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.

July 28, 2002

The Bloomington City Council is poised to hand over yet another $78,000 of taxpayer money to the Bloomington Economic Development Corp. under the ruse of "economic development."

July 28, 2002

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.

July 28, 2002

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.

July 28, 2002

In an ideal world, last Thursday's headline in the Indianapolis Star - "For 25 years, GM and state knew city lived with PCBs" - would be big news.

July 28, 2002

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.

July 28, 2002

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.