Normal: Say NO to hotel subsidies

By:  Diane Benjamin Town of Normal agenda for Monday:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3274 This item is listed: Discussions about subsidies is not on the agenda. According to this document, plans for Constitution Trail Centre PUD go back to 2005:  http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2636 A hotel was always part of the plan.  Evidently Normal doesn’t know when you pass plans specifying what […]

Yes, Hitler was a socialist

By:  Diane Benjamin April 30th marks the 7th anniversary of BlnNews.  It has evolved over time and will continue to evolve.  One thing I will no longer tolerate is re-writing history to fit somebody’s agenda.  Lately several people have tried to claim Hitler wasn’t a socialist – of course the reason for the re-write is […]

Why Bloomington-Normal is doomed

By:  Diane Benjamin We live in a capitalist country.  It’s called individual freedom to succeed or fail.  The individual is the most important factor in success, the “collective” has no part in capitalism.  Individuals must be free to make their own decisions.  Capitalism doesn’t see genders, race, sexual orientation or any other tags used to […]

ISU usurps capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Everybody should already know that capitalism isn’t taught to most of the students at ISU.  The kids flocked to the last Democratic primary to vote for a socialist. ISU now has an Adventure Center!   https://campusrecreation.illinoisstate.edu/adventure/ The Center just opened this month.  Click on Equipment Rental A long list of items for rent […]

ISU must not teach capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin The Normal Town Council meeting lasted more than 10 minutes last night!  It actually went over an hour because of the mandatory recycling ordinance. ISU kids showed up to demand their right to recycle.  Some called it a necessity, one claimed she had to drive 5-10 minutes to drop hers off and […]

Downtown isn’t the City Core!

By:  Diane Benjamin Downtown businesses didn’t even support the Downtown Bloomington Association.  Now the DBA employees are happy City employees complete with higher salaries, benefits and pensions! The Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts (BCPA) were supposed to brings hoards of people downtown. The Visitor’s Center in the McLean County History Museum was […]

More HATE on the ISU campus

By:  Diane Benjamin Last week the Nazi comments were directed toward the ISU Republicans and a guest speaker. This week it’s against a group called Turning Point USA. The President of the ISU chapter, Andy Byars, sent me pictures of the vandalism to chalked messages and posters they hung on campus.         […]