Congressman Baron Hill said that when he refused to allow a high school student to record his town hall meeting in Bloomington on Sept. 2. Hill’s remark wound up on YouTube in a compromising position anyway, when a portion of the meeting (recorded in full by the local newspaper) was posted on the site.
I’m stunned by Hill’s arrogance. First, Hill was talking down to the people who pay for his salary and his pension. Then, Hill admitted a nakedly political motivation to hide his words from the public, and is willing to stifle academic freedom and freedom of speech to do so. What is Hill trying to hide? Where is Baron?
This statement comes less than a month after speaking of his need to “control” town hall meetings, calling some of his constituents “political terrorists” who want to “blow up” a meeting. Such inflammatory rhetoric is unbecoming of a congressman. Shame on Baron Hill.
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I have always had a special affinity for art in places where art “isn’t supposed to be.” Certainly, most of us enjoy an afternoon browsing a gallery or museum, but there is something really nice about finding art in unexpected places.
I was pleased to see Matthew Cinkoske's recent column about domestic violence at IU — "Is IU mishandling student domestic violence?" June 14, 2015.
I would like to bring to the attention of the IDS the fact that harassment of disabled students occurs regularly at IU Bloomington. I personally know of physically impaired students who have been harassed in Ballantine Hall for taking the elevator up or down one floor. And they aren’t just harassed by fellow students; faculty and staff are guilty, too. Just because someone looks healthy, doesn’t mean that they are. Invisible disabilities are any of a number of chronic conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living while showing no outward signs of the illness. I also know of a physically impaired student who was made fun of recently for riding a scooter in Forest Residence Center. This is a student who can barely walk—and only for short distances—and only when feeling physically up to it. This same student was also harassed in the Forest parking lot by someone who didn’t think a handicap parking space should be used by a disabled student, even though the appropriate IU parking permit was displayed in the car. Harassment may be reported to the IU Incident Teams at (812) 855-8188 or email@example.com. I mention these incidents because they happened to students I know. And if they can happen to them, they can happen to anyone. I ask the entire campus community: How would you feel if someone you cared about was ridiculed or harassed because they had a disability? How does it feel to learn that members of the campus community, whether you know them or not, have to deal with harassment at IU Bloomington on a daily basis? I urge us all to think before speaking, show some Hoosier compassion, and offer to help instead of contributing to an intolerant environment. I also urge the IDS to investigate and report on the harassment of disabled students on this campus. As an IU alumna, IU employee, and IU parent, I hate to think of Indiana University’s reputation being tarnished by charges of harassment of any kind. Melissa Thorne Bloomington
I am glad you chose to publish an article on the Bloomington Planned Parenthood. Let me explain why. I am a survivor of childhood and adolescent sexual abuse, and I have personally experienced an abortion more than once.
The location of sexual violence posters must be reconsidered.