Letter From Michiana: Plastics!

Microplastics, the unnervingly sturdy specks left behind by our packaging, are circulating through the food chain. They are, in other words, inside of us  — second nature indeed.

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Letter From Michiana: The Fair Oaks Farms Fiasco

(I) watched the surreal spectacle of cows being milked by machines as the creatures rotated on a stainless steel lazy susan the size of a flying saucer.

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Letter From Michiana: Turbid discoloration

The juxtaposition of U.S. Steel and Lake Michigan invites us to contemplate the extent to which our world is designed. 

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Letter From Michiana: Along the Red Arrow Highway

Road conditions notwithstanding, it’s easy, on a sunny afternoon, to imagine yourself behind the wheel of an old time roadster, headed for a rendezvous in some road house where the jukebox is playing big band and blues.

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Letter From Michiana: Legalizing Cannabis in Indiana (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Hoosiers like to say that Indiana waits. Waits, that is, for other states to make changes and adopt new-fangled ideas so that we don’t have to. This attitude is promoted by many of our reigning elected officials, who like thinking of Indiana as the cracker barrel philosopher of states, the winking codger who spits and […]

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Letter From Michiana: Weird Spring, weird climate

The lake’s cycles can seem hard to predict. They happen and people get used to them, forgetting that things are bound to change. Now, though, there’s a wild card that’s put the old certainties in a new light — make that a strobe light: climate change.

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Letter From Michiana: Mayor Pete

His eclectic personal story seems uniquely suited to our moment…he can, in other words, speak personally about a variety of experiences in ways most other candidates can’t.

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Letter From Michiana: Our newest national park

This national park, you realize, is actually a last line of resistance, a green and blue membrane holding back the accumulated pressure human will has piled on the earth and insisted was progress.

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Letter From Michiana: Addicted to coal

This wasn’t going to be easy. Getting over an addiction can be excruciating. And everybody knows Indiana is hooked on coal. The Hoosier state ranks third in the nation in coal consumption. We’re seventh in coal production. Being this dependent on a famously cancer-causing substance can cause an addict to resort to all kinds of […]

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