Tuesday evening: Leader in cross-country bicycle race to cruise through Bloomington

Sometime early Tuesday evening, the leader in the Race Across America (RAAM), is projected to pedal through Bloomington, Indiana.

The RAAM is a 3,079-mile west-to-east bicycle race across the United States.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, the overall leader was Nicole Reist, who has solid credentials, as the RAAM’s first woman finisher in 2016 and 2018.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Reist had 2,045.5 miles behind her, after starting in Oceanside, California six days earlier. That left 337.7 until the Bloomington time stop, and another 1,033.5 miles to go until the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland. Continue reading “Tuesday evening: Leader in cross-country bicycle race to cruise through Bloomington”

Column: “Not enough Randy Pauls on this earth.”

On Tuesday morning, Randy Paul’s family relayed the news of his passing.

B Square photo of Randy Paul at a late 2019 organizational meeting of the Green Party.

In the last two and a half years, Paul has been covered by The B Square in connection with at least two significant issues. One was his effort to reorganize the local Green Party. The other was his fight to ensure that polling sites for the 2020 elections were accessible.

The start of the Green Party reorganization came during pre-pandemic days. I remember meeting Paul for breakfast at the Village Deli to talk about it.

He managed to pay the check for our table before I noticed it was done. I did not want to be on the wrong side of the ledger with Paul, and he agreed he’d let me pay for breakfast next time. The pandemic prevented any next time.

So now I will have to find another way to make good on that debt—which was a plate of biscuits and gravy.

Of course, our debt as a community to Randy Paul is bigger than a breakfast. Continue reading “Column: “Not enough Randy Pauls on this earth.””