2017 Letters to the editor stock

Interaction with our readers is one of the most coveted and important things The Times Editorial Board looks forward to on a daily basis.

In 2017, at least 784 readers, guest commentators and staff columnists augmented our Opinion pages and Sunday Forum sections with personal analysis, opinions and calls to action.

Our Monday through Friday Opinion pages and Sunday Forum were made a diverse marketplace of ideas, criticisms and celebrations of Region success thanks to the thoughtful people who contributed.

Today, we thank everyone, by name, who contributed to the commentary sections of The Times of Northwest Indiana in 2017.

Here's to a 2018 filled with just as much diversity of thought.

Our 2017 contributors were:

Jean Acevedo

Todd Adamczyk

Brandi Adams

Jerome Adams

John Aguilera

Kathy Alessia

Vicki Alger

Karen Allen

Vanessa Allen-McCloud

Lynn Aloia

Olivia Alperstein

Mark Altomere

Sue Amatangelo

Nannette Ames

Matthew Amidon

Jim Amos

Larry Anaszewicz

Robert Anders

Gregory Angelo

LeAnn Angerman

Joseph Antos

Mary Lou Armato

Patrick Armstead

Jeanette Arvay

Mark Ashmann

Paul Ashton

Rob Atkinson

Don Babcock

Dan Backer

Paul Bailey

Glennis Baker

Thurbert Baker

Eliot Bakker

Hunter Balczo

Gregory Bales

John Banasiak

Carol Banjura

Lorraine Bank

Patrick Bankston

Todd Banvich

Bruce Barich

Mitch Barloga

Ward Barnett

Tony Barreda

Bernadine Barrett

Speros Batistatos

Brenden Bayer

Darren Bearson

Roger Beckett

Dan Beeton

B. Begolhe

Bernie Begolke

David Beier

Alan Bell

Rosemary Bell

Cal Bellamy

Jená Bellezza

Jim Benham

Janis Bermingham

Carl Bernacky

Jim Biggs

Theresa Birlson

Laura Blaney

Ann Bochnowski

James Bock

Anastasia Boden

Ernest Bodrazic

Kelly Bogan

Melissa Bohacek

Carolyn Boiarsky

Annette Bologna

Mary Beth Bonaventura

Roger Borroel

James Boyce

Connie Bradley

Jeff Bridegroom

Kevin Brinegar

Rod Brooks

Charlie Brown

James Brown

Tim Brown

Kathleen Bryant

Todd Bryant

Robert Bryce

Jeremy Budrick

Peggy Buffington

Robert Buggs

Martin Buinicki

Linda Bunker

Rebecca Burgess

Ron Bush

Terry Butler

Cheree Calabro

Roland Camp

Michael Canavin

Michael Cannon

Charlie Capek

David Capp

Joe Carlson

Kelly Carmichael

Lori Cassidy

Gail Cawkwell

Shirley Caylor

Mary Certa

Peter Certo

Dean Chambers

Welton Chang

Ed Charbonneau

Marc Chase

Leonard Chocholek

Donna Christensen

Chris Chyung

Katie Cicillian

Christine Cid

D. Wade Clapp

Micah Clark

Percy Clark

Gregory Clay

Will Coggin

Don Coleman

Larry Collier

Chuck Collins

Steven Collis

Dennis Conklin

David Cooper

Anthony Copeland

Billy Corriher

Jon Costas

Mary Craighead

Star Crider

Joan Crist

Michael Croarkin

Kent Crossley

Suzanne Crouch

Melanie Csepiga

Daisy Curtis

Arthur Cyr

Collin Czilli

Laura Daley

Antony Davies

Don Davis

Tammi Davis

Becky Davits

Alice Dawson

Howard Dean

Paul Deavers

James Deck

John Decker

C.H. Dekker

Malcolm DeKryger

Ed DeLaney

Barbara DeLeon

Dan Dempsey

Marg DeRoo

Pam Dickerson

Nathan Donaldson

Deb Donati

George Donati

Joe Donnelly

James Donovan

Judy Doolin

Loni Dorall

Walter Dougherty

Christina Dow

Mary Dow

David Dowling

Brendan Duke

Susan Duncan

John Dunda

Donna Dunn

Marty Durbin

Chad Dutz

Michael Dwyer

Tina Ebenger

Jerry Egel

James Eidam

Ivan Eland

Susan Eleuterio

Cheryl Elias

Sue Ellspermann

Tiphany Elm

Natalie Ensor

Luz Escamilla

Alfredo Estrada

Joy Etcheson

David Fagan

Ann Farmer

John Feffer

Richard Feldman

Terry Ferrari

Ed Feulner

Claire Fiddian-Green

David Fidler

Thomas Fieffer

Shannon Fisk

Sean Flahavin

Patrick Flavin

Anna Flores

William Forgey

Joseph Forgione

Lee Fortner

Carolyn Fox

Lucinda Franco

Thomas Frank

Beth Franzen

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Shaw Friedman

Gloria Frieson

Michael Fuchs

Rebie Fuentes

Kerry Gall

Gary Galles

Leon Gamino

Robin Ganzert

Stafford Garbutt

Raymundo Garcia

Domenica Ghanem

Nouran Ghanem

Thomas Gibson

Larry Gill

Jack Gillen

Will Glaros

Michael Glass

Kim Goldak

Cherie Golden

Richard Gomez

Jeff Good

Amy Goodman

Robert Graboyes

Raymond Grady

David Grantham

Zach Graves

Jake Gray

Derryck Green

Gunner Greene

Chuck Grelecki

Rick Grigsby

Molly Grimes

Daniel Griswold

Jon Groth

Gail Guerrero

Jose Guerrero

Maria Guiseppe

Helen Gutyan

Barbara Hackman Franklin

Jonathan Haggerty

Laurie Halaska

Christina Hale

Isha Haley

Barry Halgrimson

Carol Hall

John Halstead

Michael Haluska

Paul Halverson

Bill Hanna

Megan Hansen

Marilyn Hanson

Cynthia Harbin

Richard Hardaway

Camille Harmer

James Harrigan

Rick Harris

Earl Harris Jr.

Janine Harrison

Ted Harvey

Justin Haskins

Richard Gordon Hatcher

Jesse Hathaway

David Hawk

Hadley Heath

Mark Heckler

Bob Heisse

Scott Hendrickson

Martin Henrichs

Anne Herbert

Max Hernick

Brandt Hershman

Gregory Hess

Curtis Hill

Reggie Hisey

Gregg Hodgson

John Hodson

Todd Hofer

Gail Hoffman

Jim Hoffman

Lenore Hoffman

Tom Hoffman

Eric Holcomb

Laura Hollis

Karen Holmes

Thom Howell

Linda Howenstein

Josh Hoxie

George Hrnjak

John Hubbard

Pat Huber

Chuck Hughes

Betsy Hunt

Andrew Hunter

Kyle Hupfer

Rick Hurey

Mark Hurt

Peggy Hyde

Donald Hying

Marcia Ingle

Cheri Irons

Brian Jackson

Renae Jackson

John Jage

David James

Terry Jarrett

Stephen Jarzombek

Kerry Jasek

Gerald Jawor

Gail Jean

Jeffery Jean

Barbara Jenkins

Daralice Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Robert Johnson

Tonya Johnson

Christopher Jones

John Jones

Jim Jorgensen

Bill Kahn

Bruce Kamstra

Nancy Kanzler

Ray Kanzler

Patricia Karpinski

Ramsen Kasha

Allan Katz

Kathy Kaufman

Kevin Kearns

Gregg Keesling

John Kelly

Luke Kenley

Lauren Kennedy

Thomas Keon

Donna Kiesling

Ralph Kilmer

Mihee Kim-Kort

Marsha King

Donald Kirk

Ina Kizziah

Scott Klara

Linda Klein

J. Scott Kleppe

Jason Kloth

Wendy Knarian

Lorraine Kobe

Kathy Kobialka

Suzanne Koesel

Dave Koester

Leah Konrady

Nicole Koontz

Michael Koscielniak

Anicia Kosky

Charles Kouder

Trey Kovacs

Bob Koval

David Kreutzer

Eric Krieg

Karen Kroczek

John Krooswyk

Bill Krueger

Herman Krueger

Todd Kulacz

Don Kusler

Desmond Lachman

Jessica Landrum

Bobby Lane

Oscar Lanzi

Larry Larson

Timothy Larson

Linda Lawson

Marilyn Learman

Laura Lease

Bill Leavitt

Kevin Ledbetter

Gabriela Lemus

Janice Lesniak

Wendy Levenfeld

Chris Light

Richard Ligon

Peter Linden

Tamara Lingo

Joseph Lisak

Carl Lisek

Susan Loeb

Angela Logomasini

Tim Loosemore

Nicolas Loris

William Lowe

Rich Lowry

Teresa Lubbers

Jim Lucas

Sarah Lueck

Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Wes Lukoshus

Tony Lux

Daniel Lyons

Erin Macey

Salvador Macias

Heather Madden

Karen Madonia

John Malcolm

Chris Mallers

Susan Mallory

Matt Maloney

J. Thomas Manger

Tess Mangold

Jim Manley

Hadley Manning

Ted Maple

Ross Marchand

Joan Marinello

Erin Marks Labovitz

Kristin Marlow-Kelleman

James Marrant

Paul Martia

Carmel Martin

Tracie Martin

Oscar Martinez

Jim Martz

Michael Maslansky

Christina Matoski

Matt Mayberry

Jeffrey McCall

Linda McCann

Pat McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy

Abby McCloskey

Bill McCollum

Amy McCormack

Shawn McCoy

Thomas McDermott Jr.

Karl McDonnell

Michael McGrady

George McGuan

Mike McIntire

Michael McIntyre

Dylan McKee

Lana McKenzie

Larry McKinley

Ivery McKinzie

Kristin McMurtrey

James McNabney

Tracy McNeiley

Chuck McNiece

Craig Meissner

Eddie Melton

Rafael Mendez

Antoinette Mercier

Edward Merritt

Erin Merryn

Luke Messer

Aubrey Messmann

Fred Meyer

Tricia Meyer

Brian Meyers

Frank Michalak

Erik Mikaitis

Mary Kate Mikulskis

Michael Millikin

Cheryl Minton

Raghu Mirmira

Kelly Mitchell

Ed Mohan

Leo Mola

Amanda Mollenkopf

Lou Moneymaker

Dennis Moore

Nellie Moore

Janet Moran

Jean Morasan

Sarah Morgan Smith

Jacqueline Morgenroth Johnson

Peter Morici

Leigh Morris

Ed Mortimer

Denis Moynihan

George Mrak

Frank Mrvan

Stephen Muenstermann

John Mulesa

Scott Mulhauser

Tayne Munce

Dan Murchek

Brooke Nack

Steve Nagy

Jean Nanos

Andrea Neal

Ray Nedohon

Ruth Needleman

Elliott Negi

Elliott Negin

Robert Nelson

Gerald Newman

Della Niblett

Sandra Noe

Ann Noldin

Lata Nott

James Nowacki

Steve Nowaczyk

Carl Nowlin

Avery Nunez

George Ochsenfeld

James O'Donnell

Bill O'Keefe

Kim Olesker

Scott Olson

Walter Olson

Julie Olthoff

Gary Olund

Patrice Onwuka

Robert Ordway

Erin Orr

Isaac Orr

Alfredo Ortiz

Jeff Ossanna

Thomas Ostrowski

Randal O'Toole

Victoria Ozimec

Richard Pachniak

David Paglis

Ray Pahkanen

Randy Palmateer

Debbie Pampalone

Tom Pappas

Patrick Parenteau

Carol Parker

Stacey Parker

Kris Pate

Jerry Paucak

Mark Paul

Matthew Paxton

Dewey Pearman

Cheryl Peek

Scott Pelath

Mike Pence

Jesus Perez

Kate Perschon

Ann Peters

Eric Peters

John Peterson

Michael Petrilli

Rosemary Petroff

Maxine Philips

John Pistello

Dawn Plec

Gene Policinski

Tamara Polisson

Nanci Polovina

Andy Pondo

Nicole Porter

Joe Porto

Cheryl Pruitt

Mary Puntillo

Christopher Pupillo

Andrew Quinlan

Kathleen Quinn

Andy Qunell

Angela Rachidi

Suzette Raggs

Todd Rakos

Easton Randall

Lee Ranger

Larry Rapchak

Cliff Reed

Jordan Reimschisel

Susan Renfro

Jason Resendez

David Reynolds

Timothy Ribble

Edward Ricci Jr.

Milly Rich

Ryan Ridgley

Harriet Rincon

Carol Ring

Keith Ring

David Riordan

David Rivera

Arthur Rizer

James Robbins

Joel Rodriguez

Daniel Roels

Kathleen Rogers

Matthew Rogers

Todd Rokita

Ramon Romantico

Andrew Rosenberg

Linda Rosenberg

Doug Ross

Marc Ross

Paul Rotatori

Josh Rovner

Alex Rowell

Bob Rusbasan

Robert Rusbasan

Debra Ruzbasan

Dave Ryan

Tom Rybarczyk

Karen Rybicki

John Sacks

Jan Sajek

Larry Sakowski

Chris Salatas

D.A. Sanford

Migdalia Santos

George Scheeringa

Gerry Scheub

James Schmidt

Gary Schmitt

Dennis Schoenbeck

Kenneth Schroeder

Terrie Schultz

Norton Schwartz

Robert Schwebke

Carole Selund

Joseph Semprevivo

Greg Serbon

Megan Serratore

Will Shafroth

Crystal Shannon

James Sheehan

Tricia Shelton

Gregory Shufeldt

Megan Sikes

Tami Silverman

Larry Silvestri

Dave Simkowski

Roger Sims

Jeffrey Singer

Ryan Singh

Hal Slager

Mary Ellen Slazyk

Ryan Smiley

Josh Smith

Kimberly Smith

Lillian Smith

Steve Smitherman

Yolanda Smith-Hess

Carl Smits

James Snyder

Brent Sohngen

Ed Soltys

Sam Spicer

Sarah Spivak

Dave Spott

Timothy Stabosz

Carl Stahulak

Joe Stahura

Sam Staley

Darlene Stam

Charmaine Stanish

Robert Starkey

Randy Stearns

Dorrie Steele

Paul Steidler

Harry Stein

Tom Steindler

M. Stepniewski

Bruce Stevens

Daniel Stevens

Justin Stevens

Landon Stevens

George Stewart

Kwane Stewart

Richard Stith

Tim Stoner

Mark Stoops

Diane Stratton

Timothy Strom

Verlie Suggs

Alan Sukovich

Megan Summers

Greg Susoreny

Kendall Svengalis

Jim Sweeney

Harlan Swift

Carl Szabo

Donna Szabo

Brian Tabor

Greg Taylor

Tim Taylor

Chrissy Terry

Dustin Thibideau

Thomas Thiel

Adam Thierer

Gloria Thirion

Charmeri Thom

Marcel Thomas

Mary Ann Thompson

Tommy Thompson

A. Trevor Thrall

Pam Tincher

Steven Titch

Renae Tomczak

John Tomczak Jr.

Teresa Torres

Kevin Toth

Steve Tozer

Jennifer Trowbridge

David Tucker

Pat Tuleja

Michael Turay

Grace Turner

Amber Van Til

Harry VandeVelde

Shawn VanDiver

Jackie VanGundy

Renae Vania

Ann Vasquez

Stan Veuger

Lenore Victor

Peter Visclosky

Michael Voisinet

Brett Voorhies

Brian Vukadinovich

Carrie Wade

Jerrie Walesh

Stu Walesh

Elizabeth Walker

Janine Walla

Lynn Walsh

Scott Walter

Arthur Wardle

Christopher Washington

Stacy Washington

Walter Watkins

Donald Way

Andrea Weber

Gary Weber

David Werner

Randall West

Arthur Westkowski

Chris White

Richard White

Mel Whitehouse

Melissa Whiting

Anne Wicks

James Wieser

Tom Wilborn

Woodrow Wilcox

Gordon Wilder

Bob Wilhelm

Dan Wilk

Anthony Will

Angie Williams

David Williams

Nate Williams

Richard Williams

Troy Williams

Walter Williams

Kelly Williams Sr.

Larry Willis

Mark Wilows

Wayne Winegarden

Sonia Witkus

Joanna Witulski

Ann Wolter

Jonathan Wood

Dulani Woods

Diane Woolever

David Woronecki-Ellis

Roberta Worthington

Brandon Wright

Isaac Wright

Stephen Wright

Ellen Wu

Art Yagodnik

Bruce Yandle

Nicole Yarrow

Kelly Yates

William Yeatman

Marybeth Yokovich

Michael York

Sam Zakhari

Juan Zarate

Dennis Zelenke

Pamela Zentz

Joel Zinberg

Gary Ziolkowski

John Zody

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Editorial Page Editor/South Lake County Editor

Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.