Letter From Michiana: Partying with the Long Beach Community Alliance

The weather was nasty, but people showed up to raise the funds necessary to keep fighting, if that’s what it takes.

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Letter From Michiana: The failure of IDEM and the EPA

Why is it no one seems to care about the poisons being routinely dumped into Lake Michigan?

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Letter From Michiana: Chicago Imagists, still honking

The decided otherness of the Imagists’ defiant Midwestern aesthetic has always been a great honking aspect of their art.

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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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