Bill Hayden is calling for a Monroe County Alternative Transportation and Off-Road Trails Plan that can set the stage for making Monroe County safe and enjoyable for bicycling, provide the quality of life demanded by industries that value a high quality of life for their employees, and reduce conflicts between cyclists and motorists.
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.
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.
George W. Bush was too busy raising money and delivering the world from evil to listen to Indiana environmentalists during his visit to South Bend on Sept. 5. But he and other crony capitalist politicians - like Joe Kernan and John Fernandez - had better be listening. Their political futures may hang in the balance.
Joshua Martin, Bridgitte Lee, and Mandy Skinner could have returned home from South Bend last Thursday frustrated and angry. They had driven four hours to gather with others on the banks of the St. Joseph River to tell George W. Bush what they think about his policies on our environment and our world. But all they got to see was the faintest glimpse of his motorcade and his jumbo jet silhouetted against a darkening Indiana sky as he whisked back to Washington to plan World War III.
Bloomington voters will find Green Party candidate Jeff Melton's name on Indiana's 9th Congressional District ballot in November, even though he apparently did not receive enough votes to qualify for the ballot.
The look on Keith Klein's face last primary election night spoke volumes about Lucille Bertuccio's grass-roots campaign for Monroe County Council. As he reported throughout the evening on Community Access Television that Bertuccio was leading incumbent David Hamilton, that it looked like she might beat him, and finally that she had, Klein's countenance evolved with the story, from disbelief, to concern, to shock.
Day One February 6, 2002
Tonight, I was arrested for nothing more than exercising my rights as a citizen in what I thought was a free country. Dick Cheney came to my town to stump for one of the Environmental Dirty Dozen, Indiana 8th District Congressman John Hostettler.