Response to comment left last night:

By:  Diane Benjamin A comment was left on BlnNews last night that deserves a longer response than just my reply.  The citizens of Bloomington need to understand who is REALLY responsible for the roads and new designs in recent years.  It isn’t Jim Karch. The comment: Why are few roads getting fixed and those that […]

Bike Ridership Is Down Across America

By:  Diane Benjamin Are both councils stupid enough to keep doing “complete streets”?  I predict YES! After Millions of Dollars Spent and Hundreds of New Lane Miles Built, Bike Ridership Is Down Across America The 2017 American Community Survey finds the number of people biking to work is falling nationwide. Source:     http://reason.com/blog/2018/09/27/after-millions-of-dollars-spent-and-hund Excerpts: Despite spending […]

Stories you probably missed

Just a few stories most media ignores: History of Illinois Fiscal Crisis (Hint:  both parties are at fault) https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/the-history-of-illinois-fiscal-crisis/   Austin’s Complete Streets Nightmare (Austin went with buses, since few ride buses here – local government is forcing bike lanes) http://www.texasturf.org/2012-06-01-03-09-30/latest-news/2113-austin-s-complete-streets-policy-a-complete-nightmare?mc_cid=1b7d77465e&mc_eid=26ab1cd66c   Renner didn’t sign on – Koos did Update:  Renner did sign – he […]

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner and Chris Koos are lounging around Miami this weekend at your expense.  Smart organizers would have held the twice a year US Conference of Mayors in Miami in the winter, but these are government people.  I wonder if we will see photos of them on the beach?  (eek!) All last […]

Tari’s stacked appointments and more

By:  Diane Benjamin At every recent Council meeting Mayor Renner has appointed people to various boards and commissions.  He is obviously transferring his agenda to every part of Bloomington and anywhere he can in the County.  How many people didn’t want to stop serving, but were forced to? Monday night Renner has two appointments and […]

Complete Streets: Social Engineering

By:  Diane Benjamin Government has forgotten why they exist and we let them get by with it.  Government has one mission:  To secure our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It isn’t government’s job to predict the future, redistribute wealth, or do anything more than the bare minimum necessary to maintain […]

Last night’s show

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s hard to know where to start with the marathon meeting.  Just the council meeting was almost 3 hours long.  That’s after a special meeting was held and Bloomington Township meeting.  The Council were captives from 5:00pm until almost 10:00. If you don’t know what a PROGRESSIVE is, you should.  It’s a […]

The “Complete Streets” scam

By:  Diane Benjamin The local minority that ride bikes expect their right to ride to be superior to your right to drive. They have the Federal and State government on their side because cars are evil.  (See the global warming scam) Last night I was driving East on Front from downtown Bloomington.  It was almost […]

Tari sees objects ripe for fleece:

By: Diane Benjamin This is story #1 from the Saturday preview.  I wanted to begin with the County, but since there is a Bloomington City Council meeting tonight, I’m starting here.  Tari Renner is at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.  I don’t know if he will be back for the meeting tonight or […]

Local lunacy you pay for

By:  Diane Benjamin Government wastes your money!  Proof:  An unused fire station and unused water tower.  $$$$ – MILLIONS – $$$$ poof, up in smoke and nobody in jail. Those are just huge examples of utter incompetence.  Many many more exist on a small scale.  Just this week Council and staff time were needed for […]