Rivian, Georgia, and the rural community fighting back

By: Diane Benjamin There is a Facebook Group called Our Communities Oppose Rivian Assembly Plant. This is a Georgia group that doesn’t want their rural communities and farmland destroyed by this plant. They are also worried about the possible destruction of their water supply. Georgia is giving Rivian HUGE subsidies that has led to lawsuits. […]

If you don’t get the paper . . .

By:  Diane Benjamin Occasionally something is worth reading in the paper, especially what they don’t write. A Letter to the Editor yesterday is one of those! The letter was written by Ruth Ann and Guy Fraker.   Guy practiced law in Bloomington and wrote books about Abraham Lincoln.  Ruth Ann was Supervisor of the Bloomington Township […]

History: People smarter than government!

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve always been a huge fan of history.  People who don’t know history repeat the same mistakes over and over.  The current crop of Council members are doing just that because they don’t know Bloomington’s history – especially of downtown. Judy Markowitz didn’t want to wait for the results of the non-binding […]

Comedy via the elected

By:  Diane Benjamin Coliseum history: The below was printed in the Pantagraph on September 3, 2003.  It is available on microfiche at the Bloomington Public Library. Tom Hamilton, former City Manager now collecting $11,350 a month in retirement, is quoted in the same edition saying the city’s risk is very low because of the numbers […]

Another rejected Letter to the Editor

On Monday, November 21, 2016 3:42 PM, Pantagraph Letters <[email protected]> wrote: . I’m sorry but your letter has not been selected for publication. Thank you. . Karen Hansen Digital news editor The Pantagraph P: 309-820-3236 @pg_digital [email protected] . Here’s the letter: . Logan County has “Gone with the Wind”! . Logan County Zoning & County […]

Yet another rejected Letter to the Editor

By:  Diane Benjamin I thought about writing on this topic, but posted it on Facebook instead.  Sunday the Pantagraph had an Editorial:  Newspapers are proud of what they do. This was in the first paragraph: We use different vehicles, but we’re all committed to the same thing: Sharing stories and information about the people and […]

Pantagraph EDITS Letter to the Editor

By:  Diane Benjamin Today the Pantagraph printed this Letter to the Editor:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/mailbag/ciam-should-provide-information/article_6b4daeab-9b06-5c78-a0ab-1a41646ffe43.html That isn’t the letter Erik submitted! He emailed the original to me: Diane, This is the original text of my letter: . Thank you for your article in the Sept. 1 Pantagraph about the Coliseum and it’s relationship with the former manager.  […]

Another rejected Letter – Pantagraph

By:  Diane Benjamin Actually, the Pantagraph didn’t even acknowledge receiving this one.  The author didn’t give me a name, they go by earlyriser54 here. From the writer: This letter was submitted via e-mail on May 24th. Not printed, no confirmation from Pantagraph to verify the author. I made certain that all required information was included, but […]

GOP Healthcare Reform – Update

By Diane Benjamin Another uniformed Letter to the Editor appeared in Sunday’s Pantagraph.  The writer can’t be blamed for not knowing – the media will tell you NOTHING about what happens in the GOP House!  It doesn’t help that the Senate WILL NOT discuss ANY bills passed by the House.  It isn’t the DO NOTHING […]