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Portage approves tightening solicitor's licenses

PORTAGE | Beginning next year, when a door-to-door solicitor bangs on a front door in Portage, they better have a large, visible identification tag.

December 08, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: 83 percent of Hoosiers support gun background checks

BRIAN HOWEY: 83 percent of Hoosiers support gun background checks

There’s always something in Howey Politics Indiana polling that raises at least one eyebrow, and sometimes both.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Coats' vote was for less safety

Shame on U.S. Sen. Dan Coats for voting against the improved public safety that expanding background checks prior to gun sales would bring.

April 21, 2013 12:00 am
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April 18, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Indiana House kills potentially fatal plan

The Indiana General Assembly's shoot-from-the-hip idea of having secret armed personnel carry guns in schools, like air marshals, had a number of serious flaws, one of them potentially fatal.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Use common sense with guns

BRIAN HOWEY: Use common sense with guns

For the life of me, I don’t see how expanded background checks for gun purchases is an assault on the 2nd Amendment. Yet that is the phrase we hear over and over from the Indiana congressional delegation.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Expand background checks to limit violence

An Indiana House committee on Tuesday approved a plan that would require each of the state's public schools to have an employee packing heat on the premises during school hours. Those legislators' response to the problem of guns in schools is to require guns in schools. Seriously.

April 04, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Political gun battle comes to Indiana

BRIAN HOWEY: Political gun battle comes to Indiana

Four months after the horrific Newtown massacre and five months after Indiana witnessed a $51 million U.S. Senate race, the political TV ads have returned.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Stop gun shows at Lake County fairgrounds

Last week's law enforcement summit in Gary should serve as notice that Indiana, particularly Lake County, is contributing to Chicago's crime problem.

February 20, 2013 12:00 am

Senators vote to require national background check for school employees

INDIANAPOLIS | Applicants for jobs at Indiana schools would pay more for a national background check under legislation approved 47-0 by the Senate on Thursday, but the sponsor believes it's worth it.

January 24, 2013 6:00 pm Related


Senate panel endorses national background checks for school employees

INDIANAPOLIS | Legislation requiring potential school employees undergo a national background check prior to hiring was approved 9-0 by an Indiana Senate committee Tuesday.

January 15, 2013 6:30 pm Related


YOUNG VOICES: Protect 2nd Amendment, but regulate gun sales

YOUNG VOICES: Protect 2nd Amendment, but regulate gun sales

As if gun control hasn't always been a hot button issue, recent events have caused this issue to become the center of conversations. The Aurora theater incident, the Sikh temple massacre, the Sandy Hook School shooting and the case of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher all have made…

January 14, 2013 12:00 am

Valpo parks to require background checks

VALPARAISO | All people working for or volunteering at the city's parks department now will be required to undergo a criminal background check.

March 02, 2012 12:00 am

Valpo parks to hire firm for background checks

VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board is considering a contract with Safe Hiring Solutions to conduct background checks on potential seasonal and contractual employees and vendors.

January 25, 2012 3:48 pm

Making direct contacts

Q: I was told that companies don't have enough manpower to hire people to interview potential employees. The five leading jobs boards I'm searching on aren't creating enough buzz for anyone to get a job and connect solely with employers. People just aren't getting hired through them. I just …

November 13, 2011 12:00 am

Keeping certain matters private

Q: I recently had a seizure and my driver's license has been suspended for four months. How do I handle that when applying for a job? Do I say it in the cover letter or not mention it at all? I have supportive friends who have offered to drive me; so that's not the issue.

November 06, 2011 12:00 am

Making research and references work for you

Q: How do I bypass the anonymous "hiring manager" to connect with a live person in a job posting and/or organization?

October 30, 2011 12:00 am

Blooging as a tool for employment

Q: I'm on the job hunt. How can blogs help? Do they help?

October 23, 2011 12:00 am

Reputable references

Q: Hi, I worked as a temp contractor as an administrative assistant. When the assignment ended in May, I wasn't on good terms with the company. The owner can be vindictive. I've heard stories from others about her.

October 16, 2011 12:00 am

Prioritizing wellness for the job hunt

Q: I'm significantly underemployed, with a salary at half my previous one, and I want to find work back in the city. I work in one state, live in another and am job hunting in a third. I'm starting to get leads and I'm anxious about not being able to get in for interviews as needed. Distance…

October 09, 2011 12:00 am
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