Category: Columns

  • Welcome Home, Nell Levin

    Welcome Home, Nell Levin

    Longtime Bloomington musician returns to B-town for a show of original music with local icon Tom Roznowski Nell Levin chuckles about her lifelong musical journey from her birthplace in San Francisco to befriending some guy no one had heard of in Greenwich Village named Bob Dylan, to churning out progressive bluegrass from Bloomington, Indiana, in […]

  • Capt. Janeway is coming home

    Capt. Janeway is coming home

    She won’t be born until 2336, but the Star Trek star, actress Kate Mulgrew, will come to her character’s future Bloomington birthplace to celebrate Janeway, the first female captain in the fascinating Star Trek universe. Sometimes I want to stop by the Capt. Janeway bust and information display on the B-Line Trail when I see […]

  • Facebook Jail

    Facebook Jail

    The social media giant is fighting regulation and responsibility through strategic incompetence. The better question probably is “What took you so long?” Facebook put me on notice recently. “This comment goes against our Community Standards on violence and incitement,” the warning said. Do it again and we’ll restrict or disable your account. Well, that certainly […]

  • Is IU’s first female president a change agent?

    Is IU’s first female president a change agent?

    Floor general Quinn Buckner said last week that rookie Indiana University President Pamela Whitten deserves a $162,500 bonus for her performance in her first year on the IU payroll, praising her communication skills, warmth and authenticity. That’s a nice bonus for what would appear to be minimum requirements for her job, and if you add […]

  • The Darkest Day in Indy 500 History

    The Darkest Day in Indy 500 History

    This was the nadir of the 1973 race, which has been called the worst race weekend in the history of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The sight and size of the fireball coming from the crash brought gasps and cries of “Oh my God!” even where I was sitting, close to the finish line at […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • “There’s someone up there fighting for their life”

    The routes IU Health Lifeline helicopters fly have changed … and so have the type of patients they carry The night sky near my home has been eerily silent for more than a week now, and a little less sad. Nearby Bloomington Hospital closed in early December and relocated  to its modern new facility on […]

  • In honor of two great men

    They weren’t just well-known physicians It’s our fate to open the newspaper or hear from a friend that someone we know has died, and, suddenly, the mind goes to memories of that person and interactions with them. In the last month, two of the most admirable physicians Bloomington has known have passed on: Jerry Ruff, […]

  • Don’t worry, Bee happy

    The Bee wishes everyone a Thanksgiving holiday that reminds us that there are things in life to be thankful for. Like IT people. The Bee is thanking its IT specialist, who will remain anonymous, except in the credits to this publication, where his name is easily viewable. It’s a hive, people. We don’t put “Bee […]