Letter From Michiana: Indiana’s Environmental Management = Fish Kill

A blast furnace closed water loop at steelmaker ArcelorMittal failed, spilling dangerous levels of cyanide and ammonium-nitrate into the Little Calumet River, which then made its way toward Lake Michigan.

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Letter From Michiana: Not Wrigley Field

This year 70 teams, with names like Son of a Pitch, Speedy’s Chickenheads and the Ambassadors of Plastic took part.

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Letter From Michiana: Invasive species

As I weed, I am reminded again about the extent to which nature has become a design proposition, dependent on human agency and, I hope, humility. For, when it comes to invasive species, we are the most invasive of them all.

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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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