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Hoosier secrets no more. The Lake County, Indiana, Convention and Visitors Bureau recently asked people to submit their nominations for "best kept secrets" of northern Indiana, to be used in a spring 1994 advertising campaign.

Hoosier "secrets" most likely to be kept in that campaign. According to the federal EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (Summer 1993), the largest single discharger of toxic substances east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon line is Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana.

Why put bike lanes along roads bicyclists aren't already using? Sue Ulrey quotes Florida's Dan Burden in Chicagoland Bicycle Federation News (November): "You don't design a bridge based on the number of people swimming across the river."

"I enrolled in [UIC English professor Michael] Anania's course on modern American poetry four years ago," writes Daniel Buckman in UIC News (November 10). "The 82d Airborne Division had just discharged me back to the cornfields and closed factories of Kankakee. Most of the professors I met my first year at UIC made me feel as if my relatives used the wrong fork....[But] his Italian last name and the way he understood working class icons like Pontiac GTOs and Harley Pan-Heads convinced me that one of my uncles-by-marriage was on the faculty of the English department. Suddenly poetry wasn't so tweedy and respectable; it was for everybody, wrong forks and all."

"Psychoneuroimmunology has its users, and it also has its abusers," writes Jeanne Rattenbury in the Oak Park-based Vegetarian Times (November) of the new field exploring interactions between emotions, behavior, and the body's nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Among the abusers she identifies are Louise Hay (Heal Your Body), who "preaches that diseases have only emotional causes," and Dr. Elliott Dacher (PNI), who once advised a patient, "Ask your colon what it needs to tell you."

"Most homes still lack PCs. Most school children get very little access to PCs," Dana Blankenhorn reminds the nerds reading Chicago Computer Currents (November). "At my daughter's new school...they talked about newsletters, about sending notes home, about phone trees. I mentioned the idea of putting in a computer bulletin board, maybe with fax and voice capability. They looked at me like I was the Man in the Moon....Most adults still don't know what modems are."

We haven't seen the last story about Farrakhan and Jewish people, according to Rabbi Robert J. Marx of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe, quoted by James Ylisela Jr. in the Chicago Reporter (November). "The Jewish community and Minister Farrakhan need each other terribly. Farrakhan needs someone to blame for the problems of his people, and the Jews need someone to persecute them."

"What does her day look like when [a woman from the projects] finally goes to the emergency room at Cook County Hospital?" asks DePaul University law professor Michelle Oberman in Today's Chicago Woman (November). "There are no vending machines. You're not supposed to sit along the perimeters of the large waiting room, so she'll have her six children sitting there on the floor for the eight hours it will take for her to get in to see the doctor. If she has the good fortune to have something for which we have a treatment, she will have six more hours to wait in the pharmacy for her prescription. That's 14 hours with six children and not even a vending machine area to buy her children food. If we call that access to care, we need to think about what access means."

What do women want? Ask again in a generation or two. "Should there be a single human standard by which men and women would be judged, and what standard would you pick?" Vicki Quade asks Northwestern University law professor Cynthia Bowman in Human Rights (Fall). Bowman's reply, in part: "We're living in this corrupt society, and how do we go back and figure out what human beings were like? Well, women are like that. I don't think you can tell what women are gonna be like, what they're gonna want, what their sexuality will be like, what the terms for their fulfillment are gonna be like, until the world changes some more. We are so formed by socialization, exclusion, discrimination, violence, and fear that I would not want to write some universal standard until there's more development."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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