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.
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.
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.