Bees are pollinators, you know. We aim to feed your mind, or at least give it something to chew on. Find here commentary serious and sly, reportage, Joel Pett cartoons and more, aimed for the hive otherwise known as Bloomington, Indiana. — Mike Leonard

News Features

Grieving, loss and healing

Bloomington native Christy Heitger-Ewing helps others when she writes about the difficult subject of suicide in your own family It is a grief that never goes away, and often only becomes bearable when it gets pushed into that locked closet in our brains, where people put things they feel they’ll never understand, never reconcile and…

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“Get Back” adds an invaluable look at The Beatles. But.

Beatles scholar Glenn Gass wishes someone had captured any other phase than the Beatles’ magical misery sessions Glenn Gass is a Beatles scholar. The professor emeritus at Indiana University is known for teaching the first for-credit course on rock and roll at any major university in the country – and at IU’s prestigious Jacobs School…

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Joel Pett Cartoons

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Columns

Just call him President Perspektivny

The useful idiot offered himself up as perspektivny like no one has ever seen. People say they can’t believe it. So much winning. For Putin. Leonard column Trump 03/22 I’d heard Donald J. Trump called a google of names, but never “perspektivny.” “A f***ing moron,” as assessed by his former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.…

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Sugar-coated history

Our legislators didn’t get the ‘doomed to repeat it’ memo The Ku Klux craven attempt to make the concept of critical race theory a major legislative issue in the Indiana General Assembly makes one thing clear: we need to bring critical race theory into our public school curriculum. We all know – or should know…

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Guest Contributors

The Battle for Buffalo Springs

A well-respected environmental activist calls BS on a Forest Service plan to “restore” (read: log) a place it calls Buffalo Springs, a made-up name for a place locals call home. By Andy Mahler There is something that doesn’t sit right about the Forest Service’s plan to punch logging roads into the heart of the  hardwood…

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The Endangered Forest

When they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money By James Alexander Thom A note from the editor: Some background on “The Endangered Forest”: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is moving forward with a massive plan to “improve” the Hoosier National Forest near Bloomington through means including logging, prescribed fires, applying herbicides…

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Hearing from Heavy Ed

Heavy Ed tries to find a reason to care about the Super Bowl

It could be the success of small market teams, or Lindsay Lohan, or Crest toothpaste, or jobs for IU graduates. So the phone pings and like the Pavlovian dog I’ve become,  I drool, grope for the phone, and see a message from Heavy Ed. “How ‘bout them Bengals.” I write back. “WTF you aren’t a…

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Rokita takes the wheel of the assclown car

Heavy Ed takes stock of Hoosier pols I noticed Heavy Ed sitting on a bench and apparently reading something on his phone as I rode my bike down the B-Line through Switchyard Park. I pulled up and stopped. “Nice park, huh?” I asked. “Yeah, it is,” Ed said, putting the phone down. “Everybody bitches about…

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