Indictments, convictions, prison sentences. Is this all there is to local government in Northwest Indiana?
As you have probably seen in the paper the past few weeks, the Tolleston project (which is remodeling the old Tolleston building into a new Boys & Girls Club) is well underway and should be open for business in October.
What has the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission done lately? Quite a lot but never enough. The commission is composed of seven member communities -- Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Highland, Munster, Schererville and Whiting. We are a nice mix of urban and suburban, large and small. We welco…
CROWN POINT | An advocate for ethics training for local government employees said it will take more than the downfall of former Lake County Clerk Thomas Philpot to scare other potentially corrupt public officials straight.
Immigration — always an emotional issue — is back on the front burner with President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of a partial change in federal policy. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Arizona’s “show your papers” law will no doubt further inflame passions.
Everyone agrees, so it must be right -- we have to lower the federal deficit and national debt. Can everyone be wrong? Well, yes and no.
The media have been flooded with campaign ads focused on state and federal elections. These elections are, of course, important, but there is another series of elections that impact almost all of us -- the annual elections for boards of directors of major American companies.
CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners voted Wednesday to enlist county government in the public ethics movement.
Oh, what are we to do? Unemployment is high and doesn't seem to be going down. Many additional people are underemployed, working only part time. Still others have given up altogether.
CROWN POINT | An ethics advocate suggests Lake County officials should debate the potential conflicts of interest that can occur when elected officials employ government vendors in the political arena.
VALPARAISO | The city's Ethics Commission is determined to get ethics training for itself and for city employees, but first it has to decide the best way to do that.
Calvin Bellamy does not believe a long list of do's and don'ts is the answer to maintaining a high level of ethics in local government.
Ethics in local government is not an oxymoron. In fact, the vast majority of municipal employees want to do the right thing and are proud of the service they render. However, the devil is always in the details.
There is no shortage of role models from the worlds of sports, entertainment, business, government and religious life. But too many of today's "heroes" teach a false way of living.
Calvin Bellamy is an attorney with Krieg DeVault LLP.
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