Graffiti Panic

April 21st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is a letter to the editor that I just submitted in response to an editorial in today’s H-T, Graffiti not art; it is vandalism: I was disappointed by today’s editorial condemning graffiti.  Rather than fostering a nuanced and frank dialog about complicated issues like the state of public and private spaces in Bloomington, the […]

Commercializing Kirkwood: Will it ever be the same?

February 11th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From | Indiana Daily Student |: “My guess is that the Kirkwood that we’ve known since the ’70s and the ’60s is probably a thing of the past,” she said, “and I don’t necessarily think there’s anything anybody can do about it.”

V Week events I’m stoked about

January 30th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

These are part of the V Week of Events. There’s lots more, but these were the ones that caught my eye. 2/6 Friday — Critical Mass & Speak Out @ 1pm, SAMPLE GATES –Take to the streets in a critical mass bike ride to raise awareness of violence against women. 2/11 Wednesday — Film Screening […]

After the snows

January 29th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

After the snows, the American-made sport utility vehicles seem to own the roads, vindicated by nature from recent events.  They swagger through streams of grey slush bellowing, “I am too big to fail!”

Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally in Bloomington

January 21st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Event: Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally “Celebrating 36 years of reproductive choice!” What: Rally Host: Roe supporters Start Time: Thursday, January 22 at 2:00pm End Time: Thursday, January 22 at 3:30pm Where: IU Sample Gates To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Early Voting and Sample Ballots

October 27th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

One of the ways to ensure your vote gets counted is to vote as early as possible.  You may be able to vote but there may be complications with your registration (you’ve moved for instance) that might complicate things and could delay your voting or just make for an uncomfortable situation on election day. Early […]

Questions/demands for juvenile detention center in Bloomington

October 14th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is a sketch of my thoughts on the at-this-time-ambiguous proposal for a juvenile detention center in Monroe County in preparation for the public meeting about this on Thursday.  I’ve organized my thoughts in terms of questions and demands. QUESTION: Is building our own facility the best way to keep our youth close to their […]

Republican environmental policy

October 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m as sick of snarky partisanship as much as the next guy, but couldn’t help but share this flyer for Indiana Republican candidate Mike Sodrel that I found stapled to a tree on the IU campus.  I think the tree will survive, but it just seemed crass to me somehow.  Still it wasn’t quite as […]

FYI: change of address and voter registration

October 6th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

Procrastinating as usual, I went to change my voter registration address today, the last possible day to do it.  I asked what would have happened if I hadn’t changed my address and the answer was that, at least in Monroe County, you are allowed to vote once at your previous polling location.  The challenge is […]

Reading across the lines

August 20th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The book group I’m facilitating at the county jail met again this past week, interrupting an Uno game going on in the common area of the cell block.  I had just played a game of Uno that afternoon, sprawled out across a post-picnic blanket on a grassy patch just above the lake.  Kids splashed below […]