Our opinion: As Election Day nears, politics heats up as usual.
Election board cop-out
The Lake County election board has decided not to investigate allegations of violations of state election laws involving mail-in absentee ballots -- read East Chicago and Schererville. The reason is such a cop-out and abdication of the board's responsibilities.
The board decided to wait for the Indiana General Assembly, which will consider various election reform legislation proposals from local legislators.
The Legislature must consider these proposals and draft a stringent set of election reform laws.
However, that doesn't mean the local election board should sit back and do nothing. Maybe it should read the transcripts from the recount trials in East Chicago and Schererville and see the verbal indictments by the trial judges of politics as usual here.
Live on Tuesday night -- the Hammond mayoral debate
It is the hottest race in town and the contenders meet face-to-face tonight. Hammond's incumbent mayor, Duane Dedelow Jr., and challenger Thomas McDermott Jr., will offer their visions and goals for the city during a live debate at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Hammond Public Library, 564 State St. The League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area will moderate this important event.
Residents of Hammond should avail themselves of this opportunity to hear the candidates and make an informed choice when they vote next week.
Meet Some of the Candidates Night
In Hebron, the Town Council president, the lone independent among a sea of Republicans, persuaded the council to hold a "Meet the Candidates Forum" tonight at the Town Hall. But not all the candidates will be there. The Democrats are complaining they didn't get enough notice to allow them to attend, even though four of the six candidates were at the council meeting when the subject came up.
As a rule, the candidates night concept is good. However, it seems odd that the council itself plans to sponsor the candidates night. Surely, there are civic groups that would gladly have sponsored the event to more clearly make it politically neutral -- and plan it far in advance.