conferences" in Indianapolis last Tuesday, in which each pledged to be tougher than the other on securities fraud in Indiana, according to the Associated Press.
A group of 22 cyclists will pedal through Bloomington next Friday and Saturday as part of a nine-week journey from San Francisco to Washington, DC. Mostly college students, the riders are participating in the 17th annual Bike-Aid, a cross-country cycling trip that raises public awareness about pressing social issues.